Preventing scurvy is not just a problem in the Antarctic.
One of the scariest films of the 1970s didn't set out to be a horror film at all.
Big Think's co-founder and CEO, Victoria Montgomery Brown, offers six pieces of advice to founders in her forthcoming book.
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Paintings played an important role in these ancient civilizations. Unfortunately, pigment is not nearly as durable as marble.
Scientists at UCLA and Penn argue that malfunctioning fat, not necessarily too much of it, is what makes people metabolically unhealthy.
Many first-hand accounts from the golden age of piracy were grossly embellished, meaning it's extremely difficult to separate Blackbeard the legend from Edward Thatch the person.
These animals to grow scalpel-sharp and precisely shaped tools that are resistant to breaking.
Haters and disrespect aside, fruitcake is still a robust American tradition.
50% of stars are in Sun-like ‘singlet’ systems. The planetary nebulae we see just don’t line up. Around 7 billion years from now, our Sun’s life will end. As the Sun […]
After 20 months, scientists find lab-dish brain cells matured at a similar rate to those of an actual infant.
Lots of newspapers endorse candidates, but why? Does it actually help?
In the middle of a great cosmic void, a single, isolated galaxy persists amidst the darkness. It’s about to get a lot lonelier. Here in our own cosmic backyard, the […]
Using DNA from samples of extinct flowers, synthetic biologists managed to approximate long-lost floral scents.
The following is an excerpt from Viruses, Pandemics, and Immunity by Arup K. Chakraborty and Andrey S. Shaw. Reprinted with Permission from The MIT PRESS. Copyright 2021. Koch’s Postulates, Anthrax, […]
If dark matter exists in a large halo in our galaxy, made up of particles, then it's passing through us constantly. But how much?
From "shell shock" to "combat fatigue," the wars of the past century have violently illuminated the power trauma can wield over the mind and body.
The neoliberal call for more 'choice', seems hard to resist.
The tragedy of Alexis de Tocqueville: The French aristocrat who spent his life trying to understand democracy
Despite losing most of his extended family to the guillotine, Tocqueville grew up to become a fervent supporter of democratic revolution.
The announcement is a major victory for Impossible Foods, the San Francisco-based startup that makes Silicon Valley's favorite veggie burger.
The other great spiral galaxy in the local group demonstrates why we’re #2, even in our own backyard. The Milky Way is our cosmic home, containing hundreds of billions of […]
It’s all well and good to discuss how our humanity evolved – but what even is humanity?