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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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Gunning For It

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“When it comes to passing sensible gun laws, Congress typically offers Profiles in Cowardice. The National Rifle Association wields power that would make an Afghan warlord jealous because the organization is thought to command legions of one-issue voters ready to punish any deviationism from the ...

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Sea Refill

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“Research has revealed details of the catastrophic Zanclean flood that refilled the Mediterranean Sea more than five million years ago. The flood occurred when Atlantic waters found their way into the cut-off and desiccated Mediterranean basin. The researchers say that a 200km channel across the ...

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Suing Bruno

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A Palestinian shopkeeper called Ayman Abu Aita who was portrayed as a terrorist in the film “Bruno” is suing Sacha Baron Cohen, David Letterman and others for $110m. “In the film, Cohen plays a gay Austrian fashion journalist trying to make it big in the US. To achieve worldwide fame, Bruno travels ...

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Arms Treaty Looms

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“The United States and Russia said they were closing in on a successor arms reduction treaty that would further slash their nuclear arsenals and put their relations on a more solid footing. ‘We're getting closer,’ White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters here, asked about the prospect for ...

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Google Goggles

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The new Google tool, Google Goggles, which allows users to search using pictures and not words, will exclude faces from its results for fear of a privacy backlash. The service, currently available only on Google Android cell phones, allows users to focus their phone camera on an object and the ...

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Info Consumption

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A new report from the University of California, San Diego, suggests that the average American household consumed a staggering 3.6 zettabytes of information in 2008. “If a zettabyte is beyond your comprehension, too, it’s essentially one billion trillion bytes: a 1 with 21 zeros at the end. To put ...

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Public Facebook?

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Facebook has announced measures to encourage its 350m users to make their status updates and shared content visible to the search engines – and the world at large. “The company says the move is all about helping users protect their privacy and connect with other people, but the new default option is ...

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American Jihad?

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“Five young Americans detained in Pakistan, which is fighting an increasingly violent Taliban insurgency, wanted to join a jihad, or holy war, a police official said on Thursday. The five men, students in their 20s from northern Virginia, were detained this week in the city of Sargodha in Punjab ...

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Royal Snub

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President Obama, who arrived in Oslo to collect his Nobel Peace Prize today, has angered Norwegians over his decision to cancel a series of events normally attended by the winner. “Obama is scheduled to meet the Norwegian prime minister, Jens Stoltenberg, and the Norwegian royal family before ...

Strange Maps

427 - The Politics of the Stød

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As discussed before on this blog, electoral maps have a strange tendency to transmit more than the results of a political horse-race. They often serve as quirky memorials of ancient cultural borders, as suggested in the following cases: France’s 2007 presidential elections (#108): the marked ...

Politeia

Tea Party Power

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What happened in New York's 23rd district is just the beginning. A recent Rasmussen poll of likely voters found that if the so-called "conservative base"—the people behind the national "tea party" movement—were to split from the Republican Party, they might actually win more votes than the more ...