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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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No More Warcraft?

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The Chinese version of popular internet-based game World of Warcraft could be forced to close after a government agency revoked the permit required to operate the game. Despite its popularity and the massive profits it makes for its creator Activism Blizzard, the Chinese agency believes that ...

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Cyber Pets

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“They don't bite, they don't make a mess on the carpet and they don't cost anything to feed,” writes The Independent. What can they be talking about? Virtual pets of course. “The appeal of virtual animals is clear. Both cute and attentive, they treat you as if you are the centre of their world ...

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Middle-East Promise

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“Next month, Professor Ada Yonath will be awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry, becoming the fifth Israeli scientist to win this award. This has sharpened, once again, the grim statistics regarding the scarcity of Nobel laureates in the Muslim and Arab worlds. While Jews, who are only around 0.2 ...

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GeoCities Archive

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The race was on last week for internet archivists to save locally the millions of web pages created using Yahoo’s free website hosting service GeoCities, which shut its doors after 15 years on 26th October. According to Wired archivists estimate they salvaged at least a million sites and a few ...

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Levi Strauss

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“Renowned French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss has died, aged 100. One of the most influential French intellectuals of the 20th Century, he founded the structuralist school of anthropology in the 1950s,” reports the BBC. “Levi-Strauss's books include Tristes Tropiques - a 1955 biographical ...

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Disappeared?

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“Top Iranian student Mahmoud Vahidnia confronted Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei at a public meeting with students. The Supreme Leader was so distraught by the confrontation that he skipped prayers and left the meeting early. The event was being broadcast by Iranian state-run TV. That made the ...

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Legal Debate

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Law Enforcement Against Prohibition has launched a campaign to oppose an amendment that will legally prevent the government from discussing the legalization of drugs. On its website, the Massachusetts-based group has created an online petition urging people to put their names down in opposition to ...

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Dead Meat

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An investigation by undercover journalists has brought to light “disgusting and disturbing” abuses of animals at a Vermont slaughterhouse, according to the Examiner.com. US Department of Agriculture records revealed that the Bushway Packing Incorporated was temporarily closed after a failed ...

Eruptions

Mystery Volcano Photo #11

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over 4 years ago

You know, we haven't had an MVP in a couple weeks. Let's remedy that! Current standings: volcanista - 1 Elizabeth - 1 Ralph - 1 gijs - 1 Anne - 1 Cam - 1 gg - 1 The Bobs - 1 Boris Behncke - 1 Don Crain - 1 Here's MVP #11 ... good luck!

Politeia

Government Secrets and Lies

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In 2005, The New York Times revealed that under a presidential order signed in 2002, the National Security Agency (NSA) had been monitoring the phone calls, e-mails, and internet traffic of a large number of American citizens without obtaining warrants. With the secret cooperation of AT&T, Verizon ...

Strange Maps

422 - Cartozoological Specimens

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Cartozoology, the discipline dedicated to the discovery and study of animals outlined paradigmatically by street layouts as they appear on maps, took almost three decades to mature from idea to reality. It was conceived in 1974 on a plane between Oslo and Reykjavik; but the Norwegian ...

Mind Matters

Decisions, Decisions

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Wrestling with any decisions today? Wondering whether to move to Minnesota or dump that guy or change your Facebook profile picture? Maybe you've also wondered what's going on when you make your choices in life, big and small.   Dan Ariely, the behavioral economist and author, is on the case ...