Human Nature Archive
26 March 2015, 08:00 AM ET
Boosting a person's smarts through drugs or electrical or magnetic stimulation of the brain is becoming increasingly widespread. Now, bioethicists weigh in, saying that while such cognitive enhancement is neither bad nor good, it deserves more research.
24 March 2015, 08:28 PM ET
Empirical evidence is information that is acquired by observation or experimentation.
23 March 2015, 10:23 PM ET
Deduction starts out with a generalization that follows a process to reach a specific, logical conclusion. Induction is the opposite - making a generalization from a set of specific observations.
21 March 2015, 08:07 PM ET
Akin to the poet laureate position, the honorary one-year laureate appointment would give a respected scientist an official national platform to enhance the public understanding of science and attract students to STEM fields.
21 March 2015, 09:38 AM ET
Prize-winning images in medicine, St. Patrick's Day auroras and the tornado forecast for 2015 — just a taste of our favorite photos in Science.
20 March 2015, 05:09 PM ET
Paraguay is the happiest country in the world, according to a 2014 Gallup poll of people in 143 countries.
20 March 2015, 05:06 PM ET
For the first time in a decade, the top 10 happiest countries in the world are all in Latin America, according to the 2014 Gallup Positive Experience Index.
17 March 2015, 10:14 PM ET
A scientific theory is based on careful examination of facts. It is much different from the non-scientific use of the word.
17 March 2015, 03:20 PM ET
Never mind the outspoken Christian leaders who reject the Big Bang and human evolution; nearly 70 percent of rank-and-file evangelicals in the United States say they don't see religion and science as being totally at odds, a new survey found.
16 March 2015, 04:10 PM ET
A 17-million-year-old beaked whale fossil is helping researchers solve a puzzle about the likely birthplace of humanity in East Africa, a new study finds.
15 March 2015, 09:59 AM ET
From technology and how it makes our lives better to forecasting earthquakes in Cali, here are our top ten best articles in Science this week.
14 March 2015, 10:01 AM ET
The beginning of a new era in solar technology with the Solar Impulse 2 and and amur tiger family portrait, spelunkers finding ancient coins and the eruption of a Chilean volcano — just a few of our favorite photos in Science this week.
08 March 2015, 12:24 AM ET
From picturing the dual nature of light to the best places to hide from zombies, here are 10 of the most interesting articles in Science this week.
05 March 2015, 07:35 PM ET
Though Ben Carson claimed that being gay is a choice, science suggests that's not the case.
05 March 2015, 01:51 PM ET
Most people know that Einstein was an anti-war activist, but after moving to the United States in 1933 and becoming a U.S. citizen, Einstein also confronted American racism.
05 March 2015, 07:46 AM ET
The new film "Chappie" features an artificially intelligent robot that becomes sentient and must learn to navigate the competing forces of kindness and corruption in a human world.
05 March 2015, 01:15 AM ET
To solve the climate crisis, people will need to see beyond their human nature.
01 March 2015, 12:40 AM ET
From color confusion blowing up Twitter to a chocolate snorting machine here are 10 of the coolest stories in Science this week.
28 February 2015, 09:15 AM ET
New spiders, rare cats and endangered baby sea turtles — just a few of the cool pictures in Science. Check out the rest.
26 February 2015, 10:28 PM ET
Excerpt from the sci-fi novel "Catalyst" (Penguin/Kathy Dawson Books, 2015).
26 February 2015, 11:58 AM ET
Stephen Hawking may be most famous for his work on black holes and gravitational singularities, but the world-renowned physicist has also become known for his outspoken ideas about things that could destroy human civilization.
25 February 2015, 09:26 PM ET
Huge companies including Apple, Wal-Mart and Ikea have spent big bucks on green energy — why are so many governments lagging behind?
24 February 2015, 02:08 PM ET
In the courtroom, don't assume the "science" is up to academic standards.
24 February 2015, 09:59 AM ET
What does the name Alessandro have that Howard doesn't? With its double S's and Greek origin, it's just sexier, according to an online survey on male and female names.
23 February 2015, 02:34 PM ET
Stephen Hawking may be getting some Hollywood love for "The Theory of Everything," a biopic about his life that earned actor Eddie Redmayne the best actor Oscar at last night's Academy Awards. But that hasn't stopped the world-famous physicist from issuin
23 February 2015, 11:53 AM ET
Famed British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking took to Facebook last night to congratulate actor Eddie Redmayne for winning the "Best Actor" Oscar at the 2015 Academy Awards for "The Theory of Everything," a biopic about Hawking's life and his debilitating
22 February 2015, 01:20 AM ET
Snail teeth, cold weather, speeding raindrops, munchies and more — this week's cool science stories educate and entertain.
21 February 2015, 09:10 AM ET
This week brought us sensational images of strange animal hearts, a cosmicly provided smiley and even the answer to an age-old question — how many licks does it take?
21 February 2015, 07:39 AM ET
Men, take a look at your right hand. Is your index finger shorter than your ring finger? The ratio of these digits' lengths could hint at everything from personality to intellect to physiology, a number of studies suggest.