Natalie Merchant: Singing old poems to life

TED2010

Natalie Merchant: Singing old poems to life

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Natalie Merchant sings from her new album, "Leave Your Sleep." Lyrics from near-forgotten 19th-century poetry pair with her unmistakable voice for a performance that brought the TED audience to its feet.

Jonathan Drori: Every pollen grain has a story

TED2010

Jonathan Drori: Every pollen grain has a story

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Pollen goes unnoticed by most of us, except when hay fever strikes. But microscopes reveal it comes in stunning colors and shapes -- and travels remarkably well. Jonathan Drori gives an up-close glimpse of these fascinating flecks of plant courtship.

Dennis Hong: My seven species of robot -- and how we created them

TEDxNASA

Dennis Hong: My seven species of robot -- and how we created them

1,955,278 views


Meet seven all-terrain robots -- like the humanoid, soccer-playing DARwIn and the cliff-gripping CLIMBeR -- built by Dennis Hong's robotics team at RoMeLa, based at Virginia Tech. Watch to the end for the five creative secrets to his lab's success.

Dean Kamen: The emotion behind invention

TEDMED 2009

Dean Kamen: The emotion behind invention

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Soldiers who've lost limbs in service face a daily struggle unimaginable to most of us. At TEDMED, Dean Kamen talks about the profound people and stories that motivated his work to give parts of their lives back with his design for a remarkable prosthetic arm.

Elizabeth Pisani: Sex, drugs and HIV -- let's get rational

TED2010

Elizabeth Pisani: Sex, drugs and HIV -- let's get rational

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Armed with bracing logic, wit and her "public-health nerd" glasses, Elizabeth Pisani reveals the myriad of inconsistencies in today's political systems that prevent our dollars from effectively fighting the spread of HIV. Her research with at-risk populations -- from junkies in prison to sex workers on the street in Cambodia -- demonstrates the sometimes counter-intuitive measures that could stall the spread of this devastating disease.

Jesse Schell: When games invade real life

DICE Summit 2010

Jesse Schell: When games invade real life

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Games are invading the real world -- and the runaway popularity of Farmville and Guitar Hero is just the beginning, says Jesse Schell. At the DICE Summit, he makes a startling prediction: a future where 1-ups and experience points break "out of the box" and into every part of our daily lives.

Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids

TED2010

Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids

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Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs "childish" thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids' big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups' willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.

Kirk Citron: And now, the real news

TED2010

Kirk Citron: And now, the real news

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How many of today's headlines will matter in 100 years? 1000? Kirk Citron's "Long News" project collects stories that not only matter today, but will resonate for decades -- even centuries -- to come. At TED2010, he highlights recent headlines with the potential to shape our future.

Shukla Bose: Teaching one child at a time

TEDIndia 2009

Shukla Bose: Teaching one child at a time

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Educating the poor is more than just a numbers game, says Shukla Bose. She tells the story of her groundbreaking Parikrma Humanity Foundation, which brings hope to India's slums by looking past the daunting statistics and focusing on treating each child as an individual.

Kevin Bales: How to combat modern slavery

TED2010

Kevin Bales: How to combat modern slavery

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In this moving yet pragmatic talk, Kevin Bales explains the business of modern slavery, a multibillion-dollar economy that underpins some of the worst industries on earth. He shares stats and personal stories from his on-the-ground research -- and names the price of freeing every slave on earth right now.

Patsy Rodenburg: Why I do theater

Michael Howard Studios

Patsy Rodenburg: Why I do theater

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Patsy Rodenburg says the world needs actors more than ever. In this talk at Michael Howard Studios, she tells the story of a profound encounter that reveals the deeper role theater can play in people's lives.

Robert Gupta: Music is medicine, music is sanity

TED2010

Robert Gupta: Music is medicine, music is sanity

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Robert Gupta, violinist with the LA Philharmonic, talks about a violin lesson he once gave to a brilliant, schizophrenic musician -- and what he learned. Called back onstage later, Gupta plays his own transcription of the prelude from Bach's Cello Suite No. 1.

Joel Levine: Why we need to go back to Mars

TEDxNASA

Joel Levine: Why we need to go back to Mars

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Planetary scientist Joel Levine shows some intriguing -- and puzzling -- new discoveries about Mars: craters full of ice, traces of ancient oceans, and compelling hints at the presence, sometime in the past, of life. He makes the case for going back to Mars to find out more.

Alan Siegel: Let's simplify legal jargon!

TED2010

Alan Siegel: Let's simplify legal jargon!

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Tax forms, credit agreements, healthcare legislation: They're crammed with gobbledygook, says Alan Siegel, and incomprehensibly long. He calls for a simple, sensible redesign -- and plain English -- to make legal paperwork intelligible to the rest of us.

Sam Harris: Science can answer moral questions

TED2010

Sam Harris: Science can answer moral questions

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Questions of good and evil, right and wrong are commonly thought unanswerable by science. But Sam Harris argues that science can -- and should -- be an authority on moral issues, shaping human values and setting out what constitutes a good life.

Shekhar Kapur: We are the stories we tell ourselves

TEDIndia 2009

Shekhar Kapur: We are the stories we tell ourselves

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Where does creative inspiration spring from? At TEDIndia, Hollywood/Bollywood director Shekhar Kapur ("Elizabeth," "Mr. India") pinpoints his source of creativity: sheer, utter panic. He shares a powerful way to unleash your inner storyteller.

Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world

TED2010

Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world

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Games like World of Warcraft give players the means to save worlds, and incentive to learn the habits of heroes. What if we could harness this gamer power to solve real-world problems? Jane McGonigal says we can, and explains how.

Douglas Adams: Parrots, the universe and everything

University of California

Douglas Adams: Parrots, the universe and everything

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Blind river dolphins, reclusive lemurs, a parrot as fearless as it is lovelorn ... Douglas Adams' close encounters with these rare and unusual animals reveal that evolution, ever ingenious, can be fickle too -- in a University of California talk that sparkles with his trademark satiric wit.

Eric Dishman: Take health care off the mainframe

TEDMED 2009

Eric Dishman: Take health care off the mainframe

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At TEDMED, Eric Dishman makes a bold argument: The US health care system is like computing circa 1959, tethered to big, unwieldy central systems: hospitals, doctors, nursing homes. As our aging population booms, it's imperative, he says, to create personal, networked, home-based health care for all.

Mark Roth: Suspended animation is within our grasp

TED2010

Mark Roth: Suspended animation is within our grasp

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Mark Roth studies suspended animation: the art of shutting down life processes and then starting them up again. It's wild stuff, but it's not science fiction. Induced by careful use of an otherwise toxic gas, suspended animation can potentially help trauma and heart attack victims survive long enough to be treated.

Gary Vaynerchuk: Do what you love (no excuses!)

Web 2.0 Expo 2008

Gary Vaynerchuk: Do what you love (no excuses!)

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At the Web 2.0 Expo, entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk gives a shot in the arm to dreamers and up-and-comers who face self-doubt. The Internet has made the formula for success simpler than ever, he argues. So there's now no excuse not to do what makes you happy.

Eric Mead: The magic of the placebo

TEDMED 2009

Eric Mead: The magic of the placebo

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Sugar pills, injections of nothing -- studies show that, more often than you'd expect, placebos really work. At TEDMED, magician Eric Mead does a trick to prove that, even when you know something's not real, you can still react as powerfully as if it is. (Warning: This talk is not suitable for viewers who are disturbed by needles or blood.)

Ken Kamler: Medical miracle on Everest

TEDMED 2009

Ken Kamler: Medical miracle on Everest

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The second deadliest day in the history of Mount Everest climbs happened in 1996 -- and Ken Kamler was the only doctor on the mountain that day. He shares the incredible story of the climbers' battle to save lives in extreme conditions, and uses brain imaging technology to map the medical miracle of one man who survived roughly 36 hours buried in the snow.

Dan Barber: How I fell in love with a fish

TED2010

Dan Barber: How I fell in love with a fish

2,005,677 views


Chef Dan Barber squares off with a dilemma facing many chefs today: how to keep fish on the menu. With impeccable research and deadpan humor, he chronicles his pursuit of a sustainable fish he could love, and the foodie's honeymoon he's enjoyed since discovering an outrageously delicious fish raised using a revolutionary farming method in Spain.

Gary Lauder's new traffic sign: Take Turns

TED2010

Gary Lauder's new traffic sign: Take Turns

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Fifty percent of traffic accidents happen at intersections. Gary Lauder shares a brilliant and cheap idea for helping drivers move along smoothly: a new traffic sign that combines the properties of "Stop" and "Yield."

Tim Berners-Lee: The year open data went worldwide

TED2010

Tim Berners-Lee: The year open data went worldwide

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At TED2009, Tim Berners-Lee called for "raw data now" -- for governments, scientists and institutions to make their data openly available on the web. At TED University in 2010, he shows a few of the interesting results when the data gets linked up.

Srikumar Rao: Plug into your hard-wired happiness

Arbejdsglaede Live

Srikumar Rao: Plug into your hard-wired happiness

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We all strive for happiness -- but we spend most of our lives learning to be unhappy, says Srikumar Rao. In this practical talk, he teaches how to break free of the "I'd be happy if ..." mental model, and embrace our hard-wired happiness.

The LXD: In the Internet age, dance evolves ...

TED2010

The LXD: In the Internet age, dance evolves ...

2,836,908 views


The LXD (the Legion of Extraordinary Dancers) electrify the TED2010 stage with an emerging global street-dance culture, revved up by the Internet. In a preview of Jon Chu's upcoming Web series, this astonishing troupe show off their superpowers.