Human Nature Archive
19 February 2015, 08:29 PM ET
Culture is the characteristics of a particular group of people, defined by everything from language, religion, cuisine, social habits, music and arts
19 February 2015, 09:39 AM ET
Sure, it's the most prestigious award that Hollywood has to offer, but that coveted Oscar statue might also be a bad omen for some of the actors who receive it, a new study suggests.
19 February 2015, 12:01 AM ET
Alaska is now the happiest state in the nation, after ranking among the top 10 for several years, according to a new poll.
19 February 2015, 12:01 AM ET
A new poll from Gallup-Healthways shows which states had the highest and lowest well-being in 2014.
17 February 2015, 12:01 PM ET
ADHD is more than common, it's normal.
17 February 2015, 12:00 PM ET
While treating patients in a psychiatric ward, Dr. Zoe Goldman becomes consumed in a hunt to defeat her own demons.
14 February 2015, 11:24 PM ET
A baby born pregnant, discovering the Magna Carta and popcorn gymnastics — strange and fascinating stories brought to us by Science.
14 February 2015, 12:49 PM ET
Before condemning Brian Williams as a narcissistic liar, let’s take a closer look at what memory research has to say about false memories and memories of traumatic experiences.
14 February 2015, 11:39 AM ET
This week brought us sensational images of strange animal hearts, a cosmicly provided smiley and even the answer to an age-old question — how many licks does it take?
13 February 2015, 09:50 AM ET
Characters matter, as they can spur us to action — at times, to help ourselves.
12 February 2015, 06:30 PM ET
From having a screen name that starts with a letter in the first half of the alphabet to not sending indiscriminate messages, here are some strategies to win at online dating.
12 February 2015, 03:03 PM ET
If you overnight on an ice sheet, consider getting one of these.
12 February 2015, 01:50 PM ET
New nanotech is behind the latest hunt to find and track the millions of microbes in the microbiome.
12 February 2015, 11:18 AM ET
For teens, curiosity about films like "Fifty Shades of Grey," if realized, can lead to harmful consequences.
12 February 2015, 07:03 AM ET
During his 2014 Oscar acceptance speech for best actor, Matthew McConaughey recalled that a woman asked him, "Who's your hero?" He replied, "You know who it is? It's me in 10 years." His answer offers insight into how the powerful find inspiration.
11 February 2015, 07:14 AM ET
From the idealistic prose of Cervantes' "Don Quixote" to the crisis-ridden pages of daily newspapers, most human language tends to take a happy view on life, a new study suggests.
10 February 2015, 07:52 PM ET
The culture of Mexico varies widely throughout the country, but traditions are highly valued.
10 February 2015, 04:09 PM ET
A study finds that language is skewed toward happy words.
09 February 2015, 05:46 PM ET
With Valentine's Day around the corner, the pressure is on to find and keep a romantic partner. But settling for someone who is good enough may be more evolutionarily advantageous than waiting for the perfect match, a new study finds.
09 February 2015, 07:27 AM ET
Polyamorous relationships are uncommon, but new research suggests that the stigma of these relationships decreases with increasing familiarity.
08 February 2015, 08:50 AM ET
Controversial herbal supplements, a prehistoric set of skeletons and the biggest pocket of gold are three of the coolest science stories this week.
07 February 2015, 12:28 AM ET
Conjoined lizard twins, space bubbles and underwater eruptions are some of the cool images we found this week; check these out.
06 February 2015, 08:18 PM ET
It’s been almost two decades since a new nuclear plant opened for business in the United States. But that’s about to change as construction wraps up on the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar Unit 2 (WB2) plant.
05 February 2015, 07:29 PM ET
"Parenthood" did more than spur conversation — it helped shift public opinion.
05 February 2015, 02:53 PM ET
People who support pot smoking seem to be more vocal about the topic on Twitter than those who oppose lighting up, a new study of marijuana hashtags finds.
05 February 2015, 02:04 PM ET
“Parenthood” stars Craig T. Nelson, Peter Krause, Sam Jaeger and Max Burkholder explain the show's role in starting discussions around mental health issues, particularly Asperger's syndrome – but also substance abuse, aging, depression and more.
04 February 2015, 07:04 AM ET
Babies who are just 1 year old can understand complicated social situations, new research shows. The study highlights the social development that begins in very young infants.
03 February 2015, 10:45 PM ET
Both men and woman may sort into two general groups — those interested in short-term flings and those looking for long-term partners.
03 February 2015, 05:24 PM ET
From the feeling of clothes against the skin, to the sounds of cocktail party chatter, the human brain is constantly blocking out information that could be distracting. Now, a new study reveals how the brain achieves this ignoring feat.
02 February 2015, 03:29 PM ET
Sure you keep your kids away from your oven, but what about your purse?
31 January 2015, 12:59 AM ET
Snapshots of Otzi's tattoos, images of Blackbeard's medical supplies and even photos of insects in space suits, just a few of this week's awesome science pictures.