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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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Who's Paying?

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about 4 years ago

In the current political climate, raising taxes is outside the realm of rational discussion, writes Dennis Jett. "Those who are the loudest constantly demand lower taxes and less government and their mantra is reported as though it were a universally held belief." But deferring infrastructure ...

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Asteroid Ice

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about 4 years ago

Two teams of researchers have confirmed that an asteroid circling the sun between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter has water ice and organic compounds—traits that had previously been associated with comets, but not asteroids. The findings suggest that early Earth may have gotten water for its oceans ...

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Is the Scarlet Letter a G for Goldman?

Scarletletter
about 4 years ago

The members of the Senate Permnanent Subommittee on Investigations were angry. Their anger was predictably performative, and often nasty. McCaskill’s analogy of Goldman Sachs to a bookie managing bets on an MU football game was, while artfully conceived, respectfully dismissed by the quiet bankers ...

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Med Nation

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about 4 years ago

Robert Whitaker’s new book "Anatomy of an Epidemic," is the first book to investigate the long-term outcomes of patients treated with psychiatric drugs. He finds that, overall, the drugs may be doing more harm than good. "Over time, patients with schizophrenia do better off medication than on it ...

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Eating for Others

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about 4 years ago

"Modern eco-foodies are full of good intentions," writes Robert Paarlberg. "We want to save the planet. Help local farmers. Fight climate change—and childhood obesity, too. But though it's certainly a good thing to be thinking about global welfare while chopping our certified organic onions, the ...

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Coastal Collapse?

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about 4 years ago

Jim Titus, the Environmental Protection Agency's resident expert on sea-level rise, calculates that a three-foot rise in sea level will push back East Coast shorelines an average of 300 to 600 feet in the next 90 years, threatening to submerge densely developed areas inhabited by some 3 million ...

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Trash Power

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about 4 years ago

"The fraction of New York’s garbage that requires disposal should be processed in waste-to-energy plants — which not only produce energy but are also cheaper and less polluting than landfills," write Norman Steel and Benjamin Miller. "If all of the city’s nonrecycled waste were sent to local energy ...

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Squeezing the Pulp

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about 4 years ago

Despite the claims of advertisers, most orange juice is neither fresh nor natural (not in the way most of us would define those terms). "It may be 'not from concentrate,' but raw juice is often heated, stripped of its volatile compounds and flavor-rich oils, and stored for as long as a year before ...