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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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Earth and Beyond

A Black Hole in Our Own Back Yard

Back_hole
over 2 years ago

Every Wednesday, Dr. Michio Kaku answers reader questions about physics and futuristic science. If you have a question for Dr. Kaku, just post it in the comments section below and check back on Wednesdays to see if he answers it. Today, Dr. Kaku addresses this question from DeborahC: Astronomers ...

Earth and Beyond

Duckweed: The Next Bio Fuel Revolution?

Duckweed
over 2 years ago

What's the Big Idea? Shall we go hungry or go cold? That is the unfortunate question that some developing countries have had to face as food crops such as wheat and corn have been used to create bio fuels. While some of these 'first generation' bio fuels have been produced with some success ...

21st Century Living

Piercing the Romantic Illusion

Romance
over 2 years ago

Like many people, I had my most powerful experience of romantic love during my adolescence. I was sixteen years old, and living in Rome at the time. I met a young Italian woman two years my senior and soon fell head over heels into the overwhelming ecstasy and unbearable longing of the romantic ...

Going Mental

Life's Messy. Train Your Brain to Adapt.

Changeyourbrain
over 2 years ago

What's the Big Idea? Margaret Moore is the founder and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital. Paul Hammerness, MD, is a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Together, they hope to get at the physical and psychological roots of chaos. In a recent interview ...