During our interview with him, Big Think asked Ted Kennedy to give his counsel: the primary lesson he had learned, the key insight one should take away from his historic life. It is a question we ask often, and usually one that sends interviewees through stages of stuttering, dithering, and occasional fraught silence. You can’t blame most people for being slow to respond to such a loaded question, but Ted was different: he had his answer instantly.

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A group of Scottish scientists are beginning one of the biggest computer backup projects in history: they’re creating an “accurate to within 3mm” 3D model of Mount Rushmore, so it can be recreated in case it is ever ruined by climate change, natural disaster, or war. The Guardian reports that this is only the fist in a series of efforts to create and archive 3D models of hundreds of at-risk heritage sites throughout the world.

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It may be, "I'm taken."  The New Scientist reports today on a Journal of Experimental Social Psychology study finding that single heterosexual women prefer men who are identified as taken by a wide margin over men identified as single.  Single men were far less picky in their choices generally, but their preferences were not affected by whether or not a woman was single.  Big Think has enlisted several experts to weigh in on the mysteries of relationships. 

Elizabeth Gilbert settled down in the wake of her bestseller Eat, Pray, Love.  She delivered a memoir about her romance to be released in January, and gave Big Think a preview of the relationship tale. 

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When it comes to thinking big, it doesn’t get much bigger than determining the most significant year in human history. The Economist’s MoreIntelligentLife.com has launched a poll asking visitors to weigh in on the subject. The winner so far? 1439, the year Gutenberg invented the printing press. It is followed closely by 5 BC, the year of Jesus’s birth. 1953, the year DNA was discovered, is a distant third. And what was the most recent year suggested by the editors? This one.

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