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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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Resurgence

Bankers In A Fog

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over 4 years ago

There was no small amount of irony in the fog that delayed the flights of the Wall Street bankers scheduled to meet with President Obama this morning. For many Americans, this particular band of corporate chieftains has been in a fog about the public’s perception of their recent return to ...

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Comic Philosophy?

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over 4 years ago

Graphic novel “Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth” is surprisingly fun, despite the book’s subject being analytical philosophy’s search for the foundations of mathematics. The Salon reviewer Laura Miller remarks: “What ‘Logicomix’ niftily demonstrates is how well the graphic novel form is suited ...

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Red Faced-Book

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over 4 years ago

“It used to be that computer viruses attacked only your hard drive. Now they attack your dignity. Malicious programs are rampaging through Web sites like Facebook and Twitter, spreading themselves by taking over people’s accounts and sending out messages to all of their friends and followers. The ...

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Meteor Peak

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over 4 years ago

Last night the world’s most prolific “annual cosmic fireworks show” twinkled across the night sky with the peak of the Geminid meteor shower. Just a month after the Leonid meteor shower peaked, last night’s display showed as many as 140 shooting stars every hour. “Favoring observers in the Northern ...

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Black Hole

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over 4 years ago

“An international team of astronomers has accurately measured the distance from Earth to a black hole for the first time. Without needing to rely on mathematical models the astronomers came up with a distance of 7800 light years, much closer than had been assumed until now. The researchers achieved ...

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$10bn Injection

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over 4 years ago

“Asian markets got a positive jolt from news that Dubai received $10 billion in financing from Abu Dhabi, with investors buying stocks and higher-yielding currencies on relief that there would be no default on Dubai bonds maturing Monday. The strong close followed a weak opening for many markets ...

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Bloody Berlusconi

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over 4 years ago

“Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy is recovering in hospital after an assault left his face covered in blood following a rally in Milan. He suffered two broken teeth, a minor nose fracture and cuts to his lip after being struck by a man wielding a souvenir model of the city's cathedral. Mr ...

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B+ Grade

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over 4 years ago

US President Barack Obama told talk-show-host Oprah Winfrey last night that he feels he deserves a “good, solid B+” for his first 11 months in office. “On what was billed as Oprah's "White House Christmas Special," Obama credited his administration with getting the economy on track, winding down the ...

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Torn Photos

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over 4 years ago

Iranian authorities have reportedly arrested several people in connection with the destruction of photographs of the country’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. “Iranian state radio is reporting that authorities have arrested several people accused of involvement in destroying photos of the ...

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Paper Battery?

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over 4 years ago

Paper could be used to power your laptop according to scientists who have developed a high tech battery from the standard writing surface by coating it in special materials: “Ordinary paper could one day be used as a lightweight battery to power the devices that are now enabling the printed word to ...

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Sunspot Spat

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over 4 years ago

Leading climate change scientists have trounced studies claiming global warming is a natural phenomenon connected with sunspots rather than man-made emissions. “The researchers – all experts in climate or solar science – have told The Independent that the scientific evidence continually cited by ...

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Your Press Pass to Copenhagen

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over 4 years ago

You don’t need to leave a carbon footprint (plane ticket to Copenhagen) or submit to the press pass racket ($250 to declare yourself a journalist) to get access to the political event of a lifetime, the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, a.k.a. COP15. The COP15 is making a lot of effort ...