Marcus Byrne: The dance of the dung beetle

TEDxWitsUniversity

Marcus Byrne: The dance of the dung beetle

1,030,183 views

Readability: 3.5


A dung beetle has a brain the size of a grain of rice, and yet it shows a tremendous amount of intelligence when it comes to rolling its food source -- animal excrement -- home. How? It all comes down to a dance.

Ellen 't Hoen: Pool medical patents, save lives

TEDxZurich 2012

Ellen 't Hoen: Pool medical patents, save lives

401,173 views

Readability: 4.8


Patenting a new drug helps finance its immense cost to develop -- but that same patent can put advanced treatments out of reach for sick people in developing nations, at deadly cost. Ellen 't Hoen talks about an elegant, working solution to the problem: the Medicines Patent Pool.

Nina Tandon: Could tissue engineering mean personalized medicine?

TEDGlobal 2012

Nina Tandon: Could tissue engineering mean personalized medicine?

1,085,930 views

Readability: 5.3


Each of our bodies is utterly unique, which is a lovely thought until it comes to treating an illness -- when every body reacts differently, often unpredictably, to standard treatment. Tissue engineer Nina Tandon talks about a possible solution: Using pluripotent stem cells to make personalized models of organs on which to test new drugs and treatments, and storing them on computer chips. (Call it extremely personalized medicine.)

Lemon Andersen: Please don't take my Air Jordans

TEDYouth 2011

Lemon Andersen: Please don't take my Air Jordans

1,205,920 views

Readability: 3.9


Would you kill for a pair of Air Jordans? Lemon Andersen spins a tale of someone who did, reciting a poem by Reg E. Gaines. These verses taught Lemon that poetry could be about more than self-expression, and could sound like music when given rhythm and infused with the grit of the New York streets around him.

Jeff Smith: Lessons in business ... from prison

TED@New York

Jeff Smith: Lessons in business ... from prison

1,263,980 views

Readability: 4.1


Jeff Smith spent a year in prison. But what he discovered inside wasn't what he expected -- he saw in his fellow inmates boundless ingenuity and business savvy. He asks: Why don't we tap this entrepreneurial potential to help ex-prisoners contribute to society once they're back outside? (From the TED Talent Search event TED@NewYork.)

Bobby Ghosh: Why global jihad is losing

TEDxGeorgetown

Bobby Ghosh: Why global jihad is losing

677,841 views

Readability: 4.7


Throughout the history of Islam, says journalist Bobby Ghosh, there have been two sides to jihad: one, internal, a personal struggle to be better, the other external. A small minority has appropriated the second meaning, using it as an excuse for deadly global violence against "the West." Ghosh suggests it's time to reclaim the word.

Paolo Cardini: Forget multitasking, try monotasking

TEDGlobal 2012

Paolo Cardini: Forget multitasking, try monotasking

2,444,699 views

Readability: 5


People don't just cook anymore -- they're cooking, texting, talking on the phone, watching YouTube and uploading photos of the awesome meal they just made. Designer Paolo Cardini questions the efficiency of our multitasking world and makes the case for -- gasp -- "monotasking."

Janine Shepherd: A broken body isn't a broken person

TEDxKC

Janine Shepherd: A broken body isn't a broken person

1,442,663 views

Readability: 3


Cross-country skier Janine Shepherd hoped for an Olympic medal -- until she was hit by a truck during a training bike ride. She shares a powerful story about the human potential for recovery. Her message: you are not your body, and giving up old dreams can allow new ones to soar.

Jonas Eliasson: How to solve traffic jams

TEDxHelvetia

Jonas Eliasson: How to solve traffic jams

1,246,152 views

Readability: 3.8


It's an unfortunate reality in nearly every major city—road congestion, especially during rush hours. Jonas Eliasson reveals how subtly nudging just a small percentage of drivers to stay off major roads can make traffic jams a thing of the past.

Daphne Bavelier: Your brain on video games

TEDxCHUV

Daphne Bavelier: Your brain on video games

5,489,895 views

Readability: 3.8


How do fast-paced video games affect the brain? Step into the lab with cognitive researcher Daphne Bavelier to hear surprising news about how video games, even action-packed shooter games, can help us learn, focus and, fascinatingly, multitask.

Ernesto Sirolli: Want to help someone? Shut up and listen!

TEDxEQChCh

Ernesto Sirolli: Want to help someone? Shut up and listen!

2,986,421 views

Readability: 3.7


When most well-intentioned aid workers hear of a problem they think they can fix, they go to work. This, Ernesto Sirolli suggests, is naïve. In this funny and impassioned talk, he proposes that the first step is to listen to the people you're trying to help, and tap into their own entrepreneurial spirit. His advice on what works will help any entrepreneur.

Amos Winter: The cheap all-terrain wheelchair

TEDxBoston 2012

Amos Winter: The cheap all-terrain wheelchair

1,107,538 views

Readability: 5


How do you build a wheelchair ready to blaze through mud and sand, all for under $200? MIT engineer Amos Winter guides us through the mechanics of an all-terrain wheelchair that's cheap and easy to build -- for true accessibility -- and gives us some lessons he learned along the road.

Arunachalam Muruganantham: How I started a sanitary napkin revolution!

TED@Bangalore

Arunachalam Muruganantham: How I started a sanitary napkin revolution!

1,456,922 views

Readability: 3.8


When he realized his wife had to choose between buying family meals and buying her monthly "supplies," Arunachalam Muruganantham vowed to help her solve the problem of the sanitary pad. His research got very very personal -- and led him to a powerful business model. (Filmed in Bangalore as part of the TED Global Talent Search.)

Julie Burstein: 4 lessons in creativity

TED2012

Julie Burstein: 4 lessons in creativity

1,869,185 views

Readability: 3.8


Radio host Julie Burstein talks with creative people for a living -- and shares four lessons about how to create in the face of challenge, self-doubt and loss. Hear insights from filmmaker Mira Nair, writer Richard Ford, sculptor Richard Serra and photographer Joel Meyerowitz.

Jeff Hancock: The future of lying

TEDxWinnipeg

Jeff Hancock: The future of lying

1,246,389 views

Readability: 3.3


Who hasn’t sent a text message saying “I’m on my way” when it wasn’t true or fudged the truth a touch in their online dating profile? But Jeff Hancock doesn’t believe that the anonymity of the internet encourages dishonesty. In fact, he says the searchability and permanence of information online may even keep us honest.

Ludwick Marishane: A bath without water

TED@Johannesburg

Ludwick Marishane: A bath without water

1,634,635 views

Readability: 4


If you had to walk a mile for a jug of water every day, as millions of people do, it's unlikely you'd use that precious water to bathe. Young entrepreneur Ludwick Marishane tells the amazing, funny story of how he invented a cheap, clean and convenient solution: DryBath, the world's first bath-substituting lotion.

Munir Virani: Why I love vultures

TED@Nairobi

Munir Virani: Why I love vultures

962,362 views

Readability: 4.8


As natural garbage collectors, vultures are vital to our ecosystem -- so why all the bad press? Why are so many in danger of extinction? Raptor biologist Munir Virani says we need to pay more attention to these unique and misunderstood creatures, to change our perception and save the vultures.

Leah Buechley: How to "sketch" with electronics

TEDYouth 2011

Leah Buechley: How to "sketch" with electronics

778,373 views

Readability: 3.9


Designing electronics is generally cumbersome and expensive -- or was, until Leah Buechley and her team at MIT developed tools to treat electronics just like paper and pen. In this talk from TEDYouth 2011, Buechley shows some of her charming designs, like a paper piano you can sketch and then play.

Jake Wood: A new mission for veterans -- disaster relief

TEDxSanDiego

Jake Wood: A new mission for veterans -- disaster relief

510,442 views

Readability: 4


After fighting overseas, 92 percent of American veterans say they want to continue their service. Meanwhile, one after another, natural disasters continue to wreak havoc worldwide. What do these two challenges have in common? In telling the story of his friend Clay Hunt, Jake Wood from Team Rubicon reveals how veterans can contribute to disaster response -- and regain their sense of purpose, community and self-worth.

Matt Killingsworth: Want to be happier? Stay in the moment

TEDxCambridge

Matt Killingsworth: Want to be happier? Stay in the moment

2,887,424 views

Readability: 4


When are humans most happy? To gather data on this question, Matt Killingsworth built an app, Track Your Happiness, that let people report their feelings in real time. Among the surprising results: We're often happiest when we're lost in the moment. And the flip side: The more our mind wanders, the less happy we can be.

Adam Garone: Healthier men, one moustache at a time

TEDxToronto 2011

Adam Garone: Healthier men, one moustache at a time

723,954 views

Readability: 4.2


Adam Garone has an impressive moustache, and it's for a good cause. A co-founder of Movember, Garone's initiative to raise awareness for men's health -- by having men grow out their moustaches every November -- began as a dare in a bar in 2003. Now, it's a worldwide movement that raised $126 million for prostate cancer research last year. 

Emma Teeling: The secret of the bat genome

TEDxDublin

Emma Teeling: The secret of the bat genome

493,242 views

Readability: 4


In Western society, bats are often characterized as creepy, even evil. Zoologist Emma Teeling encourages us to rethink common attitudes toward bats, whose unique and fascinating biology gives us insight into our own genetic makeup.

Hannah Brencher: Love letters to strangers

TED@New York

Hannah Brencher: Love letters to strangers

2,014,002 views

Readability: 3.5


Hannah Brencher's mother always wrote her letters. So when she felt herself bottom into depression after college, she did what felt natural -- she wrote love letters and left them for strangers to find. The act has become a global initiative, The World Needs More Love Letters, which rushes handwritten letters to those in need of a boost.

Marco Tempest: A cyber-magic card trick like no other

TEDGlobal 2012

Marco Tempest: A cyber-magic card trick like no other

1,998,810 views

Readability: 3.1


The suits, numbers and colors in a deck of cards correspond to the seasons, moon cycles and calendar. Marco Tempest straps on augmented reality goggles and does a card trick like you've never seen before, weaving a lyrical tale as he deals. (This version fixes a glitch in the original performance, but is otherwise exactly as seen live by the TEDGlobal audience, including the dazzling augmented reality effects.)

Georgette Mulheir: The tragedy of orphanages

TEDSalon London Spring 2012

Georgette Mulheir: The tragedy of orphanages

823,677 views

Readability: 4.7


Orphanages are costly and can cause irreparable damage both mentally and physically for its charges -- so why are they still so ubiquitous? Georgette Mulheir gravely describes the tragedy of orphanages and urges us to end our reliance on them, by finding alternate ways of supporting children in need.

Sanjay Pradhan: How open data is changing international aid

TEDGlobal 2012

Sanjay Pradhan: How open data is changing international aid

497,441 views

Readability: 5.2


How do we make sure that development and aid money actually goes to the people who most need it? Sanjay Pradhan of the World Bank Institute lays out three guidelines to help relief efforts make the most impact -- while curbing corruption. One key: connecting the players who are working to change broken systems with the data they need.

Doris Kim Sung: Metal that breathes

TEDxUSC

Doris Kim Sung: Metal that breathes

1,202,083 views

Readability: 4.5


Modern buildings with floor-to-ceiling windows give spectacular views, but they require a lot of energy to cool. Doris Kim Sung works with thermo-bimetals, smart materials that act more like human skin, dynamically and responsively, and can shade a room from sun and self-ventilate.