Human Nature Archive
23 August 2014, 06:33 PM ET
Would you trust Wikipedia — one of the most popular websites in the world — any more (or even less) if you knew people were being paid to contribute content to the encyclopedia?
23 August 2014, 06:05 PM ET
The recent furore about the Facebook Messenger app has unearthed an interesting question: how far are we willing to allow our privacy to be pushed for our social connections?
23 August 2014, 06:21 AM ET
Endangered dragonflies, tree-climbing snakes and zombie ants are just the live Science side of our favorite images for this week. Check these out!
21 August 2014, 08:40 PM ET
Engineering is the application of science and math to solve problems. It is a cornerstone of STEM education.
21 August 2014, 12:45 PM ET
Women are perceived as less likable and competent than men when they ask for flexible work arrangements to accommodate childcare responsibilities, a new study suggests.
21 August 2014, 08:09 AM ET
When people break up, social media such as Facebook can often add to their distress, by providing constant reminders of the breakup and temptations to check up on the ex, new research shows.
21 August 2014, 07:55 AM ET
From changing passwords to deleting an ex from a friends list, people can take several steps to have a healthier breakup online, researchers say.
21 August 2014, 01:23 AM ET
For a Texas community already surrounded by oil refineries, there is a personal drive to fight the Keystone XL pipeline.
20 August 2014, 08:11 PM ET
The results of two autopsies of Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager shot by a St. Louis police officer on Aug. 9, can't provide crucial information about the circumstances surrounding the shooting.
19 August 2014, 07:52 AM ET
Though men who pledge to remain chaste until marriage get strong social support from Christian networks prior to marriage, they are left in the dark once they tie the knot.
19 August 2014, 07:43 AM ET
How well can your four-year-old draw? The ability of four-year-old children to draw to draw a child may be linked to their intelligence at age 14, a new study suggests.
19 August 2014, 01:02 AM ET
Both research and popular media tell us that emotions and eating are intrinsically related. How many times have we seen a character in a TV show reaching for the ice-cream tub when feeling particularly down or after a breakup?
18 August 2014, 03:40 PM ET
Pygmy traits independently evolved many times among different peoples around the world, because shorter heights may have helped them live in rainforests, researchers say.
17 August 2014, 06:48 PM ET
More and more, agricultural patents are used to increase the control these and similar companies wield over access to the seeds with which farmers feed the world and – especially in the Global South – themselves and their families.
17 August 2014, 02:04 AM ET
Robot construction, the cause of Antarctic earthquakes and the pharaohs' rise to power are some of the best articles in Science this week.
16 August 2014, 02:11 PM ET
Women who look for extramarital affairs are seeking sex and passion, and are not unhappy with their marriages overall, new research suggests. Rather than divorce their husbands, they have a sexual affair.
16 August 2014, 10:24 AM ET
Ancient, extinct fractal creatures, a triple hit of cuteness and real-life terminators are just a few of our favorite awesome science images this week.
15 August 2014, 10:57 PM ET
Step aside Olympians – the new sporting pursuit of choice may soon be professional gaming.
15 August 2014, 12:10 PM ET
What makes for an ideal piece of gossip? People are mostly likely to spread a story if it contains a 'juicy' bit of information and involves someone they know well.
15 August 2014, 03:12 AM ET
Nothing provides as deep an existential threat to the scientific enterprise than making up data. But as bad as it is, there is something deeply ugly about the way the scientific community responds to misconduct.
14 August 2014, 08:10 AM ET
As society became friendlier and less aggressive centuries ago, there was less of a need for the robust facial features of a caveman. The result? The feminine faces of modern humans -- thinner skulls, lighter brows and rounder heads.
13 August 2014, 12:50 PM ET
Interviews with survivors of an emergency plane landing are helping researchers understand how certain memories may increase the risk for post-traumatic stress disorder, a new study finds.
12 August 2014, 07:43 PM ET
Distraction saps the quality of your work, not just the speed.
12 August 2014, 07:01 PM ET
People overwhelmingly prefer symmetrical faces to asymmetrical ones, leading to the hypothesis that symmetry is a sign of health. However, new research suggests that health and facial symmetry aren't linked at all.
12 August 2014, 04:14 PM ET
Religious people are less likely than nonreligious people to report using pornography, but those who do use it are more likely to say they are addicted to porn, a new study finds.
12 August 2014, 10:21 AM ET
Astronaut candidates have to undergo a psychological evaluation to determine if they have what it takes to fly on a NASA mission. How does the agency choose people with the right stuff?
12 August 2014, 09:44 AM ET
LGBT Americans are significantly less likely to identify themselves as religious, according to a new Gallup Poll.
12 August 2014, 09:07 AM ET
Why are young adults so obsessed with "The Hunger Games," "Harry Potter" and "Twilight" fantasy series? Maybe it's because they're obsessed with death, some psychologists say.
11 August 2014, 08:21 PM ET
The actor Robin Williams died today (Aug. 11). Williams, who was 63, was found in his home near Tiburon, California.
11 August 2014, 12:18 PM ET
A landmark twin study during the 80s and 90s revealed how genes are involved in everything from sexual orientation to religiosity to intelligence.
11 August 2014, 11:17 AM ET
From the Virgin Mary on grilled cheese to a face on mars, here are some of the best examples of pareidolia.
11 August 2014, 10:04 AM ET
From the space comet with an old man's face to the Virgin Mary in grilled cheese, the human brain is wired to see faces everywhere.