Hans Rosling: Religions and babies

TEDxSummit

Hans Rosling: Religions and babies

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Hans Rosling had a question: Do some religions have a higher birth rate than others -- and how does this affect global population growth? Speaking at the TEDxSummit in Doha, Qatar, he graphs data over time and across religions. With his trademark humor and sharp insight, Hans reaches a surprising conclusion on world fertility rates.

Nathan Wolfe: What's left to explore?

TED2012

Nathan Wolfe: What's left to explore?

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We've been to the moon, we've mapped the continents, we've even been to the deepest point in the ocean -- twice. What's left for the next generation to explore? Biologist and explorer Nathan Wolfe suggests this answer: Almost everything. And we can start, he says, with the world of the unseeably small.

Melissa Garren: The sea we've hardly seen

TEDxMonterey

Melissa Garren: The sea we've hardly seen

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An average teaspoon of ocean water contains five million bacteria and fifty million viruses -- and yet we are just starting to discover how these "invisible engineers" control our ocean's chemistry. At TEDxMonterey, Melissa Garren sheds light on marine microbes that provide half the oxygen we breathe, maintain underwater ecosystems, and demonstrate surprising hunting skills. (Apologies for the small audio glitches in this video.)

Michael McDaniel: Cheap, effective shelter for disaster relief

TEDxAustin

Michael McDaniel: Cheap, effective shelter for disaster relief

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Michael McDaniel designed housing for disaster relief zones -- inexpensive, easy to transport, even beautiful – but found that no one was willing to build it. Persistent and obsessed, he decided to go it alone. At TEDxAustin, McDaniel show us his Exo Reaction Housing Solution, and asks us to prepare for the next natural disaster.

JR: One year of turning the world inside out

TED2012

JR: One year of turning the world inside out

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Street artist JR made a wish in 2011: Join me in a worldwide photo project to show the world its true face. One year after making his TED Prize wish, he shows how giant posters of human faces, pasted in public, are connecting communities, making change, and turning the world inside out.

Carl Schoonover: How to look inside the brain

TED2012

Carl Schoonover: How to look inside the brain

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There have been remarkable advances in understanding the brain, but how do you actually study the neurons inside it? Using gorgeous imagery, neuroscientist and TED Fellow Carl Schoonover shows the tools that let us see inside our brains.

David Kelley: How to build your creative confidence

TED2012

David Kelley: How to build your creative confidence

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Is your school or workplace divided between the "creatives" versus the practical people? Yet surely, David Kelley suggests, creativity is not the domain of only a chosen few. Telling stories from his legendary design career and his own life, he offers ways to build the confidence to create. (From The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.)

Jean-Baptiste Michel: The mathematics of history

TED2012

Jean-Baptiste Michel: The mathematics of history

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What can mathematics say about history? According to TED Fellow Jean-Baptiste Michel, quite a lot. From changes to language to the deadliness of wars, he shows how digitized history is just starting to reveal deep underlying patterns.

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

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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.

Joshua Foer: Feats of memory anyone can do

TED2012

Joshua Foer: Feats of memory anyone can do

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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 ...

JP Rangaswami: Information is food

TED@SXSWi

JP Rangaswami: Information is food

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How do we consume data? At TED@SXSWi, technologist JP Rangaswami muses on our relationship to information, and offers a surprising and sharp insight: we treat it like food.

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

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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.

Gary Kovacs: Tracking our online trackers

TED2012

Gary Kovacs: Tracking our online trackers

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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

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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

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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.