Human Nature Archive
23 July 2014, 09:40 AM ET
When learning a second language, effort helps adults learn vocabulary but hinders their ability to learn grammar, a new study finds.
22 July 2014, 04:22 PM ET
There may be something to the cliché of lovebirds gazing into each other's eyes, new research suggests. A glance at a person's face tends to indicate romantic love, whereas looking at a person's body is associated with feelings of sexual desire.
22 July 2014, 03:58 PM ET
Humans will subconsciously mimic the facial expressions of android robots, a new study finds.
22 July 2014, 01:05 PM ET
Whether or not you have access to the Internet may affect what you find desirable in a partner, a new study finds.
22 July 2014, 10:52 AM ET
People with Parkinson's disease may have higher levels of creativity than their healthy peers, and these flights of fancy increase with higher doses of medication, new research finds.
22 July 2014, 09:46 AM ET
Researchers found that positive-outcome bedtime stories are better at promoting honesty in children than negative-outcome stories.
21 July 2014, 05:28 PM ET
During extreme or unusual weather, Americans' political leanings seem to influence their Internet searches about the climate, new research suggests.
21 July 2014, 08:58 AM ET
Humans are getting taller; they're also fatter than ever and live longer than at any time in history. And all of these changes have occurred in the past 100 years, scientists say.
20 July 2014, 02:00 AM ET
Genes among friends, full moon sleep patterns and drones in Hawaii are just a few of the cool stories in Science we found for you this week.
19 July 2014, 02:36 PM ET
Gorgeous jellyfish, a new rodent species and a trash island are just the beginning of our favorite images in Science this week.
19 July 2014, 02:35 AM ET
Can humanity tolerate "brilliants?"
19 July 2014, 02:03 AM ET
How would society react in a future where "brilliants" outperform everyone else?
18 July 2014, 04:52 PM ET
A new study found that the greater a nation’s genetic distance is from Denmark, the lower its reported wellbeing is.
18 July 2014, 11:22 AM ET
A new study of official LDS Church articles and talks over 40 years finds that despite changes by the rest of society, the Mormon Church's attitude toward men and women has not changed at all.
18 July 2014, 09:52 AM ET
A new study finds that just pulling out a smartphone during a conversation can make people feel less connected to each other and less satisfied with the quality of their chat.
17 July 2014, 12:22 AM ET
Shooting pigeons released from a box only yards away is not sportsmanship.
16 July 2014, 10:51 PM ET
Will cutting carbon devastate the U.S. economy?
15 July 2014, 04:04 PM ET
Lawyers are starting to ask: Are Tesla's patents truly open?
14 July 2014, 03:05 PM ET
People unsuspectingly choose friends who share parts of the same DNA, a new genetic analysis finds.
14 July 2014, 03:00 PM ET
Areas of the brain responsible for producing speech movement light up in babies' brains month before they say their first words
14 July 2014, 02:17 PM ET
A sixth-grade student’s science fair project led to the discovery that erythritol, a sugar alcohol in Truvia, may be a human-safe insecticide.
14 July 2014, 08:25 AM ET
The favor of a political leader can be seen from space, with nighttime lights increasing in regions of politically corrupt countries that see a hometown hero taking national power.
13 July 2014, 01:13 AM ET
From a melted road at Yellowstone to growling seahorses, here are some of the coolest stories in Science this week.
12 July 2014, 12:44 PM ET
Amazing science images every day.
12 July 2014, 11:11 AM ET
A stunning super moon, a mass of anchovies and African dust made our top picks for the best images in Science this week.
11 July 2014, 01:54 PM ET
Compulsive sexual behavior may have the same patterns of brain activity as those associated with drug addiction, a new study finds.
11 July 2014, 01:38 PM ET
Three spiders that have reputations as being "venomous," or having bites that can kill human tissue, may actually not be so harmful, recent studies show.
11 July 2014, 08:00 AM ET
Men like women in red, research has shown. But women? Not so much. A new study finds that women perceive a lady in red as a potential threat to their relationships, and see her as more interested in sex than women wearing other colors.
10 July 2014, 05:37 PM ET
For people who can control their dreams -- called lucid dreamers -- flying and having sex are the most popular activities they plan to do in their dreams, a survey finds.
10 July 2014, 09:34 AM ET
Though they might dread wrinkles and gray hair, Americans tend to feel most confident in their looks when they hit retirement age, a new Gallup survey found.
09 July 2014, 02:51 PM ET
Focusing on the center — and it's wide — how polarized is the United States?
07 July 2014, 04:26 PM ET
The remains of an ancient human in China not thought to be Neanderthal unexpectedly possesses an inner ear much like that of humans' closest extinct relatives, according to a new study.
03 July 2014, 02:02 PM ET
For many people, being forced to spend a few minutes alone with their thoughts is an unpleasant experience, new research suggests.
03 July 2014, 07:21 AM ET
Founding Father names, whether accidental or intentional, are popular in Florida, according to a new analysis by WhitePages. The Sunshine State is the best place to find John Adamses and Betsy Rosses.
03 July 2014, 12:16 AM ET
It’s official: more people in the US are streaming the World Cup than this year’s Superbowl, so it’s no surprise sports channel ESPN this week reported a 46% increase in viewership in group round games from 2010 to 2014.
02 July 2014, 07:58 PM ET
A big serve proved its value as part of Australian wild card Nick Kyrgios’ game yesterday, with 37 aces in his fourth round Wimbledon victory over world number one Rafael Nadal.