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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.

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Wall Street's Swoon

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"Some of the carnage on Wall Street yesterday was apparently caused by technical errors. ... If computerized trading is found to have accelerated the slump, this may strengthen demands for tighter regulation of high-speed trading. But to blame human error and algorithms entirely would be far too ...

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John Wayne in Farsi

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Abou Farman writes about the art of the "Persian dub" in movies of the 1970's. Western movies would get creative embellishments in translation from the Farsi version of John Wayne's voice. "The glory of Persian dub, while it lasted, was that it didn’t hide the artifice of film or its theatrical ...

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We're Part Caveman

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Scientists have sequenced the Neanderthal genome, discovering it to be practically identical to that of humans. In fact, most humans can probably trace some of their DNA to Neanderthals. “The Neanderthals are not totally extinct. In some of us they live on a little bit,” said Max Planck Institute ...

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Denying AIDS

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Denialism about the nature of the AIDS virus is estimated to have killed many thousands of people. Jon Cartwright asks if scientists should be held accountable. Meanwhile Bruce Charlton defends his decision last year to publish the work of the AIDS skeptic Peter Duesberg, known as "perhaps the world ...

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Green China

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Bruce Usher writes that the United States "is missing a key ingredient in shaping an effective clean-tech policy: the political will to encourage the innovation, manufacturing and investment necessary to bring these new technologies to market." He thinks that the longer the U.S. drags its feet on ...

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One the One Hand...

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"Scientists report that when people wash their hands immediately after making a decision, they are less likely to rationalize its merits—possibly making them less content with the decision but more objective about the option they rejected." This is part of growing evidence that sensory experiences ...

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Lasers of War

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Northrop Grumman is testing a high-powered laser that can be used by U.S. soldiers in combat settings. The "nd:YAG" laser is powerful enough to inflict damage, but it is made out of the materials are compact and transportable. The military has long wanted to develop lasers for the battlefield; they ...

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Time and Again

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By creating the first theoretical model of a wormhole 75 years ago today, Albert Einstein and Nathan Rosen allowed science-fiction writers to consider the idea of time travel. "In the three-quarters of a century since Einstein thought up wormholes, we haven't come close to observing one, though we ...

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The Return of the Nativist

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The election of Barack Obama was a watershed moment in American history. Just twenty years before it was hard to imagine that a majority of Americans would vote for a black man to become president. It was amazing to think, as The Onion joked, that a black candidate's main problem could be that he ...