Two types of nanotechnology, metalenses and metamaterials, could soon make Harry Potter's invisibility cloak a reality.
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Many of the furniture giant’s products are named after Swedish locations. Not everyone is happy about that.
Trump is #45 but Pence is #48 – and other strange consequences of the curious office of vice president.
A study of 323 uprisings against repressive regimes yields stunning insights.
The Von Braun Space Station, based on the concepts of a controversial scientist, is moving ahead with construction plans.
Are robots and AI really ready for us to begin depending on them?
If there’s one thing that unites the good guys in movies and TV shows, it’s a hatred of “procedure”—those legal niceties that get the bad guys out of jail and […]
Henry Molaison, known for most of his life as H.M., was a medical oddity. Surgery to cure severe epilepsy in the 1950s led to the removal of his hippocampus, which […]
What happens when you ban a book? Sales increase. The modern maxim that any press is good press is true. If you really want people to read a book, tell […]
Not content with publishing a fake newspaper, producing a fake news channel, and delivering the best satire on the Web to millions of genuine fans, the staff of The Onion […]
A new meme is emerging in the blogosphere: Obama as the “imperial president.” From the left, Tom Egelhardt claims Obama “has the powers previously associated with the gods” while Steve […]
Read Part 2 here. I’ve talked about the weather, the crowds, the protesters and the speakers, and I wanted to end up with some overall impressions. One of the things […]
A new study of 900 kids reports a correlation between the number of hours a woman works outside the home and the BMI* of her children. “For a third grader […]
Tempers ran high at Big Think's Farsight 2011 conference in San Francisco this week when Matt Cutts, Principal Engineer at Google, accused Microsoft's Bing of using Google data to improve its search results.
Accusations that Microsoft's search engine Bing has been copying Google's search algorithm came on the same day that Bing and Google execs are set to meet at a Big Think event in San Francisco on the future of search. Watch the event streaming on our homepage from 1pm-5pm EST.
A sentiment registering somewhere between disgust and loathing rose up in my chest yesterday when I read that Delaware Tea Party candidate Christine O’Donnell had claimed on the site LinkedIn […]
The second part of Eruptions readers' recollections of the historic May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens.
Tuesday marks the 30th anniversary of the historic eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington - and Eruptions readers share their memories on the blast that captivated the world.
n Some maps capture the imagination and inspire so much imitation that they become icons. Harry Beck’s 1930s map of the London Underground is one of the best examples (here […]