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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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SUPERMAN V. CLIMATE CHANGE: New Movie Presents Sea Level Rise Scenario that Parallels Melting of Greenland and Antarctic Ice Shelf

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I was lucky enough to snag a ticket to see Superman Returns tonight at the Uptown Theater in Cleveland Park. Here is the scoop, without spoiling the movie: Superman foils a plot by Luthor to create a new Fortress of Solitude-like continent in the middle of the North Atlantic. As Luthor explains ...

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JAMES HANSEN ENDORSES "TRUTH" IN NY REVIEW OF BOOKS: Calls the Movie "Powerful" and "Scientifically Accurate;" Dubs Gore "Prescient," Wonders If the Media Has Distorted the Image of Gore

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In the recent issue of The NY Review of Books, James Hansen pens a must-read review of several recent books on climate change, and includes a review of Gore's Inconvenient Truth. Hansen on the film: The movie seems to me powerful and the book complements it, adding useful explanations. It is ...

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DEM RE-ELECTION PLATFORM DEVOLVES: Original Release Focuses on SC Research, Evolution, and Science Education; Revised Version Drops the Focus

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On June 15, the day I moved from Columbus to DC, I listened during my drive out here to a few hours of Rush Limbaugh. On his program he discussed a story in the Boston Globe that outlined the major points of the election platform for Congressional democrats, dubbed a "New Direction for America." I ...

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IAN WILMUT ON SCIENCE FRIDAY: Says He Prefers International Regulation; Believes Research in the Short-Term Has Been Oversold; Argues that Fetal Research Before "Consciousness Begins" is Moral

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Ian Wilmut appeared on NPR's Science Friday this past week to promote his new book and to discuss developments in human cloning. Below are a few highlights from the transcript. Go here for the full archived audio. On International Regulation and the Possibility of Reproductive Human Cloning ...

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FRAMING 1, THE PUBLIC O: A "Death Tax" or "the Paris Hilton Tax Cut"? The End of the Estate Tax Shows the Power of Framing to Shape Policy Decisions

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Buried in today's NYTimes Business section is a report on the vote yesterday by the U.S. House to permanently eliminate the estate tax for about 99.7 percent of all families and reduce tax rates for the few who still faced a bill. Regardless of your partisan affiliation, if you have an appreciation ...

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ESC AS "SPECULATIVE SCIENCE": Sen. Brownback Pushes Uncertainty Angle on ESC; Says Distracts from Adult SC Research; Bishops Argue Adult SC Offers Ethical Alternative

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In this news release from Focus on the Family, Senator Sam Brownback pushes the SCIENTIFIC UNCERTAINTY frame in arguing against the Spector-Castle ESC bill, claiming that ESC is "speculative" science and diverts funding from research on adult stem cell sources. To emphasize the message, Brownback ...

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LEFT BEHIND IN ENGINEERING? The "Economic Competitiveness" Frame is a Major Tool Used to Sell Investment in Science; Duke University Students Question How Bad the Problem Really Is

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The "Economic Competitiveness" frame is one of the dominate ways that proponents of science try to rally public support for investment. Historically, first in the context of the Cold War, and now in the context of globalization, American science has warned that the U.S. is falling behind other ...