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.

Trees? Fungus? Bacteria? It all kind of depends on how you define "alive" ... and how you define "thing," as this BrainStuff video explains.

Poetry can actually help you heal from traumatic situations. A poetry therapist explains how.

If you believe there's an autism epidemic or a personality trait is hard-wired, allow us to introduce you to a report on the most misused psychological terms.

You might want one, but chances are you don't have one. Why is that?

You want to know what your 6 billion letters of genetic code say about you, and one company wants to tell you. Will it ever get the chance?

If you're one of those people who checks their smartphone hundreds or even thousands of times a day, research out of Temple University helps explain why.

There are many myths and stigmas associated with leprosy, almost all completely incorrect. It's not a very contagious disease, and it's easily treatable. What else is wrong in the common beliefs about Hansen's disease?

Imagine getting knocked in the head, but the CT scan and screenings turn up nothing, and the doc sends you home still hurting. A blood test could change that scenario.

Citizen scientists collected bacteria strains to send to the International Space Station. All grew exactly the same as on Earth — except for one, which grew much faster.

There's no federal standard for tagging food that's been made with genetically modified ingredients. And U.S. lawmakers are divided as to what that would look like.

Amazing images of the current wildflower "super bloom" in the desert park, a once-in-a-decade occurrence that can happen in El Nino years.

A newly discovered plant on a subtropical Japanese island survives without sunlight, and only rarely rears its head above ground. How is that possible?

If you're watching someone embarrass themselves on TV, it might make you squirm or even change the channel. But hey, at least you're empathetic.

Scientists are discovering why some people break out into hives from physical contact like clapping hands or running.

As if you needed another reason to find slime weird, researchers revealed that it moves toward light with tiny tentacles.

She can tell you to brush your teeth, take your meds or pick up coffee. Welcome to the connected and slightly creepy Internet of Things.

Folklore says heavy or spicy food before bedtime can cause nightmares. Surprisingly, there's been no real study of this — until now.

Life-or-death moments are tricky. Researchers now have a better idea of what's happening in the brain during those moments, and how to control it.

The newly developed family tree of Earth’s 2.3 million species is a first draft of the 3.5-billion-year history of evolution.

When it comes to charm and magnetism, mental speed is the thing, a new study says.

What can IKEA furniture assembly tell us about male and female brain differences? Better yet, what does a slew of MRI scans reveal? Science tackles both questions.

Whenever scientists decide to get together and argue their side, it often means that the technology in question is a game-changer. That technology is gene editing.

Despite what you've heard, size does matter, but not in the way you may have thought. Following a mass extinction smaller not larger, may be better.

Your brain is more than a recorder of memories. It's also an editor of them — cutting out some bad parts, expanding some good ones, maybe even changing the story line over time. In what ways does your memory betray you?