Parag Khanna says that a choice made ten years ago—not by the State department but by American universities—could have the greatest influence on whether new Arab governments move toward or away from the West.
Life code (the famous A, G, T, and C of DNA) will be as important to the next generation of entrepreneurs as digital code (0's and 1's) is now.
Tempers ran high at Big Think's Farsight 2011 conference in San Francisco this week when Matt Cutts, Principal Engineer at Google, accused Microsoft's Bing of using Google data to improve its search results.
Facebook and other social media are becoming permanently woven into our society’s fabric, says NYU telecommunications professor Clay Shirky. Privacy is a 20th century notion.
Social media sites have been credited with helping protesters in Egypt organize and spread news before the government blackout. But is the importance of communications technology to modern revolutions overblown?
It's clear that green technology strengthens our security and helps the environment, but can it be economically advantageous also? Harvard Business School professor Robert Eccles believes so.
The powers that be are currently convening at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. But is this high-profile meeting of minds really the best setting for predicting and responding to the world's future crises? Or does it fall prey to the same biases that triggered the recent recession in the first place?
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The global recession pushed climate change action toward the bottom of the geopolitical agenda. Yet President Obama bucked conventional wisdom Tuesday night by making clean energy technology a centerpiece of his State of the Union Address.
The miraculous recovery of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has focused attention on the advances in treatment for brain injuries previously thought to be non-survivable. Tack one up for military medicine.
How badly could things have gone during Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to Washington? How much room was there for actual negotiation?
The legendary chess grandmasters, who have spent thousands of hours analyzing each other's games, describe and critique each others' playing styles.
The media has speculated that Arizona gunman Jared Loughner's heavy use of marijuana could be behind his psychotic behavior. Forensic psychiatrist Michael Stone looks at the science behind this claim.
The World Wide Web turned 20 this month. To mark the occasion, its creator and protector, Tim Berners-Lee (who invented it so that particle physicists from CERN—the current home of the Large Hadron Collider—could collaborate remotely) warns that the egalitarian ubiquity of the Web "is being ...
University of Notre Dame law professor John Copeland Nagle thinks it defies representative government for an outgoing Congress to pass legislation after an election.