Human Nature Archive
23 September 2014, 01:05 PM ET
Neuroscientists have discovered a new shape of brain cell that sends signals by bypassing the cell body altogether. The cells seem to be especially efficient responders, but their purpose remains a mystery.
23 September 2014, 10:55 AM ET
In the eyes of the American public, scientists are seen as respectable and competent — but not necessarily trustworthy, according to a new study. If scientists want to soften their image, they might could try to seem a little warmer.
23 September 2014, 07:49 AM ET
Several professional athletes have made the news recently for charges of domestic violence, but are athletes actually more prone to domestic violence?
22 September 2014, 11:21 PM ET
It is comforting to feel like we understand the world around us and reassuring to have an explanation for everything. But where does our understanding come from and how reliable is it?
22 September 2014, 03:00 PM ET
Storytelling, dancing and singing reign supreme when the African Kalahari Bushmen light their nighttime fires and depart from daytime conversations about economics and gossip.
22 September 2014, 03:00 PM ET
Firelight storytelling helps people develop and spread culture and abstract ideas, an anthropologist says. Sharing tales around a fire can also reinforce social traditions, encourage harmony and equality, and create a sense of community.
22 September 2014, 07:30 AM ET
Body odor may hint at a person's politics, according to a new study that finds people prefer the odors of those whose ideology matches their own over people on the opposite end of the spectrum.
21 September 2014, 02:12 AM ET
Silly science awards, antidepressant effects and the World's happiest country — just a few of the coolest stories in Science this week.
20 September 2014, 02:33 AM ET
Lonesome George out for views, a stunning aurora and Syria's damage are just a few of the starting images this week.
19 September 2014, 02:27 AM ET
Across the world, scientists are currently exploring a range of strategies to increase wheat yield.
17 September 2014, 11:21 PM ET
And why is it important?
16 September 2014, 08:44 AM ET
Transgender people are mistakenly conflated with gays and lesbians, despite gender identity and sexual orientation being different factors. People also view transgender people with pity and have trouble accepting their sex identity.
16 September 2014, 03:26 AM ET
How media reports cover suicide actually leads to more suicides.
16 September 2014, 03:00 AM ET
With sexual harassment surprisingly common in science professions, will the fields ever lose their stigma as a club of "old, white males"?
16 September 2014, 02:03 AM ET
Abhor asparagus and can't stand coffee? You may be a super taster.
14 September 2014, 03:01 AM ET
From strange aquatic dinosaurs to more to the story of Stonehenge, here are the most interesting stories we found in Science this week.
13 September 2014, 03:08 AM ET
Volcanoes, tornadoes, dancing lights and a full harvest moon are just a few of our favorite images from this week in Science.
12 September 2014, 05:46 PM ET
Natasha Schüll is a cultural anthropologist who explores questions at the nexus of human-machine interaction, but she looks forward to the day when the hard and soft sciences can work together.
12 September 2014, 03:08 PM ET
Anthropologist Natasha Schüll seeks to understand our connections and responses to machines and technology.
12 September 2014, 12:04 AM ET
With each week that passes, the Ebola crisis in West Africa deepens. And amid the horror, the fear and a public health response described by Medicine Sans Frontières as “lethally inadequate,” public health systems face total collapse.
11 September 2014, 03:34 PM ET
Religion and politics have little effect on morality, a new study suggests.
11 September 2014, 12:50 PM ET
Green jobs are booming, but the momentum could crash if the U.S. Congress doesn't shore up support.
10 September 2014, 08:57 AM ET
Weird doll-like faces appear more realistic to people when they're lonely than when they're socially connected, a new study finds. Casting a wide net for social links may be adaptive for isolated people.
09 September 2014, 11:06 PM ET
The life sciences have come under fire recently with a study published in PLOS ONE that investigated the level of sexual harassment and sexual assault of trainees in academic fieldwork environments.
09 September 2014, 05:10 PM ET
The leader of the COASST ocean conservation group says why her work makes her feel like Jacques Cousteau.
09 September 2014, 12:57 AM ET
Need a reason for optimism in the fight against disinformation? Here are one million.
08 September 2014, 12:33 PM ET
Amazing science images every day.
08 September 2014, 08:43 AM ET
Most infants begin learning a spoken language from the moment they're born. But as the brain becomes less flexible with age, it's difficult for children to master the sounds and intonation of a second language.
08 September 2014, 08:35 AM ET
Children often learn by observing people around them. Without any instruction many toddlers figure out how to turn on a TV or twist open a door handle. Now, scientists have found that 2- year-olds may also rely on probability to make sense of their world.
07 September 2014, 02:30 AM ET
Dinosaur giants and sitters, mushroom-growing diapers and a "normal" family are just the tip of the iceberg for this week's cool science articles.
06 September 2014, 02:39 AM ET
From a spectacular eruption in Iceland to a gigantic dino from the past, here are the most awesome photos we found in Science this week.
05 September 2014, 08:18 PM ET
Daily interactions require bargaining, be it for food, money or even making plans.