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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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Eruptions

Redoubt Mini-update

Missing
about 5 years ago

For all you Redoubt vigil holders... According to AVO at ~12:30 (2/5/09): Starting at 11:18 AKST (20:18 UTC), a burst of more intense seismic tremor occurred. This episode lasted for about 4 minutes and was the most most energetic since January 30. Radar and pilot observations confirm our ...

Daylight Atheism

Full Faith and Credit

Dabanner
about 5 years ago

Why don't we already have gay marriage in all of America? I mean this as a simple question of law, not a matter of fundamental rights or justice. The reason I ask is because we already have legally recognized gay marriage in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and because Article IV of the U.S ...

Novel Copy

What's Worse, the Environment or the Economy?

Missing
about 5 years ago

As the Obama administration confronts the duel threats of global finance and global warming, America's European allies are addressing the two issues with renewed vigor. The new American president favors the trading of pollution credits between companies to reduce overall CO2 emissions. The EU has ...

Strange Maps

358 - Huns, Hair Salons and Puns

Missing
about 5 years ago

There is no satisfactory explanation, at least not to my knowledge, for the higher than average incidence of lame word-play in the names of hair salons. Some examples in the Anglosphere include: British Hairways, Shear Excitement, Fringe Benefits, Comb One Comb All, Locks of Fun, Mane Man, and my ...