Laura Trice: Remember to say thank you

TED2008

Laura Trice: Remember to say thank you

1,949,170 views

Readability: 2.4


In this deceptively simple 3-minute talk, Dr. Laura Trice muses on the power of the magic words "thank you" -- to deepen a friendship, to repair a bond, to make sure another person knows what they mean to you. Try it.

Brewster Kahle: A free digital library

EG 2007

Brewster Kahle: A free digital library

468,121 views

Readability: 3.4


Brewster Kahle is building a truly huge digital library -- every book ever published, every movie ever released, all the strata of web history ... It's all free to the public -- unless someone else gets to it first.

Keith Bellows: The camel's hump

TED2002

Keith Bellows: The camel's hump

195,330 views

Readability: 3.3


Keith Bellows gleefully outlines the engineering marvels of the camel, a vital creature he calls "the SUV of the desert." Though he couldn't bring a live camel to TED, he gets his camera crew as close as humanly possible to a one-ton beast in full rut.

Irwin Redlener: How to survive a nuclear attack

TED2008

Irwin Redlener: How to survive a nuclear attack

698,168 views

Readability: 4.2


The face of nuclear terror has changed since the Cold War, but disaster-medicine expert Irwin Redlener reminds us the threat is still real. He looks at some of history's farcical countermeasures and offers practical advice on how to survive an attack.

David Gallo: Life in the deep oceans

TED1998

David Gallo: Life in the deep oceans

1,029,607 views

Readability: 3.5


With vibrant video clips captured by submarines, David Gallo takes us to some of Earth's darkest, most violent, toxic and beautiful habitats, the valleys and volcanic ridges of the oceans' depths, where life is bizarre, resilient and shockingly abundant.

Peter Diamandis: Our next giant leap

TEDGlobal 2005

Peter Diamandis: Our next giant leap

523,941 views

Readability: 3.8


Peter Diamandis says it's our moral imperative to keep exploring space -- and he talks about how, with the X Prize and other incentives, we're going to do just that.

Jonathan Drori: What we think we know

TED2007

Jonathan Drori: What we think we know

1,057,226 views

Readability: 3.3


Starting with four basic questions (that you may be surprised to find you can't answer), Jonathan Drori looks at the gaps in our knowledge -- and specifically, what we don't about science that we might think we do.

Paul Rothemund: DNA folding, in detail

TED2008

Paul Rothemund: DNA folding, in detail

624,466 views

Readability: 4


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

341,702 views

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

1,065,736 views

Readability: 2.9


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

4,419,314 views

Readability: 2.8


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

1,474,227 views

Readability: 4.2


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"

729,404 views

Readability: 4.3


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

1,169,196 views

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

720,527 views

Readability: 4.5


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

293,950 views

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

872,341 views

Readability: 3.4


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

709,931 views

Readability: 4.1


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.