How much we enjoy a conversation can all be a matter of timing — specifically, how long it takes us to respond to what was just said.
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Mozart's Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major (K448) can help reduce seizures in epilepsy patients.
The initial goal of AI was to create machines that think like humans. But that is not what happened at all.
Art criticism is inherently subjective. Still, many critics have tried to make a case for why some of the world’s most celebrated books are in fact terribly written.
The Field Medal was created to elevate promising mathematicians from underrepresented demographics. But has it followed through on that goal?
Welcome to the 13.8 relaunch, a new Big Think column led by physicists and friends Adam Frank and Marcelo Gleiser.
Mass determines a star’s fate… except when it doesn’t. Supernova events are common, visually spectacular astronomical cataclysms. In 1987, a supernova just ~168,000 light-years away was observed in the Large Magellanic […]
We may be different in many ways, but the cosmic story is the same for each of us. In all the Universe, you won’t find another planet identical to Earth. Planet […]
Computerized, job-focused learning undercuts the true value of higher education. Liberal arts should be our model for the future.
MIT Professor Sinan Aral's new book, "The Hype Machine," explores the perils and promise of social media in a time of discord.
It comes from a supernova seen just 33 years ago, and it doesn’t pulse. 33 years ago, a supernova occurred just 168,000 light-years from Earth. This new image of the supernova […]
The most famous ‘supernova impostor’ of all could have died back in the 1840s. Here’s what we think kept it alive. In all of astronomy, no stellar event releases more energy […]
Science cannot be isolated from culture.
Marcelo Gleiser and Alister McGrath discuss truth and meaning in an indifferent universe.
How efficiently could quantum engines operate?
After 13.8 billion years, there’s still a whole lot that’s changing as time goes on. With each new year that comes upon us, there are a slew of new events awaiting […]
Why I put my body through such grueling tests of endurance.
If you’re wondering whether the blast wave or the radiation would kill us first, you’re asking the wrong question. As far as raw explosive power goes, no other cataclysm in […]
Without this one ingredient, there wouldn’t be enough ‘glue’ to hold the Universe together. Of all the things in the Universe to be thankful for — the stars, planets, atoms, molecules, and […]
Some experts say there's no such thing. I choose to believe there likely is.
A doctor's take on How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
A new generation is waiting for the whimsy and wit of Dr. Seuss.
Is it saying too much to say something doesn't exist when you have no evidence either way?
Adam Frank and Marcelo Gleiser, founders of the popular blog, have landed at ORBITER.
It's not a head-to-head study comparison, since there are major differences, but it might just provide a lot more clues.
For 100 million years, there was only creation in the Universe. Meet our first moments of destruction. The cosmic story that gave rise to us is a story rife with […]
Organizations at every level seek to have the best possible leadership within their ranks. They often are willing to spend extra time, money, and effort to train their employees. Having […]
In his new book, The Consciousness Instinct, Michael Gazzaniga does a deep dive into the process of consciousness.
Researchers used the same method that would be employed to detect life on Mars.
Feel like traveling to another dimension? Better choose your black hole wisely.