Human Nature

Like a Virgin: Chaste Men Sexually Confused After Marriage
Upset man having problem sitting on the bed with his girlfriend.
August 19th, 2014
Though men who pledge to remain chaste until marriage get strong social support from Christian networks prior to marriage, they are left in the dark once they tie the knot.
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How Pygmy People Got Their Short Stature
A Batwa woman and her child, pygmies who live in the rainforest, shown here in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Uganda.
August 18th, 2014
Pygmy traits independently evolved many times among different peoples around the world, because shorter heights may have helped them live in rainforests, researchers say.
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The Real Reason Women Cheat
Portrait of a couple kissing.
August 16th, 2014
Women who look for extramarital affairs are seeking sex and passion, and are not unhappy with their marriages overall, new research suggests. Rather than divorce their husbands, they have a sexual affair.
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Kids' Drawings May Paint a Picture of Later Intelligence
Children's drawings
August 19th, 2014
How well can your four-year-old draw? The ability of four-year-old children to draw to draw a child may be linked to their intelligence at age 14, a new study suggests.
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Open-Source Seeds Make a Comeback (Op-Ed)
Open Seed Source envelopes, seed patents
August 17th, 2014
More and more, agricultural patents are used to increase the control these and similar companies wield over access to the seeds with which farmers feed the world and – especially in the Global South – themselves and their families.
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With Latest Death, Scientists Re-evaluate Stigma of Fraud (Op-Ed)
Yoshiki Sasai, suicide, stem cell, stap
August 15th, 2014
Nothing provides as deep an existential threat to the scientific enterprise than making up data. But as bad as it is, there is something deeply ugly about the way the scientific community responds to misconduct.
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Emotions and Eating: A Marketer's Dream? (Op-Ed)
woman, ice-cream, overeating, indulging
August 19th, 2014
Both research and popular media tell us that emotions and eating are intrinsically related. How many times have we seen a character in a TV show reaching for the ice-cream tub when feeling particularly down or after a breakup?
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Most Interesting Science News Articles of the Week
A teen couple stands watching a sunset
August 17th, 2014
Robot construction, the cause of Antarctic earthquakes and the pharaohs' rise to power are some of the best articles in Science this week.
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Virtual Worlds Can Be As Fulfilling As Real Life (Op-Ed)
gaming, professional gamer, sports
August 15th, 2014
Step aside Olympians – the new sporting pursuit of choice may soon be professional gaming.
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