Zoologist Lucy Cooke explains evolution's answer to non-consensual sex among spotted hyenas: an eight-inch pseudo-penis for all the ladies.
Ever wanted to ask a NASA astronomer a question? Michelle Thaller is Big Think's resident space pro, and she is taking questions right now!
The brain of a gambling addict mimics that of a drug addict. But no outside chemicals are involved. How does that happen?
What can cause a ripple in both space and time? Neutron stars colliding. And what can observe that phenomenon? A two-mile-long laser.
Love being an intelligent, mobile, conscious being? Thank colliding neutron stars. They created all the gold in the universe, including the gold atoms that your brain can't function without.
If there’s other intelligent life in the universe, is it very different from us, or is it very similar? First we have to know where our species is headed, says NASA's Michelle Thaller.
"There’s actually a science to why stories matter. So when we hear a good story as human beings our brain lights up. It illuminates the city of our minds...It makes us care. It builds relationships."
Here's why coding skills alone won't save you from job automation.
Hertz Foundation Fellow Dr. Christopher Loose sold his first startup for $80 million. His advice is probably the kind you want to hear.
It's somewhat of a given that over the course of your life, you'll lose your hearing to some degree. But that doesn't necessarily have to be the case.
There's no debating evolution, but there remains a debate among biologists over how it works. Is evolution deterministic in that its outcomes could not have been otherwise, or is it more random?
Is providing healthcare for all too expensive, or is it a failure of our moral imagination to say so? What first appears as an economic reality can too quickly become an excuse for inaction.
Does religion help us survive? No more than moths thrive in flame, says Richard Dawkins.
80% of adults are overly optimistic about life—where does that cognitive bias come from?
Is science destined to crack the code of consciousness—and how would we even go about it?