Paul Bennett: Design is in the details

TEDGlobal 2005

Paul Bennett: Design is in the details

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Showing a series of inspiring, unusual and playful products, British branding and design guru Paul Bennett explains that design doesn't have to be about grand gestures, but can solve small, universal and overlooked problems.

Martin Rees: Is this our final century?

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Martin Rees: Is this our final century?

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Speaking as both an astronomer and "a concerned member of the human race," Sir Martin Rees examines our planet and its future from a cosmic perspective. He urges action to prevent dark consequences from our scientific and technological development.

Frans Lanting: The story of life in photographs

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Frans Lanting: The story of life in photographs

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In this stunning slideshow, celebrated nature photographer Frans Lanting presents The LIFE Project, a poetic collection of photographs that tell the story of our planet, from its eruptive beginnings to its present diversity. Soundtrack by Philip Glass.

Aubrey de Grey: A roadmap to end aging

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Aubrey de Grey: A roadmap to end aging

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Cambridge researcher Aubrey de Grey argues that aging is merely a disease -- and a curable one at that. Humans age in seven basic ways, he says, all of which can be averted.

Jimmy Wales: The birth of Wikipedia

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Jimmy Wales: The birth of Wikipedia

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Jimmy Wales recalls how he assembled "a ragtag band of volunteers," gave them tools for collaborating and created Wikipedia, the self-organizing, self-correcting, never-finished online encyclopedia.

Phil Borges: Photos of endangered cultures

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Phil Borges: Photos of endangered cultures

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Photographer Phil Borges shows rarely seen images of people from the mountains of Dharamsala, India, and the jungles of the Ecuadorean Amazon. In documenting these endangered cultures, he intends to help preserve them.

Steven Levitt: The freakonomics of crack dealing

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Steven Levitt: The freakonomics of crack dealing

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"Freakonomics" author Steven Levitt presents new data on the finances of drug dealing. Contrary to popular myth, he says, being a street-corner crack dealer isn't lucrative: It pays below minimum wage. And your boss can kill you.

Seth Godin: How to get your ideas to spread

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Seth Godin: How to get your ideas to spread

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In a world of too many options and too little time, our obvious choice is to just ignore the ordinary stuff. Marketing guru Seth Godin spells out why, when it comes to getting our attention, bad or bizarre ideas are more successful than boring ones.

Pilobolus: A dance of "Symbiosis"

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Pilobolus: A dance of "Symbiosis"

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Two Pilobolus dancers perform "Symbiosis." Does it trace the birth of a relationship? Or the co-evolution of symbiotic species? Music: "God Music," George Crumb; "Fratres," Arvo Part; "Morango...Almost a Tango," Thomas Oboe Lee.

Michael Shermer: Why people believe weird things

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Michael Shermer: Why people believe weird things

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Why do people see the Virgin Mary on a cheese sandwich or hear demonic lyrics in "Stairway to Heaven"? Using video and music, skeptic Michael Shermer shows how we convince ourselves to believe -- and overlook the facts.

Mena Trott: Meet the founder of the blog revolution

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Mena Trott: Meet the founder of the blog revolution

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The founding mother of the blog revolution, Movable Type's Mena Trott, talks about the early days of blogging, when she realized that giving regular people the power to share our lives online is the key to building a friendlier, more connected world.