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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.

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Global Bounce

November 30, 2009, 6:08 AM
Shares across the globe shuddered and then rebounded today as fears that Dubai’s debt crisis would sweep across the globe began to wane. “In London, the leading FTSE 100 index rose 16.16 points in early trading to 5,261.89 as this weekend’s intervention by the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates to provide an emergency liquidity facility for local lenders appeared to calm investors. While the FTSE fell back 17.22 points after nearly an hour of trading, it was due to traders taking advantage of today's early morning rally to make a profit on shares. There had been serious concerns that last week’s request from the Dubai Government to delay interest payments by Dubai World, the state-owned conglomerate which owes $59 billion of the country’s entire $80 billion debt mountain, would spark a run on local banks and leave lenders in the West nursing billions of dollars worth of losses. In Asia, Japan’s leading index bounced back 264.03 points, or 2.9 per cent, while in Hong Kong, the Hang Seng added 738.34 points, or 3.5 per cent. In France and Germany, stocks also opened higher.”

Global Bounce

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