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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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Off-Roading on Mars

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2 months ago

This could be a photograph snapped during a family vacation to the Grand Canyon. These are the tire-tracks of the car-sized Mars rover Curiosity. NASA reports that the future Pixar film inspiration crossed an important threshold on the red planet: the Dingo Gap. From the NASA site ...

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Massive Winter Storm Seen from Space

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2 months ago

Extraterrestrials might be thinking twice about visiting Earth, based on this view from space of the latest winter storm that is pummeling the southeastern United States. The image was captured on Feb. 11 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's GOES-East satellite. Conditions might ...

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"Don’t be bored, make something."

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3 months ago

In the image above, Joey Hudy of Anthem, Arizona, shoots his "extreme marshmallow cannon" across the East Room of the White House during the 2012 White House Science Fair.  Joey handed President Obama a card with his personal credo: "Don’t be bored, make something." This is a message that Joey ...

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Bright Supernova in M82

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3 months ago

We recently shared the news that an astronomy workshop class at the University College London Observatory made the fluke discovery of a new supernova, now cataloged as SN 2014J, in nearby bright galaxy M82 (aka the Cigar Galaxy). Supernova SN 2014J is one of the closest to be seen in recent ...

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Micro Moon over Super Moon

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3 months ago

The smallest Full Moon of 2014 reached its full phase just a few hours from lunar apogee, or its most distant point from Earth in the Moon's orbit. This happened last week. The apparent size of this Full Moon is compared to the last Full Super Moon (from last June), which was when the Moon was at ...

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Sunspot at Sunset

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3 months ago

"There's never one sunrise the same or one sunset the same," mused Carlos Santana. Indeed, sunrises and sunsets are the most watched celestial events, because they offer us something different every day.  In the image above, a sunset captured in Switzerland featured a sunspot so large it was ...