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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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Dark Matter

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over 4 years ago

“An international team of physicists working in the bottom of an old iron mine in Minnesota said Thursday that they might have registered the first faint hints of a ghostly sea of subatomic particles known as dark matter long thought to permeate the cosmos. The particles showed as two tiny pulses of ...

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Ocean Eruption

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Scientists have discovered, and caught on film, the deepest undersea erupting volcano at nearly 4,000 feet beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean surrounding Fiji, Tonga and Samoa. “Scientists funded by NOAA and the National Science Foundation recorded the deepest erupting volcano yet discovered ...

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No Twitter Death

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Investigators have concluded that Twitter had no role to play in the drowning of a 2-year-old whose mother’s postings prior to his death have been criticised for having “a contributory effect”. “Shellie Ross, 37, has come under fire in the Internet community of Twitter and blogs, with some people ...

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Chinese Ransom

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“China was under intense diplomatic pressure last night to abandon key demands which risk scuppering an international treaty on climate change in Copenhagen. Today President Barack Obama is due to arrive in the Danish capital after Hillary Clinton electrified the faltering conference by announcing ...

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Auschwitz Theft

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An iron sign bearing a Nazi slogan, “Arbeit Macht Frei”, was stolen early this morning from the main entrance of the Poland-based death camp Auschwitz, according to police. “The sign with the German words for "Work Sets You Free" is believed to have been stolen from the gates of the Auschwitz ...

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Lost Ship

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Rescue workers are searching for survivors after a ship carrying more than 80 people and a cargo of livestock sank during a storm off the north Lebanese coast. “The Panamanian-flagged Danny F II capsized 11 nautical miles off Tripoli after sending a distress signal. At least 25 survivors from the ...

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Al-Qaeda Raids

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I have been traveling to DC the last couple of days - and on the train most of the morning - which means I'm playing a bit of catch-up with all the news coming out of Yemen this morning, and while we don't know all the details of the raids on suspected al-Qaeda hideouts today, a rough picture is ...