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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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Art Snobs

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The Australian anthropologist Sarah Thornton has completed a study of the art world and traced its hierarchies and status-seekers just as she did the London party scene.

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100 Years On

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Mark Twain asked that his biography not be published until 100 years after his death. "He was certainly a man who knew how to make people want to buy a book," says its publisher.

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The Downside

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The good news is Americans are living longer than ever; the bad news is this increases the chances of getting Alzheimer's, and no preventative treatment has proven successful.

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Angst

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Matthew Lynn at Bloomberg says Germany would do better to leave the Euro currency than impose domestic market reforms like bans on short-selling and speculation.

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Breakdown

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Naturally occurring bacteria, which are the only real solution to the Gulf oil spill, are much more effective than any lab-grown microbe—further proof that man cannot best mother nature.

Strange Maps

466 - Power Flower: Rose of Bohemia

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. . . . With Justice and Piety, reads the Latin emblazoning this 17th-century illustration, a map that shows Bohemia as a stylised rose. If that region is in bloom, the map suggests, it is precisely by the application of those virtuous qualities. They were not randomly chosen. Iustitia et Pietate ...

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The End of Don't Ask, Don't Tell?

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over 4 years ago

It looks like it may finally be the end of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. The policy, which dates back to 1993, was a Clintonian compromise meant to prevent gays serving in the military from being the subject of witch-hunts. It was supposed to allow them to continue to serve discreetly in the ...