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Massive Solar Storm Caught on Camera

Coronal
about 3 years ago

NASA has released images of an enormous solar storm that extended over a three hour period on June 7. The series of pictures capture "a huge coronal mass ejection erupting from the sun," which is followed by magnetic plasma raining down over an estimated half of the sun's entire surface. How ...

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The Truth Behind Area 51

Area512
about 3 years ago

Area 51 is a military installation located in Nevada that is so veiled in secrecy that its actual existence has never been officially acknowledged. Not surprisingly, this mysterious base has long been a treasure trove for conspiracy theorists. Claims have been made that the facility stores aliens ...

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Never was so much owed by so many to so few

D-day
about 3 years ago

What’s the Big Idea? "Never was so much owed by so many to so few." In this statement Winston Churchill was paying tribute to the vastly outnumbered RAF, who destroyed the combat effectiveness of the Nazi Luftwaffe in an extremely close-run battle in the skies over England and essentially saved ...

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Are Science and Religion Compatible?

Brainwaves
about 3 years ago

What's the Big Idea? George Church, Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School argues that science relies on a certain kind of faith. "It’s kind of an act of faith that science is a good thing," he says. And yet, the moral underpinning of science is something we may not be able to rely ...

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The Fearless Factor

Fearless
over 3 years ago

What's the Big Idea? The New York Times deputy national editor Adam Bryant could be described as the "CEO whisperer." Bryant conducts regular interviews with CEOs and other leaders for his weekly Sunday Business feature called Corner Office. Among the many lessons Bryant has gleaned from top ...

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How to Compose the Perfect Tweet

Tweet1
over 3 years ago

What’s the Big Idea? The study of poetry, Robert Pinsky believes, is crucial in the modern world. As the United States Poet Laureate and Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, Pinsky founded the Favorite Poem Project, a program dedicated to celebrating, documenting and encouraging ...

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The Virtue of Dissent

Jfk
over 3 years ago

Tim Harford has been described as the "Malcolm Gladwell of Britain." His refreshing approach to economics and how it can be used to solve everyday problems has won him a loyal following as an author, speaker and writer of the "Undercover Economist" column for the Financial Times.  In his recent ...

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Is History Cyclical?

1929_crash
over 3 years ago

What’s the Big Idea? John Gray, a British philosopher notable for being one of the only public intellectuals to anticipate the economic collapse of 2008, told Big Think that boom times are deceptive because history is cyclical, rather than progressive. “We’re not moving to a world in which ...

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The Driving Force Behind Harvard Business School

Harvardbusinessschool
over 3 years ago

What's the Big Idea? Harvard Business School dean Nitin Nohria has written or co-written dozens of books and articles that delve into the heart of what motivates human behavior in the business context. A particularly noteworthy example is Driven (2001), in which Nohria argues that every person ...

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Sal Khan: The Secret of My Success

Khan
over 3 years ago

Khan Academy serves up hundreds of thousands of online lessons every day, and is changing education as we know it. The site offers easily digestible, 10-minute lesssons on a wide variety of subjects that allow students to learn at their own pace.  The man behind this innovative non-profit is Sal ...