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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.
A series of infographics comparing the two countries puts their growing rivalry into perspective.
A new bioplastic made from switchgrass is durable, capable of withstanding high temperatures, and, most importantly, biodegradable. Could this technology placate critics of corn-based alternatives?
The money you donate to feed starving children may actually be prolonging war in places like Darfur and Somalia, says Dutch journalist Linda Polman.
In the wake of the global financial meltdown, economist Bernard Lietaer thinks communities should consider creating their own alternative currencies.
Theodore C. Sorensen, the special counsel to President John F. Kennedy who wrote the president's speeches and helped shape his policy, has died, according to an obituary in the New York Times. Sorensen is credited with the "passages of soaring rhetoric" that characterized Kennedy's speeches ...
The online video series, created by sex columnist Dan Savage and his husband Terry in response to recent LGBT teen suicides, has reached the White House. Savage talks to Big Think about its success.
Former Big Think guest Benoit Mandelbrot, the father of fractal geometry, has died of cancer at the age of 85, according to the New York Times. The newspaper describes him as "a maverick mathematician who developed an innovative theory of roughness and applied it to physics, biology, finance and ...