Spontaneous, deep talk on surprise topics. On this week's episode of Think Again - a Big Think podcast, James Gleick, author of Time Travel - a History, talks with host Jason Gots about why we're so obsessed with something that's evidently impossible.
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James Gleick ponders the paradox in information theory that since information is based on surprise, it is also chaotic and in many cases devoid of meaning.
Today's video is part of a series on female genius, in proud collaboration with 92Y's 7 Days of Genius Festival.
The first set of James Webb's images blew us all away. In just 2 mere months, it's seen highlights that no one could have predicted.
Unexpected images of galaxies from the James Webb Space Telescope do not disprove the Big Bang. There are other likelier explanations.
Hubble revolutionized astronomy more than once. Here's what we can expect from the James Webb Space Telescope.
We knew we'd find galaxies unlike any seen before in its first deep-field image. But the other images hold secrets even more profound.
Take a peek at the pre-release images used to calibrate and commission JWST's coldest instrument, now ready for full science operations.
Even with only 12.5 hours of exposure time, James Webb's first deep-field image taught us lessons we've never realized before.
Astronomy's roots rest in the very origins of humanity. We have always looked to the skies for answers. We are starting to get them.
Now that it's fully commissioned, the James Webb Space Telescope begins its exploration of the Universe. Here are its first science images!
With its very first deep-field view of the Universe now released, the James Webb Space Telescope has shown us our cosmos as never before.
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will study many dangerous cosmic phenomena, knowledge of which may help save humanity.
On July 12, 2022, JWST will release its first science images. Here are 5 ways the telescope's findings could change science forever.
It was supposed to have a 5.5-10 year lifetime, and take 6 months to calibrate. It's performing better than anyone anticipated.
In the latest edition of the Starts With A Bang podcast, we talk with soon-to-be Dr. Arianna Long about galaxies, from birth to today.
When we started imaging the Universe with Hubble, every star had four "spikes" coming from it. Here's why Webb will have more.
Once science operations begin for James Webb, we'll never look at the Universe the same way again. Here's what everyone should know.
To clear Scotland’s roads in winter, the local traffic agency employs heavy machinery with punny names. Can you grit and bear it?
Hubble's deepest views of space revealed fewer than 10% of the Universe's galaxies. James Webb will change that forever.
The James Webb Space Telescope finally could answer the age-old question of whether we are alone in the universe.
For many, it was just a successful launch like any other. But for scientists around the globe, it was a victory few dared to imagine.
With launch, deployment, calibration, and science operations about to commence, here are 10 facts that are absolutely true.
From exoplanets to supermassive black holes to the first stars and galaxies, Webb will show us the Universe as we've never seen it before.
After decades of development, whether NASA's Webb succeeds or fails all comes down to five critical milestones that are only days away.
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Hubble, our greatest space-based observatory today, is just the beginning. The Hubble Space Telescope has been astronomy’s most revolutionary observatory in history. The stars and galaxies we see today didn’t […]
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An artist’s impression of what the fully-deployed James Webb Space telescope will look like from the perspective of an observer on the ‘dark’ (non-Sun-facing) side of the observatory. (NORTHRUP GRUMMAN) […]