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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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Malleable Morality

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Scientists have blocked cell activity in the brain's moral reasoning region inducing people to use purely consequential reasoning rather than consider moral principles. "Lead researcher Dr Liane Young said: 'You think of morality as being a really high-level behavior. To be able to apply a magnetic ...

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Cleaner Cars

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New EPA standards will regulate greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks through 2016 requiring a base efficiency of 34 miles per gallon in six years' time. "The nation's first mandatory attempt to cut back on greenhouse gas emissions is now a fact—and it will show up in a driveway near you in ...

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iWant iPad

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Ahead of Saturday's iPad launch, CNN looks at Apple's new computer to answer questions and distinguish it from other computers already in our homes and offices. "You've seen the television commercials and the product reviews. But maybe, like many gadget lovers, you're still debating whether you ...

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Glut Tax

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Romanians flocking to burger joints in their post-communist gorge may soon be subject to a junk food tax intended to reduce national obesity rates and fill government coffers. "As a standard-bearer for healthy eating, Romania is not the first country that springs to mind. The eastern European nation ...

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J-O-B-S

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Hirings in manufacturing and health-care industries boosted the national payroll in March though companies were more likely to take on temporary workers than full-time employees. "Payrolls rose by 162,000 workers, the third gain in the past five months and the most since March 2007, figures from the ...

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Quake, Then Investigate

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The recent earthquake in Chile was the fifth largest ever recorded and the U.S. Geological Survey is investigating damaged buildings there to better understand our own California. "One immediate observation from Chile's earthquake that could find its way into US building code is on confining ...

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The British Are Coming

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U.K. law prohibits selecting the sex of your child unless serious medical issues are involved and this has Brits flocking to the U.S. to balance out their families. "So British couples wanting to choose the sex of their child must now go abroad, and the most common choice is the US, where sex ...

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Area 51

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Long denied by the government, former engineers and spies of Area 51 speak out publicly about working at the secret source of UFO folklore. "Area 51. It's the most famous military institution in the world that doesn't officially exist. If it did, it would be found about 100 miles outside Las Vegas ...

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Racial Profiling

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New U.S. airport security measures mark the end of broad national and racial profiling in favor of intelligence-based screening criteria. "Travellers will be picked out according to how closely they match intelligence on potential terrorist threats. A senior administration official, who spoke to ...

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Booze is an "Office Supply" at the RNC

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over 4 years ago

When I read that Republican National Committee staffers had expensed nearly $2000 worth of "meals" at bondage-themed Hollywood nightclub specializing in simulated lesbian sex, I knew it couldn't be an isolated incident. No one would be bold enough to expense that unless they were sure they could ...

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Dealing With Debt

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David Brooks writes that the recession has helped teach Americans about the dangers of excessive debt, "but there’s probably going to have to be a public crusade -- like the ones against littering and smoking -- to hammer the point home. Think Warren Buffett TV spots. Think Oprah. Think Tom Hanks ...

Daylight Atheism

I Hate You

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over 4 years ago

By Sarah Braasch In loving memory of my baby brother, Jacob Michael Braasch (01/28/86 – 02/02/10) In an internet café in downtown Rabat in Morocco, a middle-aged, middle-class Muslim woman told me that her fondest wish would be to have all of the Arab nations rise up as one and slaughter ...