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We're the co-founders of Big Think. First and foremost, we want to thank you for your viewership. Over the last 12 years, you have helped us take Big Think from a vision scrawled in notes on lined paper to a reality that has reached over 1 billion people with the mission of helping the world get "smarter faster".
Why campuses are becoming polarized — and what we can do about it.
- The narrowing of academic freedom is a major problem for institutions of higher education.
- Social media, external pressures, and increasingly diverse student bodies — while providing some positives — create more opportunity for misunderstanding and miscommunication.
- Reaffirming the value of and commitment to open debate ensures a more vibrant academic culture.
What happens after a heavy comet meal?
- A comet produces and unexpected explosive ejection of ice, dust, and gas.
- NASA's TESS satellites captures the whole thing by accident.
- The "burp" may have left a crater 65 feet across. That's quite a burp.
Get the whole 12min library now for just $29.
- 12min summarizes hundreds of best-selling books down to essential 12-minute microbooks.
- Microbooks are downloadable in both text and audio formats.
- You can request a 12min summary of any non-fiction book not in their vast library.
Why does time flow in one direction? Why do humans perceive time so differently than it really is? Is there really a difference between the present, the past, and the future? These books explore these questions and more.
- Despite being immersed in it and inexorably propelled by it, we don't really understand time all that well.
- Fortunately, we can rely on the minds of our smartest writers to give us a good understanding of the one thing we all can't get enough of.
- This list of books on time ranges from the complicated to the straightforward, the historical to the speculative, the scientific to the literary, and more.
Superpowerful lasers for next-generation technologies are closer to existence.
- A new study calculates how to create high-energy gamma rays.
- Physicist Allen Mills proposes using liquid helium to make bubbles of positronium, a mixture with antimatter.
- Gamma ray lasers can lead to new technologies in space propulsion, medical imaging and cancer treatment.
Embracing signs of age might be the road to a longer life after all.
- New research found that hair dyes and chemical straighteners might significantly increase the risk of breast cancer.
- According to the study, black women who used permanent dyes at least every 5-8 weeks raised their risk of developing cancer by 60 percent.
- This isn't the first time beauty products have been found to contain cancerous chemicals.
Kick off your next game night with these Mensa-recommended board and card games.
- Mensa members judge an annual competition to determine which games are the best on the market.
- Hundreds of board, card, and party games are considered each year but only a select few can win.
- These 10 top games are available to purchase and play right now.