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A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

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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Christmas Science

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over 4 years ago

"’Santa is using technologies that we are not yet able to recreate in our own labs,’ explains North Carolina State University's Dr. Larry Silverberg, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering who just completed a six month visiting-scholar program at Santa's Workshop-North Pole Labs (SW ...

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The Big One?

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over 4 years ago

“The subtle changes in stress caused by tides in Earth’s crust can trigger small, deep quakes along a seismically active portion of California’s San Andreas fault, a new analysis suggests. The same forces of attraction that cause ocean tides also cause tides in Earth’s rocks, says Amanda Thomas, a ...

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“Serious Crimes”

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“A Chinese court has sentenced a leading dissident to 11 years in prison for ‘inciting subversion of state power.’ Liu Xiaobo, a 53-year-old academic, who was previously jailed over the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, had been charged for co-authoring a document appealing for political ...

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Playboy Reports

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over 4 years ago

“The intelligence reports fitted the suspicions of the time: al-Qaida sleeper agents were scattered across the US awaiting orders that were broadcast in secret codes over the al-Jazeera television network. Flights from Britain and France were cancelled. Officials warned of a looming "spectacular ...

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An “Unbalanced Woman”

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“An ‘unbalanced woman’ jumped the barriers in St. Peter’s Basilica and knocked down Pope Benedict XVI as he walked down the main aisle to begin Christmas Eve Mass, a Vatican spokesman said Thursday. But the pope quickly got back on his feet and celebrated Mass before thousands of the faithful ...

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Deep Roots

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“It began life during the last ice age, long before man turned to agriculture and built the first cities in the fertile crescent of the Middle East. It was already thousands of years old when the Egyptians built their pyramids and the ancient Britons erected Stonehenge. The Jurupa Oak tree first ...

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Spotify, 2010

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“Signs of movement in music service Spotify’s aim to break America. After pushing back a hoped-for launch from Q3/Q4-2009 to Q1/Q2-2010, global business development head Faisal Galaria is now hiring for New York-based business development execs. Reasons for the delay actually aren’t totally clear ...

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Bad Decade

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over 4 years ago

“As the current decade draws to a close, relatively few Americans have positive things to say about it. By roughly two-to-one, more say they have a generally negative (50%) rather than a generally positive (27%) impression of the past 10 years. This stands in stark contrast to the public’s ...

Politeia

Twitter on Politics, Part III

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over 4 years ago

Bloggers, as most know, are exceptionally lazy people. Mostly, we sit around in our underwear playing flash games. Only occasionally do we get off the sofa to whip off some poorly thought-out screed in a cheeto-fueled rage. Naturally we like to save ourselves the trouble of actually working by ...

Eruptions

Christmas Day Mystery Volcano Photo

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over 4 years ago

Here is your Christmas Day MVP ... points for identifying both of the volcanoes in the photo and why is this a good Christmas Day shot. Current MVP Standings: The Bobs - 3 Don Crain - 2 gijs - 2 Boris Behncke - 2 volcanista - 1 Lockwood - 1 Elizabeth - 1 Ralph - 1 Anne - 1 Cam - 1 gg ...

Resurgence

Encyclopedia Of Life Fosters Citizen Science

Anaconda
over 4 years ago

When I was a kid, I was an avid reader of just about anything between two covers, but I had a special place in my heart for encyclopedias. Back in the days before cable TV came to rural burgs, when the few video games available were easily mastered and the home computer was still considered a ...

Daylight Atheism

The Case for a Creator: Hot Jupiters

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over 4 years ago

The Case for a Creator, Chapter 7 In chapter 3, I chastised Jonathan Wells, a trained biologist, for making deceptive arguments whose answers he unquestionably already knows. I have to send a similar criticism Guillermo Gonzalez's way, because in this chapter, he makes an argument that any ...

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An Obama Christmas

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over 4 years ago

“President Obama, looking back on 2009 and his first year in office, told the Washington Post, ‘the most important thing we did this year was to ensure that the financial system did not collapse.’ That Obama would make such a definitive statement is raising eyebrows, especially in the midst of the ...