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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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Big Bang Fears

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over 4 years ago

The world's biggest physics experiment will suffer another setback in two years time when it is expected to be shut down for repairs, pushing full operating capacity back another year. "Scientists in charge of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva announced yesterday that the machine will only ...

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Baby and Bathwater

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The obstinate divide over healthcare reform is spilling into other areas of domestic policy such as immigration reform and financial regulation where Democrats are increasingly going it alone. "Democrats have found very few Republicans to work with since taking back control of Congress in 2007. But ...

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Healthcare Finale?

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President Obama has delayed his visit to Asia to push for a vote on healthcare reform here at home before the Congress takes its Easter recess at the end of the month. "President Barack Obama is delaying his trip to Asia to work on health-care legislation as Republicans claimed a parliamentary ...

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Peace in Pieces

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Secretary Clinton has warned Israel of faltering relations over its gutsy announcement to build new settlements in Jerusalem during a visit by Vice President Biden. "In a telephone call to Binyamin Netanyahu on Friday, Clinton expressed frustration over Israel's announcement on Tuesday to build new ...

Politeia

Dancing Is for Straight Couples Only

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Itawamba Agricultural High School would rather cancel the prom than let a lesbian couple attend. More than a month ago, Constance McMillen, an 18-year-old senior at the Mississippi school, asked school officials if she would be allowed to bring her girlfriend, who is also a student at the school ...

Mind Matters

To Green Your Electrons, Green Your Mind

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over 4 years ago

Solar panels aren't born green. Their manufacture uses power, often generated in plants that burn coal or oil, and releases pollutants (including greenhouse gases) into the environment. The extent of this original sin depends on the kind of solar technology involved, but it's not trivial ...

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Tracking Jihad Jane

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America was stunned yesterday by the revelations that a suburban Pennsylvania woman, aka "Jihad Jane," was trying to join militant jihadists. But for net “vigilantes" it was old news. But for net “vigilantes’ it was old news. Since her arrests, at least one “web sleuths” has claimed to have alerted ...

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Call-Boy’s Confession

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Rusty McMann is the alias of a real male escort living in Las Vegas who has written his version of “Confessions of a Call Girl” to cast further light on his profession. He says: “I’m just an average, slightly paunchy 40-something guy. But you’ll be surprised by what I do for a living… That's right ...

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Mind Readers

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A new kind of brain scan has been developed which can effectively read a person’s mind, according to researchers who have been able to differentiate brain activity liked to memory. Researchers showed guinea pigs three clips from movies and then scanned them to see if they could determine which film ...

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Which Wizard?

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"The Wizard of Oz," which starred Judy Garland, has a place in cinematic history. But with three rival studios preparing new versions of the classic musical, which Wizard is which?The Independent reports that 70 years after Dorothy first graced the silver screen: “At least three major Hollywood ...