Here's why scary stories were once an integral part of Christmas Eve festivities.
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The natural world evolved many pop culture frights long before storytellers used them to terrify us.
The shift from steam to electricity was inevitable — but some foresaw it earlier than others.
We might be dining on insect-based Christmas pies with robot-harvested algae on the side.
The most important events in history have nothing to do with politics or wars.
Synthetic milk is not a sci-fi fantasy; it already exists.
Forget about Tinkerbell.
How efficiently could quantum engines operate?
Assume we can make new thylacines, mammoths, diprotodons, or sabre-tooth cats. Great. Now where do we put them?
Take a look at the Times Square Totem, the Trafalgar Square Pyramid, and other landmarks that were never built.
Historically, periods of mass flourishing are underpinned by technological revolutions. Currently, we are undergoing a technological revolution unlike anything the world has ever seen.
For consumers of festive beverages, the news is bad: this holiday season, Guinness may not be on tap and glass for bottling wine is scarce. Climate disasters, like British Columbia’s floods, have further weakened already […]
She helped create CRISPR, a gene-editing technology that is changing the way we treat genetic diseases and even how we produce food.
The recent AstraZeneca offers a cautionary tale.
Big Think co-founder and CEO Victoria Brown breaks down the process of transitioning from founder to boss in her new book, Digital Goddess.
Big Think's co-founder and CEO, Victoria Montgomery Brown, offers six pieces of advice to founders in her forthcoming book.
For northern hemisphere skywatchers, it might just be the century’s best comet so far. Every once in a while, large, icy objects pass through the inner Solar System. C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) […]
'The Broad and Narrow Way' helped 19th-century preachers explain the consequences of virtue and vice.
Ever wonder, exactly, how stars form from molecular gas and dust? So do scientists. One of the great challenges for astronomy is to determine, in gory detail, how stars are […]
The problem is going to get a lot worse before it gets better, and the decision is all up to SpaceX whether they’ll fix it. On Wednesday morning, January 29, 2020, […]
Despite warnings and protestations from astronomers and skywatchers, Starlink is moving fast and breaking things. In May of this year, Elon Musk’s SpaceX launched the first group of its new satellite […]
Some lingerie lines have failed to keep up with a new era.
He says his company would survive even if Instagram disappeared tomorrow.
Building Big Think from little more than an idea to 30 million monthly visitors, co-founder Victoria Rachel Montgomery-Brown knows something about being an entrepreneur. Her idea, together with co-founder Peter […]
The same 32 symbols show up in prehistoric European cave art.
Although the great Martian dust storm of 2018 may have ended its life, its accomplishments will live on forever. Note: This article was originally published on January 25, 2019 on Forbes. […]
The suburbs are the spiritual home of overconsumption. But they also hold the key to a better future
Economic "degrowth" may be difficult to achieve, but a "prosperous descent" is possible.
Digging deeper into the mystery of the brain, soul, and consciousness.
Although the scope of the strike isn’t clear yet, the strike organizers claimed that they anticipated inmate demonstrations in as many as 17 states.
America's greatest international impact since World War 2 has been through its diplomacy, not its wars.