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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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Sagan's 'Cosmos' Coming Back

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7 months ago

At a time when we're stilling debating creationism vs. evolution, it's critical for science to be brought into people's homes through a world-class TV show. Carl Sagan's hit series "Cosmos" is being passed down to Neil deGrasse Tyson. Incredibly, there's a long history between the two great and ...

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The Age of Explorers Is Not Over

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7 months ago

The Verge has an interesting article today taking us inside New York's Explorer's Club, that bastion of adventures who boldly dared to go where no man (or woman) had gone before. Today, as that Star Trek reference implies, the Explorer's Club is not collecting dust on the artifacts of Arctic ...

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Bitcoin's Powerful Ally

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7 months ago

Overstock.com's CEO Patrick Byrne wants to increase the popularity of Bitcoin, according to a profile by Forbes. The large discount retail site has enacted features that reward customers paying with the virtual currency. It is also developing a Bitcoin-styled stock market. So far, according to ...

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Study: Online Trolls Are Sadists

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7 months ago

A team of Canadian scientists have confirmed what Internet users already know: trolls are sadists and suffer from other personality disorders. In the wild worldwide web, where anyone can be anonymous and spout off anything they please, sadists and narcissists like to take full of advantage. They ...

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Pussy Riot Whipped in Sochi

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7 months ago

Pussy Riot members, preparing to perform on a public plaza in Sochi on Wednesday, were quickly stopped by a militia of Russian cossacks. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, recently freed from prison, was pepper sprayed, knocked to the ground, and repeatedly whipped. Other members were assaulted by the ...