By creating tech that lets dolphins play computer games and request belly rubs, we can understand their intelligence and perhaps even get a preview of life on other planets, says marine mammal researcher Diana Reiss.

Essential, data-derived advice for leading a happy, healthy life, shared by psychiatrist Robert Waldinger.

In the Appalachian firefly Photinus carolinus, flying males flash in synchrony with their neighbors, creating a symphony in light. Photo by Radim Schreiber.

Sara Lewis studies fireflies. And it turns out they’re not just a pretty flashing light on a summer night. She explains how a firefly glows — and how humans are harnessing that glow for health and medical research (and even to make our food safer).

Jimmy Lin shares how patients suffering from a rare genetic disorder can find the equally rare researcher who can help.

In June, biologist Tony Wyss-Coray described “an absolutely amazing development in aging research.” The implications are huge–and troubling.

While studying for his Ph.D, Uri Alon had a meltdown; his research was going in loops, all paths leading to dead-ends. A way through the pain came from an unlikely source: improv theater. We might all do well to try it.