A study in the journal Nature finds that worms that fasted every third day got the same anti-aging benefits offered by severe calorie-restricted diets. Karen Hopkin reports
Reviews and recommendations from the December 2008/January 2009 issue of Scientific American MIND
What do you do to pass on your genes to the next generation if you are really hard up, it’s too dark to see clearly and you are literally under enormous pressure.
Pregnant women with vitamin D deficiencies are more likely than other expectant moms to deliver their babies via cesarean section.
"Women with a vitamin D deficiency were almost 4 times more likely to have a cesarean than those with [normal] vitamin D levels," says senior study author Anne Merewood, an assistant pediatrics professor at Boston University School of Medicine...
An unauthorized biographer claims that pop star Michael Jackson is suffering from this debilitating genetic disease and needs a lung transplant
Scientific American editor Michael Battaglia discusses the online In-Depth-Report on Apollo 8, which orbited the moon 40 years ago this week. And author Emily Anthes talks about her new book, Instant Egghead Guide: The Mind ...
Most movie aliens cannot reproduce successfully
Magpies join the elite group of animals that can recognize their reflection
The big screen has been beset by bugs since the beginning
We are used to thinking of humans as occupying the sole pinnacle of evolutionary intelligence. That's where we're wrong
As it turns out, size also matters when it comes to pain perception.
A study presented at the meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology found that fruit flies were better able to fight off infections that they got while asleep at night than those received while awake during the day...
In a word: Yes. The question is, why? Hint: nerve signals are blocked
Some evolutionary psychologists have made widely popularized claims about how the human mind evolved, but other scholars argue that the grand claims lack solid evidence
A study in the journal Science looked at bones from dinosaurs found with clutches of eggs, and found that the caretakers appear to be male. Karen Hopkin reports
Biologists working with the most sophisticated genetic tools are demonstrating that natural selection plays a greater role in the evolution of genes than even most evolutionists had thought...
Charles Darwin saw that random variations in organisms provide fodder for evolution. Modern scientists are revealing how that diversity arises from changes to DNA and can add up to complex creatures or even cultures...