Human Nature

Not All African Pygmy Groups Grow the Same Way
Baka child getting height measured
July 29th, 2015
Not all African people of short stature — often referred to as Pygmies — grow alike, a new study finds. The Baka people of West Africa are born at typical sizes but grow much more slowly during their first two years of life than non-Pygmies do.
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Pope Francis' Popularity Declines in the US
pope francis
July 23rd, 2015
Pope Francis' popularity among Americans may be waning, according to a new Gallup poll.
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Ultramarathon Runner Sets Appalachian Trail Record: How He Did It
Ultramarathon Runner
July 17th, 2015
An ultramarathon runner overcame an early injury, sleep deprivation and steep terrain to complete an astounding 2,189-mile run along the Appalachian Trail in 46 days and 8 hours.
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Weekend Reading: The Best Science Stories of the Week
Image of the sun taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on July 18, 2015.
July 26th, 2015
Here are the most interesting, amazing and unusual things that happened in the world of science this week. A recap of Live Science's best.
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What Do Women Want in a Penis? The Whole Package
A man looking down his pants.
July 23rd, 2015
What makes a penis attractive? Not sure? Well, don't rely on your opinion to answer that question — science has the answer.
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Screaming Triggers Alarm Bells in the Brain
Man Screaming
July 16th, 2015
A new study is turning an ear toward what exactly makes screams so terrifying.
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Waiting to Tie the Knot? You're Not Alone
Two wedding bands close up
July 15th, 2015
Young adults in the United States are waiting longer to get married than they did nearly 50 years ago, according to a new analysis of census data.
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Amazing Images: The Best Science Photos of the Week
dronies, dronestagram, tulip fields
July 25th, 2015
Here are the stories behind the most amazing images in the world of science this week. A recap of the coolest photos featured on Live Science.
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Why Atticus Finch's Racist Shift in 'Watchman' Could Be an Anomaly
Atticus Finch, played by Gregory Peck
July 19th, 2015
The character Atticus Finch, revered by many as a paragon of justice, has transformed into an unapologetic racist in Harper Lee's new novel, "Go Set a Watchman." But it's curious that Atticus endorses racism, as most tend to become more tolerant with age.
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Why Are People So Afraid of Sharks?
A shark's eye view of swimmers.
July 16th, 2015
Statistically speaking, sharks pose very little threat to humans. So why are people so afraid of the animals?
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