Emily Levine: A theory of everything

TED2002

Emily Levine: A theory of everything

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Readability: 3.9


Philosopher-comedian Emily Levine talks (hilariously) about science, math, society and the way everything connects. She's a brilliant trickster, poking holes in our fixed ideas and bringing hidden truths to light. Settle in and let her ping your brain.

Bonnie Bassler: How bacteria "talk"

TED2009

Bonnie Bassler: How bacteria "talk"

2,336,482 views

Readability: 4


Bonnie Bassler discovered that bacteria "talk" to each other, using a chemical language that lets them coordinate defense and mount attacks. The find has stunning implications for medicine, industry -- and our understanding of ourselves.

Nathaniel Kahn: Scenes from "My Architect"

TED2002

Nathaniel Kahn: Scenes from "My Architect"

351,827 views

Readability: 2.9


Nathaniel Kahn shares clips from his documentary "My Architect," about his quest to understand his father, the legendary architect Louis Kahn. It's a film with meaning to anyone who seeks to understand the relationship between art and love.

Ueli Gegenschatz: Extreme wingsuit flying

TED2009

Ueli Gegenschatz: Extreme wingsuit flying

1,495,781 views

Readability: 3.6


Wingsuit jumping is the leading edge of extreme sports -- an exhilarating feat of almost unbelievable daring, where skydivers soar through canyons at over 100MPH. Ueli Gegenschatz talks about how (and why) he does it, and shows jawdropping film.

Jacek Utko: Can design save newspapers?

TED2009

Jacek Utko: Can design save newspapers?

1,078,339 views

Readability: 3.7


Jacek Utko is an extraordinary Polish newspaper designer whose redesigns for papers in Eastern Europe not only win awards, but increase circulation by up to 100%. Can good design save the newspaper? It just might.

C.K. Williams: Poetry of youth and age

TED2001

C.K. Williams: Poetry of youth and age

261,039 views

Readability: 4.2


Poet C.K. Williams reads his work at TED2001. As he colors scenes of childhood resentments, college loves, odd neighbors and the literal death of youth, he reminds us of the unique challenges of living.

Nathan Wolfe: The jungle search for viruses

TED2009

Nathan Wolfe: The jungle search for viruses

1,182,909 views

Readability: 4.4


Virus hunter Nathan Wolfe is outwitting the next pandemic by staying two steps ahead: discovering deadly new viruses where they first emerge -- passing from animals to humans among poor subsistence hunters in Africa -- before they claim millions of lives.

David Pogue: Cool tricks your phone can do

EG 2008

David Pogue: Cool tricks your phone can do

764,460 views

Readability: 3.3


In this engaging talk from the EG'08 conference, New York Times tech columnist David Pogue rounds up some handy cell phone tools and services that can boost your productivity and lower your bills (and your blood pressure).

Jacqueline Novogratz: An escape from poverty

TED2009

Jacqueline Novogratz: An escape from poverty

1,038,210 views

Readability: 3.3


Jacqueline Novogratz tells a moving story of an encounter in a Nairobi slum with Jane, a former prostitute, whose dreams of escaping poverty, of becoming a doctor and of getting married were fulfilled in an unexpected way.

Kamal Meattle: How to grow fresh air

TED2009

Kamal Meattle: How to grow fresh air

3,351,783 views

Readability: 4.1


Researcher Kamal Meattle shows how an arrangement of three common houseplants, used in specific spots in a home or office building, can result in measurably cleaner indoor air.

Bruce McCall: What is retro-futurism?

Serious Play 2008

Bruce McCall: What is retro-futurism?

419,770 views

Readability: 3.7


Bruce McCall paints a retro-future that never happened -- full of flying cars, polo-playing tanks and the RMS Tyrannic, "The Biggest Thing in All the World." At Serious Play '08, he narrates a brisk and funny slideshow of his faux-nostalgic art.

Dan Ariely: Our buggy moral code

TED2009

Dan Ariely: Our buggy moral code

2,936,265 views

Readability: 3.2


Behavioral economist Dan Ariely studies the bugs in our moral code: the hidden reasons we think it's OK to cheat or steal (sometimes). Clever studies help make his point that we're predictably irrational -- and can be influenced in ways we can't grasp.

Dan Dennett: Cute, sexy, sweet, funny

TED2009

Dan Dennett: Cute, sexy, sweet, funny

2,623,927 views

Readability: 3.4


Why are babies cute? Why is cake sweet? Philosopher Dan Dennett has answers you wouldn't expect, as he shares evolution's counterintuitive reasoning on cute, sweet and sexy things (plus a new theory from Matthew Hurley on why jokes are funny).

Tim Berners-Lee: The next web

TED2009

Tim Berners-Lee: The next web

1,443,704 views

Readability: 3.8


20 years ago, Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. For his next project, he's building a web for open, linked data that could do for numbers what the Web did for words, pictures, video: unlock our data and reframe the way we use it together.

Stuart Brown: Play is more than just fun

Serious Play 2008

Stuart Brown: Play is more than just fun

1,809,911 views

Readability: 4


A pioneer in research on play, Dr. Stuart Brown says humor, games, roughhousing, flirtation and fantasy are more than just fun. Plenty of play in childhood makes for happy, smart adults -- and keeping it up can make us smarter at any age.

Aimee Mullins: My 12 pairs of legs

TED2009

Aimee Mullins: My 12 pairs of legs

3,759,087 views

Readability: 3.8


Athlete, actor and activist Aimee Mullins talks about her prosthetic legs -- she's got a dozen amazing pairs -- and the superpowers they grant her: speed, beauty, an extra 6 inches of height ... Quite simply, she redefines what the body can be.

Don Norman: 3 ways good design makes you happy

TED2003

Don Norman: 3 ways good design makes you happy

1,419,895 views

Readability: 3.3


In this talk from 2003, design critic Don Norman turns his incisive eye toward beauty, fun, pleasure and emotion, as he looks at design that makes people happy. He names the three emotional cues that a well-designed product must hit to succeed.

Eric Lewis: Piano jazz that rocks

TED2009

Eric Lewis: Piano jazz that rocks

711,444 views

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Eric Lewis, an astonishingly talented crossover jazz pianist -- seen by many for the first time at TED2009 -- sets fire to the keys with his shattering rendition of Evanescence's chart-topper, "Going Under."

Mike Rowe: Learning from dirty jobs

EG 2008

Mike Rowe: Learning from dirty jobs

5,344,157 views

Readability: 3.1


Mike Rowe, the host of "Dirty Jobs," tells some compelling (and horrifying) real-life job stories. Listen for his insights and observations about the nature of hard work, and how it's been unjustifiably degraded in society today.

Nalini Nadkarni: Conserving the canopy

TED2009

Nalini Nadkarni: Conserving the canopy

441,963 views

Readability: 4.4


A unique ecosystem of plants, birds and monkeys thrives in the treetops of the rainforest. Nalini Nadkarni explores these canopy worlds -- and shares her findings with the world below, through dance, art and bold partnerships.

Willie Smits: How to restore a rainforest

TED2009

Willie Smits: How to restore a rainforest

720,107 views

Readability: 3.6


By piecing together a complex ecological puzzle, biologist Willie Smits believes he has found a way to re-grow clearcut rainforest in Borneo, saving local orangutans — and creating a thrilling blueprint for restoring fragile ecosystems. NOTE: The core content of this talk has been challenged on a number of grounds. For details, and Willie Smits' response, please see "A challenge to Willie Smits' talk" below.

Brenda Laurel: Why not make video games for girls?

TED1998

Brenda Laurel: Why not make video games for girls?

396,553 views

Readability: 4


At TED in 1998, Brenda Laurel asks: Why are all the top-selling videogames aimed at little boys? She spent two years researching the world of girls (and shares amazing interviews and photos) to create a game that girls would love.

Evan Williams: The voices of Twitter users

TED2009

Evan Williams: The voices of Twitter users

1,169,970 views

Readability: 4.4


In the year leading up to this talk, the web tool Twitter exploded in size (up 10x during 2008 alone). Co-founder Evan Williams reveals that many of the ideas driving that growth came from unexpected uses invented by the users themselves.