Human Nature Archive
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.
30 January 2015, 04:33 PM ET
India is one of the world's oldest and most diverse cultures. Here is an overview of Indian customs and traditions.
30 January 2015, 04:19 PM ET
Americans support government action to combat the effects of global warming and will likely vote for candidates who put forth a promising stance on environmental issues, a new poll has found.
30 January 2015, 11:33 AM ET
The “thirst for oil” is often put forward as a near self-evident explanation behind military interventions in Libya, for instance, or Sudan. Oil, or the lack of oil, is also said to be behind the absence of intervention in Syria now and in Rwanda in 1994.
30 January 2015, 08:31 AM ET
Facebook is a more positive than negative place, but users spreading happy news actually try not to brag, a new study finds.
29 January 2015, 07:49 PM ET
Threats are starting to derail climate research, just when the planet needs it most.
29 January 2015, 06:04 PM ET
By studying primates such as monkeys, apes and even humans, Sarah Brosnan works to understand how cooperation has evolved across time.
29 January 2015, 02:04 PM ET
Football fans, take note: The outcome of this weekend's Super Bowl, along with other major sporting events, may depend on whether the players are night owls or early birds, a new study suggests.
29 January 2015, 02:00 PM ET
The general public and scientists disagree on a wide range of scientific topics, from the safety of genetically modified foods to the cause of climate change.
29 January 2015, 12:44 PM ET
By combining illusions that change the way our brain represents our body, we were able to test whether a change in your self would result in a change in your implicit racial bias.
29 January 2015, 11:31 AM ET
Some people who reject evolution and the Big Bang are educated and knowledgeable about science, new survey data suggests
28 January 2015, 10:45 PM ET
The reports of a robot uprising have been greatly exaggerated.
28 January 2015, 05:38 PM ET
There's still one thing that makes the Microsoft co-founder feel dumb: not being able to speak a foreign language.
28 January 2015, 02:23 PM ET
We can reverse the planet's warming, but not with a "wait and see" approach.
28 January 2015, 01:38 PM ET
Discovery of partial skull in Israel may provide insights on humans' migration out of Africa and when they first interbred with Neanderthals.
28 January 2015, 12:26 PM ET
The brains of violent criminals who are psychopathic are different from even those of violent criminals who are not psychopathic, new research finds.