Human Nature Archive
08 September 2015, 12:48 PM ET
The last common ancestor of humans and chimpanzees may have had shoulders that were similar to those of modern African apes, researchers say. The finding supports the notion that the human lineage shifted to a life away from trees gradually.
05 September 2015, 08:13 AM ET
Thanks to the limited number of genes available to make a human, there's a fairly decent chance that everyone has a look-alike. Of course, there are several nuances that can shift the likelihood of your doppelganger.
04 September 2015, 04:57 PM ET
If you want to boost your brain, you may want to table the training games and instead go for a jog.
03 September 2015, 03:20 PM ET
Companies focused on "true wealth" look beyond cash, and the movement is spawning cutting-edge technologies.
01 September 2015, 08:18 AM ET
Creative genius and neurotic thought patterns might have the same root cause, perhaps explaining why many artists are tortured souls.
31 August 2015, 08:25 AM ET
For a very small, but growing number of people, diminutive dwellings are making dreams come true.
28 August 2015, 09:28 PM ET
The ability to repeat a study and find the same results twice is a prerequisite for building scientific knowledge. It may surprise you to learn, then, that scientists do not often conduct – much less publish – attempted replications of existing studies.
26 August 2015, 05:20 PM ET
Violent crime is complex, but America's dual obsession with guns and fame may explain the nation's high rates of mass shootings.
26 August 2015, 01:41 PM ET
Household dust contains menageries of microscopic life that differ greatly from each other depending of where a person lives, what pets a person has, and how many people in the house are male or female, researchers say.
26 August 2015, 09:02 AM ET
Researchers found that men who feel they fall short of society's "macho man" standards and are unhappy about it may be more likely to commit violent assaults using weapons than men who are comfortable with their masculinity.
25 August 2015, 03:05 PM ET
Women who are less attractive are likelier to label themselves bisexual or lesbian, new research suggests.
25 August 2015, 02:37 PM ET
What's the best way to maintain U.S. national parks? Show up.
22 August 2015, 10:07 AM ET
Women are more likely than men to initiate divorce in the United States, but they are no more likely than men to initiate breakups in a dating relationship, a new study finds.
20 August 2015, 11:37 AM ET
Controversial and more specific science pages on Wikipedia may contain less trustworthy, overly technical or limited information, research suggests.
18 August 2015, 11:00 AM ET
Scientists have discovered the oldest known fossil of a hand bone yet to resemble that of a modern human. The hand belonged to an unknown human relative who would've been much taller and larger than any of its contemporaries.
14 August 2015, 01:56 PM ET
People perceive the color yellow differently in summer versus winter, perhaps because the difference in foliage requires a different color balance in the eye.
14 August 2015, 07:25 AM ET
Your gender might affect how you experience a broken heart.
12 August 2015, 09:51 AM ET
Beer's essential ingredient, yeast, has a fascinating evolutionary story that begins in a cave more than 500 years ago.
12 August 2015, 07:35 AM ET
People are literally seeing images in their dreams when they undergo the rapid eye movements characteristic of certain stages of sleep, new research suggests.
11 August 2015, 04:51 PM ET
Are you an "LOL"-er or a "haha"-er? The king of "hehes" or the queen of smiley face emoji?
11 August 2015, 06:18 AM ET
Thirteen valuable pieces of art vanished from Boston's Gardner Museum in March 1990.
06 August 2015, 03:34 PM ET
Jon Stewart's final episode as host of "The Daily Show" airs tonight, August 6, after 16 years on-air. Here are 7 times he got the science right.
05 August 2015, 11:57 PM ET
Roughly 7,000 languages are used around the world, and many thousands more have cycled in and out of existence throughout human history. Where did these languages come from, and how did our ancestors create the very first ones?
05 August 2015, 07:28 AM ET
You can aim high without burning out, but perfectionists may have to squelch some of their ingrained self-criticism.
03 August 2015, 02:30 PM ET
Office building managers who set air conditioners to frigid temperatures are not only sending shivers up the spines of workers, they're also wasting money and energy, a new study finds.
31 July 2015, 03:05 PM ET
Eyewitness testimony -- it's often thought of as solid evidence in criminal cases, but researchers including Iowa State University's Gary Wells have found that our memories aren't as reliable as we think.
30 July 2015, 10:54 PM ET
Obesity is on the rise in nations where children are starving, so the fight for animal rights in the developing world is not the reason hunger prevails.
30 July 2015, 09:08 AM ET
A posthumously published Dr. Seuss book released July 28 called "What Pet Should I Get" brings back the whimsical, rhyming delight of the "Seussian" world.
30 July 2015, 09:06 AM ET
It's not just social pressure or political correctness. People really are becoming more accepting of gays and lesbians on a subconscious level.
29 July 2015, 04:39 PM ET
Not all African people of short stature — often referred to as Pygmies — grow alike, a new study finds. The Baka people of West Africa are born at typical sizes but grow much more slowly during their first two years of life than non-Pygmies do.
28 July 2015, 08:17 AM ET
Why does the world need two kinds of Diet Pepsi?
23 July 2015, 04:14 PM ET
Pope Francis' popularity among Americans may be waning, according to a new Gallup poll.