Human Nature Archive
11 February 2016, 02:14 PM ET
Ancient trysts between Neanderthals and modern humans may have influenced modern risks for depression, heart attacks, nicotine addiction, obesity and other health problems, researchers said.
10 February 2016, 03:45 PM ET
Fossils of what may be primitive relatives of gorillas suggest that the human and gorilla lineages split up to 10 million years ago, millions of years later than what has been recently suggested, researchers say.
09 February 2016, 01:28 PM ET
Mystical experiences may occur when the brain's inhibitory processes are suppressed, opening a "door of perception," new research finds.
08 February 2016, 10:25 AM ET
Individualism and narcissism are rising in the United States. But why?
06 February 2016, 08:30 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.
05 February 2016, 03:03 PM ET
If no amount of coffee seems to help you feel fresh and alert in the morning, you may be able to blame your genes. A new study by the genetics company 23andMe has identified 15 regions of the human genome that are linked to being a morning person.
05 February 2016, 07:39 AM ET
Playtime could broaden kids' perspectives and ideas of what is "good" when it comes to body image, as new, diverse toys come onto the market, sociologists say.
04 February 2016, 02:03 PM ET
A group of scientists argues that racial categories are weak proxies for genetic diversity and need to be phased out of biological studies.
03 February 2016, 02:39 PM ET
Millennials are frequently told they're the most narcissistic and entitled generation. How does that make them feel?
01 February 2016, 09:25 PM ET
Let’s face it: gossips get a bad rap.
01 February 2016, 07:24 AM ET
Instead of picturing everyone in the audience naked, imagining a more positive scenario like an encouraging audience or applause might be more helpful in reducing the anxiety of performing in front of an audience, according to a new study.
30 January 2016, 11:46 AM ET
Sleeping in over the weekend is one of life’s great pleasures. Yet some of us are much better at it than others.
29 January 2016, 12:05 PM ET
A new computer program can decode what people are looking at almost as soon as they see the object, new research shows.
29 January 2016, 11:25 AM ET
Forget the expression "nice guys finish last." A new study finds that men who are concerned for the well-being of others in place of themselves may have a better shot with women compared to men who are just good-looking.
26 January 2016, 02:06 PM ET
The global "Doomsday Clock," which shows how close humans are to global catastrophe, is set to 3 minutes to midnight
20 January 2016, 01:00 PM ET
The oldest known evidence of human warfare has been unearthed in Kenya, suggesting warfare is an ancient part of the human repertoire.
18 January 2016, 08:54 AM ET
The crash of ocean waves and the pitter-patter of rain on shingles — these sounds may lull a person to sleep. Part of the reason for agua's dreamy effects lies in how the brain interprets noises as either threats or non-threats.
14 January 2016, 11:16 PM ET
The solar power industry continued its hiring spree in 2015, growing 12 times faster than overall U.S. employment.
13 January 2016, 06:19 PM ET
The math behind all the discussion of tonight’s Powerball drawing assumes true randomness – are those assumptions reasonable?
13 January 2016, 02:53 PM ET
Stone tools discovered on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi dating back at least 118,000 years suggest that an unknown lineage of toolmakers, relatives of the diminutive "hobbit" once lived there.
13 January 2016, 11:18 AM ET
Motörhead fans still mourning the death of the band's singer, songwriter and bassist, Ian 'Lemmy' Kilmister, are seeking commemoration for the rock icon in an unusual location — the periodic table.
13 January 2016, 12:34 AM ET
Even in an energy boom, the U.S. slice of foreign oil profits can hurt American national interests.
12 January 2016, 06:30 PM ET
For LGBT people and others who felt like misfits, David Bowie and his Ziggy Stardust persona were revelatory.
12 January 2016, 12:56 PM ET
Winning the lottery is unlikely. Here's what's more likely to occur.
08 January 2016, 08:57 AM ET
Donald Trump's ego is no doubt extreme, but he may be a bellwether for politicians as a whole — and the American public. Research suggests that both the political class and ordinary people are becoming more self-absorbed.
07 January 2016, 12:01 AM ET
More younger people admit that they have same-sex attractions, even if they are "mostly straight," new research suggests.
05 January 2016, 05:42 PM ET
Obama recently shed a few tears when describing a spate of gun massacres in the country, but just how common is it for men to cry?
30 December 2015, 04:04 PM ET
The latest James Bond villain in the new movie "Spectre" may get an "A" for his evil schemes, but he failed spectacularly at neuroanatomy, according to a new report.
30 December 2015, 08:10 AM ET
On New Year's Day on Brooklyn, New York's Coney Island beach, the sound of chattering teeth will fill the air, as thousands of people gather for a ceremonial wintry dip in the Atlantic Ocean.
16 December 2015, 04:49 PM ET
A new study finds that spoilers really do reduce suspense and decrease overall enjoyment.
16 December 2015, 01:29 PM ET
An early look at what to expect from Episode VII.
15 December 2015, 01:24 PM ET
Neanderthals had protruding facial features because of the way their bodies deposited and dealt with bone, a new study finds.
13 December 2015, 05:32 PM ET
Crossing disciplinary boundaries is unusual – and crucially important.
11 December 2015, 09:25 AM ET
Like alcohol, rich foods and tobacco, too much sleep and sitting around are not good for you — especially if they occur together.
11 December 2015, 08:19 AM ET
On the 10-year anniversary of the Elf on the Shelf, not everyone is charmed. Here's what some psychologists have to say.
10 December 2015, 11:19 AM ET
The female San Bernardino mass shooter is a rare outlier among mass killers and terrorists who are mostly men. Here's why scientists say most mass violence is carried out by men.