Human Nature Archive
14 February 2014, 12:56 PM ET
For a growing number of couples, digital technology is a dominant feature of their relationship — for better or worse — and how partners use email, social media and other communication tools says a lot about their relationship.
14 February 2014, 12:49 PM ET
Though many Americans are lacking in their own knowledge of basic science, a majority have a high opinion of scientists and are eager to hear about new discoveries, a survey found.
14 February 2014, 11:04 AM ET
Love might seem to move in mysterious ways, but scientists actually have a pretty good idea of how it works. Being in love floods the brain with chemicals that produce feelings of pleasure, obsession and attachment.
14 February 2014, 12:27 AM ET
Many people, from singles to the newly coupled to same-sex partners, find Valentine's Day stressful. But taking the focus away from commercial activities and broadening the definition of love can make the holiday more fun.
13 February 2014, 03:14 PM ET
Striking up a conversation with a stranger on the bus might seem like torture, but it actually makes people happier, new research suggests. Even introverts get a boost from conversing with someone new.
13 February 2014, 02:25 PM ET
Employees engaging in office romances can cause all sorts of problems, especially for business owners.
13 February 2014, 02:10 PM ET
A surprising number of people who married in recent years met on social media such as Facebook, and those people tend to be more satisfied than those who met in other ways.
13 February 2014, 01:54 PM ET
New research suggests that talking with strangers gives people a happiness boost. Do you believe it?
13 February 2014, 11:50 AM ET
Compared with their less spiritual peers, people who identified as very religious were more likely to have a perceived Internet pornography addiction, no matter how much porn they actually consumed, according to a new study.
13 February 2014, 10:45 AM ET
Playing the matchmaker gives people a happiness boost, especially if they get to introduce two people who are very different and yet get along. The study suggests that networking doesn't have to be a drag.
12 February 2014, 01:33 PM ET
Disinformation, with malice, may be libel when it attacks verifiable science.
12 February 2014, 11:18 AM ET
While bee hives have Queen's, they typically spend there time laying eggs for the colony, not giving out orders like a royal monarch. Thats why scientists studying leaderless human organizations like analyzing the similarly organized bee hives.
11 February 2014, 07:01 PM ET
Social pressure can keep vaccination rates high, even when the risk of disease is low, but can also turn parents away from vaccinating their children.
11 February 2014, 07:01 PM ET
Fairness could have evolved as a way to deal with spiteful, anti-social characters, new research suggests. The study is based on a cooperative economics game.
11 February 2014, 07:00 PM ET
The destruction and looting of cultural heritage has been intertwined with conflict for thousands of years. To steal an enemies' treasures, defile their sacred places and burn their cities has been part of war throughout history.
11 February 2014, 01:00 PM ET
Having discovered the lost skeleton of English King Richard III, scientists are now turning to the monarch's genome to illuminate his ancestry and health.
11 February 2014, 11:01 AM ET
Almost three-quarters of Russians believe that homosexuality is morally unacceptable, an attitude that is globally unusual given the country's low religiosity. Russia's history of anti-gay politics informs their modern attitudes.
11 February 2014, 10:39 AM ET
A Pew Research survey conducted in 2013 finds that the vast majority of Russians disapprove of homosexuality, far outpacing disapproval for other hot-button issues.
11 February 2014, 08:01 AM ET
With Valentines Day around the corner, consider this: The human desire to look at attractive faces plays a role in how people select their partners, and the rewarding feeling beauty arouses has its roots in the brain.
11 February 2014, 12:01 AM ET
One unexpected way to boost your Valentine's Day: Consider a double date.
10 February 2014, 07:00 PM ET
This Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of John, Paul, George, and Ringo’s debut appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in the US. But what was it about?
10 February 2014, 11:02 AM ET
Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who survived a gunshot wound to the head from a brazen assassination attempt three years ago, drove a car for the first time since the horrific and near-fatal attack.
10 February 2014, 06:35 AM ET
Retiring from your career doesn't mean you have to drop out of the workforce. Here are eight great part-time jobs for retired workers who want to stay busy and make a little extra money.
09 February 2014, 03:21 PM ET
The next phase of prosthetics, Earth from Mars and white gold in the Atacama are just a few of our favorite stories in Science.
08 February 2014, 08:39 AM ET
While men are quicker to change employers today than they were 30 years ago, women stick with their jobs for significantly longer than they used to.
07 February 2014, 07:05 PM ET
We may not spend a lot of time thinking about the emoticons we insert into our emails and text messages, but it turns out that they reveal something interesting about the way we perceive facial expressions.
07 February 2014, 11:29 AM ET
How you feel about something can affect your perception of it, with real-world consequences. Here are some of the ways our emotions inform our senses -- and the other way around.
07 February 2014, 10:59 AM ET
Feeling powerless is more of a drag than previously realized. A lack of power actually makes objects feel physically heavier.
07 February 2014, 01:34 AM ET
How bad is your town's carbon footprint?
06 February 2014, 09:25 PM ET
Voice votes violate valid verdicts.
06 February 2014, 08:24 PM ET
Few acts in the living world involve more intimate cooperation than sex. And that’s only conception. In long-lived species, especially our own, it can take decades of hard cooperative work to raise a family.
05 February 2014, 04:21 PM ET
Figure skating is a timeless sport, with not much variation in stunts or moves over the decades. Given the physical limits of the human body, fans shouldn't expect much more to change in the future either.