Who should sit atop the iron throne? Let your DNA decide. Here on Earth, we hold one important truth to be self-evident above all others: that all humans are created equal. […]
Any hypothesis, no matter how alluring, must be confronted with the full suite of data. Our Solar System may be the closest part of the Universe to us as we look […]
How did Michael Jackson accomplish the famous antigravity tilt? Three neurosurgeons (and MJ fans) dissect the dynamics.
A number of different things have to happen for a child to develop leukemia.
Feeling the urge to scare yourself this Halloween? Here are seven important horror films you have to see.
A very clever idea says there’s a ninth Solar System planet, larger than Earth, far beyond Neptune. Here’s why most scientists think it’s not real. It’s been nearly three years since […]
If spacetime is like a fabric, and mass bends it, what flattens it back out again? Matter tells space how to curve, and curved space tells matter how to move. That’s […]
ORBITER was in the path of totality for the solar eclipse, and on our way, we were joking about which of us might scream. Turns out, how could you not?
Is "alloparenting" the end of family as we know it?
If you thought our galaxy was just the luminous matter within it, think again. “Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and adventures are the shadow truths that […]
A college degree is still a well-trodden path to relative financial success. Even so, a college degree is no longer a guarantee of a secure job, or of any job at all.
A California man is suing Apple for not enabling a lockout feature on iPhones. He's not the only one.
Another week, another chance to stick our comment-boots on and wade out deep into the Big Think Facebook page to cherry pick our favorites for the week.
Drop a chunk of sodium metal into water, and a violent reaction ensues. But it’s more than just chemistry at play. “Chlorine is a deadly poison gas employed on European battlefields […]
From La Rinconada in Peru to South Africa's deepest mines: the quest for gold drives people to the greatest heights and depths on Earth.
Was it really a low-entropy state? And what does that mean for the second law of thermodynamics? “Entropy shakes its angry fist at you for being clever enough to organize […]
Before you even look through your telescope, you need to know where to begin. “If you can’t measure something, you can’t understand it. If you can’t understand it, you can’t control […]
The Los Angeles Hope Festival is the celebration and examination of hope and optimism, two paradigmatic mental attitudes that play a vital and influential role in our daily lives.
Ex-POWs told researchers about some amazing new mental skills they'd acquired in solitary.
A mysterious, unidentifed, low-frequency hum as been baffling people for years.
Most amusement parks like Disney and Six Flags pride themselves on being family friendly attractions. These parks do not.
Researchers observe neurofeedback speeds, the likes of which a lab has never seen.
You are the architect of your brain, the data suggests.
The best-kept secret in music festivals and the six great new bands I found. “Life is a festival only to the wise.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson Every weekend, I try to […]