Adam Davidson: What we learned from teetering on the fiscal cliff

TEDSalon NY2012

Adam Davidson: What we learned from teetering on the fiscal cliff

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At the end of 2012, the US political system was headed for the "fiscal cliff" -- a budget impasse that could only be solved with bipartisan agreement. Adam Davidson, cohost of "Planet Money," shares surprising data on how bipartisan we truly are -- and hints at the disconnect between representatives and the people they represent.

Karen Thompson Walker: What fear can teach us

TEDGlobal 2012

Karen Thompson Walker: What fear can teach us

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Imagine you're a shipwrecked sailor adrift in the enormous Pacific. You can choose one of three directions and save yourself and your shipmates -- but each choice comes with a fearful consequence too. How do you choose? In telling the story of the whaleship Essex, novelist Karen Thompson Walker shows how fear propels imagination, as it forces us to imagine the possible futures and how to cope with them.

Ronny Edry: Israel and Iran: A love story?

TEDxJaffa 2012

Ronny Edry: Israel and Iran: A love story?

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When war between Israel and Iran seemed imminent, Israeli graphic designer Ronny Edry shared a poster on Facebook of himself and his daughter with a bold message: "Iranians ... we [heart] you." Other Israelis quickly created their own posters with the same message -- and Iranians responded in kind. The simple act of communication inspired surprising Facebook communities like "Israel loves Iran," "Iran loves Israel" and even "Palestine loves Israel."

Steven Addis: A father-daughter bond, one photo at a time

TED2012

Steven Addis: A father-daughter bond, one photo at a time

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A long time ago in New York City, Steve Addis stood on a corner holding his 1-year-old daughter in his arms; his wife snapped a photo. The image has inspired an annual father-daughter ritual, where Addis and his daughter pose for the same picture, on the same corner, each year. Addis shares 15 treasured photographs from the series, and explores why this small, repeated ritual means so much.

Molly Crockett: Beware neuro-bunk

TEDSalon London Fall 2012

Molly Crockett: Beware neuro-bunk

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Brains are ubiquitous in modern marketing: Headlines proclaim cheese sandwiches help with decision-making, while a “neuro” drink claims to reduce stress. There’s just one problem, says neuroscientist Molly Crockett: The benefits of these "neuro-enhancements" are not proven scientifically. In this to-the-point talk, Crockett explains the limits of interpreting neuroscientific data, and why we should all be aware of them.

Robin Chase: Excuse me, may I rent your car?

TEDGlobal 2012

Robin Chase: Excuse me, may I rent your car?

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A decade ago, Robin Chase founded Zipcar in the US, now the largest car-sharing company in the world. Now she's exploring the next level of car-sharing: Buzzcar, a French startup that lets people rent their own cars to others. The details are fascinating (how does insurance work, exactly?), and the larger vision (she calls it Peers, Inc.) points to a new definition of ownership and entrepreneurship.

Ben Saunders: Why bother leaving the house?

TEDSalon London Fall 2012

Ben Saunders: Why bother leaving the house?

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Explorer Ben Saunders wants you to go outside! Not because it’s always pleasant and happy, but because that’s where the meat of life is, “the juice that we can suck out of our hours and days.” Saunders’ next outdoor excursion? To try to be the first in the world to walk from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back again.

Markham Nolan: How to separate fact and fiction online

TEDSalon London Fall 2012

Markham Nolan: How to separate fact and fiction online

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By the end of this talk, there will be 864 more hours of video on YouTube and 2.5 million more photos on Facebook and Instagram. So how do we sort through the deluge? At the TEDSalon in London, Markham Nolan shares the investigative techniques he and his team use to verify information in real-time, to let you know if that Statue of Liberty image has been doctored or if that video leaked from Syria is legitimate.

Marcus Byrne: The dance of the dung beetle

TEDxWitsUniversity

Marcus Byrne: The dance of the dung beetle

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.