Human Nature

Mass Shootings Are Contagious
July 2nd, 2015
Virginia Tech. Sandy Hook. Charleston. Not only are mass shootings tragedies in their own rights, they appear to be contagious, according to a new study that also found such criminal acts may spread due to sensational media coverage.
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Is Technology Destroying Empathy? (Op-Ed)
An artist's depiction shows a human head surrounded by the gears of technology.
June 30th, 2015
Technology can serve to boost empathy or damage it, and the effects on society can be profound.
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Weekend Reading: The Best Science Stories of the Week
python, porcupine
June 28th, 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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Why Conservatives Have Better Self-Control
July 1st, 2015
Conservatives may have more self-control than liberals because they are strong believers in free will. People who support free will believe they are responsible for their outcomes and so believe they can control their behavior.
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'(R)EVOLUTION' (US 2015): Book Excerpt
(R)EVOLUTION book cover, evolution, empathy
June 30th, 2015
Prologue to the novel (R)EVOLUTION by P.J. Manney.
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Amazing Images: The Best Science Photos of the Week
With a Bang, contest winner
June 27th, 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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There's No Such Thing As 'Free-Range' Parenting — It's Just Parenting
Two children sit on a hillside.
June 26th, 2015
Helicopter parents, "free-range" parents — what really is the best way to raise a kid?
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Universal Rhythm: People Dance to Same Beat Across the Globe
A group of shishi-odori deer dancers — Japanese folk performing artists who sing, drum and perform acrobatic dancing.
June 30th, 2015
A new analysis of music from diverse cultures around the globe reveals that all music shares certain universal features, such as having a simple beat. And these characteristics tend to be those that bring people together, the researchers said.
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Death and Medicine: Why Lethal Injection Is Getting Harder
June 30th, 2015
Is lethal injection a humane way to execute someone? As drug companies ban the sale of their products to prisons, painless execution becomes harder to guarantee.
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Does Music Give You Math Skills? It's a Tricky Equation
June 27th, 2015
Will Mozart truly boost your mathematical mind?
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