The shift from steam to electricity was inevitable — but some foresaw it earlier than others.
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The thrills and horrors of strange heavenly bodies condensed into one attractive snapshot.
Today’s scary clowns are not a divergence from tradition, but a return to it.
Human sacrifice appears to be as old as humanity itself. Still, experts disagree on how and where the practice first originated.
Deep underwater, temperatures are close to freezing and the pressure is 1,000 times higher than at sea level.
After mammoth investments and two decades of anti-aging research, what do immortality proponents have to show for it?
Increasingly sophisticated automation technology can save big money for banks by paring down the workforce.
It's been 100 years since the world's last deadliest flu pandemic. Experts warn that another one is inevitable, but are we ready?
A 10-year, 1,000 person study, has linked eating cured meats like beef jerky, hot dogs, and pepperoni to hospitalization for a specific mental illness: bipolar mania.
We talked to a scientist who studies the afterlife and near-death experiences.
It’s the 1st observed psychedelic-caused molecular changes inside human neural tissue.
Known as Cunningham's Law, it is the assertion that "the best way to get a right answer on the internet is to post a wrong answer." It turns out our impulse to correct a wrong online may outweigh our desire to merely give answers.
Forwards? Absolutely. Backwards? Perhaps. Becoming your own grandpa? Only if you’re Philip J. Fry… “One of the great things about music is that it has the capability of time travel — you smell […]
Creepy clowns are everywhere, but why do we find clowns so creepy in the first place? New research into creepiness confirms what we all thought: clowns are objectively creepy.
It takes "deliberate practice," though, to increase your odds of attaining success.
While the battle over the next Supreme Court justice will be fought in the realm of bare-knuckle, high-octane politics, the daily business of the justices is often a good deal less partisan.
A British charity profiled this week by The Guardian takes an outside-the-box approach to helping patients in mental health wards.
It took Messier himself more than a decade to observe it, but the reward is a glimpse into the ancient Universe! Image credit: Daniel Verschatse, via http://www.astrosurf.com/antilhue/m55.htm. “The only thing […]
Pitching 1,807 innings against the most feared hitters on the planet, including Ken Griffey Jr., Barry Bonds, and Cal Ripken Jr., is no easy feat. It takes as much mental […]
Why are today’s paparazzi so terrible? The combative relationship between photojournalists and their celebrity subjects seems to have become an all-out war as photographers look to capture content not already […]
How the most powerful telescope ever built will owe its successes and discoveries to scientists who’ll never get the glory. “The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without […]
These specially-made relief maps showed blind children were sensitive to the geo-distributive aspect of maps
Historically, most people have worried a lot about demons. In fact, while we are accustomed to think of pre-modern history as an age characterized by belief in God, it may […]
In September 2011, Pew released the latest in its annual “Views of the News Media” survey, showing that Democrats have moved closer to Republicans in their dissatisfaction with the performance […]
John Kotter on how to ward off an inward focus and start recognizing new opportunities, helping you identify hazards from competitors, customers, or regulatory changes.
It only has one job: instil map readers with fear and revulsion.
A limited-edition map celebrated the coincidence of a patriotic occation with a pig-centric one.
In Big Think's series "How to Write Great Fiction," 12 celebrated authors give writing tips. Now see how well you know each writer's work and style.
“Telling the history of art without the history of gay people is like telling the history of slavery without mentioning black people,” says David C. Ward, curator of Hide/Seek: Difference […]
From an email sent out this morning by NSF. If readers can make it, this panel is definitely worth attending. NSF to Host Panel Discussion on Communicating Climate ChangeJournalists Andy […]