Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Geneticist Jennifer Doudna on the profound implications of her CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology for the future of humanity.
The results of this study help us better understand how stars are born and how they develop.
Harnessing the power of photosynthesis may be able to produce all the hydrogen for energy we need.
It’s become a convention now that when we reach for carbohydrates it is always better to choose the complex variety found in whole grain products, vegetables, and legumes. The benefits include more fiber,...
People possessing openness can take diverging visual stimuli and combine them in a special way.
An AI-driven robot has successfully flown and landed a simulated Boeing 737 for the first time.
Would your dog, cat, or other pet eat you if you died? The truth about if — and how soon — our animal friends start to see us in a different light.
Researchers learn how to selectively erase memories in snails, a first step.
New research shows an abundance of testosterone leads to poor decision making.
Quartz has analyzed 100,000 drawings to see if there are cultural differences in the way people draw basic shapes.
Consider the real meaning of nirvana next time you face a crisis.
The iconic physicist warns that we’d better find another planet in the next 100 years, or humanity is screwed.
How did our world come to be ruled by a view of human nature that contradicts the testimony of much of history, and the bulk of the arts, and your daily experience? Mathoholics are to blame.
Google is closing in on achieving a major quantum computing milestone.
Instead of viewing racism as a moral failure, Racists Anonymous treats it like a disease from which everyone suffers.
A new study published in Nature shows just how quick relief is possible with ketamine.
The political and economic ideas of socialism are coming back into fashion.
Every week, we do a little round-up of comments from the Big Think Facebook. Here's some of the more intriguing ones of the week.
A proto-consciousness field theory could replace the theory of dark matter, one physicist states.
Scientists film a closeup of DNA replication for the first time, leading to unexpected observations.