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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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Missile Interceptor

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over 4 years ago

China has “successfully tested a missile interceptor” according to state media – with officials insisting the technology is “defensive” and “not targeted at any country”. “The announcement came amid repeated complaints from Beijing over the US sale of weaponry including Patriot PAC-3 air defence ...

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Seeking a Job, But Not Any Job

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over 4 years ago

Historian Nancy Koehn sat down with Big Think to talk about the future of business. In this video, she addresses the matter as it pertains to our workforce's youngest generation: the Millennials. A professor at Harvard Business School, Koehn interacts with students on a daily basis. For the last ...

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Master of Catastrophe

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over 4 years ago

Paleontologist Peter Ward, professor of biology at the University of Washington and an expert on mass extinction events, stopped by Big Think today to discuss nothing less than the fate of the planet. How is it looking? Not too rosy, says Ward, who has just returned from measuring CO2 levels in ...

As I Please

Media Versus Politics: Who Wins?

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over 4 years ago

From my own observation of having lived and worked in both the United States and Britain the main difference between media coverage of politicians in both countries is that of deference, or an almost complete lack of it amongst the British media. Or should I qualify such a bald statement? After all ...

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Toxic Toys

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Product safety officers are launching an investigation into the presence of the toxic metal cadmium in children’s jewelry import from China after evidence of the substance was found. “The promise to ‘take action as quickly as possible to protect the safety of children’ followed by hours the release ...

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Buying a Heineken

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Heineken is planning on buying the beer operations of Mexican brewers Femsa in an all-share transaction valued at $7.6 billion. “The move will make Heineken a ‘more competitive player in Latin America, one of the world’s most profitable and fastest-growing beer markets,’ the chairman and chief ...

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Alcohol Enzyme

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A cure may have been found for a defective alcohol metabolism enzyme that affects and estimated 1 billion people worldwide, according to research by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). “The findings, published Jan. 10, 2010 in the advance online edition of Nature ...