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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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Asteroids Can Have Rings

10 days ago

NASA recently announced a cool discovery: asteroids can have rings! Luckily, the one that revealed this is not headed for us.  The asteroid 10199 Chariklo, orbiting the sun between Saturn and Uranus, has at least two orbiting rings, making it the smallest known ringed object.  NASA has more ...

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Ancient Monastery Tracked the Sun

13 days ago

The ancient monastery in Petra, Jordan tracked the sun, helping people tell time and worship their faith, scientists have discovered.   The Huffington Post explains:  When the Earth reaches its farthest point from the sun, light from the sun shines into the monastery — which is ...

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Mars and Earth Are Getting Closer

13 days ago

Every 26 months, an opposition of Mars occurs. The "red planet" gets closer to Earth. On April 14th, Mars and Earth will be at their closest distance during this opposition. What's even better, on that date the full Moon will help light-up Mars. So Mars will be easy to spot, even in cities with ...

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Dinosaur Chase Re-Created in 3D

14 days ago

Once, dinosaurs strutted around the Earth as if they owned the place. That's at least a fun way to imagine them. The stride marks they left behind, preserved as fossilized footprints, provide important clues about their lives. They can help reveal who was chasing who, and who was running for their ...

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Dance of the Drones

14 days ago

Drones aren't just the instruments of a tyrannical government that wants to kill its own citizens. Drones have an artistic side too. Witness the video below, which is a collaboration between the dance company Pilobulus and MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.  Watch ...

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What Is Dark Matter?

16 days ago

Dark matter is four times more common in the universe than visible matter. How do we know that it's there if we've never seen it? The force of gravity keeping our planets from flying off into oblivion is not strong enough to keep them all in place. It's as though there's another force that's ...