Revolutionary techniques for understanding brain functions in animals could soon help us understand how emotions guide our lives.
The sacrifices of early astronauts paved the way for Apollo’s successes, and so much more. In all of history, only 24 humans have ever escaped Earth’s gravity. The very first launch […]
The Kardashev scale ranks civilizations from Type 1 to Type 3 based on energy harvesting.
Creating an afterlife—or a simulation of one—would take vast amounts of energy. Some scientists think the best way to capture that energy is by building megastructures around stars.
A curated list of must-watch films from Big Think readers.
A philosopher's guide to detecting nonsense and getting around it.
Let’s talk about swans. All swans are birds or, more specifically, waterfowl. They are large and sport long, slender necks. They migrate south for the winter, traveling in that eye-catching […]
Three of our dimensions are spatial and one is temporal, but could there be more? From any point in space, you are free to move in any direction you choose. No […]
In theory, the fabric of space could have been curved in any way imaginable. So why is the Universe flat when we measure it?
Isolation and empathy are by no means mutually exclusive.
The most unpleasant aspect of intellectual liberalism is that when speech causes emotional or mental pain, the offended parties are morally entitled to nothing.
There's a lot we can do with current technology to help stem the tide of climate change, but future technology may help even more.
Can treating addiction as a disease work better than treating it as a vice?
A mind-bending physics theory may explain why we have one reality instead of many.
If we’re going to open major workplaces, we have to be ready for this enormous information gap. When it comes to knowing your medical status, the ideal scenario is to […]
If the multiverse is real, where does all the energy for it come from? One of the biggest scientific puzzles, even given our knowledge of the Big Bang, is to understand […]
As more data comes in, the puzzle gets deeper and deeper. Whenever you set out to solve a problem, there are a series of steps you have to take in order […]
Although everyone knows that coal-based energy is a thing of the past, declarations about nuclear power plants somehow do not want to enter into force.
Future or extraterrestrial civilizations could create megastructures the size of a solar system.
Caffeine is consumed by some 90% of Americans every day, but not everyone is getting the most of its stimulating effects.