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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.

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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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The Amazing, Singing Tesla Coil

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25 days ago

Electrical engineering maestro Steve Ward, then a college student in Illinois, programmed this Tesla coil  in 2007 so that each spark sounds like a musical note. In this now classic video, Ward shows off a stunning demonstration, which launched a new instrument now called the "zeusaphone" or the ...

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What Does Ancient Wine Taste Like?

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25 days ago

There's a reason why the French are the masters of making wine. The earliest evidence of wine-making discovered in France dates back to 425 BC. The French have had time to perfect their craft. But before they achieved mastery, what did French wine taste like? Trace, the host of DNews, goes ...

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Why is Space Dark?

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28 days ago

The night sky isn't actually dark to begin with, according to MinutePhysics. Then why does Space at night appear dark to us? Because our universe is constantly changing and expanding, for one thing.  MinutePhysics "sheds some light" on why the night sky is dark, and the answers aren't as simple ...

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Neanderthals Could Talk?

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28 days ago

Recent research suggests that our ancient cousins, the Neanderthals, may have been able to speak. Does this mean that Neanderthals had their own version of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show"? We know that they had communities, religion, and buried their dead. The bigger question remains: Did Homo sapiens ...

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NASA's Video About the Equinox

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30 days ago

March 20th is the spring equinox, a time when day and night will be nearly equal. NASA provides this cool video on what you need to know about the equinox. From NASA:  At an equinox, the Earth's terminator -- the dividing line between day and night -- becomes vertical and connects the ...

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What's New at NASA?

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about 1 month ago

What's new at NASA? Here's a quick video overview of big events and developments from the past week. From a citizen scientist challenge to help track asteroids to news out of SXSW Interactive, NASA gives you the inside scoop. Image credit: NASA

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Marie Curie, the Radioactive Genius

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about 1 month ago

"You can't tell Marie Curie that she can't do something," says Hank Green, host of the SciShow. The first woman to receive world renown in science, Curie was the first person to win the Nobel Prize in two different categories, and she coined the word "radioactivity."  This excellent short video ...