Catarina Mota: Play with smart materials

TEDGlobal 2012

Catarina Mota: Play with smart materials

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Ink that conducts electricity; a window that turns from clear to opaque at the flip of a switch; a jelly that makes music. All this stuff exists, and Catarina Mota says: It's time to play with it. Mota leads us on a tour of surprising and cool new materials, and suggests that the way we'll figure out what they're good for is to experiment, tinker and have fun.

Bono: The good news on poverty (Yes, there's good news)

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Bono: The good news on poverty (Yes, there's good news)

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Human beings have been campaigning against inequality and poverty for 3,000 years. But this journey is accelerating. Bono "embraces his inner nerd" and shares inspiring data that shows the end of poverty is in sight … if we can harness the momentum.

Stewart Brand: The dawn of de-extinction. Are you ready?

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Stewart Brand: The dawn of de-extinction. Are you ready?

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Throughout humankind's history, we've driven species after species extinct: the passenger pigeon, the Eastern cougar, the dodo ... But now, says Stewart Brand, we have the technology (and the biology) to bring back species that humanity wiped out. So -- should we? Which ones? He asks a big question whose answer is closer than you may think.

David Anderson: Your brain is more than a bag of chemicals

TEDxCaltech

David Anderson: Your brain is more than a bag of chemicals

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Modern psychiatric drugs treat the chemistry of the whole brain, but neurobiologist David Anderson has a more nuanced view of how the brain functions. He shares new research that could lead to targeted psychiatric medications -- that work better and avoid side effects. How's he doing it? For a start, by making a bunch of fruit flies angry.

Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong

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Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong

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Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend -- not for what they get done. Instead of equating frugality with morality, he asks us to start rewarding charities for their big goals and big accomplishments (even if that comes with big expenses). In this bold talk, he says: Let's change the way we think about changing the world.

Shane Koyczan: To This Day ... for the bullied and beautiful

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Shane Koyczan: To This Day ... for the bullied and beautiful

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By turn hilarious and haunting, poet Shane Koyczan puts his finger on the pulse of what it's like to be young and … different. "To This Day," his spoken-word poem about bullying, captivated millions as a viral video (created, crowd-source style, by 80 animators). Here, he gives a glorious, live reprise with backstory and violin accompaniment by Hannah Epperson.

Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA

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Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA

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Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA -- in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where "the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys."

Edith Widder: How we found the giant squid

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Edith Widder: How we found the giant squid

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Humankind has been looking for the giant squid (Architeuthis) since we first started taking pictures underwater. But the elusive deep-sea predator could never be caught on film. Oceanographer and inventor Edith Widder shares the key insight -- and the teamwork -- that helped to capture the squid on film for the first time.

Allan Savory: How to fight desertification and reverse climate change

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Allan Savory: How to fight desertification and reverse climate change

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"Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert," begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk. And it's happening to about two-thirds of the world's grasslands, accelerating climate change and causing traditional grazing societies to descend into social chaos. Savory has devoted his life to stopping it. He now believes -- and his work may show -- that a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that was once desert. (NOTE: Statements in this talk have been challenged by scientists working in this field. Please read "Criticisms & Updates" below for more details.)

Amanda Palmer: The art of asking

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Amanda Palmer: The art of asking

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Don't make people pay for music, says Amanda Palmer: Let them. In a passionate talk that begins in her days as a street performer (drop a dollar in the hat for the Eight-Foot Bride!), she examines the new relationship between artist and fan.

Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud

TED2013

Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud

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Onstage at TED2013, Sugata Mitra makes his bold TED Prize wish: Help me design the School in the Cloud, a learning lab in India, where children can explore and learn from each other -- using resources and mentoring from the cloud. Hear his inspiring vision for Self Organized Learning Environments.

Bruno Maisonnier: Dance, tiny robots!

TEDxConcorde

Bruno Maisonnier: Dance, tiny robots!

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There's a place in France where the robots do a dance. And that place is TEDxConcorde, where Bruno Maisonnier of Aldebaran Robotics choreographs a troupe of tiny humanoid Nao robots through a surprisingly emotive performance.

Wade Davis: Gorgeous photos of a backyard wilderness worth saving

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Wade Davis: Gorgeous photos of a backyard wilderness worth saving

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Ethnographer Wade Davis explores hidden places in the wider world -- but in this powerful short talk he urges us to save a paradise in his backyard, Northern Canada. The Sacred Headwaters, remote and pristine, are under threat because they hide rich tar sands. With stunning photos, Davis asks a tough question: How can we balance society's need for fuels with the urge to protect such glorious wilderness?

Bruce Feiler: Agile programming -- for your family

TEDSalon NY2013

Bruce Feiler: Agile programming -- for your family

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Bruce Feiler has a radical idea: To deal with the stress of modern family life, go agile. Inspired by agile software programming, Feiler introduces family practices which encourage flexibility, bottom-up idea flow, constant feedback and accountability. One surprising feature: Kids pick their own punishments.

Michael Dickinson: How a fly flies

TEDxCaltech

Michael Dickinson: How a fly flies

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An insect's ability to fly is one of the greatest feats of evolution. Michael Dickinson looks at how a fruit fly takes flight with such delicate wings, thanks to a clever flapping motion and flight muscles that are both powerful and nimble. But the secret ingredient: the incredible fly brain.

Afra Raymond: Three myths about corruption

TEDxPortofSpain

Afra Raymond: Three myths about corruption

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Trinidad and Tobago amassed great wealth in the 1970s thanks to oil -- but 2 out of every 3 dollars earmarked for development ended up wasted or stolen. This fact has haunted Afra Raymond for 30 years. Shining a flashlight on a continued history of government corruption, Raymond gives us a reframing of financial crime.

Kakenya Ntaiya: A girl who demanded school

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Kakenya Ntaiya: A girl who demanded school

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Kakenya Ntaiya made a deal with her father: She would undergo a traditional Maasai rite of passage, female circumcision, if he would let her go to high school. Ntaiya tells the fearless story of continuing on to college, and of working with her village elders to build a school for girls in her community, changing the destiny of 125 young women.

Keith Chen: Could your language affect your ability to save money?

TEDGlobal 2012

Keith Chen: Could your language affect your ability to save money?

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What can economists learn from linguists? Behavioral economist Keith Chen introduces a fascinating pattern from his research: that languages without a concept for the future -- "It rain tomorrow," instead of "It will rain tomorrow" -- correlate strongly with high savings rates.

Esther Perel: The secret to desire in a long-term relationship

TEDSalon NY2013

Esther Perel: The secret to desire in a long-term relationship

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In long-term relationships, we often expect our beloved to be both best friend and erotic partner. But as Esther Perel argues, good and committed sex draws on two conflicting needs: our need for security and our need for surprise. So how do you sustain desire? With wit and eloquence, Perel lets us in on the mystery of erotic intelligence.

James B. Glattfelder: Who controls the world?

TEDxZurich 2012

James B. Glattfelder: Who controls the world?

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James Glattfelder studies complexity: how an interconnected system -- say, a swarm of birds -- is more than the sum of its parts. And complexity theory, it turns out, can reveal a lot about how the world economy works. Glattfelder shares a groundbreaking study of how control flows through the global economy, and how concentration of power in the hands of a shockingly small number leaves us all vulnerable.

Andreas Schleicher: Use data to build better schools

TEDGlobal 2012

Andreas Schleicher: Use data to build better schools

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How can we measure what makes a school system work? Andreas Schleicher walks us through the PISA test, a global measurement that ranks countries against one another -- then uses that same data to help schools improve. Watch to find out where your country stacks up, and learn the single factor that makes some systems outperform others.

Shabana Basij-Rasikh: Dare to educate Afghan girls

TEDxWomen 2012

Shabana Basij-Rasikh: Dare to educate Afghan girls

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Imagine a country where girls must sneak out to go to school, with deadly consequences if they get caught learning. This was Afghanistan under the Taliban, and traces of that danger remain today. 22-year-old Shabana Basij-Rasikh runs a school for girls in Afghanistan. She celebrates the power of a family's decision to believe in their daughters -- and tells the story of one brave father who stood up to local threats.

Erik Schlangen: A "self-healing" asphalt

TEDxDelft

Erik Schlangen: A "self-healing" asphalt

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Paved roads are nice to look at, but they're easily damaged and costly to repair. Erik Schlangen demos a new type of porous asphalt made of simple materials with an astonishing feature: When cracked, it can be "healed" by induction heating.

Edi Rama: Take back your city with paint

TEDxThessaloniki

Edi Rama: Take back your city with paint

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Make a city beautiful, curb corruption. Edi Rama took this deceptively simple path as mayor of Tirana, Albania, where he instilled pride in his citizens by transforming public spaces with colorful designs.

Cesar Kuriyama: One second every day

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Cesar Kuriyama: One second every day

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There are so many tiny, beautiful, funny, tragic moments in your life -- how are you going to remember them all? Director Cesar Kuriyama shoots one second of video every day as part of an ongoing project to collect all the special bits of his life.

Kid President: I think we all need a pep talk

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Kid President: I think we all need a pep talk

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Kid President commands you to wake up, listen to the beating of your heart and create something that will make the world awesome. This video from SoulPancake delivers a soul-stirring dose of inspiration that only a 9-year-old can give.

Lee Cronin: Print your own medicine

TEDGlobal 2012

Lee Cronin: Print your own medicine

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Chemist Lee Cronin is working on a 3D printer that, instead of objects, is able to print molecules. An exciting potential long-term application: printing your own medicine using chemical inks.

Fahad Al-Attiya: A country with no water

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Fahad Al-Attiya: A country with no water

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Imagine a country with abundant power -- oil and gas, sunshine, wind (and money) -- but missing one key essential for life: water. Infrastructure engineer Fahad Al-Attiya talks about the unexpected ways that the small Middle Eastern nation of Qatar creates its water supply.