Life Science

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.


Turns out people are pretty good at matching names to faces, a new study shows.

Would you seek out or avoid a soothsayer who could legitimately predict your fate?

New research shows that for people with misophonia, or an aversion to specific sounds, the brain is overactive in key areas.

Actually it doesn't. You may think you're skilled at "multitasking" but chances are you aren't working on two things at exactly the same time. What's really going on and why is multitasking not a good idea?

Can having a baby change your brain? Science says "yes" — and the changes stick around for years more than previously thought.

Study makes it harder for women to claim a biological upper hand in recognizing faces overall.

Is it better to be grossed out by the smell of your asparagus pee, or not to be able to smell it all? A new study explains why some of us can detect this unique odor.

A group of researchers is pressing to rethink Modern Synthesis, a version of evolutionary theory we've used since the 1940s to explain how species change and adapt.

Is handwriting analysis bogus hocus-pocus or a peek into people’s personalities? A new study sheds some light on the practice.

Brain banks researching how trauma affects the human brain have a problem on their hands: not enough female brains to study.

We may not be able to judge a book by its cover, but plants? A smartphone app has that covered.

A condition that causes unruly, silvery-blond hair has been traced to mutations in three genes.

A new study examines how cultivating a sense of thankfulness is not just good for an individual's health, but for the health of communities, too.

Depends on whether it needs to be quick or good.

Robert Lamb explores the mental healing power of ambient music and provides you with ambient music recommendations to help you through this, or any, troubled time.

There are a lot of ways mental real estate can be allocated. Neanderthals evolved their big brains in a different way than we did — and you see where that got them.

Time with animals can improve our mental and physical health, but a study find that even simply looking at pictures of cute animals can help you concentrate.

Data science has helped us map Ebola outbreaks and detect Parkinson's disease, among many other applications. Where is this science headed?

A statistician dove deep into human DNA and may have uncovered a possible new branch on the old family tree.

Humans are the only animals that strongly favor dominant right hands. This trait might be much older than suspected, perhaps going back 1.8 million years to Homo habilis.

You'd think being able to smell drinkable water would be an evolutionary advantage. But we can only smell things that suggest potable water. Why is that?

Wouldn't keeping quiet help us get away from whatever's scaring us? What's the science behind the weird face and raw shout?

They're called open-label placebos, and they may be able to help with conditions that the brain controls, like pain, hunger, fatigue or even depression.

What's the science behind fainting at the sight of blood? This BrainStuff video takes a look at the brain's internal toggle switch making some people hit the floor.

The recent unsettling spate of clowns disturbing America isn't the first time freaky greasepaint bozos weirded people out.