Human Nature Archive
26 October 2015, 07:09 AM ET
Is it really possible to be scared to death?
22 October 2015, 02:43 PM ET
Just in time for Halloween, gore-resistant scientists are swinging frozen human cadaver arms like battering rams — in the name of science, of course.
22 October 2015, 10:00 AM ET
Though most people in the U.S. see religion and science as frequently in conflict, most people view their personal beliefs as compatible with science, a new survey suggests.
20 October 2015, 03:34 PM ET
Americans aren't that afraid of the boogeyman, but they are afraid of their own elected officials.
16 October 2015, 01:03 PM ET
A new federal report argues that gay conversion therapy shouldn't be offered to minors, because there's no evidence it works and some evidence it is harmful.
14 October 2015, 01:34 PM ET
Teeth from a cave in China suggest that modern humans lived in Asia tens of thousands of years before they reached Europe, researchers say. The finding sheds light on the dispersal of Homo sapiens out of Africa and across the globe.
14 October 2015, 11:04 AM ET
Since 1954 when the first Tokyo-destroying sea monster hit theaters, Godzilla has reared its terrifying head in 30 films. So why is the sci-fi movie such a smashing success? Turns out, the beast reminds us of our childhood love of dinosaurs.
13 October 2015, 06:42 PM ET
Emilia Clarke, Esquire magazine's sexiest woman alive, has many traits people typically associate with attractiveness, from pouty lips to high cheekbones.
13 October 2015, 04:13 PM ET
Pornography has a myriad of effects on the brain, from shutting down the visual system to potentially shrinking parts of the brain associated with reward.
13 October 2015, 03:03 PM ET
People in Antarctica may drink more because of the cold, cooped-up conditions; a hypermasculine environment; boredom; and isolation.
13 October 2015, 12:06 PM ET
The public dialogue about science is perhaps the most vital and most fraught national conversation not taking place in our country, and the ramifications are profound.
08 October 2015, 10:10 AM ET
What does actor Paul Giamatti know about cyborgs? A surprising amount, it turns out, and he's ready to share it on "Breakthrough," a new National Geographic Channel series that dives into groundbreaking research.
06 October 2015, 04:27 PM ET
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has photographed a plain called Acidalia Planitia and the southwest corner of the 285-mile-wide Schiaparelli Crater, the landing sites of the Ares 3 and Ares 4 missions, respectively, in the "The Martian
06 October 2015, 11:38 AM ET
Possibly the most primitive human ever discovered, Homo naledi not only buried its dead but it may have also used tools, according to an analysis of its hands. The new study also revealed this human could both walk on the ground and climb trees.
05 October 2015, 06:55 AM ET
It might seem odd, but scientists have a lot to say about supernatural beliefs.
02 October 2015, 05:00 PM ET
Parents face a tricky task when talking to kids about violence: not hiding scary news, while ensuring their kids feel safe and protected, experts say.
02 October 2015, 04:58 PM ET
If you're guilty of phubbing, you may want to change your ways sooner rather than later.
26 September 2015, 10:59 AM ET
From sky bears duking it out with the moon to coital relationships between celestial bodies, people have been making up cool stories to explain lunar eclipses for a very long time.
25 September 2015, 04:31 PM ET
Human ancestors that lived about 2 million years ago had hearing abilities similar to those of chimpanzees, but their ears had some slight differences that made their hearing more humanlike, a new study finds.
25 September 2015, 12:51 PM ET
This Sunday's supermoon eclipse doesn't mark the end of the world as we know it.
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.