Human Nature Archive
09 May 2014, 09:20 AM ET
The Social Security Administration just released the list of most popular baby names in the United States, with TK and Tk taking top spots for girls and boys, respectively. Have a look at the top 25.
08 May 2014, 03:46 PM ET
Often after severe weather strikes, people are left to pick up the pieces, but one man and his dog are on a mission to provide comfort to tornado victims.
08 May 2014, 03:13 PM ET
Bill Nye — the creator and star of the 1990s hit TV show "Bill Nye the Science Guy" — thinks that entertainment can help raise scientifically literate kids.
08 May 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Cultural differences that arose from labor-intensive rice farming and more individualistic wheat farming may be a major reason why East Asians have a more collectivist mindset than Westerners.
08 May 2014, 10:11 AM ET
One of the most infamous terrorist organizations in Africa today, Boko Haram has achieved notoriety for its recent murders, kidnappings and violence. What is Boko Haram?
08 May 2014, 01:28 AM ET
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07 May 2014, 09:06 PM ET
Everyone knows someone with a quick temper – it might even be you. And while scientists have known for decades that aggression is hereditary, there is another biological layer to those angry flare-ups: self-control.
07 May 2014, 01:48 PM ET
Although many people find swearing offensive, male politicians may want to let loose a few swear words next time they're giving a speech.
07 May 2014, 01:33 PM ET
Is there an afterlife, or is death the end of everything? Will we ever know the answer?
07 May 2014, 11:53 AM ET
Is death the end of everything? Watch a group of physicians and scientists debate the mystery of human consciousness, the meaning of near-death experiences, and the possibility of life after death.
07 May 2014, 11:05 AM ET
Seeing Jesus' face in a piece of toast is a perfectly normal phenomenon, and new research suggests that an area of the brain responsible for processing faces is activated when people think they see a face that isn't there.
06 May 2014, 04:34 PM ET
People who use ecstasy as a recreational drug often claim that it makes them feel more connected to others. And recent research confirms that this may indeed be the case.
06 May 2014, 03:25 PM ET
Are human genomes sacred, or is some manipulation allowed, or even necessary?
06 May 2014, 02:51 PM ET
Does modifying the human genome mean the result is not human?
06 May 2014, 01:48 AM ET
In cartoons, scientists sometimes show up, but why are they usually men?
05 May 2014, 03:40 PM ET
The "war on science" has thousands of casualties — here's what you need to know.
05 May 2014, 01:21 PM ET
As people make plans to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, people might also plan on spending more for lime-based margaritas. A lime shortage has dampened enthusiasm for the fiestas.
04 May 2014, 06:15 PM ET
When in January rainfall was double the expected average over wide areas, many people made cautious links between such extreme weather and global climate change. There were nay-sayers at the time but it now seems that there is evidence for those links.
04 May 2014, 01:50 AM ET
Constructing a pyramid, black holes and the atom smasher and what's lurking under Lake Huron — just a few of the coolest stories in science this week.
03 May 2014, 03:24 AM ET
Crocodile tears, a stunning solar eclipse and magma at Mount St. Helens are just the beginning of our favorite images from this week in science.
03 May 2014, 12:49 AM ET
Through astronomy, people in rural Tanzania are gaining a new perspective on the universe.
02 May 2014, 12:14 PM ET
When placed side by side, Leonardo Da Vinci's 'Mona Lisa' and another version of the famous painting in Prado seem to form a stereoscopic, or 3D, image, though the researchers aren't sure if the painter-inventor internationally created such a pair.
02 May 2014, 11:07 AM ET
For the new film, the visual-effects team got creative, looking to lightning, basic physical laws, the Orion nebula and more when designing the looks and acrobatics of the multiple villains, including Electro, the Goblin and Rhino.
01 May 2014, 12:00 PM ET
People usually think they can tell a person's gender based on how he or she looks, but new research suggests we make subconscious judgments based on how a person smells.
01 May 2014, 11:00 AM ET
Study participants viewed seven "point-light walkers" which ranged from feminine (-0.45) to masculine (0.45), with 0 being gender-neutral, and judged whether each was male or female while smelling gender-specific chemicals.
01 May 2014, 10:00 AM ET
Here's a look at some of the science involved in the stunning visual effects and seemingly superhuman feats of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
30 April 2014, 09:08 PM ET
Physicists seek to reconcile two ways to define time’s flow.
30 April 2014, 02:21 PM ET
An Oklahoma execution by lethal injection that went awry has renewed interest in the protection against "cruel and unusual punishment," as guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution.
30 April 2014, 02:29 AM ET
The Hope Diamond is one of the most spectacular gems in the world, but some people believe ownership comes at a cost.
29 April 2014, 10:28 PM ET
Is America no longer a democracy?
29 April 2014, 07:01 PM ET
When the going gets rough, men are less drawn to ultra-feminine faces, new research finds. The reason may be that feminine women are perceived as less able to fend for themselves.
29 April 2014, 11:00 AM ET
For centuries, scientists have sought a biological method for tracing a person's geographic origin. Now, a group of researchers has developed such a genetic ancestry test that can pinpoint the location where a person's ancestors originated more than 1,000