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.

A vaccine could confer long-term protection even if a natural infection does not.
Nala Rogers, Staff Writer
Babies born to active moms have improved heart function, better neuromotor skills and healthier weights.
Emilie Lorditch, Contributor
CRISPR-Cas9 tool helps scientists edit DNA.
Catherine Meyers, Editor
Researchers found that confined tumors are more resistant to drug treatments.
Meeri Kim, Contributor
Findings suggest sound was not the primary focus of the Stonehenge architects.
Tom Metcalfe, Contributor
Cancer cells become super-charged when exposed to methylmalonic acid, a chemical that builds up in older people's bodies.
Brian Owens, Contributor
Ancient site suggests early humans controlled fire and used plants to ward off insects.
Katharine Gammon, Contributor
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