Orthopedic surgical trainee Mark Frame 3D printed a model of a bone from a CT scan, as preparation for surgery, for a fraction of the usual price of such a model.
I just pictured Dr. No standing before his fleet of snap-together drone planes cackling about how James Bond will never stop his unmanned aerial assault on Washington D. C.
Neuroscience and psychology have identified willpower as essential to success in school and beyond. Like a muscle, it can be developed through exercise, and exhausted through overwork.
Oxford University Philosopher Nick Bostrom argues that we may all be living in a computer simulation. Meanwhile, the world as we know it is becoming ever more virtualized.
Major scientific endeavors like space exploration require decades of planning and funding sources that can weather economic downturns. Will the results of the Google Lunar X Prize competition stand that assumption on its head?
With the cost of genotyping falling at a rate faster than Moore's Law, genetics could be used to answer some of the burning questions of the social sciences.
Tara Sophia Mohr has a challenge for working women. “You’re brilliant and thoughtful, but could you move a few more inches in the arrogant idiot direction please?” Be an arrogant idiot is rule #5 of Mohr's 10 Rules for Brilliant Women.
Which country would have the upper hand in a full-scale cyber war between the United States and China?
Journalist Mark Seddon writes that "Greece should be allowed to de-fault and regain its currency. The Euro zone may shrink in the process, but it would be more realistic for it."
Fertility clinics can now identify and prevent the implantation of embryos with known genetic defects. For the first time we have the technical ability to determine whether or not certain babies will be born and what characteristics they’ll be born with.
How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Lots of practice. How do you transform education? For Sal Khan, the mastermind behind the online phenomenon Khan Academy, the key is preparation.
There's been a violent backlash on Greece's streets over the country's austerity package and $157b bailout. Angry Greeks are pressing for the country to default on its debt.
So the BIG THINKers have reminded us that one of the most personal and technologically promising ideas of our time is DESIGNING BABIES--or making the result of our reproduction better than natural. I've had a lot to say on this prospect over the years. For now, I'll raise some considerations ...
From his many interviews with "minor geniuses," Malcolm Gladwell distills a couple characteristics shared by all successful innovators.
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.