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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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Best Friends?

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over 4 years ago

An e-mail exchange between a Washington and Jerusalem-based reporter takes stock of the changing relationship between the U.S. and Israel. "James Risen, a Washington-based writer, and Yossi Klein Halevi, a Jerusalem-based writer, have been friends since they both crashed the Nazi Party headquarters ...

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Risking It

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Economists Ian Ayres and Barry Nalebuff say that people in their 20s and 30s should take out their retirement savings and buy stocks on margin. They think that people "seriously under-invest in the market for the first 25 years of their working life," and that if young people did invest they would ...

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Healthy Unions

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Does being in a good marriage make you healthier? Researchers in Ohio have been looking into the correlation between wellness and relationship quality, finding out, among other things, that couples in negative or stressful relationships have lower immune-system response than those in stable ...

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Milestone Mania

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Baseball has reached a point that few other professional sports have reached: "There have been so many games and so many pitches thrown that just about every unusual event that is reasonably likely to happen already has," writes Matthew Futterman. "To find anything truly unique, historians have to ...

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Living Well

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"Forget about God, death, pain and acquisition, and your worries are over," writes Joseph Epstein. "There you have it, Epicurus’ Four-Step Program to eliminate anxiety and attain serenity. I’ve not kitchen-tested it myself, but my guess is that, if one could bring it off, this program really would ...

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Space Robot

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NASA has announced that in September it will send a humanoid robot into space to serve as an assistant to the humans on board the International Space Station. Former roboticist Daniel Wilson says that it's incredibly important that the robot being sent has a human form because “It has to be able to ...

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Emerging and Developing

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Why are developing countries that were until recently associated with cheap labor now becoming leaders in innovation? The Economist believes that it is because "local companies are dreaming bigger dreams. Driven by a mixture of ambition and fear—ambition to bestride the world stage and fear of even ...

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Do Not Go Gentle...

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"If film criticism really is dying, it's doing so with all the dignity of a bunch of clucking old hens, squawking in despair while the fox gnaws his way through the wire," writes Andrew O'Hehir. "Film criticism, at least meaning the elite cultural institution pioneered by Manny Farber, James Agee ...

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Drugs and Terror

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Members of Mexico's drug cartels are throwing grenades into U.S. consulates—so why aren't the groups designated as terrorist organizations? One reason, writes Malcolm Beith, is that they are not ideologically or politically motivated. "Their sole raison d'être is money." But recent attacks may make ...

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Political Thoughts

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Washington "think tanks" are more like lobbyists than academic institutions these days, writes Bruce Bartlett. And it's only going to get worse. "The problem is that the pressure on researchers to conform to partisan political objectives is going to become even more intense, and if they are going to ...