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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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Nutty Cure

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Eating walnuts slows the growth of prostate cancer in mice and has other beneficial effects on the multiple genes related to the control of tumor growth and metabolism. Researchers at UC Davis and the US Department of Agriculture Western Regional Research Center in Albany, California made the ...

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Mars Mettle Test

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Four men have agreed to be locked away in a steel container for 18 months in order to simulate a mission to Mars which will test the physical and mental stress of long spaceflight. A Belgian, two Frenchmen and a Colombian-Italian have agreed to join an existing Russian crew for the Mars500 project ...

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Social Race

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Race is a “social concept, not a scientific one” claimed geneticist J. Craig Venter following the discovery that humans share 99.9% of the same genetic code irrespective of our skin color. “But as Nell Irvin Painter explains in ‘The History of White People,’ her exhaustive and fascinating new look ...

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Strong and Wrong?

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The Washington Post’s Michael Gerson says that Barack Obama shows that an American president can be a combination of “strong” and “wrong”. He remarks: “President Obama possesses a certain kind of strength, which I had underestimated. His reserve is not passionless. During the health-care debate ...

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Jailed For Kissing

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Holidaymakers in Dubai were recently arrested for kissing in public and could face jail. It seems totally over the top, but should tourists respect the rules of the countries they’re in? Georgina Guedes says: “Dubai is a leading Middle Eastern tourism destination because of its relaxed attitude to ...

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Who Won?

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“On Monday, with the House votes behind them and the protesters gone from the Capitol grounds, both sides in the bitter health reform debate proclaimed victory — with the confidence of actors who still have a final climactic act in which to sway the audience. Republicans predicted the new law would ...

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Art-Handling Olympics

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The unsung heroes of the art world who lift and hammer, hang and adjust, got their place in the spotlight this weekend at the first ever Art Handling Olympic championships. “The event — a combination roast, ‘Jackass’-style stunt extravaganza and excuse to drink a lot — drew about 200 people at its ...

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“Schindler’s List”

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The only privately owned copy of a historic list of names of Jews that were saved from Nazi concentration camps by Oskar Schindler has gone on sale for $2.2 million. "It's the only [copy of the list] remaining in private hands," said Gary Zimet, a historic document sales specialist, and is ...

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Censor-tive Issue

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China has condemned Google Inc. which today stopped censoring its China-based search engine and began redirecting users from Google.cn to an uncensored version in Hong Kong. The Chinese government said the move was “totally wrong” and accused Google of violating promises. Google warned China two ...

Think, See, Feel

Will Health Care Cover Happy Marriages?

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As Churchill said of democracy (“the worst form of government excepting those already tried,” to paraphrase), so historians might say of marriage—or at least, marriage as conceived in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century. The critics' case against it is complex but there are certain ...

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451 - A Map of Four Well-Travelled Tales

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. (click on the map to view it without the annoying sidebar) . Great stories are rarely isolates. Even though Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey are founding epics of ancient Greece, and we tend to think of Shakespeare’s work as the culmination of Elizabethan culture, both bards were inspired by ...