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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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Music Video for Remembering the Elements

about 1 month ago

Is it a music video or a catchy way to remember the elements? BoingBoing produced this fun animation featuring They Might Be Giants singing (and teaching us) about science. Why can't a music video like this one accompany every text book?  Though the video was released back in 2009, it's still ...

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50 Misconceptions About Science

about 1 month ago

Did you know that your favorite dinosaur in kindergarten, the brontosaurus, never existed? This and 49 other misconceptions about science are pulled out of your head and replaced with facts after watching this fascinating, high-energy truth-bomb from Mental Floss. How many of these scientific ...

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Hundreds of New Planets Found

about 1 month ago

More potential evidence that we may not be alone in the universe. Kepler telescope discovered 715 new planets beyond our solar system. So far, NASA has identified four of these planets as orbiting a hospital zone where water can keep a liquid state, according to the BBC. According to this video ...

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Stephen Hawking: The Errol Morris Film

about 1 month ago

When two masters come together like the great filmmaker Errol Morris shooting a documentary about Stephen Hawking, one would expect the film to be on everyone's list of favorites. But this does not seem to be the case with the little known A Brief History of Time. Morris chronicles Hawking's ...

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The Science Behind Procrastination

about 1 month ago

It's convenient that TV shows are 30 minutes long: you can watch one more before cleaning the kitchen after dinner. Just one more. Soon, it's late, and you decide to go to bed and do the dishes tomorrow. Or will you? Why do we procrastinate? And how can we trick ourselves into rolling up our ...

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Coldest Place in the Universe

about 1 month ago

NASA is creating the coldest place in the known universe, according to DNews. Space is already freezing cold. So why does NASA need it even colder? It turns out that science turns weird in extreme cold, including slowing down light and allowing researchers to take precise measurements. The video ...

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Basic Science Facts Most People Get Wrong

about 1 month ago

One in four Americans think the earth is at the center of our solar system, according to a study by the National Science Foundation. Europeans did even worse: one in three! The study indicates that, in general, most people don't know basic science facts and are essentially stuck in the middle ages ...

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Our Flat Solar System

about 1 month ago

Why is our solar system flat? We started off as a shapeless blob of gases after the Big Bang. How did our solar system flatten out? From Saturn's rings to other galaxies, it turns out that "flatness" is common in our 3D universe. It has to do with collisions. MinutePhysics breaks down the ...

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De-Mystifying Houdini's Mysterious Death

about 1 month ago

Harry Houdini survived many dangerous feats, including being trapped in a box underwater. To add to the Houdini myth, the great dare-devil died on Halloween. What finally did him in?: A punch to the stomach. But being punched in the stomach and surviving was one of his special tricks. Why, on ...