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We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.
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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What's the Latest Development?
Although NASA's Kepler space telescope is largely out of commission, scientists are still sifting through the wealth of data it accumulated during its four-year run. The latest discovery, as reported in two studies published online in Nature, is a planet, orbiting a star in the constellation Cygnus, that University of Hawaii-Manoa astronomer Andrew Howard says "is the most like Earth that's been discovered outside our solar system. It has approximately the same size. It has the same density, which means it's made out of the same stuff as Earth, in all likelihood." Sadly, Kepler-78b orbits at a mere 900,000 miles away from its sun, which means it has a surface that's likely made up of molten lava.
What's the Big Idea?
Kepler's data enables astronomers to determine an exoplanet's size, but not its mass or density. Howard and the other authors of the studies used a technique that provided numbers for Kepler-78b that were within reasonably close range of each other, which he says is "about as good as you can do" in terms of scientific accuracy. University of Maryland astronomer Drake Deming writes in another Nature article that the existence of the planet "shows that, at the very least, extrasolar planets of Earth-like composition are not rare."
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