Did Our Hands Evolve to Throw Punches? One Biologist Thinks So

The human hand is a marvelous evolutionary invention: it can tie knots, tap out blog posts, wield tools and wire circuit boards. But how did we get these hands, with their long, dextrous fingers and conveniently opposable thumbs? It’s likely that tool-grasping played a role, but according to one evolutionary… »10/22/15 12:42pm10/22/15 12:42pm


Meet the Expert Witness Who Goes Inside the Minds of Young Killers

Imagine spending time with murderers, digging into their childhoods to figure out what made them violent — and then convincing skeptical juries to take your conclusions into account. In his book Listening to Killers, Dr. James Garbarino reflects on 20 years spent serving as an expert witness. He told us what it’s like… »5/07/15 2:15pm5/07/15 2:15pm

Of all the world's animals, chimps and humans are some of the only to coordinate attacks on members

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 9:00pm9/17/14 9:00pm

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 6:03pm6/14/13 6:03pm

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 6:43pm12/14/12 6:43pm

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 10:40am11/07/08 10:40am

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 12:00pm10/29/08 12:00pm

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 2:00pm5/23/08 2:00pm