AJ Jacobs: How healthy living nearly killed me

TEDMED 2011

AJ Jacobs: How healthy living nearly killed me

1,573,893 views


For a full year, AJ Jacobs followed every piece of health advice he could -- from applying sunscreen by the shot glass to wearing a bicycle helmet while shopping. Onstage at TEDMED, he shares the surprising things he learned.

Alberto Cairo: There are no scraps of men

TEDxRC2

Alberto Cairo: There are no scraps of men

835,574 views


Alberto Cairo's clinics in Afghanistan used to close down during active fighting. Now, they stay open. In this powerful talk, Cairo tells the moving story of why -- and how he found humanity and dignity in the midst of war.

Daniel Goldstein: The battle between your present and future self

TEDSalon NY2011

Daniel Goldstein: The battle between your present and future self

2,220,871 views


Every day, we make decisions that have good or bad consequences for our future selves. (Can I skip flossing just this one time?) Daniel Goldstein makes tools that help us imagine ourselves over time, so that we make smart choices for Future Us.

Antonio Damasio: The quest to understand consciousness

TED2011

Antonio Damasio: The quest to understand consciousness

1,796,470 views


Every morning we wake up and regain consciousness -- that is a marvelous fact -- but what exactly is it that we regain? Neuroscientist Antonio Damasio uses this simple question to give us a glimpse into how our brains create our sense of self.

Thomas Pogge: Medicine for the 99 percent

TEDxCanberra

Thomas Pogge: Medicine for the 99 percent

270,366 views

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Sad but true: Many of the cures and vaccines our world desperately needs -- for illnesses millions of people have -- just aren't being produced or developed, because there's no financial incentive. Thomas Pogge proposes a $6 billion plan to revolutionize the way medications are developed and sold.

Roger Doiron: My subversive (garden) plot

TEDxDirigo

Roger Doiron: My subversive (garden) plot

348,493 views


A vegetable garden can do more than save you money -- it can save the world. In this talk, Roger Doiron shows how gardens can re-localize our food and feed our growing population.

Ramona Pierson: An unexpected place of healing

TEDxDU 2011

Ramona Pierson: An unexpected place of healing

378,780 views


When Ramona Pierson was 22, she was hit by a drunk driver and spent 18 months in a coma. In this talk, she tells the remarkable story of her recovery -- drawing on the collective skills and wisdom of a senior citizens' home.

Homaro Cantu + Ben Roche: Cooking as alchemy

TED2011

Homaro Cantu + Ben Roche: Cooking as alchemy

870,679 views


Homaro Cantu and Ben Roche come from Moto, a Chicago restaurant that plays with new ways to cook and eat food. But beyond the fun and flavor-tripping, there's a serious intent: Can we use new food technology for good?

Pavan Sukhdev: Put a value on nature!

TEDGlobal 2011

Pavan Sukhdev: Put a value on nature!

658,022 views


Every day, we use materials from the earth without thinking, for free. But what if we had to pay for their true value: would it make us more careful about what we use and what we waste? Think of Pavan Sukhdev as nature's banker -- assessing the value of the Earth's assets. Eye-opening charts will make you think differently about the cost of air, water, trees ...

Quyen Nguyen: Color-coded surgery

TEDMED 2011

Quyen Nguyen: Color-coded surgery

1,123,924 views


Surgeons are taught from textbooks which conveniently color-code the types of tissues, but that's not what it looks like in real life -- until now. At TEDMED Quyen Nguyen demonstrates how a molecular marker can make tumors light up in neon green, showing surgeons exactly where to cut.

Monika Bulaj: The hidden light of Afghanistan

TEDGlobal 2011

Monika Bulaj: The hidden light of Afghanistan

576,646 views


Photographer Monika Bulaj shares powerful, intimate images of Afghanistan -- of home life, of ritual, of men and women. Behind the headlines, what does the world truly know about this place?

David Damberger: What happens when an NGO admits failure

TEDxYYC

David Damberger: What happens when an NGO admits failure

282,701 views


International aid groups make the same mistakes over and over again. David Damberger analyzes his own engineering failure in India -- and calls for his friends in the development sector to publicly admit, scrutinize and learn from their missteps.

Klaus Stadlmann: The world's smallest 3D printer

TEDxVienna

Klaus Stadlmann: The world's smallest 3D printer

328,586 views


What could you do with the world's smallest 3D printer? Klaus Stadlmann demos his tiny, affordable printer that could someday make customized hearing aids -- or sculptures smaller than a human hair.

Stefon Harris: There are no mistakes on the bandstand

TEDSalon NY2011

Stefon Harris: There are no mistakes on the bandstand

672,147 views


What is a mistake? By talking through examples with his improvisational jazz quartet, Stefon Harris walks us to a profound truth: many actions are perceived as mistakes only because we don't react to them appropriately.

Yoav Medan: Ultrasound surgery -- healing without cuts

TEDMED 2011

Yoav Medan: Ultrasound surgery -- healing without cuts

717,240 views


Imagine having a surgery with no knives involved. At TEDMED, Yoav Medan shares a technique that uses MRI to find trouble spots and focused ultrasound to treat such issues as brain lesions, uterine fibroids and several kinds of cancerous growths.

Cheryl Hayashi: The magnificence of spider silk

TED2010

Cheryl Hayashi: The magnificence of spider silk

789,410 views


Cheryl Hayashi studies spider silk, one of nature's most high-performance materials. Each species of spider can make up to 7 very different kinds of silk. How do they do it? Hayashi explains at the DNA level -- then shows us how this super-strong, super-flexible material can inspire.

Luis von Ahn: Massive-scale online collaboration

TEDxCMU

Luis von Ahn: Massive-scale online collaboration

1,518,604 views


After re-purposing CAPTCHA so each human-typed response helps digitize books, Luis von Ahn wondered how else to use small contributions by many on the Internet for greater good. In this talk, he shares how his ambitious new project, Duolingo, will help millions learn a new language while translating the web quickly and accurately -- all for free.

Srdja Popovic: How to topple a dictator

TEDxKrakow

Srdja Popovic: How to topple a dictator

294,653 views


People-powered resistance: can it work? Srdja Popovic led the nonviolent movement that took down Milosevic in Serbia in 2000; he lays out the plans, skills and tools that a people-powered movement needs -- from nonviolent tactics to a sense of humor.

Sarah Kay: How many lives can you live?

TEDxEast

Sarah Kay: How many lives can you live?

1,113,404 views


Spoken-word poet Sarah Kay was stunned to find she couldn't be a princess, ballerina and astronaut all in one lifetime. In this talk, she delivers two powerful poems that show us how we can live other lives.

Leslie Dodson: Don't misrepresent Africa

TEDxBoulder 2011

Leslie Dodson: Don't misrepresent Africa

137,433 views

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Real narratives are complicated: Africa isn't a country, and it's not a disaster zone, says reporter and researcher Leslie Dodson. She calls for journalists, researchers and NGOs to stop representing entire continents as one big tragedy.

Charles Limb: Building the musical muscle

TEDMED 2011

Charles Limb: Building the musical muscle

602,408 views


Charles Limb performs cochlear implantation, a surgery that treats hearing loss and can restore the ability to hear speech. But as a musician too, Limb thinks about what the implants lack: They don't let you fully experience music yet. (There's a hair-raising example.) At TEDMED, Limb reviews the state of the art and the way forward.

John Bohannon: Dance vs. powerpoint, a modest proposal

TEDxBrussels

John Bohannon: Dance vs. powerpoint, a modest proposal

508,365 views


Instead of a boring slide deck at your next presentation, how about bringing in a troupe of dancers? That's science writer John Bohannon's "modest proposal" in this spellbinding choreographed talk. He makes his case by example, in collaboration with dancers from Black Label Movement.

Annie Murphy Paul: What we learn before we're born

TEDGlobal 2011

Annie Murphy Paul: What we learn before we're born

1,946,965 views


Pop quiz: When does learning begin? Answer: Before we are born. Science writer Annie Murphy Paul talks through new research that shows how much we learn in the womb -- from the lilt of our native language to our soon-to-be-favorite foods.

Karen Tse: How to stop torture

TEDGlobal 2011

Karen Tse: How to stop torture

544,644 views


Political prisoners aren't the only ones being tortured -- the vast majority of judicial torture happens in ordinary cases, even in 'functioning' legal systems. Social activist Karen Tse shows how we can, and should, stand up and end the use of routine torture.

Kathryn Schulz: Don't regret regret

TEDSalon NY2011

Kathryn Schulz: Don't regret regret

1,888,747 views


We're taught to try to live life without regret. But why? Using her own tattoo as an example, Kathryn Schulz makes a powerful and moving case for embracing our regrets.

Damon Horowitz: Philosophy in prison

TED2011

Damon Horowitz: Philosophy in prison

1,217,799 views


Damon Horowitz teaches philosophy through the Prison University Project, bringing college-level classes to inmates of San Quentin State Prison. In this powerful short talk, he tells the story of an encounter with right and wrong that quickly gets personal.

Amy Purdy: Living beyond limits

TEDxOrangeCoast

Amy Purdy: Living beyond limits

1,782,900 views


When she was 19, Amy Purdy lost both her legs below the knee. And now ... she's a pro snowboarder (and a killer competitor on "Dancing with the Stars"!). In this powerful talk, she shows us how to draw inspiration from life's obstacles.

Britta Riley: A garden in my apartment

TEDxManhattan

Britta Riley: A garden in my apartment

2,132,315 views


Britta Riley wanted to grow her own food (in her tiny apartment). So she and her friends developed a system for growing plants in discarded plastic bottles -- researching, testing and tweaking the system using social media, trying many variations at once and quickly arriving at the optimal system. Call it distributed DIY. And the results? Delicious.

Louie Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.

TEDxSF

Louie Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.

3,796,364 views


Nature’s beauty can be fleeting -- but not through Louie Schwartzberg’s lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day.