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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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Christian Nation

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over 4 years ago

The Christian Science Monitor is as surprised as anyone at the emergence of many New Calvinists trying to bring Puritanism back to America. "Welcome to the austere – and increasingly embraced – message of Calvinism. Five centuries ago, John Calvin's teachings reconceived Christianity; midwifed ...

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Harsh Sentence

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Once an employee of the Secret Service, the computer hacker Albert Gonzalez has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for credit card fraud. "The 28-year-old pleaded guilty to three cases of fraud at his trial last year. Gonzalez was sentenced to 20 years for the first two cases on Thursday, and 20 ...

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Brainwash

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The Texas school board's recent decisions to make the local curriculum more conservative is troublesome in light of the state's disproportionate influence on national textbook sales. "Country music is an important modern cultural movement; hip-hop isn't. Thomas Jefferson deserves to be erased from a ...

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The Internet on Steroids

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Google has announced it will select a city where it will install a super-fast Internet network; about 600 communities have already applied for the experiment to test the viability of such a network. "Google hasn't been specific about the criteria in selecting which community will get the ...

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Behavior and Health

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Researchers at the recent European Breast Cancer Conference said that up to one-third of cases could be prevented by a healthier diet and exercise regime. "Better treatments, early diagnosis and mammogram screenings have dramatically slowed breast cancer, but experts said the focus should now shift ...

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Release the Bears!

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The Department of Justice has released counter-terrorism ideas sent to it by American civilians including parachuting bears into Afghanistan to hunt for Osama bin Laden. "After all those years of searching, the US military has failed to capture Osama bin Laden. Why? Because they failed to use ...

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Uncap and Burn

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Washington's plans for a forward-thinking energy policy have been gutted due to the recession and name games that turned cap-and-trade into cap-and-tax. "Less than a year ago, cap and trade was the policy of choice for tackling climate change. Environmental groups and their foes in industry joined ...

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(Clean) Energy Boom

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China's investment in the clean energy sector nearly doubles that of the U.S., but its fossil fuel use is rising fast as well. "Researchers with the Pew Charitable Trusts calculate that China invested $34.6bn in clean energy over the year, almost double the US figure. The UK emerges in third place ...

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Nuclear-Free

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In negotiating an arms control treaty with Russia to reduce nuclear weapon stockpiles, Obama picks up where Kennedy and Reagan left off. "US-Russia agreement on a new treaty to reduce nuclear weapons is being hailed as President Obama’s first real foreign-policy victory and a personal triumph for a ...

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'Dear Poppa'

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The JFK library in Boston will soon display a letter J.D. Salinger wrote to Ernest Hemingway from a German hospital during the Second World War. "It was the summer of 1946 when a young and war-fatigued J.D. Salinger reached out to another writer whose career had also been shaped by war, a writer he ...