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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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One Year of Curiosity: A Look Back

August 6, 2013, 11:46 AM

Curiosity's landing on Mars - a marvel of 21st century engineering - was in and of itself probably the rover's greatest accomplishment to date. After all, most missions to Mars fail, and Curiosity had to undergo a series of complex and novel procedures in order to make a safe landing on the Red Planet.

In other words, the risky $2.5 billion mission easily could have been a failure. And worse yet, NASA scientists would have to endure "seven minutes of terror" - the time that would elapse before they would know if the landing was a success or failure. We detailed the major challenges the landing had to overcome here, and it is also worth revisiting NASA's video below. 

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Curiosity's successful landing was a huge marketing win for NASA, and as you might recall, every movement it made was monumental and every photo it snapped was historic. But our attention has since waned. Not even the exploration of Mars can produce the kind of thrill-a-minute buzz that is required to capture our crowded attention spans.

But Curiosity has been busy, and the rover's accomplishments are many. We recommend you check out this gallery of Curiosity images and videos

Get the latest Curiosity updates from NASA here

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