The field has long been more mice than men. New technologies and systems-based approaches with human cells may soon fill gaps in our understanding of autoimmune disease and health, Mark Davis says in a Q&A.
Can we use the tools of psychology to understand how colonies of social insects make decisions?
Tiny charges inside human cells spur development of an embryo’s form and structure. In a Q&A, Michael Levin talks about using those sparks to fix birth defects, control cancer and regrow tissues.
The author of This Is Your Brain on Music talks about the very human ways the mind and body keep the beat.
A few hours here, a few hours there. At home, or somewhere else. Alternative work can be a great deal or it can leave you unprotected, as management scholar Lindsey Cameron explains in a Q&A.
A mysterious kidney disease is just one of the many health risks faced by immigrant laborers. In a Q&A, occupational health expert Marc Schenker discusses the hazards and a few potential solutions.
Meant to punish or protect, social isolation in prison creates a ripple of unintended effects on the psyche
A slumber researcher explains why getting enough z’s is crucial to your health
Other therapies, more training, a new mindset: Can doctors bring relief to patients without putting them at risk for addiction?
Sure they cause disease, but the microbes can be a help as well. Witness long-lasting pepper seeds, drought-resistant crop plants and even our own placentas.
The idea of a multiverse — multiple realms of space differing in basic properties of physics — bugs some scientists. Others find it a real possibility that should not be ignored.
Genetic advances may make it possible to grow transplantable tissues in other species. That could solve immunity and availability issues, but raises ethical concerns.
They're a common index of technological creativity, but research finds they can impede rather than encourage it
A “policy physicist” explores practical ways to sniff out uranium processing from afar
How the body’s own defense cells can be turned into tiny, programmable assassins to battle cancers and other disorders
Countermarketing succeeds by exposing the motives behind the advertising of unhealthy products. It worked for teen smoking — could it do the same for junk food?
How we want to be perceived influences how we act, and that presents persuasion opportunities. But the social factors involved are not easy to unravel.
Inform, incentivize, legislate: There’s a ladder of escalating approaches for changing citizens’ behavior — and nudges for every rung