Tali Sharot: The optimism bias

TED2012

Tali Sharot: The optimism bias

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Are we born to be optimistic, rather than realistic? Tali Sharot shares new research that suggests our brains are wired to look on the bright side -- and how that can be both dangerous and beneficial.

José Bowen: Beethoven the businessman

TEDxSMU

José Bowen: Beethoven the businessman

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The revolution that made music more marketable, more personal and easier to pirate began ... at the dawn of the 19th century. José Bowen outlines how new printing technology and an improved piano gave rise to the first music industry.

Bart Knols: 3 new ways to kill mosquitoes

TEDxMaastricht

Bart Knols: 3 new ways to kill mosquitoes

281,357 views


We can use a mosquito's own instincts against her. In a rather unforgettable presentation, Bart Knols demos the imaginative solutions his team is developing to fight malaria -- including Limburger cheese and a deadly pill.

Renny Gleeson: 404, the story of a page not found

TED2012

Renny Gleeson: 404, the story of a page not found

1,663,373 views


Oops! Nobody wants to see the 404: Page Not Found. But as Renny Gleeson shows us, while he runs through a slideshow of creative and funny 404 pages, every error is really a chance to build a better relationship.

Joshua Foer: Feats of memory anyone can do

TED2012

Joshua Foer: Feats of memory anyone can do

4,959,143 views


There are people who can quickly memorize lists of thousands of numbers, the order of all the cards in a deck (or ten!), and much more. Science writer Joshua Foer describes the technique -- called the memory palace -- and shows off its most remarkable feature: anyone can learn how to use it, including him.

Karen Bass: Unseen footage, untamed nature

TED2012

Karen Bass: Unseen footage, untamed nature

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At TED2012, filmmaker Karen Bass shares some of the astonishing nature footage she's shot for the BBC and National Geographic -- including brand-new, previously unseen footage of the tube-lipped nectar bat, who feeds in a rather unusual way ...

Rick Guidotti: From stigma to supermodel

TEDxPhoenix

Rick Guidotti: From stigma to supermodel

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Rick Guidotti is a fashion photographer with a passion project: finding and sharing the beauty of kids with albinism and other conditions that affect their physical appearance -- and the way society treats them. At TEDxPhoenix, he shares some of their stories and the empowering effects of a little glamour as he redefines their beauty in a flash.

Tavi Gevinson: A teen just trying to figure it out

TEDxTeen

Tavi Gevinson: A teen just trying to figure it out

1,547,574 views


Fifteen-year-old Tavi Gevinson had a hard time finding strong female, teenage role models -- so she built a space where they could find each other. At TEDxTeen, she illustrates how the conversations on sites like Rookie, her wildly popular web magazine for and by teen girls, are putting a new, unapologetically uncertain and richly complex face on modern feminism.

Rory Sutherland: Perspective is everything

TEDxAthens

Rory Sutherland: Perspective is everything

2,441,582 views


The circumstances of our lives may matter less than how we see them, says Rory Sutherland. At TEDxAthens, he makes a compelling case for how reframing is the key to happiness.

Gary Kovacs: Tracking our online trackers

TED2012

Gary Kovacs: Tracking our online trackers

2,134,551 views


As you surf the Web, information is being collected about you. Web tracking is not 100% evil -- personal data can make your browsing more efficient; cookies can help your favorite websites stay in business. But, says Gary Kovacs, it's your right to know what data is being collected about you. He unveils a Firefox add-on, Collusion, to do just that. (Update: Collusion is now called Lightbeam.)

Reuben Margolin: Sculpting waves in wood and time

TED2012

Reuben Margolin: Sculpting waves in wood and time

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Reuben Margolin is a kinetic sculptor, crafting beautiful pieces that move in the pattern of raindrops falling and waves combining. Take nine minutes and be mesmerized by his meditative art -- inspired in equal parts by math and nature.

Amory Lovins: A 40-year plan for energy

TEDSalon NY2012

Amory Lovins: A 40-year plan for energy

1,181,190 views


In this intimate talk filmed at TED's offices, energy innovator Amory Lovins shows how to get the US off oil and coal by 2050, $5 trillion cheaper, with no Act of Congress, led by business for profit. The key is integrating all four energy-using sectors—and four kinds of innovation.

Liz Diller: A new museum wing ... in a giant bubble

TED2012

Liz Diller: A new museum wing ... in a giant bubble

669,581 views


How do you make a great public space inside a not-so-great building? Liz Diller shares the story of imagining a welcoming, lighthearted -- even, dare we say it, sexy -- addition to the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC. (From The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.)

Brenda Romero: Gaming for understanding

TEDxPhoenix

Brenda Romero: Gaming for understanding

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It's never easy to get across the magnitude of complex tragedies -- so when Brenda Romero's daughter came home from school asking about slavery, she did what she does for a living -- she designed a game. She describes the surprising effectiveness of this game, and others, in helping the player really understand the story.

Joe Smith: How to use a paper towel

TEDxConcordiaUPortland

Joe Smith: How to use a paper towel

3,370,760 views


You use paper towels to dry your hands every day, but chances are, you're doing it wrong. In this enlightening and funny short talk, Joe Smith reveals the trick to perfect paper towel technique.

Nancy Lublin: Texting that saves lives

TED2012

Nancy Lublin: Texting that saves lives

1,010,170 views


When Nancy Lublin started texting teenagers to help with her social advocacy organization, what she found was shocking -- they started texting back about their own problems, from bullying to depression to abuse. So she's setting up a text-only crisis line, and the results might be even more important than she expected.

Eduardo Paes: The 4 commandments of cities

TED2012

Eduardo Paes: The 4 commandments of cities

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Eduardo Paes is the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, a sprawling, complicated, beautiful city of 6.5 million. He shares four big ideas about leading Rio -- and all cities -- into the future, including bold (and do-able) infrastructure upgrades and how to make a city "smarter."

Jon Bergmann: Just how small is an atom?

TED-Ed

Jon Bergmann: Just how small is an atom?

3,812,143 views


Just how small are atoms? Really, really, really small. This fast-paced animation from TED-Ed uses metaphors (imagine a blueberry the size of a football stadium!) to give a visceral sense of just how small atoms are. Lesson by Jon Bergmann, animation by Cognitive Media.

Michael Norton: How to buy happiness

TEDxCambridge

Michael Norton: How to buy happiness

3,706,146 views


At TEDxCambridge, Michael Norton shares fascinating research on how money can indeed buy happiness -- when you don't spend it on yourself. Listen for surprising data on the many ways pro-social spending can benefit you, your work, and (of course) other people.

Brian Greene: Is our universe the only universe?

TED2012

Brian Greene: Is our universe the only universe?

3,629,669 views


Is there more than one universe? In this visually rich, action-packed talk, Brian Greene shows how the unanswered questions of physics (starting with a big one: What caused the Big Bang?) have led to the theory that our own universe is just one of many in the "multiverse."

Christina Warinner: Tracking ancient diseases using ... plaque

TED2012

Christina Warinner: Tracking ancient diseases using ... plaque

662,755 views


Imagine what we could learn about diseases by studying the history of human disease, from ancient hominids to the present. But how? TED Fellow Christina Warinner is an achaeological geneticist, and she's found a spectacular new tool -- the microbial DNA in fossilized dental plaque.

Laura Carstensen: Older people are happier

TEDxWomen 2011

Laura Carstensen: Older people are happier

1,246,148 views


In the 20th century we added an unprecedented number of years to our lifespans, but is the quality of life as good? Surprisingly, yes! Psychologist Laura Carstensen shows research that demonstrates that as people get older they become happier, more content, and have a more positive outlook on the world.

Taryn Simon: The stories behind the bloodlines

TEDSalon London Fall 2011

Taryn Simon: The stories behind the bloodlines

789,602 views


Taryn Simon captures the essence of vast, generation-spanning stories by photographing the descendants of people at the center of the narrative. In this riveting talk she shows a stream of these stories from all over the world, investigating the nature of genealogy and the way our lives are shaped by the interplay of many different forces.

Drew Curtis: How I beat a patent troll

TED2012

Drew Curtis: How I beat a patent troll

1,076,545 views


Drew Curtis, the founder of fark.com, tells the story of how he fought a lawsuit from a company that had a patent, "...for the creation and distribution of news releases via email." Along the way he shares some nutty statistics about the growing legal problem of frivolous patents.

Atul Gawande: How do we heal medicine?

TED2012

Atul Gawande: How do we heal medicine?

1,765,128 views


Our medical systems are broken. Doctors are capable of extraordinary (and expensive) treatments, but they are losing their core focus: actually treating people. Doctor and writer Atul Gawande suggests we take a step back and look at new ways to do medicine -- with fewer cowboys and more pit crews.

Abigail Washburn: Building US-China relations ... by banjo

TED2012

Abigail Washburn: Building US-China relations ... by banjo

995,631 views


Abigail Washburn wanted to be a lawyer improving US-China relations -- until she picked up a banjo. The TED Fellow tells a moving story of the connections she's formed touring across the US and China while playing that banjo and singing in Chinese.

Tal Golesworthy: How I repaired my own heart

TEDxKrakow

Tal Golesworthy: How I repaired my own heart

1,356,759 views


Tal Golesworthy is a boiler engineer -- he knows piping and plumbing. When he needed surgery to repair a life-threatening problem with his aorta, he mixed his engineering skills with his doctors' medical knowledge to design a better repair job.

Melinda Gates: Let's put birth control back on the agenda

TEDxChange

Melinda Gates: Let's put birth control back on the agenda

1,166,724 views


Contraception. The topic has become controversial in recent years. But should it be? Melinda Gates believes that many of the world's social change issues depend on ensuring that women are able to control their rate of having kids. In this significant talk at TEDxChange, she makes the case for the world to re-examine an issue she intends to lend her voice to for the next decade.