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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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Suicide Plane Crash

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A man has flown a small plane into the seven-story building housing the Internal Revenue Service, killing himself and one agency employee in an attack apparently over a tax dispute. “nvestigators are looking into whether the pilot, 53-year-old Andrew Joseph Stack, also set his house on fire before ...

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Dolphin Off-Switch

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Dolphins have the unique ability to turn the condition diabetes off and on, scientists have discovered in a major breakthrough which could potentially lead to a cure in humans. “Researchers found that the mammal can induce the condition when there is little food around and turn it off when food is ...

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Whaling Ultimatum

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Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd has given Japan a whaling ultimatum – stop hunting whales by November or face international court action! “The warning, which comes just a day before a visit by the Japanese Foreign Minister, Katsuya Okada, is one of the strongest statements yet by the Australian ...

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Holbrooke Blast

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Just hours after US special envoy Richard Holbrooke visited the region, an explosion ripped through a mosque in northwestern Pakistan killing at least 29 and wounding dozens. “The explosion tore through a mosque in the Aka Khel area of Khyber, killing at least 29 people and wounding about 50, Jawed ...

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Revenge Killing

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A teacher at a vocational school in Ludwigshafen, Germany has been murdered by a 23-year-old former student in an apparent revenge attacks for “bad reports he got at school”. “The incident occurred at about 10:00 a.m. local time. Investigators told a press conference that the attacker, armed with a ...

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Niger Coup

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Niger's president Mamadou Tandja has been captured and pushed out of office following a military coup and violent gun battle in the capital, Niamey. “In a televised announcement, a spokesman for the plotters said Niger's constitution had been suspended and all state institutions dissolved. The junta ...

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Lama-Obama

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Beijing reportedly summoned its US ambassador to account for President Barack Obama’s meeting with the exiled Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama, yesterday. “The foreign ministry also demanded that Washington act to improve ties, warning in a statement that the US president's meeting had ‘grossly ...

Strange Maps

446 - A Cartographic Tour de France

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All French towns of above a certain size, in any of the six corners of the country, have a Place de la République at their centre, and an Avenue Charles de Gaulle in its vicinity. Each of France’s départements is numbered alphabetically – that there are exactly 100 at present may be a coincidence ...

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Rockin' on the Reykjanes Ridge, Iceland

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The Icelandic coast of Reykjanes where the Mid-Atlantic Ridge comes above sea level. A number of Eruptions readers have noticed that seismicity along the Reykjanes Ridge that runs to the southwest of Iceland onto the island has increased over the last few days. Sure enough, checking the ...

Picture This

Not Just a Pretty Face

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“For me, a picture, since it is easel paintings that we have to paint, should be something lovable, joyful, and pretty: yes, pretty!,” Pierre-August Renoir once said in self-defense. “I know how difficult it is to get people to admit that a picture can be joyful and still be a very great painting ...