"There Used to Be a Ballpark Here"

How the location of the famous Ebbets Field facade appears today in Brooklyn, NY. (h/t @DugoutLegends)

Above, a unique perspective of the corner at Sullivan Pl and McKeever Pl in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn.

From 1913 to 1957, this corner was home to the Brooklyn Dodgers and Ebbets Field, until owner Walter O'Malley packed up everything and moved the entire enterprise to Los Angeles. It was on this city block that baseball history was made again and again and again. In 1947, the sport's color barrier was broken at Ebbets Field when Jackie Robinson debuted as the Dodgers' Opening Day first baseman. The intimate ballpark played host to many Dodger greats through the years including Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Sandy Koufax, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, and even - for a short time, apparently - the legendary Babe Ruth.


Unique look at where Ebbets Field was. #Dodgers @Dodgers pic.twitter.com/KBRu4ZwNgW

— Dugout Legends (@DugoutLegends) September 19, 2014

​There are two kinds of failure – but only one is honorable

Malcolm Gladwell teaches "Get over yourself and get to work" for Big Think Edge.

Big Think Edge
  • Learn to recognize failure and know the big difference between panicking and choking.
  • At Big Think Edge, Malcolm Gladwell teaches how to check your inner critic and get clear on what failure is.
  • Subscribe to Big Think Edge before we launch on March 30 to get 20% off monthly and annual memberships.
Keep reading Show less

Why is 18 the age of adulthood if the brain can take 30 years to mature?

Neuroscience research suggests it might be time to rethink our ideas about when exactly a child becomes an adult.

Mind & Brain
  • Research suggests that most human brains take about 25 years to develop, though these rates can vary among men and women, and among individuals.
  • Although the human brain matures in size during adolescence, important developments within the prefrontal cortex and other regions still take pace well into one's 20s.
  • The findings raise complex ethical questions about the way our criminal justice systems punishes criminals in their late teens and early 20s.
Keep reading Show less

Apparently even NASA is wrong about which planet is closest to Earth

Three scientists publish a paper proving that Mercury, not Venus, is the closest planet to Earth.

Strange Maps
  • Earth is the third planet from the Sun, so our closest neighbor must be planet two or four, right?
  • Wrong! Neither Venus nor Mars is the right answer.
  • Three scientists ran the numbers. In this YouTube video, one of them explains why our nearest neighbor is... Mercury!
Keep reading Show less

Mini-brains attach to spinal cord and twitch muscles

A new method of growing mini-brains produces some startling results.

(Lancaster, et al)
Surprising Science
  • Researchers find a new and inexpensive way to keep organoids growing for a year.
  • Axons from the study's organoids attached themselves to embryonic mouse spinal cord cells.
  • The mini-brains took control of muscles connected to the spinal cords.
Keep reading Show less