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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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Strange Maps

446 - A Cartographic Tour de France

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over 4 years ago

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 ...

Eruptions

Rockin' on the Reykjanes Ridge, Iceland

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over 4 years ago

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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over 4 years ago

“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 ...

Daylight Atheism

An Atheist at Liberty University

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over 4 years ago

If you noticed that Daylight Atheism was quieter than usual this past weekend, you were right - I was out of town and had limited internet access. But there was a good reason for my absence: I was on a secret mission to penetrate into the very heart of the Bible Belt. Namely, I was storming the ...

IdeaFeed

Happy Hearted

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Being happy means you are much less likely to develop heart disease a new study has revealed after finding an independent relationship between positivity and the condition. “[This] could have major implications for improving people's health, suggesting it might be possible to help prevent the ...

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Sugar Wrapped

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Food packaging and other disposable plastics could soon be biodegraded along with organic waste thanks to a new sugar-based polymer which you can pop on your compost heap. “The degradable polymer is made from sugars known as lignocellulosic biomass, which come from non-food crops such as fast ...

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Stalin DiCaprio?

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Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio has revealed he wants to shake off his all-American image and wishes to play Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin in a movie biopic. “The 35-year-old told Russian daily Komsomolskaya Pravda: ‘I'd love to play Stalin very much. However, it is all about a script and there is ...

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Obama Phones Space

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American President Barack Obama telephoned space yesterday, telling astronauts at the International Space Station that he is “deeply committed” to human space exploration. “The president thanked the Space Shuttle Endeavour's crew for their service, following their installation of the Tranquility ...

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Vast Cyber Attack

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More than 75,000 computers at nearly 2.500 firms in the U.S and worldwide have been hacked into in what a security firm is calling the biggest cyber attack discovered to date. “The attack, which began in late 2008 and was discovered last month, targeted proprietary corporate data, e-mails, credit ...

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UFO Files

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The British government’s Ministry of Defence (MoD has released transcripts and drawings of reports of alleged alien and UFO close encounters from across the country during the 1990s. “Flying Toblerones, mysterious illnesses and silky-white substances are among hundreds of close encounters described ...

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Outwitting Twitter?

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The simplicity that has made Twitter a huge hit is also somewhat limiting, writes the New York Times. Enter Google Buzz, a new networking site that overcomes the limitations. “At its heart, Twitter is dead simple: you type little messages into the box at Twitter.com — news, jokes, observations. Your ...