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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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Policing "The Police"

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over 4 years ago

Anticipating a report to be released in May criticizing the music industry for its carbon footprint, industry leaders have met in London to discuss reducing the environmental impact of big tours like The Police and U2.

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"Faith Offensive"

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In the wake of his fall from grace at home, Tony Blair's Faith Foundation is making connections in the U.S. with pastors like Rick Warren in order to promote understanding between different faiths.

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Sleep Well?

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The National Sleep Foundation finds that our busy American culture homogenizes sleeping tendencies across cultures, resulting in all ethnicities sacrificing some of their Z's.

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Holding Hamas

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A leading member of Hamas, a terrorist organization according to Israel, the U.S., and E.U., was captured overnight in the West Bank and is accused of orchestrating suicide attacks against Israel.

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Spring Forward

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The Christian Science Monitor traces the origins of Daylight Savings Time to WWI Germany, where an extra hour of work was desired before nighttime air raids; the tradition continues for tradition's sake.

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Yuan vs. Dollar

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao says his country will not appreciate its currency for the foreseeable future while it slowly sells off its dollar reserves; Paul Krugman says a yuan appreciation would boost the world economy.

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Pillow Talk

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A Japanese man has fallen in love with and married his large body pillow with a female anime character drawn on it; the Japanese word 'otaku' means 'obsessive' or 'nerd'.