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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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An Ancient Lake in Gale Crater, Mars

8 months ago

This illustration represents the possible extent of an ancient lake inside Gale Crater on Mars. Examination of mudstone confirmed the exist of the lake which formed billions of years ago. In fact, as climate conditions changed on the planet, multiple lakes of different sizes appeared and ...

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Gamma-Ray Earth and Sky

8 months ago

This view is from the orbiting Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope's Large Area Telescope. It shows the Earth's gamma-ray glow flooding the edges of field. As NASA points out, Earth is actually the brightest source of gamma-rays, the most energetic form of light. Read more hereImage Credit ...

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Comet ISON May Be Doomed

8 months ago

A coronal mass ejection was captured in the image above by the STEREO-A spacecraft. This blast of particles from the sun can be seen on the right. Comet ISON is on the left, and scientists are unsure whether the coronal mass ejection took the sungrazing comet out.  Karl Battams, an ...