Human Nature Archive
17 June 2014, 06:04 PM ET
From Shakespearean sonnets to impassioned speeches to lovers' whispers, human language is an amazingly rich form of expression, whose evolution has long puzzled scientists.
16 June 2014, 11:54 PM ET
Recent evidence suggests that gaming can be good for us and, in particular, can help us unwind after a stressful day at work.
16 June 2014, 10:39 PM ET
“Biodiversity offsetting” – protecting animals and plants in one area to make up for negative impacts in another – is increasingly used by companies such as mining firms, as a way to boost their corporate responsibility and prevent ethically-minded invest
15 June 2014, 02:28 AM ET
An ocean inside the Earth and a paralyzed man kicks off the World Cup — just the beginning of the cool stories in Science this week.
14 June 2014, 11:21 AM ET
Science has only recently delved into the neural and hormonal mechanisms of paternal care, but so far the evidence suggests that mothers' and fathers' brains use a similar neural circuitry when taking care of their children.
14 June 2014, 08:43 AM ET
A long-necked sea monster, the cutest penguins and Lake Superior's icebergs are just a few of the awesome images we found in Science this week.
14 June 2014, 01:14 AM ET
Albert Einstein may be most famous for his mass-energy equivalence formula E = mc2, but his work also laid down the foundation for modern quantum mechanics.
13 June 2014, 03:55 AM ET
Patricia Wright of Stoney Brook University explains why owl monkeys are devoted fathers and nocturnal.

13 June 2014, 01:31 AM ET
One evaluation metric has dominated these decisions, and that is doing more harm than good.
12 June 2014, 05:46 PM ET
Despite rational attempts to dismiss it, a fear of Friday the 13th pervades society.
12 June 2014, 03:59 PM ET
The ancestors of humans and chimpanzees may have begun genetically diverging from one another 13 million years ago, more than twice as long ago as had been widely thought, shedding new light on the process of human evolution, researchers say.
12 June 2014, 02:52 PM ET
On long-term space missions, such as missions to Mars, having an extrovert on board could have several disadvantages, a new study suggests.
12 June 2014, 07:51 AM ET
The "cool kids" in middle school may not be so cool when they grow up: A new study suggests that these once-popular teens are at greater risk for relationship and drug problems in adulthood.
11 June 2014, 08:34 PM ET
Australian Madison Stewart, star of 'Shark Girl' (Smithsonian Channel Special) has another hobby besides SCUBA diving: Feeding Vegemite to unsuspecting Americans like @DavidSkyBrody of
11 June 2014, 05:29 AM ET
Where do inventions come from? There’s no magic formula, but there are ways to improve your creativity.
10 June 2014, 01:37 PM ET
Most people choose to leave their military units because of a complicated mix of financial and personal reasons, experts say.
10 June 2014, 09:51 AM ET
A new hypothesis suggests that the bones of male human faces evolved to minimize injury caused by punches.
10 June 2014, 08:20 AM ET
Instead of prompting a national celebration, the recovery of POW Bowe Bergdahl sparked controversy. Live Science looks at some questions the case has raised: What is desertion? How common is it? What will happen to Bergdahl?
09 June 2014, 01:15 PM ET
Matthew Zefferman applies his enthusiasm for solving puzzles to investigating how human culture influences modern society.
09 June 2014, 12:31 PM ET
Immersed in the world of Balinese water temples and cooperative farms, Anthropologist J. Stephen Lansing’s NSF funded research helped win UNESCO World Heritage Site status for Bali’s subaks.
08 June 2014, 05:05 PM ET
Just as humans lament not pursuing a lover or bemoan having eaten that extra slice of chocolate cake, rats may experience feelings of regret, too, new research suggests.
08 June 2014, 02:46 AM ET
Our multiverse, hurricane names and gender bias and a beached whale hidden in a painting — just a few of our favorite stories in Science this week.
08 June 2014, 12:58 AM ET
In fact, those drafting their application to be forgotten by the world’s biggest search engine should hold off too. This issue is far from resolved.
07 June 2014, 05:50 PM ET
New Zealand's winter storm, 3d printed blood vessels and California's tule fog are just a few of our favorite images in Science this week.
07 June 2014, 06:36 AM ET
The 2014 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series began in Cuba on May 10, 2014. The five-month international competition includes stops in Texas, Ireland, Norway, Portugal and Spain, before ending with a final showdown in Brazil.
07 June 2014, 01:47 AM ET
Is a hurricane's name really the best way to predict its danger?
07 June 2014, 01:16 AM ET
Is "fight or flight" the right response for a warming climate?
06 June 2014, 05:48 PM ET
Ryan and Trevor Oakes have an unusual talent. The twin brothers have developed a method of creating lifelike, perceptual drawings on a curved canvass.
06 June 2014, 04:53 PM ET
Twins Ryan and Trevor Oakes have developed a drawing technique that captures perspective images on the inside of a sphere.
06 June 2014, 02:52 PM ET
It's a classic diving competition taken to extreme limits: The 2014 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series — an event that sees world-class divers plunge from jaw-dropping heights — will be making a stop in Texas this weekend.
05 June 2014, 05:12 PM ET
Are extraterrestrials really a greater concern than a collapsing climate?
05 June 2014, 11:46 AM ET
About four in 10 Americans believe that humans were created by God in their present form, with slightly more than half believing in evolution.