Human Nature Archive
30 March 2014, 07:45 PM ET
Despite being called a “grand challenge” alongside climate change and terrorism, the fact of an ageing society isn’t new; it has been proceeding quietly across all developed countries for 174 years.
30 March 2014, 02:26 AM ET
The average citizen may not feel that they have anything to fear from the rise of apps that promise to identify sex offenders in their area but they are part of a worrying trend.
30 March 2014, 01:12 AM ET
Woolly mammoths with birth defects to west coast mudslides, these are the most interesting stories from Science this week.
29 March 2014, 02:37 AM ET
From stunning lightning to endangered Malaysian snail beauties, here are our favorite Science images this week.
28 March 2014, 04:14 AM ET
Recent criticism should not obscure the tremendous impact of Alcoholics Anonymous and related 12-step programs.
28 March 2014, 02:58 AM ET
Air pollution now causes one in eight deaths, globally.
28 March 2014, 02:01 AM ET
That addict on 'Grey's Anatomy' isn't there only to advance the plot — scriptwriters want you thinking about the impact of addiction.
27 March 2014, 12:55 PM ET
Suicide is still stigmatized, and misunderstandings may prevent effective treatment. Here are some of the major myths about suicidal thoughts and behaviors, and the real facts about suicide.
27 March 2014, 06:47 AM ET
If you're looking to bring some more joy into your life, find a job in the technology industry.
27 March 2014, 02:33 AM ET
Did you know that Easter eggs are wonderful materials for fun science projects? Try some of these eggs-periments and find out how interesting your eggs can be!
26 March 2014, 12:27 PM ET
Having a fair boss might be good for workers, but it's not so great for bosses themselves.
26 March 2014, 02:50 AM ET
Women conservationists in developing nations face obstacles, societal and otherwise, that make their accomplishments even more profound.
26 March 2014, 01:09 AM ET
What do you think the opposite sex finds attractive in you?
26 March 2014, 12:54 AM ET
Money may not buy happiness or grow on trees but when it comes to chocolate, it seems you can have both.
25 March 2014, 04:12 PM ET
Texting is becoming a medium for increasingly serious communications. But when breaking bad news, experts say, text messages are far too cold and inhumane. Face-to-face is best when the news is bad.
25 March 2014, 01:43 PM ET
Perhaps unsurprisingly, human-centric portrayals of animals sometimes fail to teach children about the realities of the natural world, even in books peppered with factual information, a new study found.
25 March 2014, 12:45 PM ET
Human beings are terrible at detecting liars consciously, but may be subconsciously noticing the hallmarks of dishonesty, new research suggests.
25 March 2014, 11:18 AM ET
A shooting late Monday (March 24) at the U.S. Navy's Naval Station Norfolk, the world's largest naval base located in Virginia, left a sailor and a civilian suspect dead.
25 March 2014, 09:12 AM ET
Quitting your job? Here's how to make a graceful exit — without burning any bridges with your supervisors or co-workers.
25 March 2014, 06:29 AM ET
Armed With Truth founders, Mike Mueller and Eric Knopf, said they started the business to help fellow Christians memorize scripture passages in a convenient and fashionable way.
25 March 2014, 01:24 AM ET
Men and women may feel like they differ on much more than just the possession or not of a Y chromosome. How we react emotionally to a situation, remember events and navigate our way around the environment has also been shown to differ between genders.
24 March 2014, 07:35 AM ET
Contrary to popular myth, suicides are most common not in the dead of winter, but in the warmth of spring. Researchers theorize that increased sociality or even inflammation from allergens plays a role in this spring peak.
23 March 2014, 02:36 AM ET
From echos of the Big Bang to the breathing of the Amazon forest, we found some super cool stories in Science this week!
22 March 2014, 10:54 PM ET
A computer system has been developed that can tell whether facial expressions of pain are real or fake – with possible implications for those of us who fake the occasional “sickie.”
22 March 2014, 02:27 AM ET
A few of our favorite images this week are chickens from hell, a space monkey star factory and baby crocs. Check out the rest.
21 March 2014, 09:39 PM ET
Visual illusions, such as the rabbit-duck (shown above) and café wall (shown below) are fascinating because they remind us of the discrepancy between perception and reality. But our knowledge of such illusions has been largely limited to studying humans.
20 March 2014, 11:23 PM ET
Brightly colored materials in your kitchen can be used to make natural dyes for Easter eggs.
20 March 2014, 10:47 PM ET
Can a "manufactory" for making flower-flavored colas change minds about the environment?
20 March 2014, 02:00 PM ET
From the smell of fresh coffee to the odor of burning rubber to the fresh smell after rain, the human nose can distinguish many more odors than once thought, a new study suggests.
20 March 2014, 01:06 PM ET
Measuring happiness is tricky, given differing definitions across time and culture. Here are some of the odd ways people have tried to quantify joy.
20 March 2014, 12:40 PM ET
Contrary to popular Western opinion, happiness is not an unmitigated good. Many cultures see happiness and joy as something to be avoided, recent research finds.