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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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Stymied Stimulus

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over 4 years ago

“When the U.S. Congress passed the massive stimulus package earlier this year, California Governor Arnold Swarzenegger created a state-level inspector general to insure that the stimulus funds for California would not be used wastefully or improperly. This is a big job for any auditor, because ...

Novel Copy

Parlez-vous Copyright?

Arc
over 4 years ago

Google’s scheme to dominate the world of digital book vending was dealt a legal blow yesterday by a French court who ruled that copyrights of French authors are violated each time Google excerpts their works and makes them available to the public via Google’s book-digitization project. According to ...

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New Report on Yemen and al-Qaeda

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Given this week's attack on al-Qaeda sites in Yemen, I would like to point out a new article from Alistair Harris and Michael Page entitled: The State of Yemen. This piece argues - as I have done in my role on the US AID Conflict Assessment team for Yemen - that a narrow focus on al-Qaeda to the ...

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Climate Crime Scene

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Though climate change science and African nations most affected by global warming support limiting air temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius, the Copenhagen conference ended yesterday with no legally binding commitments from countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. “President Obama ...

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Senate Healthcare Bill

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“After marathon talks, the Obama administration and Democratic leaders appeared near agreement with Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson late Friday night to provide the crucial 60th vote needed for Senate passage of health care legislation. Majority Leader Harry Reid intends to unveil a final package of ...

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Thoughtcrime

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“The Department of Homeland Security last February awarded a contract to a Massachusetts technology firm to determine malintent. The project, named FAST (or Fast Attribute Screening Technologies), uses noninvasive advanced technologies to determine the facial temperature, eye movement, respiration ...

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Oil Games

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“Iranian forces crossed into Iraq and seized an oil well just over the two countries' disputed border, Iraq's government said, prompting a protest from Baghdad and providing a dramatic display of the sometimes tenuous relations between the wary allies. The incident could trouble Iraq's drive to ...

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Microscopic Delivery

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“Scientists at UC Santa Barbara, in collaboration with scientists at University of Michigan, have developed synthetic particles that closely mimic the characteristics and key functions of natural red blood cells, including softness, flexibility, and the ability to carry oxygen. The primary function ...

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Drink Vodka!

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over 4 years ago

“A new study may help drinkers pick their poison. In a head-to-head comparison, bourbon gave drinkers a more severe hangover than vodka, report Damaris Rohsenow of Brown University and colleagues in an upcoming issue of Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. But vodka drinkers aren’t off ...