Human Nature Archive
21 May 2014, 05:00 PM ET
People can be trained to conjure up empathy more effectively by viewing visualizations of their brain scans, new research shows.
21 May 2014, 01:57 PM ET
It's time for deniers of human-caused global warming to stop using an old magazine story as ammunition against the consensus of today's climate scientists.
21 May 2014, 01:25 PM ET
The Great Plains may be the place to be for ladies looking for a date. In some rural communities, men outnumber women four to one. Jobs, on the other hand, might be harder to come by.
21 May 2014, 09:33 AM ET
Marrying a cousin is usually considered a bad idea, because inbreeding can lead to harmful genetic conditions. But paradoxically, in some societies, marrying a related spouse is linked to having more surviving children, research suggests.
21 May 2014, 08:08 AM ET
Some 55 percent of Americans now say they support same-sex marriage, the highest number since Gallup polling on the question began in the 1990s, according to a new Gallup poll.
18 May 2014, 06:42 PM ET
There is a disturbing lack of evidence about why people choose to share copyright content online, as well as about whether the practice harms the entertainment industry and society or if it is a benefit.
18 May 2014, 05:50 PM ET
A robot catcher, petrified sperm and Jupiter's Great shrinking Spot are just a few of the coolest stories in Science this week.
18 May 2014, 01:50 PM ET
The experience of finding patterns, especially faces, in data is a phenomenon known as pareidolia. Humans are particularly prone to these types of misidentifications, possibly because they may have provided evolutionary advantages.
17 May 2014, 02:30 PM ET
Is human evolution over? That’s the question Briana Pobiner, an anthropologist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, asked an audience at the Future is Here festival.
17 May 2014, 04:48 AM ET
Solar winds and lightning, wild horses on the seashore and even the world's deepest lake are just the beginning of our favorite images in Science this week.
16 May 2014, 02:02 AM ET
It’s a commonly held belief that women are better able to tolerate pain than men.
14 May 2014, 11:56 AM ET
Advances in neuroscience raise a slew of ethical questions, and ethics should be integrated into this research, bioethics experts said in a report made public today (May 14).
14 May 2014, 11:47 AM ET
U.S. Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, convicted of releasing highly sensitive U.S. military secrets to Wikileaks, may get the OK from the Pentagon to be transferred to a civilian facility to undergo gender reassignment therapy.
14 May 2014, 01:50 AM ET
In three years, more than two million people have received potentially life-saving malaria support in Sierra Leone.
14 May 2014, 01:01 AM ET
The multiverse theory is that our universe is but one of a vast, variegated ensemble of other universes. We don’t know how many pieces there are to the multiverse but estimates suggest there many be squillions of them.
13 May 2014, 07:43 AM ET
Since humans first domesticated cats and dogs, these furry friends have taken on increasingly important roles in people's lives. Now, a growing movement aims to recognize Fido and Felix not just as pets, but also as legal citizens.
13 May 2014, 07:33 AM ET
A new study finds that firstborns are more conservative than their younger siblings, lending support to the controversial idea that birth order might influence personality in the long run.
13 May 2014, 02:23 AM ET
Even in isolated reaches of the Rocky Mountains, communities are feeling the impacts of large oil operations.
13 May 2014, 01:34 AM ET
The Conversation organized a public question-and-answer session on Reddit Anders Sandberg and Andrew Snyder-Beattie explored what existential risks humanity faces and how we could reduce them. Here are the highlights.
11 May 2014, 01:00 PM ET
Lucid dreams, in which people are aware of and can control their dreams, are rare. But now scientists have found they can induce this weird state of mind in people by zapping their brains with a specific frequency of electricity.
11 May 2014, 02:49 AM ET
Sick penguins, Pinocchio the dinosaur, and so many more cool science stories this week!
10 May 2014, 08:24 PM ET
Nintendo is facing a storm of criticism over its decision not to allow gamers to play as gay characters and form same-sex relationships in the life-simulation game Tomodachi Life.
10 May 2014, 03:42 AM ET
The beauty of the Milky Way, a monster solar flare and a double rainbow — What else do you need? Check out the rest of these amazing science images to find out!
09 May 2014, 12:47 PM ET
Mother's Day is a time to reflect on all the ways our mothers have affected our lives. But what about how motherhood changes mothers themselves?
09 May 2014, 12:41 PM ET
Motherhood does strange and fascinating things to the body and brain, from turning mom into a genetic chimera to altering her very neurons. Here are five strange and wonderful scientific facts about moms.
09 May 2014, 12:25 PM ET
The new film "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" — set for release July 11 — acts as one in a series of prequels that explain how the dystopia of the original "Planet of the Apes" (released in 1968) came to be.
09 May 2014, 11:23 AM ET
Men, your shapely elf avatar is fooling no one. Subtle behavioral cues reveal whether a video game player is male or female, no matter the gender of his or her avatar, new research finds.
09 May 2014, 09:48 AM ET
The most popular baby names in the United States have been announced, and the top slot for boys is brand-new, reaching the top slot for the first time in the 21st century.
09 May 2014, 09:20 AM ET
The Social Security Administration just released the list of most popular baby names in the United States, with TK and Tk taking top spots for girls and boys, respectively. Have a look at the top 25.
09 May 2014, 05:45 AM ET
Being a mom or dad is a full-time job in itself, and the majority of employers believe that parenting can qualify as relevant experience for the workplace.
08 May 2014, 03:46 PM ET
Often after severe weather strikes, people are left to pick up the pieces, but one man and his dog are on a mission to provide comfort to tornado victims.