From the smallest microbe to the largest mammal, Life Science explores the origins, evolution and expansion of life in all its forms. Explore a wide range of topics from biology to genetics and evolution.
Intricate Ice Caves in Antarctica May Harbor Unique Life
Plants Can Defend Themselves by Making Caterpillars Turn Cannibal
Could Gut Bacteria Become the Next Sports Drink?
Humans Didn't Outsmart Neanderthals, We Just Outlasted Them
Study Illuminates Genetic Origins of Skin Color Diversity
Why It's Human Nature to Ignore Our Instincts
Frogs owe a debt to that giant asteroid, a new study finds, opening up evolutionary options previously blocked by dinos.
By Jesslyn Shields Jul 6, 2017
Cook pines are known to be a little tipsy. But a group of researchers just discovered that the trees' tilt isn't random — no matter their location on the globe, they lean toward the equator.
By Kate Kershner Jun 19, 2017
Were hobbits and giants real? And are they distant relatives of humans?
By Diana Brown Jun 13, 2017
Remains in Morocco push back Homo sapiens origins at least 100,000 years — and show that our species evolved neither in the way nor place we've assumed.
By Jesslyn Shields Jun 9, 2017
A new study reveals that anything more than a moderate amount of charisma in a leader actually may interfere with his or her effectiveness.
By Patrick J. Kiger Jun 8, 2017
But the artwork is just the beginning of how scientists hope to boss around engineered bacteria.
By Tracy Staedter May 25, 2017
Yes, there might be another reason we reach for expletives when we're under stress.
By Alia Hoyt May 16, 2017
Researchers have shown that THC in marijuana alters the structure of the brains in older mice to be more like brains of younger mice. Could the same be true for humans?
By John Perritano May 11, 2017
Shock yourself by learning Italian, or learn Italian by shocking yourself?
By Chris Opfer May 10, 2017
Humans do a lot of guessing to make sense of the world, even though we now have books and the internet to help us. So how do we get better at guessing?
By Alia Hoyt
People on both left and right in the U.S. were unwilling to learn about the others' views, even for pay, according to a new study.
By Alia Hoyt May 5, 2017
Homo floresiensis, popularly known as a hobbit, is an extinct, miniature human species that might be much, much older than previously thought.
By Jesslyn Shields May 2, 2017
A new study shows that brain wiring might not be body part-specific but function-specific.
By Alia Hoyt May 1, 2017
Do ancient human remains mean we've found an ancient ancestor? It's not always that simple.
By Patrick J. Kiger Apr 26, 2017
We've known for while that our microbiomes affect our health, but new research suggest their circadian rhythms are tightly interconnected with ours.
By Jesslyn Shields Apr 20, 2017
It's hard to be a night owl in an early bird world, especially when your genes are working against you.
By John Donovan Apr 18, 2017
A new study conducted on mice found a change in anxiety and aggression, and that probiotics could mediate any changes.
By Jesslyn Shields Apr 13, 2017
Israeli researchers have managed to erase fear-inducing memories in mice by weakening the connection between the brain's amygdala and cortex.
By Patrick J. Kiger Apr 12, 2017
Research suggests the human brain is wired to distinguish the rhyme and rhythm of verse from ordinary prose, and to react to literary contemplation.
By Patrick J. Kiger Apr 10, 2017
Temperature and humidity might have determined nostril width.
By Alia Hoyt Mar 29, 2017
Need a neural workout? Satnav devices may be convenient, but they could diminish our abilities for spatial reasoning.
By Jesslyn Shields Mar 23, 2017
The ability to see food on land might explain why our fish ancestors evolved, eventually growing limbs so they could stalk the abundance of prey on land.
By Kate Kershner Mar 21, 2017
Traumatic head injuries can be dangerous for teenagers in the long term, but one group of teenage athletes is getting more than its fair share.
By Jesslyn Shields Mar 20, 2017
Empathy is an important emotion that enables healthy relationships and fosters the development of a safe, secure world. But what happens when someone has too little — or too much?
By Melanie Radzicki McManus
Heavy rains have set the Southern California desert near San Diego on fire — with wildflowers. The phenomenon known as a "super bloom" is peaking for the next few weeks.
By John Perritano Mar 15, 2017
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