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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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Droning On

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The White House has announced plans to increase its drone program in the Taliban-overrun areas of rural Pakistan in order to compliment President Barack Obama’s recent decision to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. “By increasing covert pressure on Al Qaeda and its allies in Pakistan, while ...

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U.S or Them?

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More Americans think the US should “mind its own business” in regard to the rest of the world, according to a new poll released yesterday by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. It revealed that 49 per cent of Americans believe the US should stay out of international affairs. “Pew ...

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War The Movie

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Wartime romance movie “Brothers” starring Jake Gyllenhaal has commenced the inevitable onslaught of Hollywood’s interpretation of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. In “Brothers," Tobey Maguire plays the dutiful and disciplined Capt. Sam Cahill, a soldier who's been given up for dead in Afghanistan. His ...

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Bloody Co2

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“An enzyme in our blood that enables our lungs to exhale carbon dioxide could be the key to isolating carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants in order to store them safely underground,” reports Physorg.com. “A company called Carbozyme, based in New Jersey, is developing a synthetic version of the ...

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Denier or Gambler?

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Johann Hari of The Independent is praying for the global warming deniers to be proven right, but asks if others would be prepared to take a 50:50 gamble on the habitability of the planet. He says: “I loved the old world – of flying to beaches wherever we want, growing to the skies, and burning ...

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Feeding Evolution

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“Bird-feeders, hung in many a garden, can affect the way our feathered friends evolve, say scientists. European birds called blackcaps follow a different "evolutionary path" if they spend the winter eating food put out for them in UK gardens. The birds' natural wintering ground is southern Spain ...

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US Shark Fin Soup

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A forensic study into shark DNA has revealed that many of the hammerhead sharks used to make shark-fin soup started life in American waters. “For the first time, scientists have used DNA from shark fins to determine where they came from. The researchers traced finds from the scalloped hammerhead ...

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Theological Muscle

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Some Catholic Bishops are threatening to deny supporters of abortion and even heathcare reform Holy Communion. A row hit the headlines when supporter of abortion rights Patrick Kennedy spoke out after receiving a suggestion from Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence that he refrain from taking the ...

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Return to Sender

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Senator John McCain is reportedly elderly Americans to chop up their AARP membership cards and mail them to the organization which he claims is betraying them by supporting healthcare reform. “Citing AARP's past opposition to proposed cuts in Medicare, McCain expressed dismay Thursday that the ...

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Fair Game?

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“Sarah Palin declared on Thursday that the legitimacy of President Obama's birth certificate is ‘rightfully’ an issue with the American public, and that it is ‘fair game’ for politicians to question Obama's citizenship. The comments came during an interview with conservative radio host Rusty ...

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Ed Koch, the former three-term mayor of New York City, visited Big Think yesterday afternoon and lived up to his reputation as the quintessential New Yorker.  He spoke of his fondness for Chinatown and the Bohemian days in the West Village, when a beer was 10 cents.  He also criticized President ...