Bruce Bower

Behavioral Sciences Writer, Science News

Bruce Bower has written about the behavioral sciences since 1984. He often writes about psychology, anthropology, archaeology and mental health issues. Bruce has a master's degree in psychology from Pepperdine University and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. Following an internship at Science News in 1981, he worked as a reporter at Psychiatric News, a publication of the American Psychiatric Association, until joining Science News as a staff writer. In 1996, the American Psychological Association appointed Bruce a Science Writer Fellow, with a grant to visit psychological scientists of his own choosing. Early stints as an aide in a day school for children and teenagers with severe psychological problems and as a counselor in a drug diversion center provided Bruce with a surprisingly good background for a career in science journalism.

All Stories by Bruce Bower

  1. Archaeology

    Fiery tests suggest gooey tech by Neandertals

    Neandertals could have used simple methods and handy materials to make tar. It would have helped them glue their tools together.

  2. Archaeology

    Clay reveals secrets of China’s mysterious terra-cotta army

    Production of the famous terra-cotta troops found in ancient Chinese emperor’s tomb was made possible by a specialized system of clay manufacturing.

  3. Archaeology

    European fossils may belong to earliest known hominid

    New fossils suggest that the earliest non-ape human ancestors may have evolved in Europe, not Africa.

  4. Fossils

    Study claims to have found oldest human fossils

    Humans, as a species, may be much older than previously thought. They also may have evolved further North and West of the suspected cradle of human evolution.

  5. Archaeology

    America’s first settlers may have arrived 130,000 years ago

    An archaeological site where mastodon remains were found suggests that the first Americans may have arrived unexpectedly early.

  6. Fossils

    This hominid may have shared Earth with humans

    Newfound fossils in South Africa point to a far more recent age for Homo naledi than had been accepted. If correct, this hominid might have coexisted with humans — even interacted with our species.

  7. Archaeology

    Stone Age dentists treated cavities with tar

    Is Italy the home of dentistry? That’s where treated tooth decay has been found, dating back 14 millennia. Cavities appear picked clean with sharp tools. Ouch!

  8. Health & Medicine

    Ötzi the mummified Iceman actually froze to death

    Ötzi the Iceman, a mummy whose icy 5,300-year-old remains turned up in the Alps in 1991, died of the cold — not murder. That’s the result of new forensic analyses.

  9. Archaeology

    Silk Road’s origins may date back millennia

    The mountain treks of ancient herders helped mold a cross-continent trade network known as the Silk Road.

  10. Psychology

    Physically abused kids struggle to learn about rewards

    What physically abused kids learn about rewards at home can lead to misbehavior elsewhere.

  11. Health & Medicine

    Mental illness may be a common life experience

    Those who stay mentally healthy from childhood to middle age are exceptions to the rule. Most people don’t, a new study reveals.

  12. Humans

    Big Viking families got away with murder

    The most deadly Vikings came from families that were big enough to discourage revenge.