With tuition spiraling upwards as the cost of learning paradoxically plummets, higher education is on an unsustainable course.
There are three major functions of higher education: knowledge, socialization and accreditation. How can the Web simulate this experience of college?
Four different types of radiation tend to accompany a nuclear accident like the Fukushima meltdown. Here, Dr. Kaku discusses the effects of each on the human body.
Released on the anniversary of Lincoln's assassination, a new film directed by Robert Redford centers on the tension between civil liberties and national security.
The military is investigating the first-ever U.S. casualties due to drone warfare. Today Big Think takes a look at a day in the life of a drone operator and the psychological stress that remote warfare puts on our troops.
The U.S. Navy has successfully tested a sea-bound laser weapon, ushering in a new era of warfare. In light of this news, Big Think presents a timeline of the history of laser technology.
Computer storage and software are already migrating to the cloud, and soon processing power will go virtual as well, making our mobile devices as powerful as supercomputers.
We're faced with puzzles every day in life. That's why it's so important to keep your mind flexible, says NY Times Crossword Editor Will Shortz, recounting a time he had to use his puzzle solving skill in an airport parking garage.
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."