Jane Poynter: Life in Biosphere 2

TEDxUSC

Jane Poynter: Life in Biosphere 2

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Readability: 3.3


Jane Poynter tells her story of living two years and 20 minutes in Biosphere 2 -- an experience that provoked her to explore how we might sustain life in the harshest of environments.

Richard St. John: Success is a continuous journey

TED2009

Richard St. John: Success is a continuous journey

3,952,232 views

Readability: 3.1


In his typically candid style, Richard St. John reminds us that success is not a one-way street, but a constant journey. He uses the story of his business' rise and fall to illustrate a valuable lesson -- when we stop trying, we fail.

Robert Full: Learning from the gecko's tail

TED2009

Robert Full: Learning from the gecko's tail

682,117 views

Readability: 3.7


Biologist Robert Full studies the amazing gecko, with its supersticky feet and tenacious climbing skill. But high-speed footage reveals that the gecko's tail harbors perhaps the most surprising talents of all.

Nancy Etcoff: Happiness and its surprises

TED2004

Nancy Etcoff: Happiness and its surprises

1,761,179 views

Readability: 4.2


Cognitive researcher Nancy Etcoff looks at happiness -- the ways we try to achieve and increase it, the way it's untethered to our real circumstances, and its surprising effect on our bodies.

John La Grou: A plug for smart power outlets

TED2009

John La Grou: A plug for smart power outlets

631,488 views

Readability: 5.4


John La Grou unveils an ingenious new technology that will smarten up the electrical outlets in our homes, using microprocessors and RFID tags. The invention, Safeplug, promises to prevent deadly accidents like house fires -- and to conserve energy.

Kevin Surace: Eco-friendly drywall

TED2009

Kevin Surace: Eco-friendly drywall

364,978 views

Readability: 3.1


Kevin Surace suggests we rethink basic construction materials -- such as the familiar wallboard -- to reduce the huge carbon footprint generated by the manufacturing and construction of our buildings. He introduces EcoRock, a clean, recyclable and energy-efficient drywall created by his team at Serious Materials.

Pete Alcorn: The world in 2200

TED2009

Pete Alcorn: The world in 2200

511,987 views

Readability: 4.5


In this short, optimistic talk from TED2009, Pete Alcorn shares a vision of the world of two centuries from now -- when declining populations and growing opportunity prove Malthus was wrong.

Felix Dennis: Odes to vice and consequences

TED2004

Felix Dennis: Odes to vice and consequences

303,730 views

Readability: 3.2


Media big shot Felix Dennis roars his fiery, funny, sometimes racy original poetry, revisiting haunting memories and hard-won battle scars from a madcap -- yet not too repentant -- life. Best enjoyed with a glass of wine.

Yann Arthus-Bertrand: A wide-angle view of fragile Earth

TED2009

Yann Arthus-Bertrand: A wide-angle view of fragile Earth

805,596 views

Readability: 3.1


In this image-filled talk, Yann Arthus-Bertrand displays his three most recent projects on humanity and our habitat -- stunning aerial photographs in his series "The Earth From Above," personal interviews from around the globe featured in his web project "6 billion Others," and his soon-to-be-released movie, "Home," which documents human impact on the environment through breathtaking video.

Liz Coleman: A call to reinvent liberal arts education

TED2009

Liz Coleman: A call to reinvent liberal arts education

610,411 views

Readability: 5.4


Bennington president Liz Coleman delivers a call-to-arms for radical reform in higher education. Bucking the trend to push students toward increasingly narrow areas of study, she proposes a truly cross-disciplinary education -- one that dynamically combines all areas of study to address the great problems of our day.

Kaki King: Playing "Pink Noise" on guitar

TED2008

Kaki King: Playing "Pink Noise" on guitar

1,092,176 views

Readability: 3.6


Kaki King, the first female on Rolling Stone's "guitar god" list, rocks out to a full live set at TED2008, including her breakout single, "Playing with Pink Noise." Jaw-dropping virtuosity meets a guitar technique that truly stands out.

Jonathan Drori: Why we're storing billions of seeds

TED2009

Jonathan Drori: Why we're storing billions of seeds

584,179 views

Readability: 3.2


In this brief talk from TED U 2009, Jonathan Drori encourages us to save biodiversity -- one seed at a time. Reminding us that plants support human life, he shares the vision of the Millennium Seed Bank, which has stored over 3 billion seeds to date from dwindling yet essential plant species.

Michelle Obama: A passionate, personal case for education

Elizabeth G. Anderson School

Michelle Obama: A passionate, personal case for education

1,093,312 views

Readability: 3.3


Speaking to an audience of students, US First Lady Michelle Obama reminds each one to take their education seriously -- and never take it for granted. This new, brilliant generation, she tells us, is the one that could close the gap between the world as it is and the world as it should be.

Jay Walker: The world's English mania

TED2009

Jay Walker: The world's English mania

4,450,193 views

Readability: 4.6


Jay Walker explains why two billion people around the world are trying to learn English. He shares photos and spine-tingling audio of Chinese students rehearsing English -- "the world's second language" -- by the thousands.

Joachim de Posada: Don't eat the marshmallow!

TED2009

Joachim de Posada: Don't eat the marshmallow!

2,923,426 views

Readability: 2.5


In this short talk from TED U, Joachim de Posada shares a landmark experiment on delayed gratification -- and how it can predict future success. With priceless video of kids trying their hardest not to eat the marshmallow.

Yves Behar: A supercharged motorcycle design

TED2009

Yves Behar: A supercharged motorcycle design

566,197 views

Readability: 4.6


Yves Behar and Forrest North unveil Mission One, a sleek, powerful electric motorcycle. They share slides from distant (yet similar) childhoods that show how collaboration kick-started their friendship -- and shared dreams.

Carolyn Porco: Could a Saturn moon harbor life?

TED2009

Carolyn Porco: Could a Saturn moon harbor life?

952,108 views

Readability: 5.7


Carolyn Porco shares exciting new findings from the Cassini spacecraft's recent sweep of one of Saturn's moons, Enceladus. Samples gathered from the moon's icy geysers hint that an ocean under its surface could harbor life.

Mary Roach: 10 things you didn't know about orgasm

TED2009

Mary Roach: 10 things you didn't know about orgasm

23,420,924 views

Readability: 4.4


"Bonk" author Mary Roach delves into obscure scientific research, some of it centuries old, to make 10 surprising claims about sexual climax, ranging from the bizarre to the hilarious. (This talk is aimed at adults. Viewer discretion advised.)

Dan Ariely: Are we in control of our own decisions?

EG 2008

Dan Ariely: Are we in control of our own decisions?

5,457,067 views

Readability: 3.3


Behavioral economist Dan Ariely, the author of Predictably Irrational, uses classic visual illusions and his own counterintuitive (and sometimes shocking) research findings to show how we're not as rational as we think when we make decisions.

Ray Anderson: The business logic of sustainability

TED2009

Ray Anderson: The business logic of sustainability

945,495 views

Readability: 5.1


At his carpet company, Ray Anderson has increased sales and doubled profits while turning the traditional "take / make / waste" industrial system on its head. In a gentle, understated way, he shares a powerful vision for sustainable commerce.

Eric Lewis: Chaos and harmony on piano

TED2009

Eric Lewis: Chaos and harmony on piano

397,252 views

Readability: 0

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Eric Lewis explores the piano's expressive power as he pounds and caresses the keys (and the strings) in a performance during the 2009 TED Prize session. He plays an original song, a tribute to ocean and sky and the vision of the TED Prize winners.

Seth Godin: The tribes we lead

TED2009

Seth Godin: The tribes we lead

2,104,880 views

Readability: 3.2


Seth Godin argues the Internet has ended mass marketing and revived a human social unit from the distant past: tribes. Founded on shared ideas and values, tribes give ordinary people the power to lead and make big change. He urges us to do so.

Louise Fresco: We need to feed the whole world

TED2009

Louise Fresco: We need to feed the whole world

964,071 views

Readability: 3.4


Louise Fresco shows us why we should celebrate mass-produced, supermarket-style white bread. She says environmentally sound mass production will feed the world, yet leave a role for small bakeries and traditional methods.

Tom Shannon: Anti-gravity sculpture

TED2003

Tom Shannon: Anti-gravity sculpture

1,161,905 views

Readability: 3.7


Tom Shannon shows off his gravity-defying, otherworldly sculpture -- made of simple, earthly materials -- that floats and spins like planets on magnets and suspension wire. It's science-inspired art at its most heavenly.

Mae Jemison: Teach arts and sciences together

TED2002

Mae Jemison: Teach arts and sciences together

811,508 views

Readability: 4.4


Mae Jemison is an astronaut, a doctor, an art collector, a dancer ... Telling stories from her own education and from her time in space, she calls on educators to teach both the arts and sciences, both intuition and logic, as one -- to create bold thinkers.