Human Nature Archive
01 July 2014, 03:48 PM ET
A new Gallup poll shows that the number of Americans who reported they were satisfied with their freedom has dropped 12 points, from 91 percent in 2006 to 79 percent in 2013.
30 June 2014, 08:08 PM ET
Urban legends get around, but we don’t really understand why. We conducted a study to explain how misinformation spreads surprisingly fast and why people feel compelled to share it.
30 June 2014, 07:27 PM ET
Synaesthesia is a relatively rare condition that gives people extraordinary perceptual experiences from everyday normal sensory input. For example, someone with synaesthesia might be able to taste or hear colours.
30 June 2014, 06:09 PM ET
Could reading a cheerful or depressing post on Facebook influence your own mood? Apparently so, according to a new study conducted by the social networking company.
30 June 2014, 04:52 PM ET
For millennia, humans have kept track of time by observing the changing face of the moon.
30 June 2014, 03:03 PM ET
Bass notes lay down beats in music worldwide, and new research may reveal why that is — the ear responds better to rhythms set by deeper sounds, scientists say.
29 June 2014, 03:15 AM ET
The oldest known human poop, bacteria on your phone and Higgs boson — just a few of the coolest stories in Science.
28 June 2014, 03:08 AM ET
Monkey faces, lights at night and penguin poop stains — just a few of the most amazing images in Science this week
27 June 2014, 11:53 AM ET
Liberals are just as accepting of authority as conservatives, when that authority shares their political views, new research finds. But the left and the right do differ on how much they value consensus versus uniqueness in political voices.
26 June 2014, 04:32 PM ET
Artist Patricia Olynyk explores how people sense their physical environments, and how those perceptions impact understanding.
26 June 2014, 12:09 PM ET
Human beings may have dozens of universal emotions that are recognized across cultures, new research suggests.
25 June 2014, 05:00 PM ET
Traces of 50,000-year-old poop found at a Neanderthal campground in Spain suggest that modern humans' prehistoric cousins may have had a healthy dose of plants in their diet, researchers say.
24 June 2014, 02:47 AM ET
Illegal fishing is a $23-billion-a-year industry, and it's devastating the oceans.
24 June 2014, 02:37 AM ET
Why are certain events remembered in more detail than others? Are these specific memories less susceptible to be forgotten over time?
23 June 2014, 07:14 PM ET
A student-led project aims to send a time capsule to Mars for future explorers to discover, its organizers announced today (June 23).
23 June 2014, 04:56 PM ET
Here is a look at seven odd hallucinations, which show that anything is possible when the brain takes a break from reality.
23 June 2014, 03:01 PM ET
Reframing the consequences of choices could help people boost their self-control and delay gratification, researchers say, a finding that has implications for diet, exercise and even financial decisions.
22 June 2014, 03:06 AM ET
From ancient parasites and epidemics to affectionate dogs and spiders with personality, here are the coolest stories found from Science this week.
21 June 2014, 02:18 AM ET
From fish-eating spiders to a dinosaur with winged headgear, here are the most amazing images we found in Science this week!
20 June 2014, 07:07 PM ET
There are many tales in literature over millennia about people selling their soul to a malevolent deity for the right price. But at least it’s usually a good price.
20 June 2014, 05:01 PM ET
On average, nine American children and teens are shot each day in gun accidents.
20 June 2014, 03:00 PM ET
A new study compared qualities like level of attractiveness and socioeconomic status and found almost no evidence of the trophy wife stereotype that attractive women tend to marry rich and successful men.
18 June 2014, 10:47 AM ET
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18 June 2014, 08:11 AM ET
Superhero shows and movies are linked to more gender-stereotyped play and pretend-weapon play in young boys, but experts are split about whether this is a problem.
17 June 2014, 06:23 PM ET
The first transatlantic "scent messages" were exchanged today between New York City and Paris, and they smelled like champagne and macaroons.
17 June 2014, 06:04 PM ET
From Shakespearean sonnets to impassioned speeches to lovers' whispers, human language is an amazingly rich form of expression, whose evolution has long puzzled scientists.
16 June 2014, 11:54 PM ET
Recent evidence suggests that gaming can be good for us and, in particular, can help us unwind after a stressful day at work.
16 June 2014, 10:39 PM ET
“Biodiversity offsetting” – protecting animals and plants in one area to make up for negative impacts in another – is increasingly used by companies such as mining firms, as a way to boost their corporate responsibility and prevent ethically-minded invest
15 June 2014, 02:28 AM ET
An ocean inside the Earth and a paralyzed man kicks off the World Cup — just the beginning of the cool stories in Science this week.
14 June 2014, 11:21 AM ET
Science has only recently delved into the neural and hormonal mechanisms of paternal care, but so far the evidence suggests that mothers' and fathers' brains use a similar neural circuitry when taking care of their children.
14 June 2014, 08:43 AM ET
A long-necked sea monster, the cutest penguins and Lake Superior's icebergs are just a few of the awesome images we found in Science this week.
14 June 2014, 01:14 AM ET
Albert Einstein may be most famous for his mass-energy equivalence formula E = mc2, but his work also laid down the foundation for modern quantum mechanics.