Stephen Johnson is the Associate Editor of Big Think. A long-time contributor to Big Think, he is a St. Louis-based writer and editor whose work has been featured in U.S. News & World Report, PBS Digital Studios, MSN, Eleven Magazine, and The Missourian.
The internet has made it easier than ever to keep in touch with our exes. For people in relationships, that can cause problems.
Despite the wide diversity of spider species, most orb-weavers seem to follow the same playbook when building their webs.
The creator of the index called it a public utility for accessing the “vast ocean” of human knowledge.
Our moral attitudes about sex and drugs share a genetic basis, suggests a recent study that examined the attitudes of more than 5,000 twins.
It could be a sign that your dog is paying increased attention.
The most unpleasant aspect of intellectual liberalism is that when speech causes emotional or mental pain, the offended parties are morally entitled to nothing.
A recent study casts doubt on the notion that watching porn, whether alone or with a partner, damages romantic relationships.
Inspired by the group behaviors of simple animals, a team of roboticists has developed a new way for swarm robots to maneuver on land.
After the 2011 Fukushima disaster, it was Germany, not Japan, that cracked down most severely on nuclear power plants.
A computer that could decidedly pass Alan Turing's test would represent a major step toward artificial general intelligence.
The secret to alleviating chronic back pain may be to treat psychological issues like anxiety and repressed emotions.
Often called modern-day dinosaurs, cassowaries are one of only a few birds known to have killed humans.
The unconventional method could help astronomers better track meteorites that fall during the daytime.
A future kitchen appliance could make it possible to 3D-print entirely new recipes and cook them with lasers.
Scientists use tripping rats to show that LSD disrupts communication between two key brain regions.
From "shell shock" to "combat fatigue," the wars of the past century have violently illuminated the power trauma can wield over the mind and body.
A new study upends a long-standing theory on how the brain plans motor actions in uncertain environments.
What started as a viral case of public shaming has morphed into a dark story involving internet sleuths, a criminal network, and the suspicious death of a 62-year-old man in St. Louis.
When you unintentionally step on a dog's tail, does it know that it was an accident?
A 2020 study has revived a longstanding controversy over Christopher Columbus' claims of marauding cannibals in the Caribbean.
Our brains did not evolve to shop on Amazon.
Prosthetic arms can cost amputees $80,000. A startup called Unlimited Tomorrow is aiming to change that by making customized 3D-printed bionic arms for just $8,000.
For nearly two centuries, courts have relied on the subjective "reasonable person standard" to solve legal disputes. Now, science can help.
Cancer cells seem to have a harder time growing among pair-bonded mice, according to a new study that explored the "widowhood effect."
Fintech companies are using elements of video games to make personal finance more fun. But does it work, and what are the risks?