Human Nature Archive
16 November 2015, 03:56 PM ET
A mysterious extinct branch of the human family tree that once interbred with modern humans was more genetically diverse than Neanderthals, a finding that suggests many of these extinct humans called Denisovans existed in what is now southern Siberia.
16 November 2015, 07:22 AM ET
Perhaps you could care less, but newly spotted differences in how our brains work could explain why some people are apathetic and lazy. Scientists say motivation could be more about biology than attitude.
13 November 2015, 07:13 PM ET
There is no truth to the claim that the Earth will plunge into 15 days of darkness on Nov. 15. Don't be left in the dark on this space hoax.
13 November 2015, 12:53 PM ET
Enjoy this inauspicious Friday, because you won't see another one like it until 2026.
12 November 2015, 08:57 AM ET
A cultural shift in happiness trends sees teens cheerier than ever while adults over 30 watch their happiness decline. The results may illuminate why the death rate is rising for middle-age Americans, even as it falls for other age groups
11 November 2015, 11:17 AM ET
Darwin's dusty tome on the evolution of different species was just rated the most influential academic book in history.
06 November 2015, 01:47 PM ET
Is he or she the one? You know… the one to introduce to my parents, the one to move in with, the one to start a family with, the one to marry? At some point in every dating relationship, you ask yourself some version of these questions.
06 November 2015, 01:31 PM ET
If food runs short, what will governments do?
05 November 2015, 07:24 AM ET
Sofia, Sophie and other spelling variants are among the top names in a dizzying array of countries. What gives? Turns out the name has some innate qualities that may explain how it has swept the world.
03 November 2015, 10:51 AM ET
The majority of asylum seekers in one Dresden facility have traumatic experiences and psychological diagnoses, highlighting the need for psychiatric care.
03 November 2015, 07:03 AM ET
Scientists, it's time to lend your ears (and your knowledge) to this year's big science competition: Explaining the science of sound to 11-year-olds.
31 October 2015, 08:58 AM ET
On Sunday, Nov. 1, it's time to wind back the clocks. Or is that forward? Wait, are we losing an hour, or gaining one? Here's why daylight saving time is so confusing. Turns out, part of the frustration is biological.
30 October 2015, 12:28 PM ET
The best haunted houses push buttons in our brains that evolved long before houses even existed.
29 October 2015, 01:33 PM ET
China has officially ended its policy of allowing families to have just one child, and will instead allow parents to have two children.
26 October 2015, 07:09 AM ET
Is it really possible to be scared to death?
22 October 2015, 02:43 PM ET
Just in time for Halloween, gore-resistant scientists are swinging frozen human cadaver arms like battering rams — in the name of science, of course.
22 October 2015, 10:00 AM ET
Though most people in the U.S. see religion and science as frequently in conflict, most people view their personal beliefs as compatible with science, a new survey suggests.
20 October 2015, 03:34 PM ET
Americans aren't that afraid of the boogeyman, but they are afraid of their own elected officials.
16 October 2015, 01:03 PM ET
A new federal report argues that gay conversion therapy shouldn't be offered to minors, because there's no evidence it works and some evidence it is harmful.
14 October 2015, 01:34 PM ET
Teeth from a cave in China suggest that modern humans lived in Asia tens of thousands of years before they reached Europe, researchers say. The finding sheds light on the dispersal of Homo sapiens out of Africa and across the globe.
14 October 2015, 11:04 AM ET
Since 1954 when the first Tokyo-destroying sea monster hit theaters, Godzilla has reared its terrifying head in 30 films. So why is the sci-fi movie such a smashing success? Turns out, the beast reminds us of our childhood love of dinosaurs.
13 October 2015, 06:42 PM ET
Emilia Clarke, Esquire magazine's sexiest woman alive, has many traits people typically associate with attractiveness, from pouty lips to high cheekbones.
13 October 2015, 04:13 PM ET
Pornography has a myriad of effects on the brain, from shutting down the visual system to potentially shrinking parts of the brain associated with reward.
13 October 2015, 03:03 PM ET
People in Antarctica may drink more because of the cold, cooped-up conditions; a hypermasculine environment; boredom; and isolation.
13 October 2015, 12:06 PM ET
The public dialogue about science is perhaps the most vital and most fraught national conversation not taking place in our country, and the ramifications are profound.
08 October 2015, 10:10 AM ET
What does actor Paul Giamatti know about cyborgs? A surprising amount, it turns out, and he's ready to share it on "Breakthrough," a new National Geographic Channel series that dives into groundbreaking research.
06 October 2015, 04:27 PM ET
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has photographed a plain called Acidalia Planitia and the southwest corner of the 285-mile-wide Schiaparelli Crater, the landing sites of the Ares 3 and Ares 4 missions, respectively, in the "The Martian
06 October 2015, 11:38 AM ET
Possibly the most primitive human ever discovered, Homo naledi not only buried its dead but it may have also used tools, according to an analysis of its hands. The new study also revealed this human could both walk on the ground and climb trees.
05 October 2015, 06:55 AM ET
It might seem odd, but scientists have a lot to say about supernatural beliefs.
02 October 2015, 05:00 PM ET
Parents face a tricky task when talking to kids about violence: not hiding scary news, while ensuring their kids feel safe and protected, experts say.
02 October 2015, 04:58 PM ET
If you're guilty of phubbing, you may want to change your ways sooner rather than later.
26 September 2015, 10:59 AM ET
From sky bears duking it out with the moon to coital relationships between celestial bodies, people have been making up cool stories to explain lunar eclipses for a very long time.