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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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Principles and Profits

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over 4 years ago

Ted Leonsis says his 25 years as an entrepreneur and investor have shown him a link between pursuing happiness and achieving financial success in business. "AOL offers one of the best examples of my happiness model at work. When the company pursued the higher calling of spreading Internet access ...

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Not How The Story Ends This Time

Mlk_tomb
over 4 years ago

When a bullet from the muzzle of a high powered rifle hits the flesh of a human target, the skin is instantly eviscerated by the speed of the bullet’s hot metal tip. The projectile rips apart muscles and arteries, and if the shooter is close enough, can shatter bone into pieces of meal and dust ...

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The Cult of Apple

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over 4 years ago

Apple's appeal has gone beyond good business inspiring in its customers firm loyalty to the brand and a following that resembles religious devotion. "Under the blue skies of Western California lie the headquarters of a multi-billion dollar institution with a global army of loyal supporters. It is an ...

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Gay Animals

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over 4 years ago

Homosexual activity has been documented in many animal species but labeling animals as gay carries social baggage that scientists want to keep out of their research. "Laysan albatrosses are one of countless species in which the two sexes look basically identical. It turned out that many of the ...

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Outdoor Smoking Ban?

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over 4 years ago

The Los Angeles Times calls for studies on the effects of secondhand smoke in outdoor environments in order to determine whether smoking outdoors should be banned. "California legislators want to ban smoking at state beaches and parks, and they've sent a bill to the governor that would do just that ...

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Obsessed

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over 4 years ago

March Madness isn't the only insanity surrounding the American (and global) obsession with sports but just how skewed have our priorities become? "At a time when the economy is faltering, wars are raging, and the future seems worrisome on a good day, many are looking to sports as a source not merely ...

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Dollar Diplomacy

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over 4 years ago

Treasury Secretary Geithner has delayed his report to Congress on the Chinese currency hoping to persuade China to appreciate the Yuan soon. "Geithner, explaining the delay in a statement Saturday, said a series of upcoming meetings, including among officials of the Group of 20 financially ...

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Oil Spill?

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over 4 years ago

A Chinese oil tanker that has run aground on the Great Barrier Reef is leaking oil and threatening to break up entirely, causing a greater spillage. "The Shen Neng I, carrying 950 tonnes of oil, ran aground 70km (43 miles) off the east coast of Great Keppel Island. Oil patches have been seen and ...

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Supreme Speculation

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over 4 years ago

Leader of the left on the Supreme Court, Justice Stevens is expected to retire during Obama's first term; Bloomberg looks at three potential nominees to fill his vacancy. "The group includes U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan and federal appellate judges Diane Wood and Merrick Garland, the person ...