Human Nature Archive
25 November 2015, 11:34 PM ET
Despite the naysayers, plastics recycling is actually profitable, and widespread.
24 November 2015, 12:07 PM ET
Google created a doodle today to honor the 41st anniversary of the discovery of 'Lucy,' the famous upright-walking Australopithecus ancestor to modern-day humans.
24 November 2015, 12:01 PM ET
Researchers found chemical clues hinting that when certain bacteria in the belly have had enough, they tell the brain that it's time to stop eating.
23 November 2015, 01:24 PM ET
Although the ability to sustain attention varies widely from person to person, characterizing these individual differences has been difficult.
23 November 2015, 06:55 AM ET
After donating to the food pantry or toy drive this holiday season, watch yourself. Some new research suggests donations might make you temporarily more Grinch-y.
22 November 2015, 12:13 AM ET
Here are the most interesting, amazing and unusual things that happened in the world of science this week. A recap of Live Science's best.
21 November 2015, 08:54 AM ET
Often microaggressions take the form of unconsciously delivered instances of failing to acknowledge or making light of the experiences of others from different cultures, traditions, races – and they’re easily justified or ignored.
21 November 2015, 07:44 AM ET
Here are the stories behind the most amazing images in the world of science this week. A recap of the coolest photos featured on Live Science.
19 November 2015, 11:36 PM ET
Anyone who has spent some time with young children know that they ask “why?” – a lot.
19 November 2015, 06:43 PM ET
In tackling climate change, COP21 may — finally — spawn both environmental and economic changes.
18 November 2015, 06:23 PM ET
The harsh burial of the teenage girl suggest she was seen as a danger even when dead.
18 November 2015, 03:45 PM ET
An ancient, 3-foot-tall (0.9 meters) human whose diminutive stature has earned it the nickname "hobbit" is a unique species and not a Homo sapien with a minitiarizing disorder, scientists who analyzed the specimen's teeth said.
18 November 2015, 01:00 PM ET
Children across the world develop an aversion to getting less than others at a fairly young age, but only some children find it unfair if others get less than them.
18 November 2015, 11:57 AM ET
Facebook's decision to create a French flag overlay after terrorism in Paris led to backlash. But does the social network really drive public opinion? And why do some people choose the overlay while others are averse to it?
18 November 2015, 09:02 AM ET
in an effort to show off in front of women, guys seem to eat a whole lot more than when they're just out with the guys, scientists find. From an evolutionary perspective, this pigging out on pizza appears to be a form of showing off to attract a mate.
17 November 2015, 04:34 PM ET
The emoji called face with tears of joy, the official Oxford Dictionaries word of the year for 2015,may tap into the human need to use nonverbal cues to express emotions.
16 November 2015, 03:56 PM ET
A mysterious extinct branch of the human family tree that once interbred with modern humans was more genetically diverse than Neanderthals, a finding that suggests many of these extinct humans called Denisovans existed in what is now southern Siberia.
16 November 2015, 07:22 AM ET
Perhaps you could care less, but newly spotted differences in how our brains work could explain why some people are apathetic and lazy. Scientists say motivation could be more about biology than attitude.
13 November 2015, 07:13 PM ET
There is no truth to the claim that the Earth will plunge into 15 days of darkness on Nov. 15. Don't be left in the dark on this space hoax.
13 November 2015, 12:53 PM ET
Enjoy this inauspicious Friday, because you won't see another one like it until 2026.
12 November 2015, 08:57 AM ET
A cultural shift in happiness trends sees teens cheerier than ever while adults over 30 watch their happiness decline. The results may illuminate why the death rate is rising for middle-age Americans, even as it falls for other age groups
11 November 2015, 11:17 AM ET
Darwin's dusty tome on the evolution of different species was just rated the most influential academic book in history.
06 November 2015, 01:47 PM ET
Is he or she the one? You know… the one to introduce to my parents, the one to move in with, the one to start a family with, the one to marry? At some point in every dating relationship, you ask yourself some version of these questions.
06 November 2015, 01:31 PM ET
If food runs short, what will governments do?
05 November 2015, 07:24 AM ET
Sofia, Sophie and other spelling variants are among the top names in a dizzying array of countries. What gives? Turns out the name has some innate qualities that may explain how it has swept the world.
03 November 2015, 10:51 AM ET
The majority of asylum seekers in one Dresden facility have traumatic experiences and psychological diagnoses, highlighting the need for psychiatric care.
03 November 2015, 07:03 AM ET
Scientists, it's time to lend your ears (and your knowledge) to this year's big science competition: Explaining the science of sound to 11-year-olds.
31 October 2015, 08:58 AM ET
On Sunday, Nov. 1, it's time to wind back the clocks. Or is that forward? Wait, are we losing an hour, or gaining one? Here's why daylight saving time is so confusing. Turns out, part of the frustration is biological.
30 October 2015, 12:28 PM ET
The best haunted houses push buttons in our brains that evolved long before houses even existed.
29 October 2015, 01:33 PM ET
China has officially ended its policy of allowing families to have just one child, and will instead allow parents to have two children.
26 October 2015, 07:09 AM ET
Is it really possible to be scared to death?
22 October 2015, 02:43 PM ET
Just in time for Halloween, gore-resistant scientists are swinging frozen human cadaver arms like battering rams — in the name of science, of course.
22 October 2015, 10:00 AM ET
Though most people in the U.S. see religion and science as frequently in conflict, most people view their personal beliefs as compatible with science, a new survey suggests.
20 October 2015, 03:34 PM ET
Americans aren't that afraid of the boogeyman, but they are afraid of their own elected officials.
16 October 2015, 01:03 PM ET
A new federal report argues that gay conversion therapy shouldn't be offered to minors, because there's no evidence it works and some evidence it is harmful.
14 October 2015, 01:34 PM ET
Teeth from a cave in China suggest that modern humans lived in Asia tens of thousands of years before they reached Europe, researchers say. The finding sheds light on the dispersal of Homo sapiens out of Africa and across the globe.