Neri Oxman: Design at the intersection of technology and biology

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Neri Oxman: Design at the intersection of technology and biology

March 19, 2015


Designer and architect Neri Oxman is leading the search for ways in which digital fabrication technologies can interact with the biological world. Working at the intersection of computational design, additive manufacturing, materials engineering and synthetic biology, her lab is pioneering a new age of symbiosis between microorganisms, our bodies, our products and even our buildings.

Siddhartha Mukherjee: Soon we'll cure diseases with a cell, not a pill

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Siddhartha Mukherjee: Soon we'll cure diseases with a cell, not a pill

March 18, 2015


Current medical treatment boils down to six words: Have disease, take pill, kill something. But physician Siddhartha Mukherjee points to a future of medicine that will transform the way we heal.

Sandrine Thuret: You can grow new brain cells. Here's how

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Sandrine Thuret: You can grow new brain cells. Here's how

June 30, 2015


Can we, as adults, grow new neurons? Neuroscientist Sandrine Thuret says that we can, and she offers research and practical advice on how we can help our brains better perform neurogenesis—improving mood, increasing memory formation and preventing the decline associated with aging along the way.

Emilie Wapnick: Why some of us don't have one true calling

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Emilie Wapnick: Why some of us don't have one true calling

April 18, 2015


What do you want to be when you grow up? Well, if you're not sure you want to do just one thing for the rest of your life, you're not alone. In this illuminating talk, writer and artist Emilie Wapnick describes the kind of people she calls "multipotentialites" -- who have a range of interests and jobs over one lifetime. Are you one?

Samuel Cohen: Alzheimer's is not normal aging — and we can cure it

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Samuel Cohen: Alzheimer's is not normal aging — and we can cure it

June 30, 2015


More than 40 million people worldwide suffer from Alzheimer's disease, and that number is expected to increase drastically in the coming years. But no real progress has been made in the fight against the disease since its classification more than 100 years ago. Scientist Samuel Cohen shares a new breakthrough in Alzheimer's research from his lab as well as a message of hope. "Alzheimer's is a disease," Cohen says, "and we can cure it."

Alice Bows-Larkin: Climate change is happening. Here's how we adapt

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Alice Bows-Larkin: Climate change is happening. Here's how we adapt

June 16, 2015


Imagine the hottest day you've ever experienced. Now imagine it's six, 10 or 12 degrees hotter. According to climate researcher Alice Bows-Larkin, that's the type of future in store for us if we don't significantly cut our greenhouse gas emissions now. She suggests that it's time we do things differently—a whole system change, in fact—and seriously consider trading economic growth for climate stability.

Martin Pistorius: How my mind came back to life — and no one knew

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Martin Pistorius: How my mind came back to life — and no one knew

August 29, 2015


Imagine being unable to say, "I am hungry," "I am in pain," "thank you," or "I love you,” -- losing your ability to communicate, being trapped inside your body, surrounded by people yet utterly alone. For 13 long years, that was Martin Pistorius’s reality. After contracting a brain infection at the age of twelve, Pistorius lost his ability to control his movements and to speak, and eventually he failed every test for mental awareness. He had become a ghost. But then a strange thing started to happen -- his mind began to knit itself back together. In this moving talk, Pistorius tells how he freed himself from a life locked inside his own body.

Sakena Yacoobi: How I stopped the Taliban from shutting down my school

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Sakena Yacoobi: How I stopped the Taliban from shutting down my school

May 28, 2015


When the Taliban closed all the girls' schools in Afghanistan, Sakena Yacoobi set up new schools, in secret, educating thousands of women and men. In this fierce, funny talk, she tells the jaw-dropping story of two times when she was threatened to stop teaching -- and shares her vision for rebuilding her beloved country.

Robin Morgan: 4 powerful poems about Parkinson's and growing older

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Robin Morgan: 4 powerful poems about Parkinson's and growing older

May 29, 2015


When poet Robin Morgan found herself facing Parkinson’s disease, she distilled her experiences into these four quietly powerful poems — meditating on age, loss, and the simple power of noticing.

Frances Larson: Why public beheadings get millions of views

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Frances Larson: Why public beheadings get millions of views

June 16, 2015


In a disturbing — but fascinating — walk through history, Frances Larson examines humanity's strange relationship with public executions … and specifically beheadings. As she shows us, they have always drawn a crowd, first in the public square and now on YouTube. What makes them horrific and compelling in equal measure?

Mac Stone: Stunning photos of the endangered Everglades

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Mac Stone: Stunning photos of the endangered Everglades

March 21, 2015


For centuries, people have viewed swamps and wetlands as obstacles to avoid. But for photographer Mac Stone, who documents the stories of wildlife in Florida's Everglades, the swamp isn't a hindrance — it's a national treasure. Through his stunning photographs, Stone shines a new light on a neglected, ancient and important wilderness. His message: get out and experience it for yourself. "Just do it — put your feet in the water," he says. "The swamp will change you, I promise."

Taiye Selasi: Don't ask where I'm from, ask where I'm a local

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Taiye Selasi: Don't ask where I'm from, ask where I'm a local

October 7, 2014


When someone asks you where you're from … do you sometimes not know how to answer? Writer Taiye Selasi speaks on behalf of "multi-local" people, who feel at home in the town where they grew up, the city they live now and maybe another place or two. "How can I come from a country?" she asks. "How can a human being come from a concept?"

Scott Dinsmore: How to find work you love

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Scott Dinsmore: How to find work you love

October 10, 2012


Scott Dinsmore quit a job that made him miserable, and spent the next four years wondering how to find work that was joyful and meaningful. He shares what he learned in this deceptively simple talk about finding out what matters to you — and then getting started doing it.

Mary Robinson: Why climate change is a threat to human rights

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Mary Robinson: Why climate change is a threat to human rights

May 28, 2015


Climate change is unfair. While rich countries can fight against rising oceans and dying farm fields, poor people around the world are already having their lives upended -- and their human rights threatened -- by killer storms, starvation and the loss of their own lands. Mary Robinson asks us to join the movement for worldwide climate justice.

Mandy Len Catron: Falling in love is the easy part

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Mandy Len Catron: Falling in love is the easy part

August 20, 2015


Did you know you can fall in love with anyone just by asking them 36 questions? Mandy Len Catron tried this experiment, it worked, and she wrote a viral article about it (that your mom probably sent you). But … is that real love? Did it last? And what’s the difference between falling in love and staying in love?

Michael Kimmel: Why gender equality is good for everyone — men included

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Michael Kimmel: Why gender equality is good for everyone — men included

May 29, 2015


Yes, we all know it’s the right thing to do. But Michael Kimmel makes the surprising, funny, practical case for treating men and women equally in the workplace and at home. It’s not a zero-sum game, but a win-win that will result in more opportunity and more happiness for everybody.

Mia Birdsong: The story we tell about poverty isn't true

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Mia Birdsong: The story we tell about poverty isn't true

May 29, 2015


As a global community, we all want to end poverty. Mia Birdsong suggests a great place to start: Let's honor the skills, drive and initiative that poor people bring to the struggle every day. She asks us to look again at people in poverty: They may be broke — but they're not broken.

Billie Jean King: This tennis icon paved the way for women in sports

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Billie Jean King: This tennis icon paved the way for women in sports

May 28, 2015


Tennis legend Billie Jean King isn't just a pioneer of women's tennis -- she's a pioneer for women getting paid. In this freewheeling conversation, she talks about identity, the role of sports in social justice and the famous Battle of the Sexes match against Bobby Riggs.

David Rothkopf: How fear drives American politics

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David Rothkopf: How fear drives American politics

March 16, 2015


Does it seem like Washington has no new ideas? Instead of looking to build the future, it sometimes feels like the US political establishment happily retreats into fear and willful ignorance. Journalist David Rothkopf lays out a few of the major issues that US leadership is failing to address -- from cybercrime to world-shaking new tech to the reality of modern total war -- and calls for a new vision that sets fear aside.

BJ Miller: What really matters at the end of life

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BJ Miller: What really matters at the end of life

March 20, 2015


At the end of our lives, what do we most wish for? For many, it’s simply comfort, respect, love. BJ Miller is a palliative care physician at Zen Hospice Project who thinks deeply about how to create a dignified, graceful end of life for his patients. Take the time to savor this moving talk, which asks big questions about how we think on death and honor life.

Barry Schwartz: The way we think about work is broken

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Barry Schwartz: The way we think about work is broken

March 19, 2014


What makes work satisfying? Apart from a paycheck, there are intangible values that, Barry Schwartz suggests, our current way of thinking about work simply ignores. It's time to stop thinking of workers as cogs on a wheel.

Jim Simons: A rare interview with the mathematician who cracked Wall Street

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Jim Simons: A rare interview with the mathematician who cracked Wall Street

March 17, 2015


Jim Simons was a mathematician and cryptographer who realized: the complex math he used to break codes could help explain patterns in the world of finance. Billions later, he’s working to support the next generation of math teachers and scholars. TED’s Chris Anderson sits down with Simons to talk about his extraordinary life in numbers.

Jamie Bartlett: How the mysterious dark net is going mainstream

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Jamie Bartlett: How the mysterious dark net is going mainstream

June 16, 2015


There’s a parallel Internet you may not have run across yet -- accessed by a special browser and home to a freewheeling collection of sites for everything from anonymous activism to illicit activities. Jamie Bartlett reports from the dark net.

Yves Morieux: How too many rules at work keep you from getting things done

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Yves Morieux: How too many rules at work keep you from getting things done

July 1, 2015


Modern work -- from waiting tables to crunching numbers to designing products -- is about solving brand-new problems every day, flexibly and collaboratively. But as Yves Morieux shows in this insightful talk, too often, an overload of rules, processes and metrics keeps us from doing our best work together. Meet the new frontier of productivity: cooperation.

Wendy Freedman: This new telescope might show us the beginning of the universe

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Wendy Freedman: This new telescope might show us the beginning of the universe

October 9, 2014


When and how did the universe begin? A global group of astronomers wants to answer that question by peering as far back in time as a large new telescope will let us see. Wendy Freedman headed the creation of the Giant Magellan Telescope, under construction in South America; at TEDGlobal in Rio, she shares a bold vision of the discoveries about our universe that the GMT could make possible.

Dustin Yellin: A journey through the mind of an artist

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Dustin Yellin: A journey through the mind of an artist

October 10, 2014


Dustin Yellin makes mesmerizing artwork that tells complex, myth-inspired stories. How did he develop his style? In this disarming talk, he shares the journey of an artist -- starting from age 8 -- and his idiosyncratic way of thinking and seeing. Follow the path that leads him up to his latest major work (or two).

Robin Murphy: These robots come to the rescue after a disaster

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Robin Murphy: These robots come to the rescue after a disaster

May 28, 2015


When disaster strikes, who's first on the scene? More and more, it’s a robot. In her lab, Robin Murphy builds robots that fly, tunnel, swim and crawl through disaster scenes, helping firefighters and rescue workers save more lives safely -- and help communities return to normal up to three years faster.

Seth Berkley: The troubling reason why vaccines are made too late ... if they’re made at all

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Seth Berkley: The troubling reason why vaccines are made too late ... if they’re made at all

March 18, 2015


It seems like we wait for a disastrous disease outbreak before we get serious about making a vaccine for it. Seth Berkley lays out the market realities and unbalanced risks behind why we aren't making vaccines for the world's biggest diseases.

Jim Al-Khalili: How quantum biology might explain life’s biggest questions

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Jim Al-Khalili: How quantum biology might explain life’s biggest questions

June 16, 2015


How does a robin know to fly south? The answer might be weirder than you think: Quantum physics may be involved. Jim Al-Khalili rounds up the extremely new, extremely strange world of quantum biology, where something Einstein once called “spooky action at a distance” helps birds navigate, and quantum effects might explain the origin of life itself.

Tony Wyss-Coray: How young blood might help reverse aging. Yes, really

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Tony Wyss-Coray: How young blood might help reverse aging. Yes, really

June 16, 2015


Tony Wyss-Coray studies the impact of aging on the human body and brain. In this eye-opening talk, he shares new research from his Stanford lab and other teams which shows that a solution for some of the less great aspects of old age might actually lie within us all.