Is Animal Play Just an Evolutionary Survival Mechanism?
January 6, 2015
Yes, your dog enjoys play, say biologists, and so do birds, dolphins and many other kinds of animals. How did "having fun" evolve?
The Silent Underground Network
December 15, 2014
Under your feet in the woods is a vast communication network where information technology keeps the ecosystem functioning.
Pathogens Don't Exist
December 10, 2014
It takes a partnership to have a disease, say two microbiologists who argue for ditching the word "pathogen."
Monday Morning Design Cheer
December 8, 2014
Start your week with nuggets of good news about all the things inventors are learning from animals, plants, and the human body.
Mosquitoes Developed a Taste for Human Blood Recently
December 1, 2014
An experiment with disease-carrying mosquitoes in Africa showed a surprising result: they switched to human blood just thousands of years ago.
Schizophrenia: Diagnosis or Delusion?
November 30, 2014
Much as psychiatrists would like to help the afflicted, it doesn't help to affix an empty label to an imprecise condition.
Good Gratitude: To Science or God?
November 27, 2014
There are health benefits to thanksgiving, but motivation is the key.
Let's Get [Thankful for the] Mental
November 26, 2014
Wonders of the human brain and sensory systems continue to pour forth from scientific research, providing more reasons to give thanks.
Let's Get [Thankful for the] Physical
November 25, 2014
Wonders of the human body continue to pour forth from scientific research, providing more reasons to give thanks.
Adult Stem Cells Beat Clones
November 24, 2014
In a contest to see which are better, induced pluripotent stem cells proved just as good as clones. More stem cell news follows.
Junk-DNA Defenders Refuse to Look at "Useless" Code
November 15, 2014
Having decided there's nothing there, some defenders of the "junk DNA" concept won't focus on it.
Biological Systems Provide Infinite Design Inspiration
November 11, 2014
It's not likely engineers and biologists will run out of inspiration from biology anytime soon. The source is infinite.
Sex Cells: The Evolution (or Design) of Genitalia
November 6, 2014
There's been a lot of news about sex organs in recent days. Which does a better job of explaining the facts of life: design or evolution?
Having a Purpose in Life Can Be Healthy
November 3, 2014
Who spends more time in the hospital? People with nothing to live for.
Trees Reduce Stress
October 30, 2014
Stressed out by politics or work? Take a walk in the park under the trees. It's a proven remedy.