Keith Nolan: Deaf in the military

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Keith Nolan: Deaf in the military

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Keith Nolan always wanted to join the United States military. The challenge: He is Deaf, which is an automatic disqualification according to military rules. In this talk, he describes his fight to fight for his country. (In American Sign Language, with real-time translation.)

Erik Johansson: Impossible photography

TEDSalon London Fall 2011

Erik Johansson: Impossible photography

3,747,298 views


Erik Johansson creates realistic photos of impossible scenes -- capturing ideas, not moments. In this witty how-to, the Photoshop wizard describes the principles he uses to make these fantastical scenarios come to life, while keeping them visually plausible.

Jack Horner: Where are the baby dinosaurs?

TEDxVancouver

Jack Horner: Where are the baby dinosaurs?

1,096,752 views


In a spellbinding talk, paleontologist Jack Horner tells the story of how iconoclastic thinking revealed a shocking secret about some of our most beloved dinosaurs.

Sheikha Al Mayassa: Globalizing the local, localizing the global

TEDWomen 2010

Sheikha Al Mayassa: Globalizing the local, localizing the global

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Sheikha Al Mayassa, a patron of artists, storytellers and filmmakers in Qatar, talks about how art and culture create a country's identity -- and allow every country to share its unique identity with the wider world. As she says: "We don't want to be all the same, but we do want to understand each other."

Stephen Coleman: Non-lethal weapons, a moral hazard?

TEDxCanberra

Stephen Coleman: Non-lethal weapons, a moral hazard?

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Pepper spray, Tasers, tear gas, rubber bullets -- these "non-lethal" weapons are being used by more and more local police forces, as well as military forces brought in to control civilian crowds and other situations. Despite their name, non-lethal weapons have been known to cause deaths ... and as Stephen Coleman suggests, there are other, more insidious hazards as well. He explores the complex ethics -- and the unexpected consequences -- of using non-lethal weapons to control civilians.

Neil Burgess: How your brain tells you where you are

TEDSalon London Spring 2011

Neil Burgess: How your brain tells you where you are

1,236,889 views


How do you remember where you parked your car? How do you know if you're moving in the right direction? Neuroscientist Neil Burgess studies the neural mechanisms that map the space around us, and how they link to memory and imagination.

Aleph Molinari: Let's bridge the digital divide!

TEDxSanMigueldeAllende

Aleph Molinari: Let's bridge the digital divide!

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Five billion people can't use the internet. Aleph Molinari empowers digitally excluded people, by giving them access to computers and sharing the know-how to use them.

Nancy Duarte: The secret structure of great talks

TEDxEast

Nancy Duarte: The secret structure of great talks

1,300,800 views


From the "I have a dream" speech to Steve Jobs' iPhone launch, many great talks have a common structure that helps their message resonate with listeners. In this talk, presentation expert Nancy Duarte shares practical lessons on how to make a powerful call-to-action.

Danny Hillis: Back to the future (of 1994)

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Danny Hillis: Back to the future (of 1994)

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From deep in the TED archive, Danny Hillis outlines an intriguing theory of how and why technological change seems to be accelerating, by linking it to the very evolution of life itself. The presentation techniques he uses may look dated, but the ideas are as relevant as ever.

Erica Frenkel: The universal anesthesia machine

TEDxMidAtlantic

Erica Frenkel: The universal anesthesia machine

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What if you're in surgery and the power goes out? No lights, no oxygen -- and your anesthesia stops flowing. It happens constantly in hospitals throughout the world, turning routine procedures into tragedies. Erica Frenkel demos one solution: the universal anesthesia machine.

Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work

TEDxBloomington

Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work

16,903,667 views


We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backwards? In this fast-moving and very funny talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that, actually, happiness inspires us to be more productive.

Bill Doyle: Treating cancer with electric fields

TEDMED 2011

Bill Doyle: Treating cancer with electric fields

562,709 views


Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation are the best-known methods for treating cancer. At TEDMED, Bill Doyle presents a new approach, called Tumor Treating Fields, which uses electric fields to interrupt cancer cell division. Still in its infancy -- and approved for only certain types of cancer -- the treatment comes with one big benefit: quality of life.

Peter van Uhm: Why I chose a gun

TEDxAmsterdam

Peter van Uhm: Why I chose a gun

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Peter van Uhm is the Netherlands' chief of defense, but that does not mean he is pro-war. In this talk, he explains how his career is one shaped by a love of peace, not a desire for bloodshed -- and why we need armies if we want peace.

Mick Mountz: What happens inside those massive warehouses?

TEDxBoston 2011

Mick Mountz: What happens inside those massive warehouses?

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We make millions of online purchases daily, but who (or what) actually puts our items into packages? In this talk, Mick Mountz weaves a fascinating, surprisingly robot-filled tale of what happens inside a warehouse.

Bjarke Ingels: Hedonistic sustainability

TEDxEast

Bjarke Ingels: Hedonistic sustainability

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Bjarke Ingels' architecture is luxurious, sustainable and community-driven. In this talk, he shows us his playful designs, from a factory chimney that blows smoke rings to a ski slope built atop a waste processing plant.

Ariel Garten: Know thyself, with a brain scanner

TEDxToronto 2011

Ariel Garten: Know thyself, with a brain scanner

406,643 views


Imagine playing a video game controlled by your mind. Now imagine that game also teaches you about your own patterns of stress, relaxation and focus. Ariel Garten shows how looking at our own brain activity gives new meaning to the ancient dictum "know thyself."

Brian Goldman: Doctors make mistakes. Can we talk about that?

TEDxToronto 2010

Brian Goldman: Doctors make mistakes. Can we talk about that?

1,356,424 views


Every doctor makes mistakes. But, says physician Brian Goldman, medicine's culture of denial (and shame) keeps doctors from ever talking about those mistakes, or using them to learn and improve. Telling stories from his own long practice, he calls on doctors to start talking about being wrong.

Diana Nyad: Extreme swimming with the world's most dangerous jellyfish

TEDMED 2011

Diana Nyad: Extreme swimming with the world's most dangerous jellyfish

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In the 1970s, Diana Nyad set long-distance swim records that are still unbroken. Thirty years later, at 60, she attempted her longest swim yet, from Cuba to Florida. In this funny, powerful talk at TEDMED, she talks about how to prepare mentally to achieve an extreme dream, and asks: What will YOU do with your wild, precious life?

Lisa Harouni: A primer on 3D printing

TEDSalon London Spring 2011

Lisa Harouni: A primer on 3D printing

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2012 may be the year of 3D printing, when this three-decade-old technology finally becomes accessible and even commonplace. Lisa Harouni gives a useful introduction to this fascinating way of making things -- including intricate objects once impossible to create.

Julian Baggini: Is there a real you?

TEDxYouth@Manchester

Julian Baggini: Is there a real you?

1,042,825 views


What makes you, you? Is it how you think of yourself, how others think of you, or something else entirely? Philosopher Julian Baggini draws from philosophy and neuroscience to give a surprising answer.

Bilal Bomani: Plant fuels that could power a jet

TEDxNASA@SiliconValley

Bilal Bomani: Plant fuels that could power a jet

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Algae plus salt water equals ... fuel? At TEDxNASA@SiliconValley, Bilal Bomani reveals a self-sustaining ecosystem that produces biofuels -- without wasting arable land or fresh water.

Scott Rickard: The beautiful math behind the world's ugliest music

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Scott Rickard: The beautiful math behind the world's ugliest music

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Scott Rickard set out to engineer the ugliest possible piece of music, devoid of repetition, using a mathematical concept known as the Costas Array. In this surprisingly entertaining talk, he shares the math behind musical beauty ... and its opposite.

Sheena Iyengar: How to make choosing easier

TEDSalon NY2011

Sheena Iyengar: How to make choosing easier

2,365,236 views


We all want customized experiences and products -- but when faced with 700 options, consumers freeze up. With fascinating new research, Sheena Iyengar demonstrates how businesses (and others) can improve the experience of choosing.

Clay Shirky: Why SOPA is a bad idea

TEDSalon NY2012

Clay Shirky: Why SOPA is a bad idea

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What does a bill like PIPA/SOPA mean to our shareable world? At the TED offices, Clay Shirky delivers a proper manifesto -- a call to defend our freedom to create, discuss, link and share, rather than passively consume.

Mikko Hypponen: Three types of online attack

TEDxBrussels

Mikko Hypponen: Three types of online attack

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Cybercrime expert Mikko Hypponen talks us through three types of online attack on our privacy and data -- and only two are considered crimes. "Do we blindly trust any future government? Because any right we give away, we give away for good."

Alain de Botton: Atheism 2.0

TEDGlobal 2011

Alain de Botton: Atheism 2.0

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What aspects of religion should atheists (respectfully) adopt? Alain de Botton suggests a "religion for atheists" -- call it Atheism 2.0 -- that incorporates religious forms and traditions to satisfy our human need for connection, ritual and transcendence.

Sonaar Luthra: Meet the Water Canary

TEDGlobal 2011

Sonaar Luthra: Meet the Water Canary

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After a crisis, how can we tell if water is safe to drink? Current tests are slow and complex, and the delay can be deadly, as in the cholera outbreak after Haiti's earthquake in 2010. TED Fellow Sonaar Luthra previews his design for a simple tool that quickly tests water for safety -- the Water Canary.