Societies Where Women Outnumber Men Are Just As Violent

There's long been a common-sense idea — largely untested by science — that having a surplus of men in a society causes more violence. But now we have evidence that this isn't true. Societies where the population is dominated by women are just as violent as ones dominated by men. » 10/09/14 6:00pm 10/09/14 6:00pm

Of all the world's animals, chimps and humans are some of the only to coordinate attacks on members of the same species. A new study concludes that, for chimpanzees, this kind of lethal aggression is "normal" and common. And by normal, the researchers mean the behavior stems from evolved tendencies, and not a response… » 9/17/14 6:00pm 9/17/14 6:00pm

These experiments show that venting your anger makes it worse

In the 1970s, Michael Crichton wrote a book called The Terminal Man, about a man with a chip in his brain who becomes addicted to rage and violence. A few experiments done in the 1990s suggest that we actually can get addicted to anger, and to venting that anger in violent ways. » 9/23/13 11:20am 9/23/13 11:20am

Watch A Fox Reporter Demolish A Hackneyed Anti-Game Argument

Today, an old man went on television and complained about video games. Then someone proved him horribly wrong. » 6/21/13 7:44pm 6/21/13 7:44pm

12 Stories That Have Inspired People To Do Stupid Things In Real Life

After you've seen an awesome movie, played a great game, or just read an amazing book, sometimes you're inspired to ponder the secrets of the universe. And other times, you decide to do something really dangerous or stupid. Here are 12 science fiction and fantasy stories that have inspired the most mayhem. » 6/14/13 3:03pm 6/14/13 3:03pm

The wrong way to write about science

Over at Download the Universe, the science ebook review, I have a new article about one way that well-intentioned science journalism can go very, very wrong. » 4/09/13 7:11pm 4/09/13 7:11pm

Reality Check: Violent Fantasies Don't Make People Violent

Today a shocked nation is mourning the tragedy of the Sandy Hook school shooting, and we're all asking how something so horrifying could happen. Already, FOX News is blaming videogames. It reminds me of when the media traced the Virginia Tech killer's actions back to an obsession with war movies. Or linked the… » 12/14/12 3:43pm 12/14/12 3:43pm

Can this test actually predict whether you'll become a serial killer?

The Macdonald Triad was first presented in the sixties as a way of predicting violent behavior. Today, people are not so convinced. We'll take a look at the rise and fall of this particular way of predicting whether kids would grow up to be serial killers. » 10/15/12 10:40am 10/15/12 10:40am

Most violent fossil ever shows the final record of a three-way hunt

150 million years ago, a flying reptile saw a fish in the waters of the Jurassic Ocean. The reptile caught its prey...and then was almost immediately grabbed by a much larger fish. That's when things really started to go wrong. » 3/14/12 4:30pm 3/14/12 4:30pm

Does this 150,000 year old skull show the first case of human-on-human…

An ancient human skull found in China shows evidence of blunt force trauma, meaning some other human probably hit him on the head. Considering how old the skull is, this might as well be considered the invention of violence. » 11/21/11 3:07pm 11/21/11 3:07pm

Dolphin hooligans are going around killing innocent porpoises

It's like the ocean has turned into something out a bad 50s biker movie - gangs of young bottlenose dolphins are roaming the seas, taking out their sexual frustrations by randomly killing any porpoises that get in their way. » 6/05/11 1:30pm 6/05/11 1:30pm

What are the most aggressive ants in the world?

When groups of red wood ants interact and fight, the smaller groups fight harder and take more casualties. Ants are one of the few non-human animals that engages in close-contact group battles, and how they fight is directly linked to the makeup of that group. » 3/11/11 11:00am 3/11/11 11:00am

It's been proven: You're either a hypocrite or delusional

I love it when science explains why human beings are awful. A recent set of experiments proves the punishment you dole out to people is always worse than what they did to you. » 12/22/10 7:30am 12/22/10 7:30am

Best Kiss-Off Line Ever: "Go F—k Yourself, Spaceman!"

An alien drug-dealer is no match for Dolph Lundgren, in the climax of 1990's I Come In Peace. All the fancy weapons, like the razor frisbee and endorphin-draining harpoon, fail against Dolph's rubbery-faced kung-fu. » 4/28/09 5:30pm 4/28/09 5:30pm

Brain Scans Reveal that Teen Bullies Get Pleasure from Your Pain

When a bully picks on you, you might get consoled by grown-ups who say things about how he's just jealous or trying to get your attention. But now a group of psychiatry researchers at the University of Chicago have revealed the true reason behind bullying: That bully beats you up because he enjoys it. Healthy kids'… » 11/07/08 7:40am 11/07/08 7:40am

War and Social Upheaval Cause Spikes in Zombie Movie Production

There's been a huge spike in the production of zombie movies lately, and many of them seem to be inspired by war. Everything from 28 Days Later to Zombie Strippers make explicit reference to wartime, as did seminal 1968 zombie flick Night of the Living Dead. Is there really a connection between zombie movies and… » 10/29/08 9:00am 10/29/08 9:00am

More Footage Of Wanted's Stupid, Beautiful Violence

The new Russian trailer for June's super-assassin movie Wanted shows off a level of brain-splattering poetic violence that wouldn't be allowed in an American trailer. Just look at how much it fetishizes the bullet — it's like the bullet-time from The Matrix, except this time the bullet itself is the star. This version… » 5/23/08 11:00am 5/23/08 11:00am

How to Build a Violent World in One Easy Step

That alcohol causes many deaths every year is a fact widely-accepted by scientists and the public. But now a new study conducted at the University of Toronto suggests that there is a direct relationship between amount of alcohol sold in a given region, and the amount of violence in that region — regardless of whether… » 5/13/08 3:30pm 5/13/08 3:30pm

Five Reasons to Watch Movies that Hurt You, Haunt You, and Make You…

Welcome back to Horrorhead, a column where we explore the intersection of horror and scifi. I wasn't born a horror movie fan, I made myself one through years of careful practice and studious watching. Everybody has an origin story, and mine begins with the pulsing, gooey strands of sludge that enveloped and destroyed… » 4/16/08 11:19am 4/16/08 11:19am