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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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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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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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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 ...

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Teabonics

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The Guardian examines the incoherences in Tea Party politics and spelling as demonstrators continue to modify (misspell) the English language in amusing ways. "Along with the Tea Party has risen not only an incoherent political movement but exciting and refreshing variations on the English language ...

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Hate Breeding Hate

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Eugene Terreblanche, leader of the neo-Nazi party in South Africa, has been cut down by one of his own farmhands ending a career of political extremism, terrorism and violence. "South African neo-Nazi leader Eugene Terreblanche has been hacked to death in his sleep by two workers on his farm after ...

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Don't Worry, Mama

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New research finds correlation between worried pregnant women and their children who show slower cognitive development, but don't worry, the study concludes. "Contrary to old beliefs, however, research shows that ordinary day-to-day job and home stress isn't likely to cause low birth weight or other ...

Strange Maps

453 - A Map of the World Anti-Spanking League

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. . Is spanking an acceptable way of disciplining children? . Opinions differ (1). Some consider it barbaric and a definite no-no, others think it merely old-fashioned but quite handy in case of a parenting emergency. A hard core of disgusted disciplinarians protest that the practice’s decline is ...

Daylight Atheism

From the Mailbag: Racist Loonball Edition

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over 4 years ago

Every so often, I get a letter I just have to share - whether because it's so eloquent and insightful that I want more people to read it, or because the author deserves to be roundly mocked by as many people as possible. Here's an example of the latter. I got this e-mail the other day. It starts ...

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MLK's Vietnam

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Bob Herbert of the New York Times writes that Martin Luther King's reasoning for contesting the War in Vietnam is valid in Afghanistan, but, like before, few are listening. "This was on the evening of April 4, 1967, almost exactly 43 years ago. Dr. King told the more than 3,000 people who had ...