Examine evolution over the course of years or centuries, and you’ll find that it progresses much more quickly than it does over geologic time.
The ancient creatures who first crawled onto land may have been lured by the informational benefit that comes from seeing through air.
Powerful new experiments have uncovered some of the molecular underpinnings of sleep.
Scientists are uncovering how our bodies — and everything within them — tell right from left.
Life was long thought to obey its own set of rules. But as simple systems show signs of lifelike behavior, scientists are arguing about whether this apparent complexity is all a consequence of thermodynamics.
Researchers have discovered that simple “chemically active” droplets grow to the size of cells and spontaneously divide, suggesting they might have evolved into the first living cells.
Proteins work like rigid keys to activate cellular functions — or so everyone thought. Scientists are discovering a huge number of proteins that shape-shift to do their work, upending a century-old maxim of biology.
Is the brain a blank slate, or is it wired from birth to understand the world?
The biologist Marcus Feldman creates mathematical models that reveal how cultural traditions can affect the evolution of a species.
Tiny lines laid down by tooth enamel appear to reveal a previously unknown biological rhythm. If confirmed, the finding could help researchers understand why big animals grow slower — and live longer — than small ones.