A far-ranging conversation about telescopes, what they do, and who they impact. When most of us think of astronomy, we think about two types of scientists: the observers who point their […]
After mammoth investments and two decades of anti-aging research, what do immortality proponents have to show for it?
We often discuss what the minimum wage does to the economy, but rarely do we discuss what it does to people.
Observations have been ruined; scientific satellites with the right-of-way have had to alter course. Here’s a how-to guide to doing better. In any field of business or industry, the prevailing rule […]
One group of women still seem to benefit from the popular diet.
In 1789, William Herschel discovered this unique moon around Saturn. 230 years later, its secrets are more promising than ever. Today marks the 230th anniversary of the discovery of Enceladus, one […]
A survey of Americans’ views on legalization as AG Sessions restarts nationwide prosecutions.
A previously unknown species – single people – has recently been discovered.
Scientists are starting to run for office to bring evidence-based reasoning back to government.
With liquid water, an energy source, and the perfect raw ingredients, Enceladus might be the holy grail we’ve been seeking. This article is written by contributing author Jesse Shanahan. Jesse is […]
Look who went and got himself a talk show. Big Think's regular contributor Bill Nye will be on Netflix in 2017!
A new study reports that political language is becoming more partisan and polarized. How is this new and what effects might this have on our republic?
Such a question assumes we'd be able to contact aliens should we find them. Bill's not entirely sure we'll be able to.
Ever want to get rid of the link to that pic of you doing a keg stand? Google can help. And it's pretty creepy.
On February 8, 1915, at Clune's Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, D. W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation premiered. The fledgling art form of film would never be the same, especially in America, which even half a century after the end of the Civil War struggled to come to terms with race. Now, a century after Birth of a Nation’s premier, America still struggles not only with race, but also with how race plays out on the silver screen. For good and ill, Birth of a Nation marks the beginning of the first 100 years of the American Cinema—epically beautiful, yet often racially ugly.
The four major American sports leagues like to boast that women make up about 40-45% of their fanbases. Yet when it comes to participating in sports conversation on Twitter, women form a minuscule percentage of followers.
When Man of Steel opened in theaters on June 14, 2013, it pulled in $116.6 million USD that opening weekend alone. Superman remains a box office bonanza in his eighth […]
As I mentioned earlier, I took part in a discussion panel at Skepticon V last month, How Should Rationalists Approach Relationships and Marriage? The video of that panel is now […]
Fall is a busy time, school starts and big books you’ve been waiting to read for months finally get published. For myself, and by extension Waq al-waq this fall has […]
This past weekend, I was in Springfield, Missouri for Skepticon V (“the fifth most annual Skepticon yet”). I had such a fantastic time at Skepticon IV in 2011, it was […]
The top videos of summer, '12, featuring experts such as Neil deGrasse Tyson, Dr. Michio Kaku, Slavoj Zizek, Jaron Lanier and many others.
Jesse Bering is the author of the new book, “Why is the Penis Shaped Like that?: And Other Reflections on Being Human.” He is well known in my circles as […]
It must be a terribly confusing time to be a member of the Vatican hierarchy. In an effort to stem the accelerating exodus of Catholic laypeople, they’ve been cracking down […]