In the 1960s, Stanley Milgram's electric-shock studies showed that people will obey even the most abhorrent of orders. But recently, researchers have begin to question his conclusions—and offer some of their own.
To make it into Guinness World Records, people have braved extreme conditions, baked any number of jumbo-sized foods, and done extraordinary things to their facial hair. What’s the appeal of being the best at an arbitrary contest?
The drug's controversial approval yesterday comes on the heels of two previous unsuccessful attempts, lingering questions about safety, and uncertainty about whether or not it really works.
Most animal-health research focuses on infections that have already made the leap to people. A veterinary scientist explains why that may be bad for public health.
In a 1965 article for The Atlantic, a woman wrote about a relatively seamless experience that was—and still is—largely limited to white women of a certain economic status.
A new study identifies the acoustic signature that makes the sound of screaming so universally identifiable.
A new study found that people who identify as Slytherins may be measurably different from the Hufflepuffs of the world.
How women found out they were pregnant when they couldn’t just pee on a stick
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A medical ethicist argues that a small change to the way organ donation is discussed could go a long way towards solving the country’s shortage.
What's the psychological appeal of looking at food that can't be tasted?
IBM's Watson is the author of a newly released cookbook.
Some people feel better after dummy treatments, while others feel no difference unless the drugs are real. A new paper argues that the difference may come down to genetics.
A neuroscientist discusses a new White House report on ethical questions for the future of human brain research.
A new study looks at the intersection of taste, nostalgia, and loneliness.
How astronaut technology has found its way into drugstores and hospitals
A new study adds more support to the idea that the right font can help sway health behavior.
The ethical issues that come with crowdfunded healthcare
A new paper argues that the gesture may have evolved to allow people to judge one another's scent signals.
What can a city's waste reveal about the health of its population?
New research shows that sufferers have differences in their immune systems, a finding the authors hope will lend some legitimacy to the still-mysterious conditon.