Mind, body, health, disease, medicine and hope

The human experience is driven not just by the natural processes that shape our minds, bodies and world, but also by our ability to understand and shape those processes. From good health to terrible disease, from the foods we eat to the drugs we take, and from simple psychology to the the complexity of consciousness.

The violin players' abilities could shed light on everything from epidemics to the spread of fake news.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
Traditional microscopes make it look like sperm tails undulate symmetrically -- but that's an optical illusion.
Nala Rogers, Staff Writer
Study attributes age-related hearing loss to hair cells -- the same sense organs that are damaged by loud noises.
Nala Rogers, Staff Writer
A new study shows how self-imposed COVID prevention measures like hand-washing and mask-wearing work to prevent a large outbreak -- if they happen fast.
Katharine Gammon, Contributor
A month’s worth of cool science stories, summed up.
Alistair Jennings, Contributor
A new skill for a smart speaker -- Google Home or Amazon’s Alexa may listen for signs of cardiac arrest.
Emilie Lorditch, Contributor
Pendants made from cave bear teeth are among the items found with the earliest modern human fossils in a cave in Bulgaria.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
The ghost of an ancient disease could inform the fight against COVID-19.
Joel Shurkin, Contributor
Humans' compulsion to touch their faces may be part of a subconscious instinct to smell themselves.
Nala Rogers, Staff Writer
Doctors get a better look at brain tumors.
Inside Science Television
Researchers are working to get a better understanding of autism to help find better treatments for patients and families.
Inside Science Television
A child neurologist talks about the challenges of autism.
Inside Science Television