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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.

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Wikipedia Overhaul

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All-knowing, user-generated, online encyclopedia Wikipedia is due for a massive makeover. So fear not, fact-finders, but get ready for a new look, new layout and new features. But the news comes less that 24 hours after Wikipedia and other Wikimedia Foundation websites went down for hours on in a ...

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452 - The Korean Tiger

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Korea as a tiger: what a beautiful map. The peninsula’s shape is rendered in the image of the local big cat , also known as the Siberian, Manchurian or Altaic tiger (Panthera tigris altaica). This is done in a manner reminiscent of the Leo belgicus (see #425). One obvious difference: tigers ...

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Cognitive Morality

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A new study has revealed that humans’ ability to respond appropriately to intended harms – ie moral outrage and anger – is rooted in the brain region used for regulating emotions. “Patients with damage to this brain area, known as the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (VMPC), are unable to conjure a ...

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Consumptive Issue

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Today is world tuberculosis day, but there is “no better news” writes Global Post as complacency and lack of funding deter research into the disease. Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne writes: “A year and a half ago, I attended the seventh birthday party of a young boy named Fanyana, who was quarantined at ...

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Facebook Error

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Stupid criminals and Facebook just don’t go together says Chicago Tribune’s John Kass, remarking on the fate of an escaped burglar who set his status as “on da run…” Unsurprisingly, Joseph Luebke, 19, was picked up by the authorities just hours after logging into the social networking site and ...

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Architectural Matzoh Balls

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“Each year at Passover, after someone's child asks the Four Questions that begin with ‘Why is this night different from all other nights?,’ one more pops in my head: Why are tonight's matzoh balls better than mine? This is a momentary lapse I am not proud of. Retelling the Jews' exodus from slavery ...

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Cup Runneth Over

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“Earlier this week, Women's Wear Daily gave ‘breast men’ (and women) everywhere something to celebrate: Bra sizes are up! Way up! While the median size just 10 years ago was 36C, the median American rack now fills a porn-ready 36DD! But don't throw a party yet: As basically everyone who's covered ...

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Lone Crusader

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“Lone crusader” Yukio Ubukata has taken on the big guns of Japan’s ruling party by speaking on the radio to denounce what he calls the “dangerous concentration of power and money”. The veteran member of parliament, who is also one of 15 deputy secretaries-general to the ruling Democratic Party of ...

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Taxing Wall Street

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As the rich get richer in New York public services are meanwhile bracing themselves for “draconian” cuts. To save New York, tax Wall Street, writes The Guardian’s Sadhbh Walshe. “Life in New York is about to get very interesting. Like so many other states, New York is in the red, facing a budget ...