Bill Gates: Mosquitos, malaria and education

TED2009

Bill Gates: Mosquitos, malaria and education

2,741,388 views

Readability: 3.3


Bill Gates hopes to solve some of the world's biggest problems using a new kind of philanthropy. In a passionate and, yes, funny 18 minutes, he asks us to consider two big questions and how we might answer them. (And see the Q&A on the TED Blog.)

Bill Gross: A solar energy system that tracks the sun

TED2003

Bill Gross: A solar energy system that tracks the sun

627,204 views

Readability: 3.9


Bill Gross, the founder of Idealab, talks about his life as an inventor, starting with his high-school company selling solar energy plans and kits. Learn here about a groundbreaking system for solar cells -- and some questions we haven't yet solved.

Natalie MacMaster: Fiddling in reel time

TED2003

Natalie MacMaster: Fiddling in reel time

1,160,217 views

Readability: 3.5


Natalie MacMaster and her musical partner Donnell Leahy play several tunes from the Cape Breton tradition -- a sprightly, soulful style of folk fiddling. It's an inspired collaboration that will have you clapping (and maybe dancing) along.

Joe DeRisi: Solving medical mysteries

TED2006

Joe DeRisi: Solving medical mysteries

418,283 views

Readability: 4.3


Biochemist Joe DeRisi talks about amazing new ways to diagnose viruses (and treat the illnesses they cause) using DNA. His work may help us understand malaria, SARS, avian flu -- and the 60 percent of everyday viral infections that go undiagnosed.

Aimee Mullins: Changing my legs - and my mindset

TED1998

Aimee Mullins: Changing my legs - and my mindset

1,085,321 views

Readability: 3


In this TED archive video from 1998, paralympic sprinter Aimee Mullins talks about her record-setting career as a runner, and about the amazing carbon-fiber prosthetic legs (then a prototype) that helped her cross the finish line.

Woody Norris: Hypersonic sound and other inventions

TED2004

Woody Norris: Hypersonic sound and other inventions

1,223,918 views

Readability: 3.2


Woody Norris shows off two of his inventions that use sound in new ways, including the Long Range Acoustic Device, or LRAD. He talks about his untraditional approach to inventing and education, because, as he puts it: "Almost nothing has been invented yet." So -- what's next?

Peter Ward: A theory of Earth's mass extinctions

TED2008

Peter Ward: A theory of Earth's mass extinctions

863,529 views

Readability: 3.9


Asteroid strikes get all the coverage, but "Medea Hypothesis" author Peter Ward argues that most of Earth's mass extinctions were caused by lowly bacteria. The culprit, a poison called hydrogen sulfide, may have an interesting application in medicine.

Jamais Cascio: Tools for a better world

TED2006

Jamais Cascio: Tools for a better world

218,896 views

Readability: 5.7


We all want to make the world better -- but how? Jamais Cascio looks at some specific tools and techniques that can make a difference. It's a fascinating talk that might just inspire you to act.

Barry Schuler: Genomics 101

Taste3 2008

Barry Schuler: Genomics 101

406,604 views

Readability: 3.8


What is genomics? How will it affect our lives? In this intriguing primer on the genomics revolution, entrepreneur Barry Schuler says we can at least expect healthier, tastier food. He suggests we start with the pinot noir grape, to build better wines.

David Carson: Design and discovery

TED2003

David Carson: Design and discovery

818,846 views

Readability: 3.4


Great design is a never-ending journey of discovery -- for which it helps to pack a healthy sense of humor. Sociologist and surfer-turned-designer David Carson walks through a gorgeous (and often quite funny) slide deck of his work and found images.

Paula Scher: Great design is serious, not solemn

Serious Play 2008

Paula Scher: Great design is serious, not solemn

540,804 views

Readability: 3.9


Paula Scher looks back at a life in design (she's done album covers, books, the Citibank logo ...) and pinpoints the moment when she started really having fun. Look for gorgeous designs and images from her legendary career.

Joseph Pine: What consumers want

TED2004

Joseph Pine: What consumers want

1,012,814 views

Readability: 3.7


Customers want to feel what they buy is authentic, but "Mass Customization" author Joseph Pine says selling authenticity is tough because, well, there's no such thing. He talks about a few experiences that may be artificial but make millions anyway.

Peter Reinhart: The art and craft of bread

Taste3 2008

Peter Reinhart: The art and craft of bread

861,453 views

Readability: 3.4


Batch to batch, crust to crust ... In tribute to the beloved staple food, baking master Peter Reinhart reflects on the cordial couplings (wheat and yeast, starch and heat) that give us our daily bread. Try not to eat a slice.

Scott McCloud: The visual magic of comics

TED2005

Scott McCloud: The visual magic of comics

1,082,783 views

Readability: 4.2


In this unmissable look at the magic of comics, Scott McCloud bends the presentation format into a cartoon-like experience, where colorful diversions whiz through childhood fascinations and imagined futures that our eyes can hear and touch.

Rob Forbes: Ways of seeing

TED2006

Rob Forbes: Ways of seeing

385,130 views

Readability: 4.7


Rob Forbes, the founder of Design Within Reach, shows a gallery of snapshots that inform his way of seeing the world. Charming juxtapositions, found art, urban patterns -- this slideshow will open your eyes to the world around you.

Greg Lynn: Organic algorithms in architecture

TED2005

Greg Lynn: Organic algorithms in architecture

369,532 views

Readability: 5


Greg Lynn talks about the mathematical roots of architecture -- and how calculus and digital tools allow modern designers to move beyond the traditional building forms. A glorious church in Queens (and a titanium tea set) illustrate his theory.

Paul Moller: My dream of a flying car

TED2004

Paul Moller: My dream of a flying car

430,227 views

Readability: 4


Paul Moller talks about the future of personal air travel -- the marriage of autos and flight that will give us true freedom to travel off-road. He shows two things he's working on: the Moller Skycar (a jet + car) and a passenger-friendly hovering disc.

Paul Sereno: Digging up dinosaurs

TED2005

Paul Sereno: Digging up dinosaurs

789,225 views

Readability: 3.9


Strange landscapes, scorching heat and (sometimes) mad crocodiles await scientists seeking clues to evolution's genius. Paleontologist Paul Sereno talks about his surprising encounters with prehistory -- and a new way to help students join the adventure.

John Maeda: My journey in design

Serious Play 2008

John Maeda: My journey in design

253,654 views

Readability: 3.2


Designer John Maeda talks about his path from a Seattle tofu factory to the Rhode Island School of Design, where he became president in 2008. Maeda, a tireless experimenter and a witty observer, explores the crucial moment when design met computers.

Kary Mullis: Play! Experiment! Discover!

TED2002

Kary Mullis: Play! Experiment! Discover!

547,838 views

Readability: 3.3


Biochemist Kary Mullis talks about the basis of modern science: the experiment. Sharing tales from the 17th century and from his own backyard-rocketry days, Mullis celebrates the curiosity, inspiration and rigor of good science in all its forms.

Jennifer 8. Lee: The hunt for General Tso

Taste3 2008

Jennifer 8. Lee: The hunt for General Tso

1,338,672 views

Readability: 4.4


Reporter Jennifer 8. Lee talks about her hunt for the origins of familiar Chinese-American dishes -- exploring the hidden spots where these two cultures have (so tastily) combined to form a new cuisine.

Nicholas Negroponte: Taking OLPC to Colombia

TED in the Field

Nicholas Negroponte: Taking OLPC to Colombia

368,410 views

Readability: 3.5


TED follows Nicholas Negroponte to Colombia as he delivers laptops inside territory once controlled by guerrillas. His partner? Colombia's Defense Department, who see One Laptop per Child as an investment in the region. (And you too can get involved.)

Steven Strogatz: The science of sync

TED2004

Steven Strogatz: The science of sync

669,210 views

Readability: 3.6


Mathematician Steven Strogatz shows how flocks of creatures (like birds, fireflies and fish) manage to synchronize and act as a unit -- when no one's giving orders. The powerful tendency extends into the realm of objects, too.

Penelope Boston: There might just be life on Mars

TED2006

Penelope Boston: There might just be life on Mars

664,284 views

Readability: 4.3


So the Mars Rovers didn't scoop up any alien lifeforms. Scientist Penelope Boston thinks there's a good chance -- a 25 to 50 percent chance, in fact -- that life might exist on Mars, deep inside the planet's caves. She details how we should look and why.

Dan Gilbert: Why we make bad decisions

TEDGlobal 2005

Dan Gilbert: Why we make bad decisions

4,133,687 views

Readability: 3.4


Dan Gilbert presents research and data from his exploration of happiness -- sharing some surprising tests and experiments that you can also try on yourself. Watch through to the end for a sparkling Q&A with some familiar TED faces.

Benjamin Wallace: The price of happiness

Taste3 2008

Benjamin Wallace: The price of happiness

1,960,587 views

Readability: 3.9


Can happiness be bought? To find out, author Benjamin Wallace sampled the world's most expensive products, including a bottle of 1947 Chateau Cheval Blanc, 8 ounces of Kobe beef and the fabled (notorious) Kopi Luwak coffee. His critique may surprise you.

Dennis vanEngelsdorp: A plea for bees

Taste3 2008

Dennis vanEngelsdorp: A plea for bees

642,191 views

Readability: 3.4


Bees are dying in droves. Why? Leading apiarist Dennis vanEngelsdorp looks at the gentle, misunderstood creature's important place in nature and the mystery behind its alarming disappearance.

Eva Zeisel: The playful search for beauty

TED2001

Eva Zeisel: The playful search for beauty

459,571 views

Readability: 3.5


The ceramics designer Eva Zeisel looks back on a 75-year career. What keeps her work as fresh today (her latest line debuted in 2008) as in 1926? Her sense of play and beauty, and her drive for adventure. Listen for stories from a rich, colorful life.