Human Nature Archive
24 September 2015, 10:54 AM ET
Pope Francis did the world a service with his encyclical addressing climate change, but he failed to address population growth, scientists say.
23 September 2015, 07:47 AM ET
As Pope Francis visits the United States for the first time, he will encounter a Catholic population divided on social issues, but more united in their love of central church rituals and traditions.
21 September 2015, 08:25 AM ET
The evolutionary response to threat may explain why some want to close the doors to migrants in Europe — but the brain can override those impulses.
21 September 2015, 07:50 AM ET
Various countries have opened their "gates" to specific numbers of these refugees. But what determines how wide a country will swing open their borders in a resource-limited world? Turns out, there's some science and a lot of politics involved.
21 September 2015, 07:40 AM ET
Ahead of the Pope's visit to America, the Pew Research Forum interviewed 5,122 Catholics about their views on various topics.
21 September 2015, 07:34 AM ET
Catholics make up 22 percent of the United States population and are as diverse as the country itself.
20 September 2015, 03:07 PM ET
Pope Francis is set to canonize Junipero Serra, the Franciscan priest who founded the first missions in California, but the move has stirred controversy.
18 September 2015, 07:42 AM ET
Pope Francis has a full itinerary for his U.S. trip, but what exactly will he say during his time in the United States?
17 September 2015, 04:01 PM ET
Unwed parents were once more likely to get divorced than couples who got married before having kids. Not anymore, a new study shows.
14 September 2015, 11:46 AM ET
We may never know exactly what drove millions of men and women in committed relationships to log on to to find lovers, but most cheaters fall into two categories, science shows.
11 September 2015, 08:41 AM ET
Homophobia is linked with dysfunctional psychological traits and poor coping skills in a new study of Italian students.
10 September 2015, 10:41 AM ET
When it comes to science, some Americans are better informed than others, according to a new survey.
10 September 2015, 06:34 AM ET
This newfound species from South Africa possessed an odd mix of features, such as feet adapted for a life on the ground but hands suited for climbing trees, that may force scientists to rewrite their models about the dawn of humanity.
10 September 2015, 06:19 AM ET
An international team of scientists has discovered the remains of what they say belong to a completely new species of human. The bones were found in a cave in South Africa and may change our view on the dawn of humanity.
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.