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MIT breakthrough in deep learning could help reduce errors

Researchers make the case for "deep evidential regression."

How psychedelics help you "die before you die"

The heart of the religious ritual is mysticism, argues Brian Muraresku in "The Immortality Key."

New study argues that migrating from cities, not travel bans, slows spread of disease

Of course, it's all about where you move. The authors argue that it needs to be less populous regions.

Is Christianity rooted in psychedelic rituals?

In "The Immortality Key," Brian Muraresku speculates that the Eucharist could have once been more colorful.

'Mindful' people are better goal-setters according to new research

Aligning your goals with deeply held values produces better results—in your career and life.

Warrior women: New evidence of ancient female big-game hunters

Turns out gender assumptions have been going on for quite some time.

Does it matter if there was a historical Jesus?

The message matters more than the man.

Do vitamins help you fight COVID-19?

So far, the research is mixed.

Finally, a podcast that addresses our crisis of meaning

How can we learn from the lessons of the past and build a better future?

Should facial recognition software be banned on college campuses?

A heated debate is occurring at the University of Miami.

6 things science is revealing about your skin and hygiene

Unfortunately, "less is better" is not a catchy marketing slogan.

Plant-grown vaccines: the next step in medicine?

Medicago is growing a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidate in a relative of the tobacco plant right now.

6 easy ways to transition to a plant-based diet

Your health and the health of the planet are not indistinguishable.

An extra half-hour of sleep shown to improve mindfulness

A new study of nurses shows the importance of sleep—and staying aware on the job.

How confident are you in making decisions?

New research pinpoints the neurons responsible for your choices.

Beyond Meat: Are you ready for lab-grown salmon?

An overfished planet needs a better solution. Fortunately, it's coming.

How does your brain make split second decisions?

Researchers explore the "complex web of connections" in your brain that allows you to make split second decisions.

One important benefit of quarantine: reduced noise

Noise pollution is terrible for our health, yet we don't discuss it often enough.

FDA requires new addiction warning on benzodiazepines

There has been a dramatic increase in abuse and misuse.

How socioeconomic status negatively impacts children's brains

A new study shows how poor children are negatively impacted neurologically.

Typeface matters: Donations go up depending on typeface choice

A study in the hospitality industry shows the importance of design, including during a pandemic.

Handwriting shown to be better for memory than typing, at any age

A new study collected 500 data points per second. Handwriting won out.

Why do some people suffer worse from COVID-19? New studies identify a genetic mutation

94 percent of men in the study have this mutation, which explains why men are more likely to die.

How the media helped fuel the anti-vaxx movement

Andrew Wakefield turned away from science and to the tabloids to spread his fabricated data.

6 books to help you through anxious times

Americans lose an estimated 321 million work days every year due to anxiety and depression.

Only 35 percent of Americans know the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease

Yet 80 percent of respondents want to reduce their risk of dementia.

A key COVID-19 immune response in children has been identified

This could change how researchers approach vaccine development.

The spread of ancient infectious diseases offers insight into COVID-19

Archaeology clues us in on the dangers of letting viruses hang around.

Ever wonder how LSD works? An answer has been discovered.

UNC School of Medicine researchers identified the amino acid responsible for the trip.

Measuring brain waves during sleep could lead to better depression treatments

A team at the University of Basel discovered a connection between antidepressants and REM sleep.

Tools for Mars are being developed in preparation for colonization

Turns out chitin is quite useful when you need a wrench.

Is this the end of the myth of American exceptionalism?

In his new book, "American Rule," Jared Yates Sexton hopes to overturn a centuries-long myth.

8 must-read books on the psychedelic experience

Psychedelics are going mainstream. Here's your reading list.

Pattern recognition influences religious belief, according to new study

Christians and Muslims that pick out unconscious patterns are more likely to believe in a god.

New research suggests a possible treatment for dyslexia​

The neurodevelopmental disorder has long baffled researchers.

Depression and suicidal ideation reduced after psychedelic usage

Another study confirms the positive effects of psychedelics on mental health.

New research reveals what it's like to inhabit someone else's body

You actually score worse on memory tests.

Chadwick Boseman's death is tragic. Here's what you need to know about colon cancer.

Despite Boseman's young age, this cancer is increasingly common in people under 50.

Social isolation is hard. New research identifies a potential intervention.

A team at Mount Sinai has discovered the neural mechanism behind social isolation.

6 ways to stay positive during troubling times

Cultivating optimism is a daily practice.

New research finds playfulness is a skill anyone can learn

The improvement in personal well-being might be worth effort.

Why flu vaccines only last a year

A new study at Emory Vaccine Center gets into the bone marrow.

New research identifies brain regions responsible for fatigue

Johns Hopkins researchers hope this could lead to new interventions for combating it.

Are mental health disorders ever purely biological?

Two anthropologists question the chemical imbalance theory of mental health disorders.

4 ways women can become strong, confident leaders—without acting like men

Big Think co-founder and CEO Victoria Brown breaks down the process of transitioning from founder to boss in her new book, Digital Goddess.

Man whose stomach brewed beer is cured—by a poop transplant​

The human body is endlessly fascinating.

The Secret Service is buying social media location data

New documents confirm that the government agency—one of many—has been using a tracking company.

How QAnon is monetizing child trafficking victims

What good is a conspiracy theory you can't profit from?

You want to stop child abuse? Here's how you can actually help.

Sharing QAnon disinformation is harming the children devotees purport to help.

4 breathing techniques to get you through high-stress moments

You're always in control of your breath.

COVID-19 survivors share their harrowing tales

The virus is unlike anything many people have ever experienced.

The dangers of the chemical imbalance theory of depression

A new Harvard study finds that the language you use affects patient outcome.

Oxytocin may play a role in protecting against Alzheimer's

Preliminary studies on mice show positive results.

Churches received up to $10 billion in stimulus funding. They want more.

Apparently the Catholic Church is a small business.

The Anthropause is here: COVID-19 reduced Earth's vibrations by 50 percent

The planet is making a lot less noise during lockdown.

Rutgers University adjusts grammar rules in solidarity with Black Lives Matter​

The English Department is instituting a series of reforms that cuts across the entire university.

How should we study sex differences in a polarized age?

A new study on brain differences between sexes sparks a persistent question.

New research shows that a 'cheat day' might not be that bad

The study was only conducted with already healthy men, however.

Anti-vaxx groups spend nearly $1 billion on social media

Fear-mongering is now a billion-dollar industry.

Like it or not, you can't ignore how people look or sound

A new study from Ohio State University details implicit bias.

Autopsies of COVID-19 patients reveal surprising effects of heart damage

The information could influence future treatments.

​How start-ups raise capital when their bank account is empty

Big Think's co-founder and CEO, Victoria Montgomery Brown, offers six pieces of advice to founders in her forthcoming book.

The real-world effect of coronavirus conspiracy theories

This is what happens when the fringe becomes mainstream.

"Forced empathy" is a powerful negotiation tool. Here's how to do it.

Master negotiator Chris Voss breaks down how to get what you want during negotiations.

Will antidepressant medications ever require informed consent?

That question is at the heart of the new documentary, "Medicating Normal."

Anti-vax disinformation spreads unchecked on Facebook

Despite fact check campaigns, anti-vaccination influence is growing.

Study details the negative environmental impact of online shopping

Frequent shopping for single items adds to our carbon footprint.

Is mask-shaming effective?

To empathize or scream, that is the question.

A new hydrogel might be strong enough for knee replacements

Duke University researchers might have solved a half-century old problem.

Consumer advocacy groups are mostly funded by Big Pharma, according to new research

An article in Journal of Bioethical Inquiry raises questions about the goal of these advocacy groups.

R.P. Eddy wrote about a coming pandemic in 2017. Why didn't we listen?

In his book with Richard Clarke, "Warnings," Eddy made clear this was inevitable.

Giant whale sharks have teeth on their eyeballs

The ocean's largest shark relies on vision more than previously believed.

As belly size gets larger, the memory center in the brain gets smaller

Researchers at University College London link waist circumference with dementia.

Antidepressants linked to increased suicide and self-harm in teens

A new study pushes back on psychiatry industry talking points.

The 'Western diet' is linked to adult acne in a new study

The takeaway: limit sugar and dairy if you want better skin.

New research suggests biases play a role in FDA drug approval

Innovative drugs are sometimes held up due to old-fashioned human biases.

Weight gain affects the efficacy of antidepressants, new study finds

Weight gain is a side effect of antidepressants, adding another layer of problems.

Neanderthal DNA used to grow a 'mini-brain'

A team of scientists in Basel believes this will open up new lines of research.

Texas A&M study verifies the importance of wearing masks

The politicalization of mask-wearing doesn't help stop the spread of infections.

Ancient Greeks devised a way to fight disinformation

Sophists used rhetoric and debate to arrive at practical truths.

After a century of speculation, a new liquid phase has been discovered

Your television may soon get a serious upgrade.

Do antidepressants create more mental illness than they cure?

Robert Whitaker discusses the long-term impact of prescription medication.

New analysis claims the FDA rushed ketamine's approval for depression treatment

Clinical trials by Janssen Pharmaceuticals showed troubling results.

Dread can be a powerful motivational tool

Sometimes not looking forward to something helps you get it done.

Hannah Gadsby has a message for anti-vaxxers

In "Douglas," the Australian comedian opens up about her autism diagnosis.

Withdrawal symptoms from antidepressants can last over a year, new study finds

We must rethink the "chemical imbalance" theory of mental health.

Here are 3 things white people can do right now to help #BLM

Remaining silent is being complicit.

Cannabis discovered at an ancient biblical shrine in Israel

That's not frankincense you smell at the "holy of the holies."

New study connects cardiovascular exercise with improved memory

Researchers at UT Southwestern noted a 47 percent increase in blood flow to regions associated with memory.

What does the red pill really show you?

Neo's superhuman powers were only inside of The Matrix. The outside world offered a different reality.

Should churches be considered essential businesses?

A debate is raging inside and outside of churches.

Now you can track vitamin C intake on your skin

A new wearable patch has been created at the University of California San Diego.

Do religious men watch more pornography?

And do they feel guilty about it?

Large companies are incentivized to ignore worker safety, study finds

A study of over 100,000 businesses in Oregon uncovered some unsettling news about worker conditions.

The media is messing with us. At least, our memories.

The distracting nature of modern media is having a terrible effect on what we learn.

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