More Stories in Humans

  1. Environment

    Heat waves cause more illness and death in U.S. cities with fewer trees

    There are usually fewer trees in neighborhoods with higher populations of people of color. Planting trees could save hundreds of lives every year.

  2. Health & Medicine

    Bird flu has infected a person after spreading to cows. Here’s what to know

    H5N1 has wreaked havoc on birds around the globe and occasionally made the jump to mammals, including cows. The risk to people remains low.

  3. Health & Medicine

    A new study has linked microplastics to heart attacks and strokes. Here’s what we know 

    Patients with microplastics in their arteries were 4.5 times more likely to have a heart attack, stroke or die within the next three years.

  4. Health & Medicine

    How patient-led research could speed up medical innovation

    People with long COVID, ME/CFS and other chronic conditions are taking up science to find symptom relief and inspire new directions for professional scientists.

  5. Health & Medicine

    Here’s what distorted faces can look like to people with prosopometamorphopsia

    A patient with an unusual variation of the condition helped researchers visualize the demonic distortions he sees when looking at human faces.

  6. Humans

    These are the chemicals that give teens pungent body odor

    Steroids and high levels of carboxylic acids in teenagers’ body odor give off a mix of pleasant and acrid scents.

  7. Psychology

    Timbre can affect what harmony is music to our ears

    The acoustic qualities of instruments may have influenced variations in musical scales and preferred harmonies.

  8. Science & Society

    Not all cultures value happiness over other aspects of well-being

    Nordic countries topped the 2024 world happiness rankings. But culture dictates how people respond to surveys of happiness, a researcher argues.

  9. Archaeology

    Human brains found at archaeological sites are surprisingly well-preserved

    Analyzing a new archive of 4,400 human brains cited in the archaeological record reveals the organ’s unique chemistry might prevent decay.