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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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Volcano Death

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over 4 years ago

The body of a man who died after falling 1,500 feet into a volcano, when ice gave way while he was posing for a photograph, has been recovered by would-be rescue services. “Clouds and wind had hampered efforts to reach Joseph Bohlig, 52, who was posing for a picture Monday on the rim of the dormant ...

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Commission Impossible

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over 4 years ago

President Barack Obama is determined to establish a deficit commission with or without Congress’ backing and will announce plans to set up a panel regardless today. “Former White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles and former Republican Senate Whip Alan Simpson would lead the panel, a senior ...

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Dubai Hamas Killing

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over 4 years ago

“Dressed in tennis gear and carrying racquets and balls, the guests who wandered through the lobby of Dubai’s al-Bustan Rotana hotel on Jan 19 couldn’t have looked less threatening. But within hours they and nine accomplices had carried out the ruthlessly efficient assassination of the Hamas ...

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Killer Plant Revenge

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Plants are getting the ultimate revenge on the insects which traditionally feed off of them – by luring them into death traps and feasting on their flesh! “A hungry fly darts through the pines in North Carolina. Drawn by what seems like the scent of nectar from a flowerlike patch of scarlet on the ...

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Tutankhamun Autopsy

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over 4 years ago

We now know how Egyptian boy king Tutankhamun died 3,000 years ago as well as who his parents and grandmother were after scientists conducted a post mortem on his remains. “After conducting an extensive analysis of the ancient pharaoh's DNA, which they gathered from his mummified remains, the ...

Strange Maps

445 - A Butcher's Map of Paris

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  “I have been seeing this image almost every day for years, but only a few days ago did I realize that it was actually a map,” writes Julien Nègre. It’s an ad for Boucherie Chevy, a butcher shop in the 14th arrondissement of Paris. The ad shows a slice of red meat which turns out also to be a ...

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The U.S.--Al Jazeera Détente

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over 4 years ago

Relative to the American sound bite, John Kerry recently gave an in-depth interview to Al Jazeera, the independent Middle Eastern news service which operates an international TV channel and a website in Arabic and English. Kerry discussed Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran, and now the New York Times’ ...

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Middle-Aged Tweets

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over 4 years ago

People often postulate that technology fads such as Facebook and Twitter are ruining America’s youth. Well, they’re certainly ruining its older generations, says The New Republic. “Adults love to obsess about how the perils of modernity are ruining the younger generations. (They can’t help ...

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Hero, Not Zero

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Fashion’s biggest model, Crystal Renn, talks to The Independent about why size matters and how being beautiful and big could change the face of the industry. “The painfully hip New York hotel bar in which I am supposed to be meeting Crystal Renan is full. The skinny young host (fashionably draped in ...