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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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Facebook Email Account

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over 3 years ago

Back in February we wrote about Facebook’s secret Project Titan—a web-based email client that we hear is unofficially referred to internally as its “Gmail killer”. This isn’t a big surprise—the event invites Facebook sent out hinted strongly that the news would have something to do with its Inbox ...

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Will Theists Inherit the Earth?

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over 3 years ago

In a world in which childbearing is rarely accidental and almost never rewarding economically, birthrates increasingly reflect values choices. And so, by Darwinian process, those who adhere to traditions that preserve and celebrate the ancient injunction to “go forth and multiply” wind up putting ...

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Virtual Real-Estate Boom

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over 3 years ago

While real estate prices are down across America, there is one place that's booming. Just don't count on the bank giving you a mortgage for these properties. They are completely fictional. A virtual real estate deal caught the eye of many this week when Jon Jacobs, an Entropia Universe user, made a ...

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The Clean Energy Mistake

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over 3 years ago

Forbes' Mark Mills on clean energy jobs: At the risk of sounding something like a Green Grinch, let me be the first to say that I truly hope that America's recovery does not come on the back of a clean tech job revolution. All things equal, history will repeat itself and there won't be any such ...

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Why You Should Make Dinner

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over 3 years ago

Why do the microwave and frozen dinner inexorably lead to obesity? According to the economists, the cheapness of calories (both in terms of price and time) has led us to dramatically boost consumption. Food stops being something we make and create—it doesn’t require very many lever presses, so to ...

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Out of Love with Google TV

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over 3 years ago

Google TV changed our relationship. No more remote control. I was searching for shows with a full-size wireless keyboard on my lap. No more switching channels when the Jets game got boring. I was on the Twitter: "I am tweeting from my Google TV!" On the Facebook: "I am updating from my Google TV ...

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U.S.-China Currency Standoff

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over 3 years ago

Washington has long suggested—not formally; that would be really serious—that Beijing is keeping the renminbi cheap to boost exports. All those dollars are piling up in China, except when the state goes on its version of a shopping spree, buying up key foreign firms. The U.S. response has been to ...

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Do Neurons Work Alone?

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over 3 years ago

Ken McCarthy, a geneticist at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, is about to fan the flames of a debate about whether glia, the largest contingent of non-neuronal cells in the brain, are important in transmitting electrical messages. For many years, neurons were ...

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Death Penalty Mistake

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over 3 years ago

The last man to be executed during George W Bush's term as governor of Texas was sentenced to death on the basis of a single piece of evidence—one human hair—which did not actually belong to him, DNA tests have shown. Claude Howard Jones was convicted in 1990 of murdering an off-licence owner and ...

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The Dystopian Marget Atwood

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over 3 years ago

Utopias aren't really Margaret Atwood's thing. "They're very 19th-century," she says. She prefers a slightly gloomier outlook for her bestselling novels, including the feminist dystopia of A Handmaid's Tale, and the global pandemic that marks her latest novel, The Year of the Flood. There's another ...