Respected Oxford mathematician Roger Penrose sees swirls of radioactivity in a sky map as evidence that the Big Bang isn’t true. These “Hawking rings” suggest to him that the universe expands and collapses over and...
A new study discovers that engaging in back-and-forth conversations with a child builds stronger connections between two of their brains’ vital critical speech areas, regardless of socioeconomic status.
Geneticists figure out how elephants keep from getting cancer.
New research spots a remarkable meeting of Jupiter’s jet streams and its magnetic field and proposes that it may contain the explanation for the planets’ striking cloud patterns.
The Swift-Tuttle comet is the source of the lovely Perseid meteor shower each August. It’s also getting closer and closer, making it "the single most dangerous object known to humanity."
Plant cognitive ecologist Monica Gagliano talks about the challenges facing serious scientific research into plant intelligence.
The vast emptiness of space isn't really so empty: It's filled with space goop made of greasy carbon molecules.
The stunning Super-Kamiokande is hidden beneath a mountain in Japan to detect neutrinos shot from supernovas.
Scientists claim that huge rogue waves account for the disappearance of ships in the Bermuda Triangle.
When crows and ravens fight, it’s the smaller crows being the aggressor about 97% of the time. It may be them being protective of their nest or it may be competition, but ravens are the ones being bullied.
Biologists at the University of Bristol demonstrate how the mysterious phenomenon of spider ballooning for great distances and at great heights works.
A new study suggests that it’s possible to replace anxiety-producing unpleasant memories with new ones implanted under hypnosis.
To help dramatize the need for us to open our minds about the potential nature of extraterrestrial life, experimental philosopher Jonathon Keats has built instruments and composed music for aliens.
A new study analyzes dog-owner videos and discovers the meanings behind 19 things a dog does.
Galaxy NGC 1277 is revealed as a relic galaxy that’s barely changed since it formed 10 billion years ago, giving scientists a rare chance to look into the past.
A new study of male bottleneck dolphins in Shark Bay, Australia discovers that each individual has his own distinctive name-whistle that other dolphins use when “talking” about him.
A new study suggests that the genes that are associated with schizophrenia are switched on in the placenta when a pregnancy complication occurs.
A new study attempts to figure out why the motor cortex sometimes synchronizes to speech as the auditory cortex does.
Big Think speaks with the American who’s spent the most time in space, astronaut Peggy Whitson, looking back on what she learned during life in orbit.
People who occasionally pull all-nighters are at greater risk for diabetes and other illnesses, and a new study identifies blood proteins as being behind the problem.