Diane J. Savino: The case for same-sex marriage

New York State Senate

Diane J. Savino: The case for same-sex marriage

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Hours before New York lawmakers rejected a key marriage equality bill (38-24), State Senator Diane J. Savino made the passionate case for a government that recognizes and administers same-sex marriages. Here's her fresh, thought-provoking perspective on one of the most contentious issues in US culture, religion and government.

Sheryl WuDunn: Our century's greatest injustice

TEDGlobal 2010

Sheryl WuDunn: Our century's greatest injustice

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Sheryl WuDunn's book "Half the Sky" investigates the oppression of women globally. Her stories shock. Only when women in developing countries have equal access to education and economic opportunity will we be using all our human resources.

Jason Clay: How big brands can help save biodiversity

TEDGlobal 2010

Jason Clay: How big brands can help save biodiversity

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Convince just 100 key companies to go sustainable, and WWF's Jason Clay says global markets will shift to protect the planet our consumption has already outgrown. Hear how his extraordinary roundtables are getting big brand rivals to agree on green practices first -- before their products duke it out on store shelves.

Lewis Pugh: My mind-shifting Everest swim

TEDGlobal 2010

Lewis Pugh: My mind-shifting Everest swim

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After he swam the North Pole, Lewis Pugh vowed never to take another cold-water dip. Then he heard of Lake Imja in the Himalayas, created by recent glacial melting, and Lake Pumori, a body of water at an altitude of 5300 m on Everest -- and so began a journey that would teach him a radical new way to approach swimming and think about climate change.

Laurie Santos: A monkey economy as irrational as ours

TEDGlobal 2010

Laurie Santos: A monkey economy as irrational as ours

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Laurie Santos looks for the roots of human irrationality by watching the way our primate relatives make decisions. A clever series of experiments in "monkeynomics" shows that some of the silly choices we make, monkeys make too.

John Delaney: Wiring an interactive ocean

Mission Blue Voyage

John Delaney: Wiring an interactive ocean

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Oceanographer John Delaney is leading the team that is building an underwater network of high-def cameras and sensors that will turn our ocean into a global interactive lab -- sparking an explosion of rich data about the world below.

Susan Shaw: The oil spill's toxic trade-off

TEDxOilSpill

Susan Shaw: The oil spill's toxic trade-off

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Break down the oil slick, keep it off the shores: that's grounds for pumping toxic dispersant into the Gulf, say clean-up overseers. Susan Shaw shows evidence it's sparing some beaches only at devastating cost to the health of the deep sea.

Sheena Iyengar: The art of choosing

TEDGlobal 2010

Sheena Iyengar: The art of choosing

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Sheena Iyengar studies how we make choices -- and how we feel about the choices we make. At TEDGlobal, she talks about both trivial choices (Coke v. Pepsi) and profound ones, and shares her groundbreaking research that has uncovered some surprising attitudes about our decisions.

Jeff Bezos: What matters more than your talents

Princeton University

Jeff Bezos: What matters more than your talents

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In this Princeton University graduation address, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos makes the case that our character is reflected not in the gifts we're endowed with at birth, but by the choices we make over the course of a lifetime.

Kevin Stone: The bio-future of joint replacement

TED2010

Kevin Stone: The bio-future of joint replacement

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Arthritis and injury grind down millions of joints, but few get the best remedy -- real biological tissue. Kevin Stone shows a treatment that could sidestep the high costs and donor shortfall of human-to-human transplants with a novel use of animal tissue.

Tan Le: A headset that reads your brainwaves

TEDGlobal 2010

Tan Le: A headset that reads your brainwaves

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Tan Le's astonishing new computer interface reads its user's brainwaves, making it possible to control virtual objects, and even physical electronics, with mere thoughts (and a little concentration). She demos the headset, and talks about its far-reaching applications.

Dimitar Sasselov: How we found hundreds of potential Earth-like planets

TEDGlobal 2010

Dimitar Sasselov: How we found hundreds of potential Earth-like planets

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Astronomer Dimitar Sasselov and his colleagues search for Earth-like planets that may, someday, help us answer centuries-old questions about the origin and existence of biological life elsewhere (and on Earth). Preliminary results show that they have found 706 "candidates" -- some of which further research may prove to be planets with Earth-like geochemical characteristics. NOTE: This talk was given in 2010, and this field of science has developed quickly since then. Read "Criticisms & updates" below for more details.

Naif Al-Mutawa: Superheroes inspired by Islam

TEDGlobal 2010

Naif Al-Mutawa: Superheroes inspired by Islam

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In "THE 99," Naif Al-Mutawa's new generation of comic book heroes fight more than crime -- they smash stereotypes and battle extremism. Named after the 99 attributes of Allah, his characters reinforce positive messages of Islam and cross cultures to create a new moral framework for confronting evil, even teaming up with the Justice League of America.

Julian Assange: Why the world needs WikiLeaks

TEDGlobal 2010

Julian Assange: Why the world needs WikiLeaks

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The controversial website WikiLeaks collects and posts highly classified documents and video. Founder Julian Assange, who's reportedly being sought for questioning by US authorities, talks to TED's Chris Anderson about how the site operates, what it has accomplished -- and what drives him. The interview includes graphic footage of a recent US airstrike in Baghdad.

Elif Shafak: The politics of fiction

TEDGlobal 2010

Elif Shafak: The politics of fiction

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Listening to stories widens the imagination; telling them lets us leap over cultural walls, embrace different experiences, feel what others feel. Elif Shafak builds on this simple idea to argue that fiction can overcome identity politics.

Ethan Zuckerman: Listening to global voices

TEDGlobal 2010

Ethan Zuckerman: Listening to global voices

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Sure, the web connects the globe, but most of us end up hearing mainly from people just like ourselves. Blogger and technologist Ethan Zuckerman wants to help share the stories of the whole wide world. He talks about clever strategies to open up your Twitter world and read the news in languages you don't even know.

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.