Charity and volunteering not only benefit the recipient but help you become happier and healthier in the new year.
A new study finds that societies use the same acoustic features for the same types of songs, suggesting universal cognitive mechanisms underpinning world music.
Millennial income did not recover from the Great Recession like older generations', a disparity that can have dire consequences for future generations.
Cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker reminds us that innuendo and euphemism yield better quid pro quo results than an "or else" ultimatum.
Cognitive psychologist Donald Hoffman hypothesizes we evolved to experience a collective delusion — not objective reality.
The Evergreen National Education Prize offers monetary and promotional support to organizations helping low-income youths access education.
Andrew Yang argues that the Alaska Permanent Fund shows the path to implementing a nationwide universal basic income.
New research suggests that a healthy supply of locally-sourced beer helped maintain the unity of the widespread Wari civilization for about 500 years.
New experiments look to the interplay between neutrons and magnetic fields to observe our universal reflection.
New Zealand's recent budget policy puts the health and well-being of its citizens over economic growth.
Researchers hope the technology will further our understanding of the brain, but lawmakers may not be ready for the ethical challenges.
Polls show that more Americans today define socialism as an ideology of "equality" than one espousing government control of the economy.
Finland's educational system was driven by a culture that supports a strong social contract, one the United States currently lacks.
Researchers find that toddlers verbalize and interact more with their parents when reading sessions feature print books, not tablets.
The Oedipal complex, repressed memories, penis envy? Sigmund Freud's ideas are far-reaching, but few have withstood the onslaught of empirical evidence.
Finland's recent decline in international test scores has led many to question whether its education system is truly the best.
Finland and the U.S. have chosen opposing answers to the question of how much standardized testing is too much.
Nikolaas Tinbergen's concept of "supernormal stimulus" explains why humans are attracted to a heightened version of reality.
Researchers at the University of Basel in Switzerland have hijacked cancer's cellular plasticity to turn the disease against itself.
Folios cheese wraps can be a surprisingly healthy substitute for traditional tortillas. Of course, there's a catch.
As the popularity of sparkling waters grows, many wonder if it represents a fresh turning point or a crisp new snake oil.
We look at the most common New Year's resolutions and get expert advice to help you check them off 2019's to-do list.
Luxembourg will offer the world's first fare-free public transit system, but is there really such a thing as a free ride?
The Great White North has found a way to provide universal healthcare with more salubrious results and trimmed national costs. Take notes, America.
Is the appendix a useless organ, an immune system benefactor, a Parkinson's disease instigator, or all of the above?
Is microdosing magic truffles a way to unlock your creative potential? That's long been anecdotal, but the evidence is coming.
Kayne West's tweet that the United States should amend the 13th Amendment brought renewed attention to a flaw in its language.
Easter eggs have been hidden in video games since Atari's Adventure; now Google search has hidden an entire adventure game.
With the death of Markeis McGlockton, the debate over stand your ground laws has reignited. Proponents believe they make us safe, while opponents claim they encourage vigilantism. While a consensus may be inconclusive, studies suggest such laws aren’t as effective as their drafters intended.
Flat Earth theory has enjoyed staying power since at least the 19th century despite being patently untrue. Neil deGrasse Tyson, the late Carl Sagan, Bill Nye the Science Guy, and other big thinkers will show you how to disprove this bad idea, all without having to take a journey into space.
Twenty years ago, Nintendo asked America to try to catch 'em all. We still haven't (legitimately) captured a Mew.
NASA scientists have discovered three factors that influence Earth's rotational wobble. Thankfully, while the Earth may wobble, it won't fall down.
U.S. Supreme Court justices receive lifetime appointments to the bench, but many wonder if indefinite terms do more harm to our legal system than good.
On Sept. 2, a fire spread through Rio de Janeiro’s National Museum, devouring the historic building and most of its 20 million culturally and scientifically important items. We look at nine priceless artifacts and collections likely lost in the blaze.
Crazy Rich Asians is the first film to feature an all-Asian cast in 25 years. It is also a bonafide success, both financially and culturally. Inspired by its fanfare, Big Think looks at seven other films that shook American society.
The ICARUS Initiative aims to track migratory animals from space using special transmitters and antennae. The data retrieved from the project will help us conserve biodiversity but has the potential to promote human well-being and prosperity, too.
Kevin Dickinson has been an independent writing consultant since 2011. During that time, he's worked as an educator, editor, journalist, and researcher, and written on subjects ranging from religion to Dr. Seuss, film history to Mars' surplus of iron oxide.