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

TED2012

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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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?

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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

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Readability: 5.4


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

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Readability: 4.8


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

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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

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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?

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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.

Tal Golesworthy: How I repaired my own heart

TEDxKrakow

Tal Golesworthy: How I repaired my own heart

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Readability: 4.6


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

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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.

Frans de Waal: Moral behavior in animals

TEDxPeachtree

Frans de Waal: Moral behavior in animals

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What happens when two monkeys are paid unequally? Fairness, reciprocity, empathy, cooperation -- caring about the well-being of others seems like a very human trait. But Frans de Waal shares some surprising videos of behavioral tests, on primates and other mammals, that show how many of these moral traits all of us share.

Frank Warren: Half a million secrets

TED2012

Frank Warren: Half a million secrets

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"Secrets can take many forms -- they can be shocking, or silly, or soulful." Frank Warren, the founder of PostSecret.com, shares some of the half-million secrets that strangers have mailed him on postcards.

Carvens Lissaint: "Put the financial aid in the bag"

TEDYouth 2011

Carvens Lissaint: "Put the financial aid in the bag"

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Readability: 3.6


At TEDYouth 2011, performance artist Carvens Lissaint shows how to use language, metaphor and imagery to express a powerful idea -- as in this spoken-word performance, a stirring plea to make college education more accessible.

Lucy McRae: How can technology transform the human body?

TED2012

Lucy McRae: How can technology transform the human body?

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Readability: 4.9


TED Fellow Lucy McRae is a body architect -- she imagines ways to merge biology and technology in our own bodies. In this visually stunning talk, she shows her work, from clothes that recreate the body's insides for a music video with pop-star Robyn, to a pill that, when swallowed, lets you sweat perfume.

Jonathan Foley: The other inconvenient truth

TEDxTC

Jonathan Foley: The other inconvenient truth

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Readability: 4


A skyrocketing demand for food means that agriculture has become the largest driver of climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental destruction. Jonathan Foley shows why we desperately need to begin "terraculture" -- farming for the whole planet.

Jack Choi: On the virtual dissection table

TED2012

Jack Choi: On the virtual dissection table

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Readability: 3.6


Onstage at TED2012, Jack Choi demonstrates a powerful tool for training medical students: a stretcher-sized multi-touch screen of the human body that lets you explore, dissect and understand the body's parts and systems.

Chip Kidd: Designing books is no laughing matter. OK, it is.

TED2012

Chip Kidd: Designing books is no laughing matter. OK, it is.

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Readability: 3.5


Chip Kidd doesn't judge books by their cover, he creates covers that embody the book -- and he does it with a wicked sense of humor. In this deeply felt (and deeply hilarious) talk, he shares the art and the philosophy behind his cover designs. (This talk is from The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.)

Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone?

TED2012

Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone?

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Readability: 3.4


As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other? Sherry Turkle studies how our devices and online personas are redefining human connection and communication -- and asks us to think deeply about the new kinds of connection we want to have.

Rick Falkvinge: I am a pirate

TEDxObserver

Rick Falkvinge: I am a pirate

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The Pirate Party fights for transparency, anonymity and sensible copyright laws. At TEDxObserver, Rick Falkvinge explains how he became the leader of Europe's tech-driven political party, which so far has won 17 seats across national parliaments in Europe.

Ayah Bdeir: Building blocks that blink, beep and teach

TED2012

Ayah Bdeir: Building blocks that blink, beep and teach

1,200,304 views

Readability: 4.1


Imagine a set of electronics as easy to play with as Legos. TED Fellow Ayah Bdeir introduces littleBits, a set of simple, interchangeable blocks that make programming as simple and important a part of creativity as snapping blocks together.