Think you can solve it? One mathematician has already offered about $1,000 and a bottle of champagne to whoever cracks it first.
"Interacting" with nature through virtual reality applications had especially strong benefits, according to the study.
A series of recent studies found that people with healthy levels of vitamin D were less likely to contract COVID-19 and suffer severe complications from it.
Roger Penrose used mathematics to show black holes actually exist. Andrea Ghez and Reinhard Genzel helped uncover what lies at the center of our galaxy.
A new interactive documentary "How Normal Am I?" helps reveal the shortcomings of facial recognition technology.
Most said they want to act on their desire someday. But do open relationships actually work?
The 20th century was marked by waves of pro-democracy revolutions. Now, the future of democracy looks uncertain.
New research conducted on mice suggests repeated heavy drinking causes synaptic dysfunctions that lead to anxiety.
The electric car manufacturer says updates to its battery design and manufacturing process will help lower production costs.
From cryonics to time travel, here are some of the (highly speculative) methods that might someday be used to bring people back to life.
People remember when governments lie to them and it lowers their satisfaction in government officials.
Welcome to the world's newest motorsport: manned multicopter races that exceed speeds of 100 mph.
"The results change the perception of who a Viking actually was," said project leader Professor Eske Willerslev.
The 'Charleston Loophole' has likely allowed thousands of guns to end up in the hands of people who would have failed a federal background check.
Stewart is supporting a new bill that aims to extend health care and disability benefits to veterans who served alongside burn pits.
Targeting a signaling pathway in mice helped them retain muscle and bone mass aboard the International Space Station, according to a new study.
The drive would provide enough thrust for a spacecraft to travel near the speed of light using only electricity, says physicist Jim Woodward.
This medieval-themed meme highlights a shady yet all too common rhetorical move people make in arguments.
In some countries, religiosity and pro-science attitudes are actually positively correlated, according to the results of a recent study.
Otto Aviation says the hourly cost of flying the new Celera 500L is about six times cheaper than conventional aircraft.
A new study shows that anxiety has been rapidly increasing among young adults in the U.S. from 2008 to 2018.
Google's Arts & Culture app just added a suite of prehistoric animals and NASA artifacts that are viewable for free with a smartphone.
Spending time in green spaces seems to yield many health benefits, most of which researchers are only beginning to understand.
Why do Black newborns have a relatively high mortality rate in the U.S. — and how does the race of the doctor factor in?
The finding is remarkably similar to the Dunning-Kruger effect, which describes how incompetent people tend to overestimate their own competency.
The immune system seems able to "remember" the coronavirus, and therefore able to prevent — or minimize the severity of — reinfection.
A study published Friday tested how well 14 commonly available face masks blocked the emission of respiratory droplets as people were speaking.
After a decade of failed attempts, scientists successfully bounced photons off of a reflector aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, some 240,000 miles from Earth.
A report from the New York Times raises questions over how the teletherapy startup Talkspace handles user data.
So far, 30 student teams have entered the Indy Autonomous Challenge, scheduled for October 2021.
In a recent study, researchers examined how Christian nationalism is affecting the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A recent study tested how well the fungi species Cladosporium sphaerospermum blocked cosmic radiation aboard the International Space Station.
A new report from The New York Times describes a Pentagon task force's long-standing project to collect data on unidentified aerial phenomena and a Pentagon consultant who says the U.S. has collected crashed "off-world vehicles."
The renowned magician recently joined Big Think CEO and cofounder Victoria Brown for a wide-ranging discussion.
The proposal calls for the American public to draft two candidates to lead the executive branch: one from the center-left, the other from the center-right.
The European Union is debating over two lists of nations from which it will accept travelers starting July 1.
The study also estimated that international lockdown efforts prevented more than 500 million infections worldwide.
The videos raise serious legal and moral questions about police crowd-control tactics.
On Friday, the moon will pass through the Earth's outer shadow, known as the penumbra.
Why do some people still believe that behavior is caused solely by genes or environment? A new paper offers some answers.
In the near future, most unemployed Americans will have access to government-subsidized programs. But that's set to change in 2021.
Health care professionals worldwide are facing a second crisis, the consequences of which we're only beginning to understand.
The 57-year-old is teaming up with NASA and SpaceX for the film project, which is to be set aboard the International Space Station.
On May 4, 1970, the National Guard shot and killed four students during an anti-war protest. The massacre went on to change American culture forever.
An antibody produced by llamas seems particularly effective at neutralizing a key protein of the novel coronavirus.
It's likely the most complete skeleton that's ever been discovered of the strange Gondwanatheria mammal group, which roamed the ancient supercontinent of Gondwana alongside dinosaurs.
A bipartisan group of economists, technology and public health experts, and ethicists developed a three-part plan to swiftly and safely reopen the American economy. Could it work?
The system can even be designed to send alerts to employees when they've come too close to a coworker.
A new study on rats suggests that using marijuana as an adolescent "reprograms the initial behavioral, molecular, and epigenetic response to cocaine."
AutoML-Zero is a proof-of-concept project that suggests the future of machine learning may be machine-created algorithms.
A recent clinical trial in Brazil highlights the dangers of two potential COVID-19 treatments: chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine.
The environmental benefits of the coronavirus pandemic are only temporary, warns the head of the UN Environment Programme.
Video meetings on the popular platform don't seem to offer end-to-end encryption as advertised.
Facing a shortage of medical resources, doctors in the U.S. may have to make difficult moral decisions over how to allocate care.
Stephen Johnson is a St. Louis-based writer whose work has been published by outlets including PBS Digital Studios, HuffPost, MSN, U.S. News & World Report, Eleven Magazine and The Missourian.