Human Nature Archive
10 October 2014, 06:47 AM ET
A new computer program can recognize people's emotions based on how they type, paving the way for computers that could one day be smarter than humans — a concept called "the singularity."
09 October 2014, 07:21 AM ET
The discovery of extraterrestrial beings — be they slimy microbes or little green men — would dramatically change the way we humans view our place in the universe. But would it shatter religion? Well, that depends on what you believe.
09 October 2014, 04:19 AM ET
When disaster strikes, are you prepared? Are your pets?
08 October 2014, 09:01 PM ET
Angkor Wat in Cambodia is one of the largest religious monuments ever constructed.
08 October 2014, 01:00 PM ET
Paintings of mini buffalos, warty pigs and human hands inside caves in Indonesia could be among the oldest examples of cave art in the world, a new study finds. The paintings challenge Europe's standing as the birthplace of prehistoric cave art.
07 October 2014, 11:05 PM ET
Despite yielding $300 million in statewide savings, Ohio's green energy standards are now on hold.
05 October 2014, 06:27 PM ET
Continuing a 113-year-old tradition, the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm will award the 2014 Nobel Prizes to — as its founder, Alfred Nobel, put it in his will — the most brilliant minds who bestowed the "greatest benefit on mankind."
04 October 2014, 09:23 PM ET
Sea monkeys, seamounts and sea creatures are only a few of the many cool science stories we found this week. Check them out!
04 October 2014, 03:30 AM ET
The loss of Earth's animals, ring-shaped clouds and Nature's solar tech — these are just a few of this week's coolest images in Science.
03 October 2014, 07:35 AM ET
Internet "trolls" — people who intentionally incite discord in online communities — may have a lot in common with real-life sadists, new research suggests.
03 October 2014, 02:09 AM ET
Although media often hype up the idea of “stranger danger,” children are actually more likely to have a heart attack than they are to be kidnapped by a stranger.
02 October 2014, 01:28 PM ET
"Man Jose" is living up to its nickname. A new analysis from the Pew Researcher Center confirms the odds are good (statistically, at least) for ladies seeking a male partner in San Jose, California.
02 October 2014, 12:35 PM ET
The brains of apes and humans evolved unusually quickly when it came to the cerebellum, a part of the brain involved in control of movement, researchers say. The finding may change what is considered special about the human brain.
02 October 2014, 12:25 AM ET
Share that cab, save the plant.
30 September 2014, 02:02 PM ET
Scientists may have recorded chimpanzees learning skills from each other in the wild for the first time, according to a new study.
28 September 2014, 02:22 AM ET
Mysterious marbles in Utah, cannibalistic octopi on video and the ebola epidemic made the top stories in Science this week. Make sure you check out the rest!
27 September 2014, 12:03 AM ET
India and the United States are poised to push historic climate changes, but will they?
26 September 2014, 01:16 AM ET
If you have trouble picking ice cream amongst 31 flavors, you are not alone — but why are win-win choices so difficult?
25 September 2014, 05:59 PM ET
In 2012, one in five people over age 25 in the United States were not married and never had been married.
25 September 2014, 04:46 PM ET
Feelings of disappointment are caused by a rare type of brain signaling, new research shows. Two neurotransmitters are released by the same neurons, and their ratio is what determines whether you feel a bit discouraged or totally downhearted.
25 September 2014, 08:09 AM ET
In Papua New Guinea, attacks on people accused of practicing witchcraft usually target women, but recently, more men have become victims, a new report suggests.
25 September 2014, 02:05 AM ET
In the early 18th century, people with severe disfigurations had to hide from the public — until surgical pioneers like Thomas Dent Mütter emerged.
24 September 2014, 09:59 PM ET
Native American tribes have signed a new treaty to bring back buffalo herds and the prairies they once roamed, and in the process, restore traditional culture.
24 September 2014, 07:24 AM ET
There were a lot more mothers than fathers throughout much of human history, a new DNA analysis of people around the world shows. The genetic findings offer evidence for polygyny, when one man has many wives, as people migrated out of Africa.
23 September 2014, 05:17 PM ET
What do the light bulb, the polio vaccine and the Internet have in common? They were all considered failures at first, but later became extremely successful.
23 September 2014, 04:00 PM ET
There is a balance to strike between doom-ridden messages and “bright-side” opportunities, and uncertainties around the science and the expected effects of climate change must be factored in too. Can risk language help?
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.