The behavioural ‘tricks’ behind Uber’s success
The taxi company Uber has been experimenting with behavioural science to “nudge” its drivers into working longer hours. These “psychological tricks” are becoming common. But are they fair?
Scientists claim humans have only four emotions
New research released this month shows that all human emotions can be reduced to just four basic facial expressions. Is our species less complex than we like to think?
Amid the chaos, Japanese show their virtues
As Japan recovers from its terrible earthquake, westerners are impressed that there has been no looting. Why are the Japanese so well behaved?
Cluck! Cluck! Chickens feel their offspring’s pain
'Mother hen' is a phrase used to describe a human mother fussing. Now we find that chickens display a similar empathy with their young. Shared evolutionary tools?
A very public freak show grips the world
The Hollywood star Charlie Sheen has been sacked after publicly insulting his employers in a series of bizarre rants. It's gripping to watch. But should we be laughing?