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Big Ideas Database

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Our Solar System
☀️ Our Solar System
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Mercury
☀️ Our Solar System
Molecules and smaller
🔥 Physics
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The Origin of Atoms
Every single atom around us, including those in our own bodies, originated in momentous cosmic events that predate the Earth.
⚛️ Atomic Physics
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How To Visualise An Atom
Every time you scroll down on your phone, you are pushing against a net made of thousands of trillions of atoms.
⚛️ Atomic Physics
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Where Our Atoms Came From (Part I) 🎧
Most of the atoms in your body are 13.7 billion years old, and being you is just the latest page in the story of their life.
⚛️ Atomic Physics
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What Do Atoms Look Like?
If we could perceive the universe as it truly is, everything would appear as nets of buzzing atoms.
⚛️ Atomic Physics
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Where Our Atoms Came From (Part II)
Once they found their way to the Earth, your atoms began to cycle through the air, land, and water.
⚛️ Atomic Physics
What Things Are Actually Made Of
⚛️ Atomic Physics
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Atoms
Atoms are arrangements of protons, neutrons, and electrons. Protons and neutrons are comparatively large particles that have mass
⚛️ Atomic Physics
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Ordinary Matter
Every new generation of scientists pushes against the limits of what we know about the universe, and when they do so it always seems to become more vast.
⚛️ Atomic Physics
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The Speed of Light
One of the fastest man-made objects was a space probe called Juno sent to survey the planet Jupiter.
🔥 Physics
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Energy
When you hear a song playing on the radio, you hear it because
🔥 Physics
Antimatter
Everything around us from people to trees and stars to galaxies are made up of moleculesatoms and quarks, which all together scientists call ordinary matter.
🔥 Physics
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Fundamental Interactions
When we want to ask questions about the nature of our reality, we can sometimes arrive there by questioning assumptions that seem too trivial to be meaningful.
🔥 Physics
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Electromagnetic Force
There is an invisible field that underlies the entire universe, like a net stretching in every direction.
🔥 Physics
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Conservation of Energy
All of the energy around you, from the light bouncing into your eyes to the heat coming out of your toaster, comes from an unbroken chain of events going back to the Big Bang.
🔥 Physics
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The Nuclear Forces
On the 2nd of December 1942 in a small lab in the center of Chicago, human beings crossed a threshold as a species as we tapped into a fundamental force of the universe.
🔥 Physics
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Heat
The room that you’re in right now is swirling with invisible air currents caused by heat.
🔥 Physics
What is heat?
Dark Energy
In 1929, astronomers discovered something that shattered their previous conceptions about the universe.
🔥 Physics
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States of Matter
Everything around us lies on different points of a spectrum.
🔥 Physics
Reconciling Relativity
This is one of the questions on the frontiers of our knowledge.
🔥 Physics
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Electromagnetic Spectrum
There is an invisible field that underlies the entire universe like a net stretching in every direction.
🔥 Physics
Dark Matter
The universe is full of mysteries, but one of the biggest is called ‘dark matter’.
🔥 Physics
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The laws
🔥 Physics
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Gravity
When you take a step, you’re anchored to the Earth by a force. You can jump to overcome it for a moment, but you are always pulled back down.
🔥 Physics
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E=MC²
The world’s most famous equation in science is undoubtedly E=MC², also known as the ‘energy-mass equivalence’.
🔥 Physics
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Nitrogen
An incredible fifty percent of the nitrogen atoms in the tissue of any person alive today have originated inside of an industrial machine.
🧪 Chemistry
✅ Fact-check approved
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Carbon
Carbon is one of the most important elements kn the universe. It forms the backbone of all long, complex molecules, and is estimated to make up about 18% of our bodies.
🧪 Chemistry
⏱ Pending
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Helium
There is twelve times as much helium in the universe as all the other elements (except hydrogen) combined, but it’s one of the rarest elements on Earth.
🧪 Chemistry
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Oxygen
Twenty-one percent of the air that you’re breathing right now is oxygen. Like most elements it’s the remnant of a supernova explosion, one of the most incredible phenomena in the universe.
🧪 Chemistry
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Iron
This is a vein of iron ore.
🧪 Chemistry
⏱ Pending
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Hydrogen
When we think of the word ‘universe’, we should probably think of hydrogen.
🧪 Chemistry
⏱ Pending
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Nuclear Waste
Hundreds of thousands of years in the future, when even the pyramids have been ground to dust by wind, one human structure on Earth will remain.
⚛️ Atomic Physics
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Salt
Having a shaker full of salt in almost every house on Earth today is a privilege that would have completely blown our ancestors minds.
🧪 Chemistry
⏱ Pending
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What Is Chemistry?
Throughout most of the universe, chemistry as we know it barely ever happens.
🧪 Chemistry
⏱ Pending
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Acid
Imagine an acid that burns through almost any container you put it in. Spill some on your leg, and amputation is the only way to save your life.
🧪 Chemistry
⏱ Pending
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The Elements
Throughout history, people have believed some crazy things.
🧪 Chemistry
⏱ Pending
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Water
No known form of life can exist without water.
🧪 Chemistry
⏱ Pending
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What is CO²?
Carbon dioxide has a pretty rough reputation. You probably know that it’s a gas, and that it’s causing climate change.
🧪 Chemistry
✅ Fact-check approved
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DNA. The Self-Replicating Molecule
If given a time machine, every biologist on Earth would race to be sent back to an inconspicuous shallow rock pool, 4.28 billion years ago.
🧪 Chemistry
⏱ Pending
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Why Atoms Form Compounds
If you are an eccentric billionaire like Bill Gates, you might have one of these in your office.
🧪 Chemistry
⏱ Pending
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Complex Molecules
Carbon atoms have a really special property.
🧪 Chemistry
⏱ Pending
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The Planck Length
There is a problem at the heart of all science.
🧵 The Planck Length
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Why String Theory Isn't Confirmed
String theory is probably one of the wildest theories that has ever come out of science.
🧵 The Planck Length
Extra Dimensions
We can clearly observe 4 dimensions.
🧵 The Planck Length
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String Theory
String theory is the leading theory that explains the mystery of the Planck length, the incredibly tiny distance at which the force of gravity interacts with the quantum world.
🧵 The Planck Length
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The Double Slit Experiment
The double slit experiment is the most famous experiment in quantum mechanics.
♒️ Quantum Mechanics
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Superconductors
Levitation, ultra-powerful servers, and gyroscopes so sensitive that they can directly measure the curvature of spacetime around the Earth
♒️ Quantum Mechanics
The Higgs Field
Mass is one of the most important concepts in science, but a full explanation of where it comes from has eluded physicists for decades.
♒️ Quantum Mechanics
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The Standard Model
Quantum mechanics is one of the most ambitious and successful theories ever created by science.
♒️ Quantum Mechanics
Science seeks to understand the present moment
Epistemology
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Space travel
💭 The big theories
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Archean & Proterozoic
Beginning of Earth – 542 million years ago
🌋 Ancient Eras
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Cenzoic
66 million years ago - Present day
🌋 Ancient Eras
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Dinosaurs
🦕 Mesozoic
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The Cretaceous–Tertiary extinction
66 million years ago
🦕 Mesozoic
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Triassic
252-201 million years ago
🦕 Mesozoic
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Cretaceous
145-66 million years ago
🦕 Mesozoic
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Jurassic
201-145 million years ago
🦕 Mesozoic
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Permian–Triassic Extinction
251 million years ago
🐟 Paleozoic
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Mesozoic
252-66 million years ago
🌋 Ancient Eras
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Permian
298—251 million years ago
🐟 Paleozoic
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Late Carboniferous
323—298 million years ago
🐟 Paleozoic
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Early/mid Carboniferous
358—323 million years ago
🐟 Paleozoic
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Devonian
419—358 million years ago
🐟 Paleozoic
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Ordovician-Silurian
485—419 million years ago
🐟 Paleozoic
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Cambrian
538-485 million years ago
🐟 Paleozoic
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Paleozoic
541-252 million years ago
🌋 Ancient Eras
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Death
🐘 Multicellular life
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Old age
🐘 Multicellular life
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Body size
🐘 Multicellular life
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Specialisation
🐘 Multicellular life
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Diet
🐘 Multicellular life
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The senses
🐘 Multicellular life
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Vertebrates vs Invertebrates
🐘 Multicellular life
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Consciousness
🧠 Consciousness
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Limited Senses
🧠 Consciousness
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Mathematics
Epistemology
Is imagination just as valid as knowledge?
Epistemology
Timing is everything
Epistemology
The universe has no intention, meaning, or purpose
Epistemology
Enlightenment may be constant over time
Epistemology
Concentrate. See the immensity
Epistemology
Knowledge enhances
Epistemology
Knowledge is knowing the connections between ideas
Epistemology
Knowledge lacks emotional impact
Epistemology
Knowledge has frontiers
Epistemology
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Knowledge has a maximum resolution
Epistemology
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Knowledge is just theory
Epistemology
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Nature is everywhere
💪 Attributes
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Ancient life
🐟 Paleozoic
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Other kingdoms
🦠 Cells
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Herds
💪 Attributes
Reproduction
💪 Attributes
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Oort cloud
☀️ Our Solar System
Pluto
☀️ Our Solar System
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Neptune
☀️ Our Solar System
Uranus
☀️ Our Solar System
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Saturn
☀️ Our Solar System
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Jupiter
☀️ Our Solar System
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Asteroids
☀️ Our Solar System
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Mars
☀️ Our Solar System
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Earth
☀️ Our Solar System
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Venus
☀️ Our Solar System
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Planets
🪐 Other Planetary Systems
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Cooperation
💪 Attributes
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Competition
💪 Attributes
The Holotropic State
🧠 Consciousness
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Our Reality Is Filtered
🧠 Consciousness
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Ultimate reality
🧠 Consciousness
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The animal experience
💪 Attributes
🐀
Our evolutionary lineage
🦚 Evolution
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Evolution
🦚 Evolution
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Animal strategies
💪 Attributes
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Nature is a temple
💪 Attributes
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Nature is brutal
💪 Attributes
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Plants
🐘 Multicellular life
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Nature is constantly in flux
💪 Attributes
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Ecology
🌲 Ecology
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Infection
🐘 Multicellular life
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The Microcosmos
🦠 Cells
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Feeling the body
🐘 Multicellular life
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Anatomy
🐘 Multicellular Life
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Cells
🦠 Cells
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Genes
🧬 DNA
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DNA
🧬 DNA
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Abiogenesis
☄️ Early Earth
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Early Earth
☄️ Early Earth
What happens inside the proton
♒️ Quantum Mechanics
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Quantum Field Theory
If you look very closely at the universe, inside of the protons and neutrons that are within the atom, you’ll notice that the universe is like an ocean and everything around us are like waves on its surface.
♒️ Quantum Mechanics
Multiverse
♒️ Quantum Mechanics
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Quantum Mechanics
Quantum mechanics is one of the most intimidating concepts that I’ve come across, so hold on to your hats for this one.
♒️ Quantum Mechanics
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Mass
When Astronaut David Scott walked on the Moon in 1971, he conducted a famous experiment.
♒️ Quantum Mechanics
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Detecting life
🧮 The Drake Equation
Synthetic life
👽 Speculation About Alien Life
Non-carnivorous planet
👽 Speculation About Alien Life
Frightening, maddening, incomprehensible
👽 Speculation About Alien Life
Airborne species
👽 Speculation About Alien Life
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Intelligent aquatic species
👽 Speculation About Alien Life
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Speculations on Alien Life
👽 Speculation About Alien Life
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The Drake Equation
🧮 The Drake Equation
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Life’s needs
💧 Habitable Worlds
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Earth
💧 Habitable Worlds
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Galaxies
🌌 Galaxies
Stars
🪐 Other Planetary Systems
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The future
🫧 The Universe
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Entire universe
🫧 The Universe
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Observable universe
🫧 The Universe
Black holes
🌌 Galaxies
🌫️
Nebulae
🌌 Galaxies
The Void
🫧 The Universe
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Infinite possibilities
💭 The big theories
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Time
💭 The big theories
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Complexity, order, and disorder
💭 The big theories
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Does the universe recur?
💭 The big theories
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Multiverse
💭 The big theories
Climate change
The Akashic records