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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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Hacking Global Warming

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over 4 years ago

If we're in the beginning stages of a major shift in global temperature -- as many suggest we are -- what can we do about it? Eli Kintisch suggests that scientists may have to attempt some radical fixes to address the problem. Whether it's putting more pollutants into the air to keep Earth's ...

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Laying Down Weapons

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Vice President Joe Biden writes that the administration's new nuclear stance "leaves Cold War thinking behind" and recognizes that nuclear terrorism and proliferation as the biggest dangers to global security. "From now on, decisions about the number of weapons we have and how they are deployed will ...

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Typing on Skin

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A new technology called "Skinput" uses bio-acoustic sensors to allow people to use the skin on their fingers or forearms -- or any part of their bodies -- as touchpads to control mobile devices. The technology could help people better use the computing power in the mobile devices they carry around ...

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Vegan-Friendly Oysters?

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"What if we could find an animal that thrived in a factory-farm cage, one that subsisted on nutrients plucked from the air and that was insensate to the slaughterhouse blade?" asks Christopher Cox. "Biologically, oysters are not in the plant kingdom, but when it comes to ethical eating, they are ...

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Unconventional Data

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Prognosticators and urban planners have been looking for economic indicators in unconventional urban data like the number of telephone calls to a helpline or the number of one-bedroom apartments advertised on Craig's List. Economists say that the newest offbeat indicators, aided by the advances in ...

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Tech Luddites

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"Progress may, for a time, intersect with one's own personal ideology, and during that period one will become a gung-ho technological progressivist. But that's just coincidence," writes Nicholas Carr. "In the end, progress doesn't care about ideology. Those who think of themselves as great fans of ...

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The Female Terrorist

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It can be shocking to hear stories about female terrorists like the Russian "black widows" and America's "Jihad Jane" -- particularly because women so rarely turn to violence. "We often turn our backs to the possibility that women could commit such hideous acts of violence," says Northeastern ...

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Appreciating Dix

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"Otto Dix is a difficult artist to like," writes Judith Dobrzynski. "But admiration is a different thing altogether, and -- hard as it is to view some of his images, especially those portraying sexual murders -- Dix ranks among the greatest of 20th-century German artists." Dobrzynski discusses Dix's ...

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Calling All Pragmentalists!

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over 4 years ago

Vinod Khosla, founding CEO of Sun Microsystems and founder of Khosla Ventures, is on record as having said that he can't imagine oil being more than $30 a barrel by 2030. The reason? "It will have to compete it’s way down to compete with biofuels. And the cost of production of biofuels is the ...

Dr. Kaku's Universe

Coral Reefs in Danger

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over 4 years ago

The director of the census bureau in charge of marine species, called the Global Marine Species Assessment, has issued a warning about the deterioration of earth's coral reefs. It was stated that perhaps within 100 years we may see the total collapse of all the coral reefs around the country and ...