Making cancer as harmless as the common cold | Michio Kaku

From Big Think. Read more at BigThink.com: Follow Big Think here: YouTube: http://goo.gl/CPTsV5 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BigThinkdotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/bigthink Michio Kaku: I think we’re entering the fourth wave of scientific innovation and wealth creation. The first era was steam power, when we physicists worked out the laws of thermodynamics we could calculate how much energy you get…

How one company got $1 billion through secrecy, hacking, and fraud | John Carreyrou

From Big Think. Read more at BigThink.com: Follow Big Think here: YouTube: http://goo.gl/CPTsV5 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BigThinkdotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/bigthink John Carreyrou: I don’t think it’s just about greed. I don’t think the Theranos scandal was just about greed, and I don’t think Elizabeth Holmes’ only motive was greed. I think, more than riches, what she was after…

When business goals backfire: How to adjust to unintended consequences

From Big Think. Read more at BigThink.com: Follow Big Think here: YouTube: http://goo.gl/CPTsV5 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BigThinkdotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/bigthink Michael Schrage: There are several questions, essential questions that leaders and managers should ask themselves when they look at how they want KPIs to have an impact and influence on their organizations. The most important one is obvious:…

The Einstein myth: Why the cult of personality is bad for science | Michelle Thaller

From Big Think. Read more at BigThink.com: Follow Big Think here: YouTube: http://goo.gl/CPTsV5 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BigThinkdotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/bigthink So Jonathan you ask a question that actually gets to the heart of a lot of my ideas about science and culture. And you ask about the celebrity culture. We hear about these famous scientists, it goes Albert…

Eternal youth may be possible. Which age would you stay at forever? | Michio Kaku

From Big Think. Read more at BigThink.com: Follow Big Think here: YouTube: http://goo.gl/CPTsV5 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BigThinkdotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/bigthink Michio Kaku: Historically kings, queens and emperors have tried to find the fountain of youth; they failed. Ponce de Leon instead founded Florida, emperor Qin of China, apparently he sent his princes to look for the fountain of…

Why Congress doesn’t do anything about gun violence in America | Steve Israel

From Big Think. Read more at BigThink.com: Follow Big Think here: YouTube: http://goo.gl/CPTsV5 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BigThinkdotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/bigthink Steve Israel: Well, here’s why I wrote Big Guns: I had served in Congress for 16 years, and in those 16 years I witnessed a shooting at a university in Virginia, a shooting at a movie theater in…

Is war with China inevitable? | David Kang

From Big Think. Read more at BigThink.com: Follow Big Think here: YouTube: http://goo.gl/CPTsV5 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BigThinkdotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/bigthink David Kang: One of the most interesting patterns in East Asian history—which is quite different from the European pattern—is that when China is strong and big there’s a lot less fighting. And when China falls apart then there’s…

Art vs. science? The battle that never was | NASA’s Michelle Thaller

From Big Think. Read more at BigThink.com: Follow Big Think here: YouTube: http://goo.gl/CPTsV5 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BigThinkdotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/bigthink Fernando, I think you’re doing something that has been a real passion part of my life and that is that you’re combining science and art. And I think it was a mistake in our culture to ever separate…

Vaccine revolution: Curing Alzheimer’s from the inside | Lou Reese

From Big Think. Read more at BigThink.com: Follow Big Think here: YouTube: http://goo.gl/CPTsV5 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BigThinkdotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/bigthink Humanity has always been propelled by dramatic innovation. In the 20s and 30s we knew that we would run out of food by the 70s. We invented a nitrogen phosphorus potassium based fertilizer and that created the green…

How correcting for cognitive biases makes life more fair | Michael Li

From Big Think. Read more at BigThink.com: Follow Big Think here: YouTube: http://goo.gl/CPTsV5 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BigThinkdotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/bigthink Michael Li: A sort of interesting fact is that, while today programming is viewed as an extremely male dominated field, it was totally the opposite at the dawn of computing. So if you look at who the original…