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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.

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Lovejoy in the New Year

4 months ago

2014 might mean out with the old (as was the case with Comet ISON, which fell victims to the sun), and yet, Comet Lovejoy (C/2013 R1) is still alive and well, and was captured in this scene on New Year's day. Now headed for the outer Solar System, Lovejoy remains a good object to spot for ...

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A Map of Titan's Lakes

4 months ago

There is only one place in our solar system with stable liquid lakes and seas on its surface, besides planet Earth. Saturn's moon Titan is this place, and the colorized map above shows Titan's bodies of methane and ethane in blue and black, still liquid at frigid surface temperatures of -180 ...

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China Does the Moonwalk

4 months ago

After landing a spacecraft on the Moon, China has deployed its robotic rover, Jade Rabbit (called Yutu in Chinese), for a three-month mission to explore the Sinus Iridum (Latin for "Bay of Rainbows") impact crater. The solar-powered Yutu is the first robot to successfully land on the Moon in ...

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An Ancient Lake in Gale Crater, Mars

4 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

4 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 ...