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Big Think 08/07/2020 18:26
Add event to calendar. Using a combination of imagination and technology, science tech company aims to revolutionize the factory floor so that industries can have a smaller factory footprint, produce less waste, and rapidly increase the speed from R&D to production—it's this very philosophy that allowed Nanotronics to pivot and manufacture ventilators as a rapid response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this Big Think Live session, presented by. , Matthew Putman, scientist, musician, and CEO of Nanotronics , and Peter Hopkins, co-founder and president of Big Think, will open a window to the future.
Big Think 08/07/2020 13:14
While the exact cause of Alzheimer's remains unknown, researchers are targeting toxic beta-amyloid buildup. A recent study on mice found oxytocin could be a protective agent against plaque buildup. Though more research needs to be conducted, this is a hopeful sign in our fight against a crippling disease. While Americas watch the battle for the most cognitively-fit president unfold on social media and television, the problem pundits are really discussing is dementia.
Big Think 08/06/2020 11:58
One on hand, the most common health condition among Olympic athletes is asthma. On the other, asthmatic athletes regularly outperform their non-asthmatic counterparts. A new study assesses the performance-enhancement effects of asthma medication for non-asthmatics. The analysis looks at the effects of both allowed and banned asthma medications. The most common chronic disease among athletes competing in the Olympic Games is asthma. It's not a coincidence — asthma is a risk associated with activities that require increased ventilation, such as high-performance athletics. One treatment for the condition is the inhalation of prior to exercise as a means of warding off asthma symptoms. The drugs relax the airways that provide oxygen to the lung.
Big Think 08/04/2020 15:52
A team of researchers found that earth's vibrations were down 50 percent between March and May. This is the quietest period of human-generated seismic noise in recorded history. The researchers believe this helps distinguish between natural vibrations and human-created vibrations. The planet's vibes are down. That's the consensus from a team of researchers at six European institutions; the study was based at the Royal Observatory of Belgium.
Big Think 08/04/2020 15:32
A group of meteorites that have come down all over the Earth have something in common. They all come from one early-universe baby planet, or planetesimal. That planetesimal was apparently not what astronomers expected. Before planets formed, astronomers believe, there were lots of mini-planets, or planetesimals, many of which eventually broke apart — they're believed to be the source of meteorites that strike Earth.
Big Think 08/04/2020 15:10
The fibula was originally discovered in 1989, though at the time scientists believed the bone had been damaged after being fractured. After reanalyzing the bone, and comparing it with fibulas from humans and dinosaurs, a team of scientists confirmed that the dinosaur suffered from the bone cancer osteosarcoma. The study shows how modern techniques can help scientists learn about the ancient origins of diseases. An interdisciplinary team of scientists has confirmed for the first time that dinosaurs suffered from cancer. The team made the discovery after reanalyzing a 76-million-year-old fibula, or lower leg bone, that belonged to a Centrosaurus apertus , a four-legged dinosaur that was as tall as a human, but about 18 feet long.
Big Think 08/04/2020 10:00
In some versions of the game blackjack, one way to win against the house is for players at the table to work as a team to keep track of and covertly communicate amongst each other the cards they have been dealt. With that knowledge, they can then estimate the cards still in the deck, and those most likely to be dealt out next, all to help each player decide how to place their bets, and as a team, gain an advantage over the dealer. This calculating strategy, known as card-counting, was made famous by the MIT Blackjack Team, a group of students from MIT, Harvard University, and Caltech, who for several decades starting in 1979, optimized card-counting and other techniques to successfully beat casinos at blackjack around the world — a story th.
Big Think 08/04/2020 03:58
An orgasm is described as "a feeling of intense pleasure" that happens during sexual activity. By studying the brain activity of people experiencing orgasms, researchers have been able to pinpoint some of these key changes that occur. Changes to the brain can include deactivation of the decision-making area of the brain and heightened sensitivity to areas of the brain that control how we feel pain, making us less sensitive to it. An orgasm is described as "a feeling of intense pleasure" that happens during sexual activity.
Big Think 08/04/2020 01:35
A skeleton representing a man who was tossed face down into a ditch nearly 2,500 years ago with his hands bound in front of his hips was dug up during an excavation outside of London. The discovery was made during a high speed rail project that has been a bonanza for archeology as the area is home to more than 60 ancient sites along the planned route. An ornate grave of a high status individual from the Roman period and an ancient ceremonial circle were also discovered during the excavations. An ancient skeleton of a man dating back to the Iron Age was uncovered outside of London last month, and though archaeologists aren't certain what the cause of death was, clues point to a murder most foul. Foul Play? A skeleton representing a man who w.
Big Think 08/03/2020 11:54
Radiation is one of the biggest threats to astronauts' safety during long-term missions. C. sphaerospermum is known to thrive in high-radiation environments, through a process called radiosynthesis. The results of the study suggest that a thin layer of the fungus could serve as an effective shield against cosmic radiation for astronauts. When astronauts return to the moon or travel to Mars, how will they shield themselves against high levels of cosmic radiation?
Big Think 08/03/2020 10:40
Species richness among wild bees and other pollinators has been declining for 50 years. A new study found that crops like apples, cherries, and blueberries to be pollination limited, meaning less pollination reduces crop yields. Conservation efforts will need to be made to stave off future losses and potential food insecurity. Bees have endured a disastrous half-century.
Big Think 08/03/2020 05:00
There are many variables in every negotiation, which means there is no silver bullet or magic phrase you can use to win every single time. On top of that, the idea of "winning" changes depending on the situation. The key to success is being able to identify the type of negotiation and use a strategy that gets you what you want. "Successful negotiation is not about getting to yes," says former FBI negotiator Chris Voss. "It's about mastering no and understanding what the path to an agreement is.". In this video, experts including Voss, Shark Tank investor Daymond John, author and real estate broker Fredrik Eklund, game theorist Kevin Zollman, Harvard International Negotiation Program director Dan Shapiro, and others detail the different types.
Big Think 08/02/2020 09:22
While staying at home, many are exploring their creative sides to unprecedented levels, sharing their creations with the world in similarly novel, and sometimes collaborative, ways. People are finding amazing ways to create and to share from the safety of their homes using apps designed to promote expression and not simply distract users. Creative professionals are also stuck at home, facing unemployment, and a lack of access to their usual creative outlets. In the mess of bad news surrounding COVID-19, it can be hard to see a silver lining.
Big Think 07/31/2020 13:03
A recent study examined the relationship between brain size and the development of motor skills across 36 primate species. The researchers observed more than 120 captive primates across 13 zoos for over seven years. The results suggest that primates follow rigid patterns in terms of which manipulative skills they learn first, and that the ultimate complexity of these skills depends on brain size. Some animals don't waste time developing.
Big Think 07/31/2020 11:50
Seemingly dead microbes for 100 million years ago spring back to life. The microbes were buried deep beneath the Pacific's "Point Nemo.". There's crushing pressure beneath the seabed, but these microbes apparently survived anyway. There is a place in the South Pacific that's as far as you can get from land. This "" lies beneath the South Pacific Gyre that covers 10% of Earth's ocean surface. It's so remote and out-of-the-way that spacecraft are regularly guided down into its waters at the end of their missions. , "It's in the Pacific Ocean and is pretty much the farthest place from any human civilization you can find.". There's another reason, though, that this so-called "" isn't like anywhere else. It's , about as devoid of standard marine l.
Big Think 07/31/2020 05:00
The word genius is often used to describe Albert Einstein, but what exactly earned the German-born theoretical physicist that descriptor? We have his ideas to thank for many facets of the modern world, but it turns out not everyone thought he was that brilliant. "Everybody knows who Einstein is and people understand that he was a very famous scientist," says NASA astronomer Michelle Thaller. "But I think that people often don't grasp the true depth and the profound nature of the things that Einstein introduced to us.". In this video, Thaller, futurist and business advisor David Bodanis, fellow theoretical physicist Michio Kaku, and others explain why Einstein's best-known contributions (the special theory of relativity and E=mc2) are so impo.

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