How Your Emotions Affect Sickness and Depression

At the gym I’ve watched members enter class or the steam room to “work through” a cold. Hoping to feel better, their spread of germs is likely to infect others. Gyms are, like schools, breeding grounds for illness. But is the spreading of germs enough to make another sick? Sometimes. Amazingly the germs themselves prove...

The Science of Ghosts: What’s Really Happening When Your Brain Detects a Ghoul?

Once, in middle school, a gang of boys and I were lured to a spot behind the Dunkin' Donuts in our town. We went after dark, to a place where a kid from school witnessed a paranormal experience. Once there, we saw nothing. We chided our classmate until suddenly, a column of white light...

200,000-Year-Old ‘Baby Tooth’ Reveals Clues About Mysterious Human Lineage

DNA in a fossil from a young girl has revealed that a mysterious extinct human lineage occupied the middle of Asia longer than previously thought, allowing more potential interbreeding with Neanderthals, a new study finds. Although modern humans are the only surviving human lineage, other hominins — which include modern humans, extinct human species and...

Remains of Medieval Saint’s Hut Could Aid Search for Missing Monastery

Saint Columba, best known for bringing Christianity to Scotland from Ireland in the sixth century, led the life of a superhero of sorts on Iona, a windswept island off the west coast of Scotland. He cured illnesses, rendered snakes' venom harmless, resurrected the dead and even saved a swimmer from being bitten by the...

No, That’s Not Amelia Earhart in That History Channel Photo

It's not her. A photo unearthed by History channel researchers does not in fact depict Amelia Earhart, the famous aviator who went missing in 1937 while she was trying to become the first woman to fly around the world, nor does it show her navigator, Fred Noonan, according to Earhart historians. History channel researchers had claimed the image...