In sports, on a game show, or just on the job, what causes people to choke when the stakes are high?
A copying error appears to be responsible for critical features of the human brain that distinguish us from our closest primate kin, new research finds.
A decline in the variety of life — including the plants and animals that live around us, as well as the microbes on our bodies — may play a role in the rapid rise in allergies and asthma, indicates new research.
Not everyone is game enough to fit a laser beam on to a shark’s head and live to tell the tale intact, but not everyone is a marine biologist, either.
Giraffes, with their beautifully elongated necks, have only seven cervical vertebrae.
Adults have more difficulty recognizing faces that belong to people of another race, and this deficit appears to start early.
Early members of an ancient family of trees, the cypresses, grew on the supercontinent Pangaea, and when this giant continent split apart, it shaped the future of these trees, according to research that examined the evolution of these trees, which to
A crocodile large enough to swallow humans once lived in East Africa, according to a University of Iowa researcher.
In his book The Most Human Human, Brian Christian looks at the artificial intelligences we've built, and what they say about us
Small fish bend themselves into a 'C' shape before they flee from predators. Observations have suggested that this shape helps them to abruptly put the greatest distance possible between themselves and their predators.
Maximum running speed is the most important variable influencing mammalian eye size other than body size, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin.
Breeding is on their minds as the mating season draws to an end. Guys drop dead by the hour, making goby girls go all out in their hunt for a mate to father their offspring
Phoenix, AZ, April 30, 2012) Barrow Neurological Institute researchers Jorge Otero-Millan, Stephen Macknik, and Susana Martinez-Conde share the recent cover of the Journal of Neuroscience in a compelling study into why illusions trick our brains.
What gives you the motivation to go the extra mile for a promotion or a perfect test score? It may be your levels of a brain chemical called dopamine.
For most people, sleep is undisturbed by the need to pee, because our bladders seem to hold more urine over night. But just how this happens, and why some people are unable to do this, has remained a mystery until now.
A visitor might stumble upon a strange sight in Laguna, Brazil, if they went down to the shore. Here, the local fishermen rely on dolphins to help them with their yearly fish catch.
Herbicide-resistant superweeds threaten to overgrow U.S. fields, so agriculture companies have genetically engineered a new generation of plants to withstand heavy doses of multiple, extra-toxic weed-killing chemicals.
A surgeon claims to have found the fabled organ, but skeptics say not so fast
Natural forces of evolution still continue to shape humanity despite the power we have to profoundly alter the world around us, researchers say.
Talk about extended family: A single-celled organism in Norway has been called "mankind's furthest relative."
A decades-old explanation for how tigers get their stripes has come into question as researchers challenge what’s called the morphogen theory. The research does not nix the theory, but science may now have a hypothetical tiger by the tail as they try
The leviathan was nearly 20 feet long.
Pacific reef shark populations have plummeted by 90 percent or more over the past several decades, according a new study by a team of American and Canadian researchers, and much of this decline stems from human fishing pressure.
The next time someone calls you bird-brained, you should assume that you are being complimented on your sense of direction.
As many as 90 percent of reef sharks have disappeared from reefs near populated islands, a new study finds.
Heavily armed group swipes eggs of endangered species, just before hatching.
Eyeless shrimp and other mutations due to BP chemicals
Fossilized “dinosaur eggs” have been excavated in southern Russia's Republic of Chechnya.
The first human eggs grown from human stem cells could be fertilized with human sperm cells later this year, potentially revolutionizing fertility treatment for women.
NASA's new Mars exploration strategy will be shaped by an old goal: searching for signs of past or present life on the Red Planet.