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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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Brave Green World

Hear The Sun Sing

Sun
over 4 years ago

Your kindergarten teacher warned you not to look directly at the sun, but not to worry: now you can listen to it sing, instead. Scientists have long tracked the intensity and patterns of the sun’s “wind” through the solar system and around planets (solar wind is essentially a stream of very ...

Daylight Atheism

An Atheist at Liberty University, Part IV

Dabanner
over 4 years ago

Our next stop was the Liberty campus bookstore. It was run by Barnes & Noble, and it looked pretty much like any other campus bookstore. I was surprised by the range of books available there, some of which I would have expected to be verboten on campus - from Neil Gaiman's American Gods to Jeff ...

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Underwater Mimic

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over 4 years ago

Scientists have discovered a remarkable species of octopus whose exceptional powers of camouflage mean it can successfully imitate flounder fish in the Atlantic Ocean. In February’s issue of “The Biological Bulletin”, MBL senior scientist Roger Hanlon and his colleagues reported the remarkable ...

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Monoculture Bond

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over 4 years ago

“A disease-resistant crop is a lot like a triple-A-rated structured bond: they’re both artificially engineered to be as safe as possible. That would be a wonderfully good thing if no one knew that they were so safe. But if you’re aware of a safety improvement that often just has the effect of ...

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Trying Situation

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over 4 years ago

Can the trial of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic in The Hague, which resumed this week after he boycotted for four months, be prevented from descending into a farce? “Karadzic—who had boycotted the trial for four months—this week used the International Criminal Tribunal for the former ...

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Centrifugal Force

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over 4 years ago

The means by which scary black holes at the centers of most galaxies suck up gas from their surroundings by overcoming centrifugal force has now been pinned down by astronomers. Two researchers found that stars take swirling gases towards a galaxy’s central point, bringing them close enough for the ...

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Two Mommies

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over 4 years ago

The New Republic reviews “Heather Has Two Mommies,” one of the first books aimed at young children to tackle the taboo of depicting same-sex partners as parents. “When I opened the new twentieth anniversary edition of Heather Has Two Mommies, I could not suppress a gasp. The original black and white ...

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Choice Science

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over 4 years ago

“To most Americans the idea of an arranged marriage sounds not only bizarre, but fundamentally wrong. How could you let someone else decide the person you're going to be spending the rest of your life with? But as Sheena Iyengar describes in her new book, ‘The Art of Choosing,’ arranged marriage has ...

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Defensive Assignment?

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over 4 years ago

Senator Scott Brown’s committee assignments include joining the Armed Services, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs; a posting which tilts too far toward defense for some. “This is good news, of course, for the state’s many defense contractors, and there’s no questioning the importance of these ...

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Space Blast

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over 4 years ago

New research suggests that a large space rock exploded over Antarctica thousands of years ago, leaving a scattering of tiny meteoric particles and a layer of extraterrestrial dust. Evidence of this so-called “alien dust” has been found in Antarctic ice cores, and scientific findings about its ...

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Sleep and Esteem

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over 4 years ago

You can ruin your child by inflating their self esteem and giving themtoo little sleep, according to the The Washington Post’s George F. Will, so do them a favor and pipe down. “The theory that praise, self-esteem and accomplishment increase in tandem is false. Children incessantly praised for their ...