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

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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 ...

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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.

James Cameron: Before Avatar ... a curious boy

TED2010

James Cameron: Before Avatar ... a curious boy

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James Cameron's big-budget (and even bigger-grossing) films create unreal worlds all their own. In this personal talk, he reveals his childhood fascination with the fantastic -- from reading science fiction to deep-sea diving -- and how it ultimately drove the success of his blockbuster hits "Aliens," "The Terminator," "Titanic" and "Avatar."

Richard Feynman: Physics is fun to imagine

BBC TV

Richard Feynman: Physics is fun to imagine

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In this archival footage from BBC TV, celebrated physicist Richard Feynman explains what fire, magnets, rubber bands (and more) are like at the scale of the jiggling atoms they're made of. This accessible, enchanting conversation in physics reveals a teeming nano-world that's just plain fun to imagine.

Gary Flake: Is Pivot a turning point for web exploration?

TED2010

Gary Flake: Is Pivot a turning point for web exploration?

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Gary Flake demos Pivot, a new way to browse and arrange massive amounts of images and data online. Built on breakthrough Seadragon technology, it enables spectacular zooms in and out of web databases, and the discovery of patterns and links invisible in standard web browsing.

Harsha Bhogle: The rise of cricket, the rise of India

TEDIndia 2009

Harsha Bhogle: The rise of cricket, the rise of India

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The tale of a major global cultural phenomenon: Cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle describes the spectacular arrival of fast-paced 20-20 cricket as it parallels the rise of modern India. He traces the game from its sleepy English roots to the current world of celebrity owners and million-dollar player contracts.

Daniel Kahneman: The riddle of experience vs. memory

TED2010

Daniel Kahneman: The riddle of experience vs. memory

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Using examples from vacations to colonoscopies, Nobel laureate and founder of behavioral economics Daniel Kahneman reveals how our "experiencing selves" and our "remembering selves" perceive happiness differently. This new insight has profound implications for economics, public policy -- and our own self-awareness.

Raghava KK: My 5 lives as an artist

TED2010

Raghava KK: My 5 lives as an artist

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With endearing honesty and vulnerability, Raghava KK tells the colorful tale of how art has taken his life to new places, and how life experiences in turn have driven his multiple reincarnations as an artist -- from cartoonist to painter, media darling to social outcast, and son to father.

Pawan Sinha: How brains learn to see

TEDIndia 2009

Pawan Sinha: How brains learn to see

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Pawan Sinha details his groundbreaking research into how the brain's visual system develops. Sinha and his team provide free vision-restoring treatment to children born blind, and then study how their brains learn to interpret visual data. The work offers insights into neuroscience, engineering and even autism.

Temple Grandin: The world needs all kinds of minds

TED2010

Temple Grandin: The world needs all kinds of minds

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Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child, talks about how her mind works -- sharing her ability to "think in pictures," which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss. She makes the case that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of smart geeky kids.

Eric Topol: The wireless future of medicine

TEDMED 2009

Eric Topol: The wireless future of medicine

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Eric Topol says we'll soon use our smartphones to monitor our vital signs and chronic conditions. At TEDMED, he highlights several of the most important wireless devices in medicine's future -- all helping to keep more of us out of hospital beds.

Philip K. Howard: Four ways to fix a broken legal system

TED2010

Philip K. Howard: Four ways to fix a broken legal system

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The land of the free has become a legal minefield, says Philip K. Howard -- especially for teachers and doctors, whose work has been paralyzed by fear of suits. What's the answer? A lawyer himself, Howard has four propositions for simplifying US law.

Kevin Kelly: Technology's epic story

TEDxAmsterdam

Kevin Kelly: Technology's epic story

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In this wide-ranging, thought-provoking talk, Kevin Kelly muses on what technology means in our lives -- from its impact at the personal level to its place in the cosmos.

Aimee Mullins: The opportunity of adversity

TEDMED 2009

Aimee Mullins: The opportunity of adversity

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The thesaurus might equate "disabled" with synonyms like "useless" and "mutilated," but ground-breaking runner Aimee Mullins is out to redefine the word. Defying these associations, she shows how adversity -- in her case, being born without shinbones -- actually opens the door for human potential.