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.
Fintech companies are using elements of video games to make personal finance more fun. But does it work, and what are the risks?
The non-contact technique could someday be used to lift much heavier objects — maybe even humans.
Virtual reality continues to blur the line between the physical and the digital, and it will change our lives forever.
The same parts of the brain that help us navigate complex social interactions can also drive us to make wildly bad investments.
For decades, researchers have proposed that climate change and human-caused environmental destruction led to demographic collapse on Easter Island. That's probably false, according to new research.
When facing a predator, single cells sometimes unite to defend themselves, paving the way for more complex multicellular life forms to evolve.
A new study mapped areas of the U.S. that are most likely to suffer natural disasters.
The Younger Dryas impact hypothesis argues that a comet strike caused major changes to climate and human cultures on Earth about 13,000 years ago.
The Taupo volcano was responsible for one of the most violent eruptions on record.
A brief passage from a recent UN report describes what could be the first-known case of an autonomous weapon, powered by artificial intelligence, killing in the battlefield.
Buildings don't have to be permanent — modular construction can make them modifiable and relocatable.
Too few babies — not overpopulation — is likely to be a major problem this century.
Anger and silence are the two worst reactions.
As droughts threaten water supplies across the planet, some municipalities aim to utilize an untapped resource: sewage water.
Science journals may be lowering their standards to publish studies with eye-grabbing — but probably incorrect — results.
U.S. officials suspect a foreign adversary is targeting American personnel with some form of "directed-energy" weapon.
Political partisanship might be a treatable condition.
Since 1957, the world's space agencies have been polluting the space above us with countless pieces of junk, threatening our technological infrastructure and ability to venture deeper into space.
A new study explores how investors' behavior is affected by participating in online communities, like Reddit's WallStreetBets.
A new study used functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to measure brain activity as inexperienced and experienced soccer players took penalty kicks.
A team of scientists managed to install onto a smartphone a spectrometer that's capable of identifying specific molecules — with cheap parts you can buy online.
A small percentage of people who consume psychedelics experience strange lingering effects, sometimes years after they took the drug.
Scientists have long puzzled over how Mars, a cold and dry planet, was once warm enough to support liquid water.