Human Nature Archive
18 August 2014, 03:40 PM ET
Pygmy traits independently evolved many times among different peoples around the world, because shorter heights may have helped them live in rainforests, researchers say.
17 August 2014, 06:48 PM ET
More and more, agricultural patents are used to increase the control these and similar companies wield over access to the seeds with which farmers feed the world and – especially in the Global South – themselves and their families.
17 August 2014, 02:04 AM ET
Robot construction, the cause of Antarctic earthquakes and the pharaohs' rise to power are some of the best articles in Science this week.
16 August 2014, 02:11 PM ET
Women who look for extramarital affairs are seeking sex and passion, and are not unhappy with their marriages overall, new research suggests. Rather than divorce their husbands, they have a sexual affair.
16 August 2014, 10:24 AM ET
Ancient, extinct fractal creatures, a triple hit of cuteness and real-life terminators are just a few of our favorite awesome science images this week.
15 August 2014, 10:57 PM ET
Step aside Olympians – the new sporting pursuit of choice may soon be professional gaming.
15 August 2014, 12:10 PM ET
What makes for an ideal piece of gossip? People are mostly likely to spread a story if it contains a 'juicy' bit of information and involves someone they know well.
15 August 2014, 03:12 AM ET
Nothing provides as deep an existential threat to the scientific enterprise than making up data. But as bad as it is, there is something deeply ugly about the way the scientific community responds to misconduct.
14 August 2014, 08:10 AM ET
As society became friendlier and less aggressive centuries ago, there was less of a need for the robust facial features of a caveman. The result? The feminine faces of modern humans -- thinner skulls, lighter brows and rounder heads.
13 August 2014, 12:50 PM ET
Interviews with survivors of an emergency plane landing are helping researchers understand how certain memories may increase the risk for post-traumatic stress disorder, a new study finds.
12 August 2014, 07:43 PM ET
Distraction saps the quality of your work, not just the speed.
12 August 2014, 07:01 PM ET
People overwhelmingly prefer symmetrical faces to asymmetrical ones, leading to the hypothesis that symmetry is a sign of health. However, new research suggests that health and facial symmetry aren't linked at all.
12 August 2014, 04:14 PM ET
Religious people are less likely than nonreligious people to report using pornography, but those who do use it are more likely to say they are addicted to porn, a new study finds.
12 August 2014, 10:21 AM ET
Astronaut candidates have to undergo a psychological evaluation to determine if they have what it takes to fly on a NASA mission. How does the agency choose people with the right stuff?
12 August 2014, 09:44 AM ET
LGBT Americans are significantly less likely to identify themselves as religious, according to a new Gallup Poll.
12 August 2014, 09:07 AM ET
Why are young adults so obsessed with "The Hunger Games," "Harry Potter" and "Twilight" fantasy series? Maybe it's because they're obsessed with death, some psychologists say.
11 August 2014, 08:21 PM ET
The actor Robin Williams died today (Aug. 11). Williams, who was 63, was found in his home near Tiburon, California.
11 August 2014, 12:18 PM ET
A landmark twin study during the 80s and 90s revealed how genes are involved in everything from sexual orientation to religiosity to intelligence.
11 August 2014, 11:17 AM ET
From the Virgin Mary on grilled cheese to a face on mars, here are some of the best examples of pareidolia.
11 August 2014, 10:04 AM ET
From the space comet with an old man's face to the Virgin Mary in grilled cheese, the human brain is wired to see faces everywhere.
11 August 2014, 04:26 AM ET
It seems that with the beginning of agriculture around 10,000 years ago, group decision making changed
10 August 2014, 02:36 AM ET
Transformers, hallucinations and fake orgasms are just the start; check out the coolest stories in Science this week.
09 August 2014, 03:46 PM ET
Amazing science images every day.
09 August 2014, 01:50 PM ET
Sharks, sharks, weather and more sharks — our finds for awesome science images for this week begins here.
09 August 2014, 02:57 AM ET
It seems 28% of this group own one and for many, it has become a go-to main device.
09 August 2014, 01:56 AM ET
Has a PowerPoint world changed how you read?
08 August 2014, 01:13 PM ET
Both men and women's feelings of love for their partners can be affected by taking antidepressants, a new study suggests.
08 August 2014, 07:59 AM ET
Nearly half of the people in the study who had ever sent sexual texts had lied to their committed sexting partners about what they were really wearing or doing while sexting. Is this the mobile nonphysical version of faking an orgasm?
07 August 2014, 02:15 AM ET
An excerpt from the novel "Traitor's Blade" by Sebastien de Castell.
06 August 2014, 07:38 PM ET
When someone does wrong, whether we want to punish them severely or let them off easy is reflected in activity in certain regions of the brain, a new study shows.
06 August 2014, 04:45 PM ET
Sometimes a smile could backfire and make a person feel worse, suggests a new study showing that people who grin a lot even though they are feeling down may see a dip in well-being.
05 August 2014, 02:28 PM ET
Some aspects of musical talent are built into the genes, and perhaps cannot be improved much upon with practice, researchers said.