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We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.

A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

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Southern Annular Eclipse

April 30, 2014, 8:32 PM

Eclipse season came to a close this week for now. As we've previously reported here on Big Think, we're in for 18 months of show-stopper eclipses known as the "blood moon" tetrad.

NASA published this incredible photo of an annular solar eclipse--a "ring of fire"--from last May, which was captured near Coen, Australia. Unfortunately, this most recent annular solar eclipse on April 29 was best viewed from Antarctica. And the chance of capturing an image like this one is difficult enough: the window is around 50 seconds long as the eclipse enters the annular phase.

Image credit: NASA


Southern Annular Eclipse

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