Matt Ridley: When ideas have sex

TEDGlobal 2010

Matt Ridley: When ideas have sex

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At TEDGlobal 2010, author Matt Ridley shows how, throughout history, the engine of human progress has been the meeting and mating of ideas to make new ideas. It's not important how clever individuals are, he says; what really matters is how smart the collective brain is.

Carl Safina: The oil spill's unseen villains -- and victims

TEDxOilSpill

Carl Safina: The oil spill's unseen villains -- and victims

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Even as the Deepwater Horizon tragedy unfolded, Carl Safina took the stage at TEDxOilSpill to share what the facts were known at the time. In a blood-boiling cross-examination, he suggests that the consequences will stretch far beyond the Gulf -- and many so-called solutions are making the situation worse.

Hans Rosling: Global population growth, box by box

TED@Cannes

Hans Rosling: Global population growth, box by box

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The world's population will grow to 9 billion over the next 50 years -- and only by raising the living standards of the poorest can we check population growth. This is the paradoxical answer that Hans Rosling unveils at TED@Cannes using colorful new data display technology (you'll see).

Nalini Nadkarni: Life science in prison

TED2010

Nalini Nadkarni: Life science in prison

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Nalini Nadkarni challenges our perspective on trees and prisons -- she says both can be more dynamic than we think. Through a partnership with the state of Washington, she brings science classes and conservation programs to inmates, with unexpected results.

Ellen  Gustafson: Obesity + hunger = 1 global food issue

TEDxEast

Ellen Gustafson: Obesity + hunger = 1 global food issue

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Co-creator of the philanthropic FEED bags, Ellen Gustafson says hunger and obesity are two sides of the same coin. In her talk, she launches The 30 Project -- a way to change how we farm and eat in the next 30 years, and solve the global food inequalities behind both epidemics.

Benoit Mandelbrot: Fractals and the art of roughness

TED2010

Benoit Mandelbrot: Fractals and the art of roughness

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At TED2010, mathematics legend Benoit Mandelbrot develops a theme he first discussed at TED in 1984 -- the extreme complexity of roughness, and the way that fractal math can find order within patterns that seem unknowably complicated.

Carter Emmart: A 3D atlas of the universe

TED2010

Carter Emmart: A 3D atlas of the universe

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For the last 12 years, Carter Emmart has been coordinating the efforts of scientists, artists and programmers to build a complete 3D visualization of our known universe. He demos this stunning tour and explains how it's being shared with facilities around the world.

Stephen Palumbi: Hidden toxins in the fish we eat

Mission Blue Voyage

Stephen Palumbi: Hidden toxins in the fish we eat

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What's link between the ocean's health and our health? Marine biologist Stephen Palumbi shows how toxins at the bottom of the ocean food chain find their way into our bodies -- and tells a shocking story of toxic contamination in the fish market, where consumers were being tricked into buying fish that's not only mislabeled but unsafe.

Ellen Dunham-Jones: Retrofitting suburbia

TEDxAtlanta

Ellen Dunham-Jones: Retrofitting suburbia

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Can we rebuild our broken suburbs? Ellen Dunham-Jones shares a vision of dying malls rehabilitated, dead "big box" stores re-inhabited, and endless parking lots transformed into thriving wetlands.

Hillel Cooperman: LEGO for grownups

TED2010

Hillel Cooperman: LEGO for grownups

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LEGO blocks: playtime mainstay for industrious kids, obsession for many (ahem!) mature adults. Hillel Cooperman takes us on a trip through the beloved bricks' colorful, sometimes oddball grownup subculture, featuring CAD, open-source robotics and a little adult behavior.

Charles Leadbeater: Education innovation in the slums

TEDSalon London 2010

Charles Leadbeater: Education innovation in the slums

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Charles Leadbeater went looking for radical new forms of education -- and found them in the slums of Rio and Kibera, where some of the world's poorest kids are finding transformative new ways to learn. And this informal, disruptive new kind of school, he says, is what all schools need to become.

Marian Bantjes: Intricate beauty by design

TED2010

Marian Bantjes: Intricate beauty by design

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In graphic design, Marian Bantjes says, throwing your individuality into a project is heresy. She explains how she built her career doing just that, bringing her signature delicate illustrations to storefronts, valentines and even genetic diagrams.

Chip Conley: Measuring what makes life worthwhile

TED2010

Chip Conley: Measuring what makes life worthwhile

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When the dotcom bubble burst, hotelier Chip Conley went in search of a business model based on happiness. In an old friendship with an employee and in the wisdom of a Buddhist king, he learned that success comes from what you count.

Ananda Shankar Jayant: Fighting cancer with dance

TEDIndia 2009

Ananda Shankar Jayant: Fighting cancer with dance

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Renowned classical Indian dancer Ananda Shankar Jayant was diagnosed with cancer in 2008. She tells her personal story of not only facing the disease but dancing through it, and gives a performance revealing the metaphor of strength that helped her do it.

Cameron Herold: Let's raise kids to be entrepreneurs

TEDxEdmonton

Cameron Herold: Let's raise kids to be entrepreneurs

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Bored in school, failing classes, at odds with peers: This child might be an entrepreneur, says Cameron Herold. In his talk, he makes the case for parenting and education that helps would-be entrepreneurs flourish -- as kids and as adults.

Michael Shermer: The pattern behind self-deception

TED2010

Michael Shermer: The pattern behind self-deception

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Michael Shermer says the human tendency to believe strange things -- from alien abductions to dowsing rods -- boils down to two of the brain's most basic, hard-wired survival skills. He explains what they are, and how they get us into trouble.

David Byrne: How architecture helped music evolve

TED2010

David Byrne: How architecture helped music evolve

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As his career grew, David Byrne went from playing CBGB to Carnegie Hall. He asks: Does the venue make the music? From outdoor drumming to Wagnerian operas to arena rock, he explores how context has pushed musical innovation.

Rory Sutherland: Sweat the small stuff

TEDSalon London 2010

Rory Sutherland: Sweat the small stuff

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It may seem that big problems require big solutions, but ad man Rory Sutherland says many flashy, expensive fixes are just obscuring better, simpler answers. To illustrate, he uses behavioral economics and hilarious examples.

John Kasaona: How poachers became caretakers

TED2010

John Kasaona: How poachers became caretakers

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In his home of Namibia, John Kasaona is working on an innovative way to protect endangered animal species: giving nearby villagers (including former poachers) responsibility for caring for the animals. And it's working.

Michael Sandel: The lost art of democratic debate

TED2010

Michael Sandel: The lost art of democratic debate

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Democracy thrives on civil debate, Michael Sandel says -- but we're shamefully out of practice. He leads a fun refresher, with TEDsters sparring over a recent Supreme Court case (PGA Tour Inc. v. Martin) whose outcome reveals the critical ingredient in justice.

Adam Sadowsky: How to engineer a viral music video

TEDxUSC

Adam Sadowsky: How to engineer a viral music video

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The band OK Go dreamed up the idea of a massive Rube Goldberg machine for their next music video -- and Adam Sadowsky's team was charged with building it. He tells the story of the effort and engineering behind their labyrinthine creation that quickly became the YouTube sensation "This Too Shall Pass."

Brian Cox: Why we need the explorers

TEDSalon London 2010

Brian Cox: Why we need the explorers

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In tough economic times, our exploratory science programs -- from space probes to the LHC -- are first to suffer budget cuts. Brian Cox explains how curiosity-driven science pays for itself, powering innovation and a profound appreciation of our existence.

Christopher "moot" Poole": The case for anonymity online

TED2010

Christopher "moot" Poole": The case for anonymity online

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The founder of 4chan, a controversial, uncensored online imageboard, describes its subculture, some of the Internet "memes" it has launched, and the incident in which its users managed a very public, precision hack of a mainstream media website. The talk raises questions about the power -- and price -- of anonymity.

Brian Skerry: The ocean's glory -- and horror

Mission Blue Voyage

Brian Skerry: The ocean's glory -- and horror

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Photographer Brian Skerry shoots life above and below the waves -- as he puts it, both the horror and the magic of the ocean. Sharing amazing, intimate shots of undersea creatures, he shows how powerful images can help make change.