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A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

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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Climate Response

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“This week, 200 scientists will gather in an attempt to determine how research into the possibilities of geoengineering the planet to combat climate change should proceed. They say it’s necessary because of the riskiness and scale of the experiments that could be undertaken — and the moral ...

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Israel’s View

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“For decades, mainstream Israeli politicians have taken pride in their fingertip feel for the subtleties of American life and politics. Israeli diplomats know the meeting halls of the Midwest almost as well as they do the breakfast room at the Regency Hotel. So it has been disturbing to see, during ...

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Dirty Diaper Motor

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Australian car manufacturer Holden is hoping to develop a car fuelled by household waste such as food scraps and dirty diapers within the next two years. The company has formed a consortium with Caltex, the Victorian Government and three other technology companies to investigate whether an ethanol ...

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Spice Of Life

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A key component in a popular Indian spice could delay liver damage and cirrhosis, according to a new study published in the research journal “Gut.” Curcumin, which gives turmeric its bright yellow hue, has traditionally been used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine to treat varying gastrointestinal ...

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Insecure Medical Records?

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“I learned about the lack of health privacy when I hung out my shingle as a psychiatrist. Patients asked if I could keep their records private if they paid for care themselves. They had lost jobs or reputations because what they said in the doctor's office didn't always stay in the doctor's office ...

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Bigger Last Supper

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Portion sizes in paintings of Jesus’ Last Supper have grown exponentially in the last 1,000 years in a strange parallel of changing eating habits, showing that art imitates life. Scientists have found that in various renditions of Christ’s last meal, the size of the plates being eaten off by the ...

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The Vote Getter

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“Before we all finish with healthcare reform once and for all, the Washington Post has one of those long, breathless ‘tick-tock’ features rounding up the behind-the-scenes details on the battle for healthcare reform, as its reporters channel Bob Woodward, complete with blind quotes and ability to ...

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Secret Meeting

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In a break with diplomatic custom, President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netinyahu held closed-door talks at the White House yesterday in an attempt to smooth US-Israeli relations. Unusually for a state visit, reporters were not invited to see the pair shake hands and begin their talks ...

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Ghost Ranch

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“Craig Varjabedian's photographs of the American West would be the perfect illustrations to a Cormac McCarthy book,” writes NPR. “They have a surreal beauty and poetic emptiness that border on the fictional. It's as if this isn't the real West, but the West of tall tales and American dreams. It's ...

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Bitter Pills: The Media and Healthcare

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The press didn't just do a lousy job of explaining the stakes during the healthcare debates, they failed us on a much more fundamental level. According to the Columbia Journalism Review's Trudy Lieberman, the complexity of the topic notwithstanding, media coverage of the healthcare reform ...

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New Legal Moves Against America's Israel Lobby

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Set against last weekend’s Washington jamboree organised by pro Israeli AIPAC, one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the United States, the meeting of senior officials of the United States Internal Security Section with members of a US Middle East think tank, barely registered on the political ...