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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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Dr. Kaku's Universe Posts

Cutting-edge physics in all its remarkable strangeness

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On the Road with Sci Fi Science

Scifilaser
almost 4 years ago

When I was a child and decided to become a physicist, I never dreamed that I would be traveling all over the world with a TV film crew, or lecturing to audiences in different countries. Back then, I just wanted to learn about physics and the universe. For example, I just finished lecturing in ...

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The Big Freeze

Bigfreeze
almost 4 years ago

The most widely accepted theory is that the universe will eventually come to an end. It will most likely do so trillions of years from now, when the entire span of the cosmos is empty and just a notch above absolute zero. We sometimes refer to this fate as the "Big Freeze.” Why, you ask? Out of ...

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Is There Intelligent Life in the Universe?

Alien_
almost 4 years ago

The distances separating the stars are so vast that it would take a very advanced civilization—perhaps thousands or even millions of years more advanced than ours—to bridge those distances. In other words, any extraterrestrial civilization that visited us, hypothetically or in reality, would be ...

Dr. Kaku's Universe

Hope on the Energy Front?

Energy
about 4 years ago

As with anything else, there's good news and there's bad news. The bad news is that the earth is continuing to heat up—this past decade was in fact the hottest decade ever recorded in the history of science. Last year, China surpassed the United States as the largest producer of carbon dioxide ...

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The World of Nanotechnology

Nanotech_o
about 4 years ago

In my book Visions , I state that nanotechnology was first proposed by Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman in a seminal but witty article entitled "There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom." Feynman envisioned the theoretical capability of nanotech in 1959, stating: “I want to build a billion tiny factories ...