Human Nature Archive
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.
05 August 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Narcissists can be reliably identified using just one quick survey question, new research suggests.
05 August 2014, 12:05 PM ET
By studying how people respond to recent events in their lives, researchers have developed a mathematical formula that can predict individuals' happiness.
05 August 2014, 10:28 AM ET
The way your Facebook profile looks may suggest a lot about your personality, a new study finds. Researchers compared how extroverts and neurotics behave on the popular social networking site.
05 August 2014, 12:04 AM ET
Arctic waves, a stunning oasis and walking artichokes are just the beginning or the most awesome pictures in Science this week.
01 August 2014, 01:56 PM ET
A new robotic device could make simple, everyday tasks — such as peeling a banana or unscrewing the cap from a water bottle — even easier.
01 August 2014, 11:20 AM ET
After a decade without progress toward greater egalitarian gender roles, Americans have become more welcoming of working women.
01 August 2014, 07:40 AM ET
New York, Paris and Rome attract famous people, while Boston and Edinburgh produce them, according to a new study that maps more than 2,000 years of notable people's movements.
31 July 2014, 08:08 PM ET
In a study of cultural mobility over the past 2000 years in Europe and the United States, a map of the birth and death sites of notable figures has been plotted. Full Story: http://goo.gl/1DUSVu
31 July 2014, 07:33 PM ET
The idea that conscious experiences lie outside the realm of scientific inquiry regularly appears in the press.
30 July 2014, 06:55 PM ET
Humans are causing the climate to change, but we'll also be the ones to fix it.
30 July 2014, 10:01 AM ET
The popular dating site OKCupid detailed the results of three experiments in which it meddled with its users' online matches.
30 July 2014, 07:53 AM ET
Contrary to previous research, sharing the household chores won't kill your sex life. In modern-day marriages, egalitarian couples have just as much sex as those in which the wife shoulders the domestic load.
30 July 2014, 07:28 AM ET
Probably for as long as humans have contemplated their navels, they have sought to understand consciousness. Now, neuroscientists are making strides in developing theories to explain the phenomenon.
29 July 2014, 04:22 PM ET
Can Google predict the future of financial markets? New research suggests that Google Trends, which tracks search terms over time, can be used to forecast changes in stock prices.
29 July 2014, 03:30 PM ET
Physical exercise could alter how people perceive their physical world by making their environments appear less threatening, a new study suggests.
29 July 2014, 01:40 PM ET
A new study found that binge drinking landed more Canadian adolescents in the hospital for alcohol-related incidents during their birthday weeks than any other time of the year.
29 July 2014, 01:32 PM ET
The generation that would face the full effects of climate change needs to help lead the charge to prevent them.
29 July 2014, 01:26 AM ET
U.S. park rangers have observed that a fear of nature is growing in kids and adults.
29 July 2014, 12:51 AM ET
Can mixing languages in your mind help you learn both?
28 July 2014, 03:39 PM ET
First impressions of people, such as whether they are trustworthy, dominant or attractive, can develop from a glimpse as brief as 100 milliseconds or less. And now a computer system can identify which facial features matter most to such first impressions.
28 July 2014, 03:01 PM ET
Improved education and living conditions have narrowed the gender gap in math but have made women much better at certain memory tasks, new research suggests.
28 July 2014, 07:37 AM ET
Brain activity can predict the likelihood that people will give in to their food cravings, new research shows.
27 July 2014, 06:06 PM ET
From your life history in poop to jealous pups, here are the most interesting stories in Science this week.
27 July 2014, 12:17 PM ET
Researchers who examined statistics on heterosexual marriages in the United States from 1950 to 2009 found that women who are more educated than their husbands are no longer at increased risk of divorce.
26 July 2014, 03:49 PM ET
The beauty of the Milky Way, the sadness of the blue whales and even our need for speed are just a few of the stunning Science images we found this week.
25 July 2014, 05:15 PM ET
Women who think more about their own physical sensations during sex have an easier time reaching orgasm than women whose minds on other things, new research finds.
25 July 2014, 03:00 PM ET
German astronaut Alexander Gerst reflected on the grief he felt as he saw signs of the deadly Israel-Gaza conflict from the International Space Station.
25 July 2014, 11:09 AM ET
Men really do prefer nice gals, or those who are responsive to their needs, while ladies show no such attraction, say scientists who suggest such nice gals may be more sexually arousing.