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Human Nature

Human Nature encompasses peoples' actions, perceptions, and thought processes. Topics include food cravings, mind-reading, and contagious yawning.

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Want a Bigger Raise or a Smaller Waist? The Answer Could Lie in Your Chronotype

The key to a losing weight, winning an argument or anything else depends on knowing if you're a bear, lion, dolphin or wolf, says author of upcoming book.

Science Says Your Selfies Are Less Attractive Than You Think

Think that shot of you in the changing room mirror should be posted and shared? You might want to think again, depending on whether you care how you're perceived.

We Talk With the Man Who Lived Like a Goat

Who hasn't wanted to get away from it all? For British designer Thomas Thwaites, that break entailed turning himself into a goat.

Emily & Lakisha 10 Years On: Are Employers Still Biased About Applicants' Names?

An update to a famous study shows that employers may not discriminate as much as before — with one important caveat.

Sure, Just One Minute of Exercise Sounds Great, But …

That's not really the scoop. A new study doesn’t exactly claim that one minute of intense exercise is the same as 45 minutes of moderate exercise. But it's not far off.

The Chance a Stranger Helps You in a Medical Emergency Is Depressingly Low

Whither the Good Samaritan? A new study finds the chance of receiving a stranger's aid in a public medical emergency is close to zero — and worse if you're black or poor.

There's an Evolutionary Reason Humans Developed the Ability to Feel Shame

Most animals don't feel shame, but humans do. Why would we evolve something that causes us pain, stress and discomfort?

The Bias Against African-American Children in U.S. Adoptions

Researchers found that many white adoptive parents thought African-American children were "too different" for them though they'd consider children of other races.

Magicians and Hackers: Social Engineering 101

We sat down with magician Brian Brushwood to learn how con artists and hackers can fool their targets with something as simple as a conversation.

In Search of the Perfect NCAA Bracket? Try Winning Powerball Instead

Or hey, maybe you'd love to see your favorite football team win the Super Bowl for 13 consecutive years? Yep, those are the crazy odds we're talking about.

The Human Heart Can Literally Burst With Joy, New Research Finds

Time to start taking "OMG OMG my heart's literally gonna explode" seriously. A new study shows "broken heart syndrome" has a happy – but still tragic – flip side.

Be an Impoverished Artist for the Night

And not just any artist, but post-impressionist superstar Vincent Van Gogh. All for just $10.

Who's Watching the Adults? Facing Old Age Without Children

With 20 percent of U.S. women born after 1970 not having children, the question of who will provide elder care is becoming more urgent.

Not a Morning Person? Your Body's Circadian Rhythms Could Ease Mars Colonization

The Martian day lasts longer than ours, which means that people whose circadian rhythms are out of sync with our planet may do better colonizing our red neighbor.

Hand Sniffing After Hand Shaking Is a Thing

And you probably don't even realize you're doing it.

Equality in Alcohol? Gender Differences in Drinking Are Shrinking in U.S.

And the U.S. isn't the only country where this gender gap is closing.

Wait for It … Procrastination Can Be a Good Thing

Researchers discover five different types of procrastinators, including "well-adjusted."

Getting to Know the Injustice Collectors

If you've ever met someone who obsessively kept track of every perceived wrong committed against them, then you've met one. The problem is when they turn violent.

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do. So Why Not Pay Someone to Do It for You?

A new website will do the dirty work for you via Snapchat, text, letter or awkward phone call.

Blind People Do Go to the Movies. And Audio Description Helps.

Audio description is kind of like that friend who whispers key plot points to you during the movie when you miss them. It's pretty handy for blind film buffs.

5 Human Quirks That Make Good Science Hard to Do Well

Science should be clean, simple, and just the facts, right? Unfortunately these traits of imperfect humans make perfect science tough to accomplish.

This Just In: Know-it-alls Know Nothing at All

A study showed that self-professed experts claimed knowledge of concepts in their field that don't really exist.

When It Comes to Lying, the Nose Knows

Forget about shifty eyes — your nose heats up when you're not telling the truth.

Can optimism make you healthier?

"Look on the bright side!" It's advice people have been doling out for ages, but could a positive outlook actually benefit your physical well-being?

Can you really feel the weather in your bones?

Are you a human barometer? Do changes in the weather cause you physical pain? Read this and find out if you can really feel the weather right down to your bones.

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