Susan Gaidos

All Stories by Susan Gaidos

  1. Brain

    When Cupid’s arrow strikes

    Scientists have begun dissecting what it means to be in love. They are finding that much of what we feel can be explained by the effects of a few key chemicals — and not just on our hearts and brains, but on our whole bodies.

  2. Health & Medicine

    Many human ails are ‘scars’ of evolution

    Humans suffer many physical problems that other primates don’t, from sprained ankles to hip fractures. Scientists now say you can blame these on evolution.

  3. Health & Medicine

    Explainer: The teenage body clock

    Around puberty, a change in the body clock of adolescents and teens makes it hard for them to fall asleep as early as they used to.

  4. When one question leads to another

    Young scientists find advantages to pursuing related problems — sometimes for years on end.

  5. Tech

    Cool Jobs: The science of secrets

    Researchers harness science to encode — and decode — hidden messages.

  6. Brain

    No ordinary zzz’s

    Anesthetics can put you in a coma — but that’s a good thing.

  7. Computing

    Watson a game-changer for science

    Supercomputer outsmarts humans in historic Jeopardy! competition.

  8. Health & Medicine

    Giving the brain a hand

    PROFILE: Scientist Kristen Brennand uses stem cells to understand brain disorders.

  9. Health & Medicine

    Making light of sleep

    Teens are prone to sleep problems, but a little sunshine could help.

  10. Animals

    Puberty gone wild

    Humans aren’t the only animals that endure the awkward transition to maturity.

  11. Brain

    The colorful world of synesthesia

    Explore the sensory explosion experienced by people with this unusual, but not that uncommon nor unwelcome, condition.

  12. Environment

    Getting the dirt on carbon

    The circle of life continues thanks to the carbon cycle.