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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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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Press TV

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The angels, cherubs and putti depicted in Christmas nativity scenes are “anatomically flawed” according to a scientist who claims they would never be able to fly with their flimsy wings.

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Green Light

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Early this morning the Democrats won a major victory in the push for health care reform after the Senate voted to end debate on a package of controversial revisions to the bill.

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Night Shining

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A satellite has captured images of “night-shining clouds”, which form at high altitudes and glow after night falls, and NASA has used them to create a new map of the formations.

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Toxic Fallout

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Scientists paid a load of young people to get drunk and then analysed the results to find out which alcoholic beverages produced the worst hangover – with interesting results!

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Facing It

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An engineering team has developed face recognition software which they claim is “remarkably accurate in realistic situations” unlike existing face recognition systems.