Big Ideas!

GOOD presents an alphabetical list of the people and ideas that will shape your future.

When President Kennedy said in 1961 that America would land a man on the moon by the end of the decade, NASA had just barely sent its first astronaut into the lower strata of space. After years of failure, the moon seemed far beyond reach. And yet, eight years later, Neil Armstrong took his first lunar steps.It's hard to imagine a recent U.S. administration making such a bold pledge (let alone succeeding), but countless people, organizations, and companies are working to come up with the next big idea that will reshape our world. Though many will fail, it is the striving and struggling to make real the seemingly impossible-"Pushing the outside of the envelope," as NASA's first astronauts liked to say-that leads us to watershed events. Constantly reaching slightly beyond our grasp is what steers us to the best ideas, and leaves us ready to face the yet-unknown challenges of tomorrow.Welcome to the wonderful world of things to come, conveniently arranged in alphabetical order. We'll be adding to this list every day until it's complete.A: ARK, LUNARB: BABY BONDSC: COIN FLIPPING ISN'T FAIRD: DELOREAN REVIVAL plus the Big Ideas GraveyardE: ENCYCLOPEDIA OF LIFE plus Big Thinker: WENDY KOPPF: FAMOUS PEOPLE SELL MAGAZINES plus Big Thinker: DANNY DeVITOG: GUM, EASILY REMOVABLE plus Big Thinker: MARIO BATALIH: HUMAN TERRAIN SYSTEM plus Big Thinker: SAMANTHA POWERH: HUMONGOUS CHURCHMeet Joel Osteen, America's most popular pastor.I: IBRAHIM INDEX OF AFRICAN GOVERNANCEJ: JERUSALEM, DIVISION OFK: KILLER ROBOTS IN IRAQL: LARGE HADRON COLLIDER and more Literally Big IdeasM: MUSEUM OF NATURE plus Big Thinker: JELLY HELMN: NUCLEAR ENERGY GOES GREEN plus Big Thinker: LAWRENCE LESSIGO: OFFSETS, CARBONSeparating fact from fiction in the world of buying and selling hypothetical gas.P: PAPER SAVING plus Big Thinker: CAMERON SINCLAIRQ: QUANTUM HIPPIESR: RUSSIAN DEMOCRACYFormer chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov talks to GOOD about his bid for the Kremlin.S: SECESSIONChristopher Ketcham explores the possibility of modern secession in Vermont.T: TED EFFECTU: USEFUL VOIDV: VERICHIPW: WITNESS VIDEO HUBW: WHALE HUNTIn a remote Alaskan town, Jonathan Harris chronicles an Inupiat whale hunt in 3,214 photos.X: X PRIZE plus Big Thinker: PETER DIAMANDISY: YOUPORNZ: ZEPPELINS, LUXURY
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Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Sojourner Truth are the subjects of a new statue that will be on display along The Mall, a walkway that runs through the park from 66th to 72nd street. It will be dedicated in August of next year, which is fittingly the 100-year anniversary of the 19th Amendment that granted women the right to vote.

Currently, just 3% of statues in New York City are dedicated to women. Out of 150 statues of historical figures across the city, only five statues are of historical women, including Joan of Arc, Golda Meir, Gertrude Stein, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Harriet Tubman.

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Historically, we have waited until something is near the complete point of collapse, then fought and clawed to bring the species numbers back up. But oftentimes we wait so long that it's too late. Creatures vanish from the Earth altogether. They go extinct. And even though I don't think for a single second that we should downplay the severity of extinction, if we can flip this on its head and show that every once in a while a species we have given up on is actually still out there, hanging on by a thread against all odds, that is a story that deserves to be told. A tragic story of loss becomes one about an animal that deserves a shot at preservation and a message of hope the world deserves to hear.

As a wildlife biologist and tracker who has dedicated his life to the pursuit of animals I believe have been wrongfully deemed extinct, I spend most of my time in super remote corners of the Earth, hoping to find some shred of evidence that these incredible creatures are still out there. And to be frank, I'm pretty damn good at it!

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For more than 20 years. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) has served the citizens of Maine in the U.S. Senate. For most of that time, she has enjoyed a hard-fought reputation as a moderate Republican who methodically builds bridges and consensus in an era of political polarization. To millions of political observers, she exemplified the best of post-partisan leadership, finding a "third way" through the static of ideological tribalism.

However, all of that has changed since the election of Donald Trump in 2016. Voters in Maine, particularly those who lean left, have run out of patience with Collins and her seeming refusal to stand up to Trump. That frustration peaked with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

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Wealth inequality has been a hot topic of discussion as of late, but it's something that's occurred all throughout history. Class structure is a complicated issue, especially when you consider that haves and have nots have been in existence for over 4,000 years.

A study published in Science took a look at over 100 late Neolithic and early Bronze Age skeletons found in a burial site in southern Germany. The study "shed light on the complexity of social status, inheritance rules, and mobility during the Bronze Age." Partly by looking at their teeth and the artifacts they were buried with, researchers were able to discover that wealth inequality existed almost 4,000 years ago. "Our results reveal that individual households lasting several generations consisted of a high-status core family and unrelated low-status individuals, a social organization accompanied by patrilocality and female exogamy, and the stability of this system over 700 years," the study said.

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Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign looks to be getting a huge big shot in the arm after it's faced some difficulties over the past few weeks.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a leading voice in the Democratic parties progressive, Democratic Socialist wing, is expected to endorse Sanders' campaign at the "Bernie's Back" rally in Queens, New York this Saturday.

Fellow member of "the Squad," Ilhan Omar, endorsed him on Wednesday.

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