Human Nature Archive
28 September 2014, 02:22 AM ET
Mysterious marbles in Utah, cannibalistic octopi on video and the ebola epidemic made the top stories in Science this week. Make sure you check out the rest!
27 September 2014, 12:03 AM ET
India and the United States are poised to push historic climate changes, but will they?
26 September 2014, 01:16 AM ET
If you have trouble picking ice cream amongst 31 flavors, you are not alone — but why are win-win choices so difficult?
25 September 2014, 05:59 PM ET
In 2012, one in five people over age 25 in the United States were not married and never had been married.
25 September 2014, 04:46 PM ET
Feelings of disappointment are caused by a rare type of brain signaling, new research shows. Two neurotransmitters are released by the same neurons, and their ratio is what determines whether you feel a bit discouraged or totally downhearted.
25 September 2014, 08:09 AM ET
In Papua New Guinea, attacks on people accused of practicing witchcraft usually target women, but recently, more men have become victims, a new report suggests.
25 September 2014, 02:05 AM ET
In the early 18th century, people with severe disfigurations had to hide from the public — until surgical pioneers like Thomas Dent Mütter emerged.
24 September 2014, 09:59 PM ET
Native American tribes have signed a new treaty to bring back buffalo herds and the prairies they once roamed, and in the process, restore traditional culture.
24 September 2014, 07:24 AM ET
There were a lot more mothers than fathers throughout much of human history, a new DNA analysis of people around the world shows. The genetic findings offer evidence for polygyny, when one man has many wives, as people migrated out of Africa.
23 September 2014, 05:17 PM ET
What do the light bulb, the polio vaccine and the Internet have in common? They were all considered failures at first, but later became extremely successful.
23 September 2014, 04:00 PM ET
There is a balance to strike between doom-ridden messages and “bright-side” opportunities, and uncertainties around the science and the expected effects of climate change must be factored in too. Can risk language help?
23 September 2014, 01:05 PM ET
Neuroscientists have discovered a new shape of brain cell that sends signals by bypassing the cell body altogether. The cells seem to be especially efficient responders, but their purpose remains a mystery.
23 September 2014, 10:55 AM ET
In the eyes of the American public, scientists are seen as respectable and competent — but not necessarily trustworthy, according to a new study. If scientists want to soften their image, they might could try to seem a little warmer.
23 September 2014, 07:49 AM ET
Several professional athletes have made the news recently for charges of domestic violence, but are athletes actually more prone to domestic violence?
22 September 2014, 11:21 PM ET
It is comforting to feel like we understand the world around us and reassuring to have an explanation for everything. But where does our understanding come from and how reliable is it?
22 September 2014, 03:00 PM ET
Storytelling, dancing and singing reign supreme when the African Kalahari Bushmen light their nighttime fires and depart from daytime conversations about economics and gossip.
22 September 2014, 03:00 PM ET
Firelight storytelling helps people develop and spread culture and abstract ideas, an anthropologist says. Sharing tales around a fire can also reinforce social traditions, encourage harmony and equality, and create a sense of community.
22 September 2014, 07:30 AM ET
Body odor may hint at a person's politics, according to a new study that finds people prefer the odors of those whose ideology matches their own over people on the opposite end of the spectrum.
21 September 2014, 02:12 AM ET
Silly science awards, antidepressant effects and the World's happiest country — just a few of the coolest stories in Science this week.
20 September 2014, 02:33 AM ET
Lonesome George out for views, a stunning aurora and Syria's damage are just a few of the starting images this week.
19 September 2014, 02:27 AM ET
Across the world, scientists are currently exploring a range of strategies to increase wheat yield.
17 September 2014, 11:21 PM ET
And why is it important?
16 September 2014, 08:44 AM ET
Transgender people are mistakenly conflated with gays and lesbians, despite gender identity and sexual orientation being different factors. People also view transgender people with pity and have trouble accepting their sex identity.
16 September 2014, 03:26 AM ET
How media reports cover suicide actually leads to more suicides.
16 September 2014, 03:00 AM ET
With sexual harassment surprisingly common in science professions, will the fields ever lose their stigma as a club of "old, white males"?
16 September 2014, 02:03 AM ET
Abhor asparagus and can't stand coffee? You may be a super taster.
14 September 2014, 03:01 AM ET
From strange aquatic dinosaurs to more to the story of Stonehenge, here are the most interesting stories we found in Science this week.
13 September 2014, 03:08 AM ET
Volcanoes, tornadoes, dancing lights and a full harvest moon are just a few of our favorite images from this week in Science.
12 September 2014, 05:46 PM ET
Natasha Schüll is a cultural anthropologist who explores questions at the nexus of human-machine interaction, but she looks forward to the day when the hard and soft sciences can work together.
12 September 2014, 03:08 PM ET
Anthropologist Natasha Schüll seeks to understand our connections and responses to machines and technology.
12 September 2014, 12:04 AM ET
With each week that passes, the Ebola crisis in West Africa deepens. And amid the horror, the fear and a public health response described by Medicine Sans Frontières as “lethally inadequate,” public health systems face total collapse.
11 September 2014, 03:34 PM ET
Religion and politics have little effect on morality, a new study suggests.