Human Nature Archive
02 June 2015, 06:58 AM ET
Five months ago, actor Alan Alda joined 11-year-olds around the world in asking scientists a seemingly simple question: What is sleep?
01 June 2015, 03:31 PM ET
If you think that bringing home the bacon for your spouse will guarantee their fidelity, think again.
31 May 2015, 08:39 AM ET
On Sunday (May 31), pilot André Borschberg took off in a solar-powered plane from China en route to Hawaii — a journey that will require him to fly across the Pacific Ocean nonstop for five days.
29 May 2015, 07:38 AM ET
It's tempting to blame corruption on bad morals. But scientists who study organizations say that corruption — or abuse of power for private gain — is very complicated.
28 May 2015, 12:08 PM ET
The major gateway for modern humans out of Africa may have been Egypt, a new genetic analysis suggests. This finding may help scientists reconstruct how humans evolved as they wandered across the globe.
27 May 2015, 01:02 PM ET
A newfound humanlike species may be a contender for the ancestor of the human lineage, researchers say. This ancient relative of humanity lived alongside the famous Lucy about 3.4 million years ago, revealing diverse humanlike species once lived together.
26 May 2015, 01:42 PM ET
In order to learn about ancient Egyptian techniques, a team of scientists mummified the limb of a human body that had been donated to science.
22 May 2015, 01:42 PM ET
For the first time, scientists have revealed how a remote Papua New Guinean clan mummifies the bodies of their people.
22 May 2015, 01:40 PM ET
For the first time, scientists have revealed how a remote Papua New Guinean clan mummifies the bodies of their people.
21 May 2015, 03:26 PM ET
A 22-minute conversation with an openly gay person about same-sex marriage can increase people's support for it, a new study finds.
20 May 2015, 02:08 PM ET
The oldest handmade stone tools discovered yet predate any known humans and may have been wielded by an as-yet-unknown species, researchers say.
19 May 2015, 09:15 AM ET
Atheists consistently rank among the lowest of the low in the court of American public opinion. Now, research suggests one reason why: Thinking about atheists reminds people of death.
19 May 2015, 07:14 AM ET
Computers have already succeeded in beating humans at chess and Jeopardy! Soon, they may add poker to that list.
15 May 2015, 10:12 AM ET
People who brag may think it makes them look more likable or accomplished, but it often makes them seem more annoying, new research suggests.
14 May 2015, 04:15 PM ET
Remember "The Dress" — the photograph that sparked an online firestorm about whether the garment was white and gold or blue and black? Now, researchers have studied the phenomenon scientifically.
14 May 2015, 09:57 AM ET
A simple visual perception training task can improve vision by one or two lines on an eye chart, leading to super vision and improved gameplay in athletes.
13 May 2015, 11:21 AM ET
If you're looking for a boost in happiness, having more sex may not be your best bet. New research suggests that upping the frequency of sex can make individuals less happy under some circumstances.
12 May 2015, 01:35 PM ET
Brain waves can reveal when a group is working in sync, and which team member is likely to emerge as a leader, new research suggests.
08 May 2015, 12:49 PM ET
For the second year in a row, more parents have donned their boys with the name Noah than any other name, the Social Security Administration announced this morning (May 8).
08 May 2015, 11:02 AM ET
The list of the year's most popular baby names is in. Here's a look at the boy and girl names most parents chose, with Noah and Emma taking top spots.
08 May 2015, 07:41 AM ET
From a greater sense of purpose in a life to heart-repairing fetal cells, being a mom has lots of perks.
07 May 2015, 02:04 PM ET
Many people today get their news via Facebook, but most probably give little thought to how the social media network filters the stories they see.
05 May 2015, 06:25 AM ET
Several U.S. Supreme Court Justices asked for a history lesson on same-sex marriage last week, but the answers they got were far from complete, experts say.
04 May 2015, 12:48 PM ET
The name of Prince William and Kate Middleton's second child, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, is both a classic and diplomatic choice.
30 April 2015, 03:00 PM ET
What happens in the brain when a person has an out-of-body experience? A team of scientists may now have an answer.
29 April 2015, 03:26 PM ET
The Supreme Court is set to decide whether gay marriage becomes legal throughout the United States. Here's what you need to know.
28 April 2015, 06:45 PM ET
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments today (April 28) about the constitutionality of same-sex marriage. Now that the two-and-a-half-hour session has ended, the nine justices are formulating their thoughts and are expected to release a decision in June.
27 April 2015, 04:51 PM ET
By opening up on national television about identifying as transgender, Bruce Jenner has become one of a small percentage of people who identify with a gender that conflicts with the one they were assigned at birth.
26 April 2015, 09:16 AM ET
The disappearance of Neanderthals, the sale of a flawless diamond and a strange link to leukemia are a few of the coolest stories in Science this week.
25 April 2015, 10:39 AM ET
Cute animals across the world, loved photos from the Hubble Space Telescope and celebrate our favorite planet are just a few of
24 April 2015, 06:40 PM ET
The happiest country in the world isn't in the tropics, and rather than sunshine and beautiful beaches it is known for snowy peaks and delicious chocolate.