The following is an excerpt from Adam Alter's new book Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces That Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave, available on Amazon.
This is your brain on stress
A new study contradicts the common assumption that emotion-based facial expressions are recognized across cultures.
A study comparing mood-related words in U.S. and British books shows that Americans increasingly use emotional words more often.
Will we grow babies outside their mothers' bodies?
Brain damage has unleashed extraordinary talents in a small group of otherwise ordinary individuals. Will science find a way for everyone to tap their inner virtuoso?
With the help of a psychology professor and a Pixar illustrator, Facebook is trying to make our messages a little more emotional.
What you look like and other hereditary traits depend as much on the amount of proteins your genes produce as anything else.
If you cheat on your spouse, you can't yet plead biochemistry in divorce court. But rodent-brain research sheds light on why some lovers stay, some stray.
Time is relative
Genetic expression differed based solely on whether the same feed ingredients were cultivated organically or not
A study on an Italian beach turns up interesting results
And awkwardly outline the taboo zones
When David Hanson set out to build a robotic head, he saw no reason not to make it look just like a human. Then he stumbled into the Uncanny Valley.
Unlike the commonly deployed social smile, distressed expressions-anger, fear, sadness, and occasionally surprise-prove much more difficult to display on command.
Shouldn't we feel sorry for the victims of painful physical humor?
Our brains are wired to build walls, but we do our best work when we knock them down.
What language you hear growing up--Arabic and Slovenian are especially good--affects how you learn to count.
Take a look in a book.
Vino without veritas
Our editors scrounged up some truly bizarre facts.
Studies of twins suggest that faith is influenced by genes.
Rats whose DNA changes with grooming, fetuses less damaged by cocaine than tobacco, and more in this week's round up
From vanilla to GMOs, how science shaped the taste of the modern world
The yeast S. cerevisiae is instrumental in brewing ale. But did you know that it's also instrumental in helping scientists better understand cells?
It's not what you have, it's how you use it.
A genetic variant predisposes people to perceive events more negatively than others.
Researchers have learned another way Staphylococcus aureus evades the immune system
It might seem silly to investigate whether people are happier on the weekend, but behind such truisms are revelations about our brains, our behavior and our environment. Here we round up the year's most outwardly obvious scientific studies
Plus, how can you tell if a mouse is depressed?
But not for lack of rational thinking
New nucleotide discovered in mouse brain
Teens have more trouble controlling their impulses in emotionally charged situations.
New evidence suggests they were skilled hunters.
Looking for a clean fuel that grows anywhere, needs only sunlight and water, and could produce enough oil to free the U.S. from its petroleum addiction? Here´s one start-up's plan for converting oil from algae-yes, algae
Love of spicy food isn't just desensitization, or cultural upbringing--it also has ties to who you are.
Put some people in front of a screen, and they won't always reveal the most truthful information.
The future is surreal: a curator looks into the convergence of art and biotech
World-beating skyscraper engineering isn't dead. Across the Pacific, new technology is feverishly being deployed to set records.
Fluctuations in serotonin transports help explain seasonal mood swings
On today's hottest shows, the stars wear lab coats instead of bathing suits. We look behind the scenes at Numb3rs to see how it gets the science right-and why it sometimes needs to get it wrong
The "female Viagra" has to tackle more than just a physical malfunction.
Adaptation measures would strengthen local resilience to sea level rise and the next Superstorm Sandy.
Jayson Lusk's new book makes the case for robot chefs and pink slime
How we covered the Scopes Monkey Trial, the discovery of Java Man, the Piltdown Man hoax, and milestones in the history of evolutionary theory
Scientists sequenced the barley genome recently. Will this make for better beer? Or are the implications more nuanced?
New research suggests our Neanderthal cousins might have been super chatty.
Welcome to the age of bioprinting, where the machines we've built are building bits and pieces of us.
The body electrician
Ancient daggers carved from femurs were pretty fierce.
Babies know when other babies are behaving badly. Now if only they could scold each other...
Scientists are using brain scans to try and find out
A natural hormone boosts social skills for autistic patients
It's only for men, and with 67 percent accuracy
A professional athlete's mental game is just as important, if not more so, as their physical one.
Western architects have grand plans for helping China solve its expanding environmental crisis. But the world's dirtiest country already has the power to clean up all on its own
Unraveling the real sixth sense.
What makes investors do the wrong thing, all together, pretty much all the time?
A Stanford geneticist says humans have so many genetic mutations that we're less intelligent than our ancestors, and it's getting worse. Eugenicists 100 years ago had similar hypotheses.
With the release of the DSM-5 this month, psychotherapist Gary Greenberg questions whether psychiatry's diagnostic Bible can truly get at the nature of mental suffering.
Traditional chicken, beef, and pork production devours resources and creates waste. Meat-free meat might be the solution.
A new book looks at the science of what we like
Stories from the coolest day jobs in the world.
Police sketches from eyewitness accounts are notoriously unreliable. The question is, Will "DNA sketches" be any better?
A graphical look at clubgoers' preferences in the US and UK
Because bared teeth doesn't always mean what you think it means
Possibly without fur-lined parkas, colder temps may have led to demise
Mistakes help rhythm to emerge from randomness
It's all in the hip, thigh, and arm movements
From stutters to shocks, this research is unlikely to be performed again.
A genetic mutation that causes hyperactivity could have been crucial to human development.
It takes real proof to back up even the simplest theories--these 10 studies show that the obvious can have not-so-obvious implications
Communications expert Greta Stahl reveals the five keys to a great political speech
Emerging research on hoarding classifies it as its own distinctive disorder, separate from OCD.
The annual Ig Nobel awards are a treasure.
Can't we assume that if time travel was ever going to happen we would have already heard?
With the worldâ€™s wild fish stocks plummeting, experts say that something must be done to ensure our seafood supply. Are offshore fish farms the solution?
Or are they just curious?
Watching how insects use plants shows that self-medication isn't just for complex animals
We're all familiar with images of lurching robots performing rote tasks on the factory production lines. But the capabilities of robots have evolved well beyond the banality of those grainy industrial films.
Raj and colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania invented a technique for tracking how a cell's genes are expressed.