Paul Rothemund: DNA folding, in detail

TED2008

Paul Rothemund: DNA folding, in detail

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In 2007, Paul Rothemund gave TED a short summary of his specialty, DNA folding. Now he lays out in clear, abundant detail the immense promise of this field -- to create tiny machines that assemble themselves.

John Q. Walker: Great piano performances, recreated

EG 2007

John Q. Walker: Great piano performances, recreated

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Readability: 3.6


Imagine hearing great, departed pianists play again today, just as they would in person. John Q. Walker demonstrates how recordings can be analyzed for precise keystrokes and pedal motions, then played back on computer-controlled grand pianos.

Ian Dunbar: Dog-friendly dog training

EG 2007

Ian Dunbar: Dog-friendly dog training

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Speaking at the 2007 EG conference, trainer Ian Dunbar asks us to see the world through the eyes of our beloved dogs. By knowing our pets' perspective, we can build their love and trust. It's a message that resonates well beyond the animal world.

Lennart Green: Close-up card magic with a twist

TED2005

Lennart Green: Close-up card magic with a twist

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Like your uncle at a family party, the rumpled Swedish doctor Lennart Green says, "Pick a card, any card." But what he does with those cards is pure magic -- flabbergasting, lightning-fast, how-does-he-do-it? magic.

Patricia Burchat: Shedding light on dark matter

TED2008

Patricia Burchat: Shedding light on dark matter

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Physicist Patricia Burchat sheds light on two basic ingredients of our universe: dark matter and dark energy. Comprising 96% of the universe between them, they can't be directly measured, but their influence is immense.

Nellie McKay: "The Dog Song"

TED2008

Nellie McKay: "The Dog Song"

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Animal fan Nellie McKay sings a sparkling tribute to her dear dog. She suggests we all do the same: "Just go right to the pound/ And find yourself a hound/ And make that doggie proud/ 'cause that's what it's all about."

David Griffin: How photography connects us

TED2008

David Griffin: How photography connects us

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Readability: 4.5


The photo director for National Geographic, David Griffin knows the power of photography to connect us to our world. In a talk filled with glorious images, he talks about how we all use photos to tell our stories.

Spencer Wells: A family tree for humanity

TEDGlobal 2007

Spencer Wells: A family tree for humanity

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All humans share some common bits of DNA, passed down to us from our African ancestors. Geneticist Spencer Wells talks about how his Genographic Project will use this shared DNA to figure out how we are -- in all our diversity -- truly connected.

Reed Kroloff: A tour of modern architecture

TED2003

Reed Kroloff: A tour of modern architecture

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Readability: 3.8


Reed Kroloff gives us a new lens for judging new architecture: is it modern, or is it romantic? Look for glorious images from two leading practices -- and a blistering critique of the 9/11 planning process.

Jonathan Harris: The web as art

TED2007

Jonathan Harris: The web as art

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At the EG conference in December 2007, artist Jonathan Harris discusses his latest projects, which involve collecting stories: his own, strangers', and stories collected from the Internet, including his amazing "We Feel Fine."

Louise Leakey: A dig for humanity's origins

TED2008

Louise Leakey: A dig for humanity's origins

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Louise Leakey asks, "Who are we?" The question takes her to the Rift Valley in Eastern Africa, where she digs for the evolutionary origins of humankind -- and suggests a stunning new vision of our competing ancestors.

Keith Barry: Brain magic

TED2004

Keith Barry: Brain magic

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Readability: 3.1


First, Keith Barry shows us how our brains can fool our bodies -- in a trick that works via podcast too. Then he involves the audience in some jaw-dropping (and even a bit dangerous) feats of brain magic.

Billy Graham: On technology and faith

TED1998

Billy Graham: On technology and faith

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Speaking at TED in 1998, Rev. Billy Graham marvels at technology's power to improve lives and change the world -- but says the end of evil, suffering and death will come only after the world accepts Christ. A legendary talk from TED's archives.

Helen Fisher: The brain in love

TED2008

Helen Fisher: The brain in love

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Readability: 3.6


Why do we crave love so much, even to the point that we would die for it? To learn more about our very real, very physical need for romantic love, Helen Fisher and her research team took MRIs of people in love -- and people who had just been dumped.

Torsten Reil: Animate characters by evolving them

TED2003

Torsten Reil: Animate characters by evolving them

333,216 views

Readability: 3.5


Torsten Reil talks about how the study of biology can help make natural-looking animated people -- by building a human from the inside out, with bones, muscles and a nervous system. He spoke at TED in 2003; see his work now in GTA4.

Chris Abani: On humanity

TED2008

Chris Abani: On humanity

882,918 views

Readability: 3.2


Chris Abani tells stories of people: People standing up to soldiers. People being compassionate. People being human and reclaiming their humanity. It's "ubuntu," he says: the only way for me to be human is for you to reflect my humanity back at me.