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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.

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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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The Humble CEO

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over 4 years ago

Charismatic, forceful leaders have a tendency to produce volatile company performances, writes David Brooks. He imagines an alternate executive model: the "humble hound leader."

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Who's Your Daddy?

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over 4 years ago

“Non-paternity” (when a child turns out to have a different father than they thought they did) is estimated to be somewhere around 10%. New over-the-counter tests make it easy to find out the truth.

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Laying Down Weapons

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over 4 years ago

Vice President Joe Biden writes that the country's new nuclear stance "leaves Cold War thinking behind" and recognizes that nuclear terrorism and proliferation are the biggest dangers to global security.

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Typing on Skin

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over 4 years ago

A new technology called "Skinput" uses bio-acoustic sensors to allow people to use the skin on their fingers and forearms -- or any part of their bodies -- as touchpads to control mobile devices.

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Unconventional Data

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over 4 years ago

Economic prognosticators are increasingly looking for indicators in unconventional urban data. The newest offbeat predictors are finding information in obscure places -- but can they be trusted in forecasts?

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Tech Luddites

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over 4 years ago

"Those who think of themselves as great fans of progress, of technology's inexorable march forward, will change their tune as soon as progress destroys something they care deeply about," writes Nicholas Carr.

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Appreciating Dix

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"Otto Dix is a difficult artist to like," writes Judith Dobrzynski of the Weimar artist known for his harsh, cruel depictions of social and moral decay. "But admiration is a different thing altogether."