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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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Well Well

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Archaeologists in Cyprus have discovered a 10,500-years-old water well that contains the skeleton of a young woman. “Pavlos Flourentzos, the nation's top antiquities official, said the 16-foot deep cylindrical shaft was found last month at a construction site in Kissonerga, a village near the ...

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Kashmiri Graves

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“A human rights group says it has discovered more unmarked graves in Indian-administered Kashmir. The International People's Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice says there are 2,700 graves with nearly 3,000 bodies. Some of the mass graves contain between three and 17 bodies. Last year too, the ...

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Bee Stink

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Honeybee researchers have discovered that the insects release a deadly odor that shortens the lifespan of their family members – usually their sisters. “Previous research has shown that the presence of larvae in colonies reduces adult bees’ energy stores and shortens the honeybee lifespan ...

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Robot Feeling

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European scientists have successfully connected a touch sensitive prosthetic hand to an amputee which he is able to control using thought. “The experiment lasted a month, and scientists say it was the first time a patient has been able to make complex movements using his mind to control a ...

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Flexible Metal

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“As engineers attempt to integrate electronics into things like clothing and medical devices, they're increasingly running up against the material properties of the substances we use to make the hardware. A lot of the materials that go into a typical electronic device are brittle, inflexible, and ...

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Drugged Salad

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A whistleblower who exposed the torture of protestors in Iranian jails has died after being poisoned by a delivery salad laced with blood pressure medication, fuelling fears that he was murdered. Ramin Pourandarjani, a 26-year-old doctor, died last month and investigators are still trying to ...

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Mystery Volcano Photo #17

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Thank you to all the Eruptions readers who have submitted photos for the Mystery Volcano Photo column! I'll start using them, well, now, so keep them coming. Remember, you can't guess on your own photo! Current Standings: Don Crain - 2 gijs - 2 The Bobs - 2 Boris Behncke - 2 volcanista - 1 ...

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Why We Age

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While others struggle to combat the aging process, Dr. Leonard Guarente, director of MIT's Institute on Aging, seeks to understand it. A forty-year veteran of the university, he is best-known for discovering the gene that governs aging through his painstaking studies on yeast. While his research ...

Mind Matters

Why We Don't Do It in the Road

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I've always been fascinated by the Pedestrian Do-Si-Do, that dance where you dodge to your left on the sidewalk to avoid colliding with a person walking toward you, and she dodges to her right, so there you both are, on a new collision course. So you both smile, a little embarrassed, and she heads ...