Human Nature Archive
17 June 2015, 10:48 AM ET
The bizarre case of Rachel Dolezal, the Spokane, Washington, woman who was passing as black, highlights confusion over ethnic and racial identity, experts said.
17 June 2015, 03:44 AM ET
We researchers all wonder whether reaching a broader audience for our academic work is worth the time and effort. Here’s a recent experience that may help you decide.
16 June 2015, 07:09 AM ET
A man who spent nearly 43 years in solitary confinement in a U.S. prison could soon be set free.
16 June 2015, 03:23 AM ET
Pope Francis's much-anticipated climate change encyclical was leaked early by an Italian paper.
15 June 2015, 02:21 PM ET
At the 2015 World Science Festival, four prominent astrophysicists discussed one of the most troubling (and embarrassing) puzzles in modern physics, and whether a theory of multiple universes can hope to solve it.
12 June 2015, 02:22 PM ET
Studies show women do cry more than men — though not, as Tim Hunt claimed, because they can't take criticism, but because of various biological, social and environmental factors.
12 June 2015, 01:35 PM ET
Marge and Homer Simpson's marriage has survived countless calamities, but the couple is set to separate this fall, according to news sources. And sociologists are not surprised that America's favorite four-fingered couple is calling it quits.
11 June 2015, 06:07 PM ET
Tim Hunt's sexist comments may be particularly egregious, but they do reflect an underlying level of discrimination and hostility to women in science, research suggests.
10 June 2015, 01:20 PM ET
A highway upgrade turned into an archaeological discovery in Israel.
10 June 2015, 11:00 AM ET
Warm weather and sunny days may make people think about skin cancer: A new study finds that people do more Google searches for the terms "skin cancer" and "melanoma" during the sun-soaked summer months than they do in other seasons.
08 June 2015, 10:57 AM ET
Prehistoric Ireland snubbed its own gold for more exotic, mystical gold across the sea.
03 June 2015, 02:20 PM ET
The so-called Charlie Charlie Challenge is based on shaky science, but there are some real and powerful forces behind this parlor game, according to one expert.
02 June 2015, 05:39 PM ET
When you bring home the wrong color of paint from the hardware store, it may not be your foggy memory at fault. A new study finds that while the human brain can distinguish between millions of colors, it has difficulty remembering specific shades.
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.