You are looking at the first color image of Mercury from orbit. It was taken by NASA's Mercury Messenger spacecraft, which is on a mission to "unravel the history and evolution of the Solar System's innermost planet."
Big Think spoke to The New York Times chief theater critic, Ben Brantley, about the present and future state of journalism and online criticism.
The doubling of computer processing speed every 18 months, known as Moore's Law, is just one manifestation of the greater trend that all technological change occurs at an exponential rate.
To stay relevant in the job market, older job applicants need to prove that they embrace rather than shun technology. What better way to do this than on Twitter or Facebook, asks TheLadders.com founder Mark Cenedella.
Solar power, driven by exponentially-increasing nanotechnology, will satisfy the entire world's energy needs in 16 years.
Only 2% of the 3 billion DNA base pairs in the human genome actually code for proteins, but the rest of our non-coding genes are proving vital to understanding a host of diseases like autism and schizophrenia.
The life of Reverend Peter J. Gomes, a self-described oddity, may appear to be somewhat of an enigma. Rev. Gomes, widely considered one of the country's leading preachers, died Monday at 68. Gomes was a gay black Baptist preacher and a registered Republican. And yet, while these seeming contradictions--notably being Christian and gay--are irreconcilable to some, according to Rev. Gomes, his identity was "reconciled in me by a loving God."
Two high-ranking ministers made headlines this week by falling out of line with the governments they represent. They are U.S. Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, and Libya's Ambassador to the U.S., Ali Ojli.
Protestors and opposition leaders in Bahrain are calling on the Sunni king to dissolve the government. Will these protests successfully usher in a revolution or be stifled like in Iran?
The question of using genetic enhancement to raise test scores may seem like a bad joke—or science fiction. But U.S. policymakers and families, may need to start asking themselves if they can "win the future" without it.
From his many interviews with "minor geniuses," Malcolm Gladwell distills a couple characteristics shared by all successful innovators.
Just how well computers are able to understand language nuance--what researchers call the "Paris Hilton" problem--will determine how far A.I. has come.
The next big thing that will rock the Internet is machine to machine connectivity (M2M for short), in other words, machines bypassing people in order to connect to the Internet.
In discussing the latest books on technology, The New Yorker's Adam Gopnik derides Clay Shirky's utopian views as "history taken from the back of a cereal box."
This Valentine's Day Nobel prize-winning economist Michael Spence explains how the concept of economic signaling can help you nab your true love—whether or not you're Lloyd Dobbler from 80s romance flick "Say Anything."