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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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Clouded Leopard

Missing
about 4 years ago

A newly discovered species of big cat, the Sundaland clouded leopard, has been caught on film for the first time by scientists in the Dermakot Forest Reserve in Malaysia. “The Sundaland clouded leopard, only discovered to be a distinct species three years ago, is one of the least known and elusive ...

Trend World

Can Sports Save a City?

Saints
about 4 years ago

A big part of the recent Super Bowl becoming the most-viewed telecast in American history was the story of the New Orleans Saints providing the ultimate celebratory rallying cry for a city that was mostly underwater less than five years ago. While there’s no denying the spiritual lift that sports ...

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Existential Problem

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about 4 years ago

"’Existential problem of the philosopher who did not exist,’ says the Times headline, and indeed Bernard-Henri Lévy might be going through an existential crisis after a massive gaffe in his new book ‘On War in Philosophy’. France’s most dashing philosopher took aim at Immanuel Kant, calling him ...

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Climate Bailout?

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about 4 years ago

“It's reinventing-the-wheel time. The Obama administration has announced intentions to create a big, fat, shiny, new federal office called the ‘Climate Service’ to track global warming, complete with six regional offices and lots of good intentions. ‘It looks like the [warming] empire strikes back ...

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Tarnished Sheen

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about 4 years ago

Lawyers for Brooke Mueller Sheen, the wife of Hollywood actor Charlie Sheen, have said she wants the domestic violence case against him dismissed after the pair were reunited. “Charlie Sheen and his wife were reunited Monday after a judge modified a restraining order and allowed them them to work ...

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Malicious Comments

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about 4 years ago

A staggering 95% of user-generated content for the second half of last year was “malicious,” according to a report from security film Websense. “First off: the film, which scans millions on web sites and e-mails a day looking for malicious content, found that 95 per cent of all user-generated ...

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Beer Bones

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about 4 years ago

Beer drinkers are toasting a new study which suggests that beer is good for your bones as it is rich in silicon and may help prevent osteoporosis. “These were the findings after researchers tested 100 commercial beers for silicon content and categorized the data according to beer style and source ...

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Body of Water

Missing
about 4 years ago

There now seems “little doubt” that Saturn’s moon Enceladus holds a “large body of liquid water” beneath its icy surface after a probe returned yet more evidence. “The Cassini probe, which periodically sweeps past the little moon, has returned yet more data to back up the idea of a sub-surface sea ...