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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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Mind Matters

Rising Seas Leave Nothing to Fight Over

over 4 years ago

South of the Sundarbans mangrove forest, in the Bay of Bengal, lies one of those tiny flecks of land at the center of endless negotiation between two countries—a little patch of ground whose ownership looks worth about five minutes' negotiating, but which turned into an endless international ...

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Happy "First Physics Day"

over 4 years ago

March has its share of strange and obscure holidays. The first of the month is National Pig Day, the fifth is Multiple Personality Day (a chance for anyone to get in touch with themselves), and the fourteenth is National Pi Day (the decimal expansion of pi starts 3.14). And now there is a new March ...

Trend World

America’s Fascinating Love Affair with Moses

over 4 years ago

While Jews across the world celebrate Passover, it’s an opportune time for many to re-familiarize themselves with the story of the Jews’ exodus from Egypt. The incredible story has been told in countless ways, perhaps none more famous than in Cecil B. Demille’s epic 1956 film, “the Ten Commandments ...

Brave Green World

Green Job Cuts For New York State

over 4 years ago

Unhappy news to banish the lingering Earth Hour glow from your cheeks: New York State is hemorrhaging environmental conservation jobs, and funding. Governor Paterson’s “winter of reckoning” (not altogether a bad idea, as Albany bears an $8.2 billion deficit) is hitting the environmental sector hard ...

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AQAP, PSO and other factoids

over 4 years ago

There is a new AQAP audiotape, The Crusader Attack on Yemen, out today from one of the group's religious figures, 'Adil al-'Abab. Al-'Abab, who also goes by the kunya Abu Zubayr, has released previous audio tapes for AQAP. I haven't had the time to parse the tape yet, although I doubt it deals ...