Human Nature Archive
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
28 April 2014, 05:43 PM ET
To learn about life as a Neanderthal look at children’s graves.
28 April 2014, 08:34 AM ET
People who live in wealthy countries, including the United States, are generally more satisfied with their lives than those who live in poorer countries, and yet living in an affluent country may also come with a bitter dose of worry and anger.
27 April 2014, 06:46 PM ET
Killer mice, social media moods and even Nessie on Google Maps? These are just a few of the cool science stories we found this week.
27 April 2014, 10:33 AM ET
In declaring Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II saints today (April 27) in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis, with the backing of the Vatican, confirmed in public that the two men had performed miracles.
26 April 2014, 04:36 AM ET
Resilient coral, a baby gorilla and that huge iceberg — just a few of this week's amazing photos.
25 April 2014, 01:42 PM ET
By analyzing 1 million photos tweeted over a period of one year, researchers are planning to measure the "moods" of some American cities.
25 April 2014, 11:42 AM ET
Trying to justify torture or wartime atrocities literally alters the memory, particularly in conversation with members of one's own group, new research finds. The effect could influence how people treat outsiders.
25 April 2014, 10:33 AM ET
A new study argues that women with wider hips have more one-night stands because they fear childbirth less. But anthropologists say the measurements and assumptions in the study call the findings into question.
24 April 2014, 03:28 PM ET
From artists to office workers, people in all walks of life claim that going for a stroll helps them work out ideas or overcome creative blocks, and now new research finds that stretching one's legs really does give a mental boost.
24 April 2014, 01:43 AM ET
Water sanitation and hygiene engineer Dani Barrington explains the importance of toilets and community-led approaches to sanitation for one-third of the world’s population who lack access to adequate sanitation.
23 April 2014, 04:30 PM ET
Recent news reports about how Florida's "stand your ground" law affected the number of deaths in the state have raised a few eyebrows, thanks to a strange statistical chart.
22 April 2014, 11:50 PM ET
A dutch student has taken the bold decision to sell all his data at auction. It’s a decision that should make us think about the future of our own information.
22 April 2014, 07:01 PM ET
Women in the fertile phase of their menstrual cycle are more likely than women in the nonfertile phase to say they'd be interested in a fling with the composer of a complex tune.