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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.

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Starbucks Grows

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“Starbucks Corp posted its first quarterly rise in U.S. same-store sales in two years, signaling that recession-weary consumers are spending more on small, daily luxuries. Shares in the company, which also raised its 2010 earnings forecast after fiscal first-quarter profits topped Wall Street ...

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Gloating Politics

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The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank says if the Republicans continue volubly gloating over their Senate victory in Massachusetts, Americans are going to need hearing protection. He says: “What the American people don't hear is any offer by the Republicans to compromise with Democrats on health care ...

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IE Patch Job

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Microsoft will patch a hole in its widely used browser Internet Explorer amid fears that the weakness in the system allowed Chinese hackers access to human rights activist’s emails. “It usually issues patches every month but said the attention the problem had received made it move more quickly. It ...

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Pirate’s Head

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A museum in Germany has offered a reward of thousands of euros for a “nail-pierced skull” thought to be the head of legendary pirate Klaus Stoertebeker stolen from it in early January. “’We are launching an appeal for the head,’ said the director of the Hamburg History Museum, Lisa Kosok, without ...

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‘Jesus Rifles’

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Muslim groups expressed anger yesterday about the emergence of evidence showing that the US military uses combat rifles inscribed with coded Biblical references. “Army officials have said they will investigate whether a Michigan defense contractor violated federal procurement rules by stamping ...

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Cancer ID

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Scientists have located a cell of origin for a common type of breast cancer marking a breakthrough which could greatly improve current understanding of the killer ailment. Researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine, the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts, and Tufts ...

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M. East Truce?

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A senior Hamas representative said yesterday that the Palestinian group had accepted Israel’s right to exist and would be prepared to nullify a charter calling for Israel’s destruction. “[Aziz] Dwaik's remarks are seen in the context of Hamas's attempts to win recognition from the international ...

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Killer Spider

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“Forget sharks and crocodiles: the real menace at this time of year, at least for suburban Sydneysiders, is a backyard spider whose bite can kill you in the space of two hours. Insect experts have warned that the city is being invaded by funnel-webs, considered one of the world's most aggressive and ...

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Truth Telling And Race

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It only took me a few minutes, after I tuned into the tail end of Obama’s America: 2010 And Beyond on television the other night, to see that we Americans were playing the same old game, just on a bigger stage, and with more lights than usual. The usual parade of academics and media personalities ...

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What Will Become of the Democrats?

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over 4 years ago

After Martha Coakley called Scott Brown to concede the special election to fill Ted Kennedy's old seat in the Senate, a friend of mine confidently predicted that not only would health care reform likely collapse, but that the Democrats would also probably lose both houses of Congress. And with the ...