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An examination of economics, innovation, the environment and social responsibility

  • George Dyson: How Turing's Cathedral Was Built

    Very often, the most creative things happen in the most implausible places, such as the creation of the first electronic digital computer at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. 

  • Science or Spam?

    How do we develop the aptitude to separate spam from knowledge? James Lawrence Powell tells Big Think you need to be "your own spam filter." 

  • No, Seriously. Science Can Be Funny.

    Lighten up, says Bill Nye aka The Science Guy. The idea is to get people to embrace science, not force it.

  • Asteroid 2012 DA14 Won't Kill Us (Yet), But Ought to Scare Us Into Action

    The near earth asteroid 2012 DA14 discovered last year is not going to hit Earth next year, scientists say. Phew. And yet, it will still be coming in way too close for comfort, raising the question of how prepared...

  • Bill Nye: Scientist on Wheels

    Bill Nye has always mixed science and comedy, dating back to his early career when he balanced his day job as an engineer at Boeing with his nighttime routine as a stand-up comic. Later Nye was able to combine...

  • The Electronic Brain? Your Mind Vs. a Computer

    What's the Big Idea? In a 2011 interview, physicist Stephen Hawking declared, "I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail." Of course, the brain is not a computer in the...

  • Duckweed: The Next Bio Fuel Revolution?

    There has been growing interest in finding 'second generation' alternatives to food crops that "don’t grow on arable land and instead can be used specifically for bio-fuels." 

  • Why Are Sea Otters Becoming Shark Bait?

    There's been an alarming spike in lethal shark attacks on sea otters by sharks off California's Central Coast, and no one seems to know why. While attacks by sharks -- mostly Great Whites -- accounted for...

  • The End of War

    In a new book, John Horgan argues that humans didn’t begin to fight with each other until 10-12,000 years ago. Horgan seeks a scientific explanation for how humans became lethal through culture, not biology, and...

  • DNA In the Cloud

    Michael Schatz, a researcher at Cold Spring Laboratory, wants to use Google's algorithms to understand genomic data.