Luca Turin: The science of scent

TED2005

Luca Turin: The science of scent

539,814 views

Readability: 3.7


What's the science behind a sublime perfume? With charm and precision, biophysicist Luca Turin explains the molecular makeup -- and the art -- of a scent.

Tim Brown: Tales of creativity and play

Serious Play 2008

Tim Brown: Tales of creativity and play

2,013,509 views

Readability: 3.4


At the 2008 Serious Play conference, designer Tim Brown talks about the powerful relationship between creative thinking and play -- with many examples you can try at home (and one that maybe you shouldn't).

Paul MacCready: Nature vs. humans

TED1998

Paul MacCready: Nature vs. humans

208,210 views

Readability: 4


In 1998, aircraft designer Paul MacCready looks at a planet on which humans have utterly dominated nature, and talks about what we all can do to preserve nature's balance. His contribution: solar planes, superefficient gliders and the electric car.

Virginia Postrel: On glamour

TED2004

Virginia Postrel: On glamour

391,788 views

Readability: 4.2


In a timely talk, cultural critic Virginia Postrel muses on the true meaning, and the powerful uses, of glamour -- which she defines as any calculated, carefully polished image designed to impress and persuade.

Garrett Lisi: An 8-dimensional model of the universe

TED2008

Garrett Lisi: An 8-dimensional model of the universe

1,585,908 views

Readability: 4.7


Physicist and surfer Garrett Lisi presents a controversial new model of the universe that -- just maybe -- answers all the big questions. If nothing else, it's the most beautiful 8-dimensional model of elementary particles and forces you've ever seen.

Jared Diamond: Why do societies collapse?

TED2003

Jared Diamond: Why do societies collapse?

1,933,936 views

Readability: 5.3


Why do societies fail? With lessons from the Norse of Iron Age Greenland, deforested Easter Island and present-day Montana, Jared Diamond talks about the signs that collapse is near, and how -- if we see it in time -- we can prevent it.

Steven Johnson: The Web as a city

TED2003

Steven Johnson: The Web as a city

365,438 views

Readability: 3.9


Outside.in's Steven Johnson says the Web is like a city: built by many people, completely controlled by no one, intricately interconnected and yet functioning as many independent parts. While disaster strikes in one place, elsewhere, life goes on.

David Perry: Are games better than life?

TED2006

David Perry: Are games better than life?

1,153,761 views

Readability: 3.9


Game designer David Perry says tomorrow's videogames will be more than mere fun to the next generation of gamers. They'll be lush, complex, emotional experiences -- more involving and meaningful to some than real life. With an excerpt from Michael Highland's film "As Real as Your Life."

James Nachtwey: Moving photos of extreme drug-resistant TB

TED Prize Wish

James Nachtwey: Moving photos of extreme drug-resistant TB

436,469 views

Readability: 4.8


An ancient disease is taking on a deadly new form. James Nachtwey share his powerful photographs of XDR-TB, a newly drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis that has developed due to misused and inadequate medical treatments -- and that might be touching off a global medical crisis.

Rodney Brooks: Robots will invade our lives

TED2003

Rodney Brooks: Robots will invade our lives

623,842 views

Readability: 3.6


In this prophetic talk from 2003, roboticist Rodney Brooks talks about how robots are going to work their way into our lives -- starting with toys and moving into household chores ... and beyond.

David S. Rose: How to pitch to a VC

TED2007

David S. Rose: How to pitch to a VC

1,112,951 views

Readability: 2.8


Thinking startup? David S. Rose's rapid-fire TED U talk on pitching to a venture capitalist tells you the 10 things you need to know about yourself -- and prove to a VC -- before you fire up your slideshow.

Marvin Minsky: Health and the human mind

TED2003

Marvin Minsky: Health and the human mind

537,274 views

Readability: 3.5


Listen closely -- Marvin Minsky's arch, eclectic, charmingly offhand talk on health, overpopulation and the human mind is packed with subtlety: wit, wisdom and just an ounce of wily, is-he-joking? advice.