Jimmy Nelson: Gorgeous portraits of the world's vanishing people

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Jimmy Nelson: Gorgeous portraits of the world's vanishing people

October 9, 2014


When Jimmy Nelson traveled to Siberia to photograph the Chukchi people, elders told him: "You cannot photograph us. You have to wait, you have to wait until you get to know us, you have to wait until you understand us." In this gorgeously photo-filled talk, join Nelson's quest to understand -- the world, other people, himself -- by making astonishing portraits of the world's vanishing tribes and cultures.

Trevor Aaronson: How this FBI strategy is actually creating US-based terrorists

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Trevor Aaronson: How this FBI strategy is actually creating US-based terrorists

March 16, 2015


There's an organization responsible for more terrorism plots in the United States than al-Qaeda, al-Shabaab and ISIS combined: The FBI. How? Why? In an eye-opening talk, investigative journalist Trevor Aaronson reveals a disturbing FBI practice that breeds terrorist plots by exploiting Muslim-Americans with mental health problems.

Yassmin Abdel-Magied: What does my headscarf mean to you?

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Yassmin Abdel-Magied: What does my headscarf mean to you?

December 10, 2014


What do you think when you look at this speaker? Well, think again. (And then again.) In this funny, honest, empathetic talk, Yassmin Abdel-Magied challenges us to look beyond our initial perceptions, and to open doors to new ways of supporting others.

Jeffrey Brown: How we cut youth violence in Boston by 79 percent

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Jeffrey Brown: How we cut youth violence in Boston by 79 percent

March 19, 2015


An architect of the "Boston miracle," Rev. Jeffrey Brown started out as a bewildered young pastor watching his Boston neighborhood fall apart around him, as drugs and gang violence took hold of the kids on the streets. The first step to recovery: Listen to those kids, don't just preach to them, and help them reduce violence in their own neighborhoods. It's a powerful talk about listening to make change.

Sara Seager: The search for planets beyond our solar system

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Sara Seager: The search for planets beyond our solar system

March 18, 2015


Every star we see in the sky has at least one planet orbiting it, says astronomer Sara Seager. So what do we know about these exoplanets, and how can we find out more? Seager introduces her favorite set of exoplanets and shows new technology that can help collect information about them -- and even help us look for exoplanets with life.

Alan Eustace: I leapt from the stratosphere. Here's how I did it

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Alan Eustace: I leapt from the stratosphere. Here's how I did it

March 17, 2015


On October 24, 2014, Alan Eustace donned a custom-built, 235-pound spacesuit, attached himself to a weather balloon, and rose above 135,000 feet, from which point he dove to Earth, breaking both the sound barrier and previous records for high-altitude jumps. Hear his story of how -- and why.

Martine Rothblatt: My daughter, my wife, our robot, and the quest for immortality

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Martine Rothblatt: My daughter, my wife, our robot, and the quest for immortality

March 18, 2015


The founder of Sirius XM satellite radio, Martine Rothblatt now heads up a drug company that makes life-saving medicines for rare diseases (including one drug that saved her own daughter's life). Meanwhile she is working to preserve the consciousness of the woman she loves in a digital file ... and a companion robot. In an onstage conversation with TED's Chris Anderson, Rothblatt shares her powerful story of love, identity, creativity, and limitless possibility.

Cosmin Mihaiu: Physical therapy is boring -- play a game instead

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Cosmin Mihaiu: Physical therapy is boring -- play a game instead

March 10, 2015


You’ve just been injured, and you’re on the way home from an hour of physical therapy. The last thing you want to do on your own is confusing exercises that take too long to show results. TED Fellow Cosmin Mihaiu demos a fun, cheap solution that turns boring physical therapy exercises into a video game with crystal-clear instructions.

Suki Kim: This is what it's like to teach in North Korea

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Suki Kim: This is what it's like to teach in North Korea

March 18, 2015


For six months, Suki Kim worked as an English teacher at an elite school for North Korea's future leaders -- while writing a book on one of the world's most repressive regimes. As she helped her students grapple with concepts like "truth" and "critical thinking," she came to wonder: Was teaching these students to seek the truth putting them in peril? (This talk was part of a session at TED2015 guest-curated by Pop-Up Magazine: popupmagazine.com or @popupmag on Twitter.)

Chris Burkard: The joy of surfing in ice-cold water

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Chris Burkard: The joy of surfing in ice-cold water

March 19, 2015


"Anything that is worth pursuing is going to require us to suffer, just a little bit," says surf photographer Chris Burkard, as he explains his obsession with the coldest, choppiest, most isolated beaches on earth. With jawdropping photos and stories of places few humans have ever seen -- much less surfed -- he draws us into his "personal crusade against the mundane."

Steven Wise: Chimps have feelings and thoughts. They should also have rights

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Steven Wise: Chimps have feelings and thoughts. They should also have rights

March 25, 2015


Chimpanzees are people too, you know. Ok, not exactly. But lawyer Steven Wise has spent the last 30 years working to change these animals' status from "things" to "persons." It's not a matter of legal semantics; as he describes in this fascinating talk, recognizing that animals like chimps have extraordinary cognitive capabilities and rethinking the way we treat them -- legally -- is no less than a moral duty.

Roman Mars: Why city flags may be the worst-designed thing you've never noticed

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Roman Mars: Why city flags may be the worst-designed thing you've never noticed

March 25, 2015


Roman Mars is obsessed with flags -- and after you watch this talk, you might be, too. These ubiquitous symbols of civic pride are often designed, well, pretty terribly. But they don't have to be. In this surprising and hilarious talk about vexillology -- the study of flags -- Mars reveals the five basic principles of flag design and shows why he believes they can be applied to just about anything.

Esther Perel: Rethinking infidelity ... a talk for anyone who has ever loved

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Esther Perel: Rethinking infidelity ... a talk for anyone who has ever loved

March 19, 2015


Infidelity is the ultimate betrayal. But does it have to be? Relationship therapist Esther Perel examines why people cheat, and unpacks why affairs are so traumatic: because they threaten our emotional security. In infidelity, she sees something unexpected — an expression of longing and loss. A must-watch for anyone who has ever cheated or been cheated on, or who simply wants a new framework for understanding relationships.

Elora Hardy: Magical houses, made of bamboo

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Elora Hardy: Magical houses, made of bamboo

March 18, 2015


You've never seen buildings like this. The stunning bamboo homes built by Elora Hardy and her team in Bali twist, curve and surprise at every turn. They defy convention because the bamboo itself is so enigmatic. No two poles of bamboo are alike, so every home, bridge and bathroom is exquisitely unique. In this beautiful, immersive talk, she shares the potential of bamboo, as both a sustainable resource and a spark for the imagination. "We have had to invent our own rules," she says.

The Lady Lifers: A moving song from women in prison for life

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The Lady Lifers: A moving song from women in prison for life

November 21, 2014


The ten women in this chorus have all been sentenced to life in prison. They share a moving song about their experiences — one that reveals their hopes, regrets and fears. "I'm not an angel," sings one, "but I'm not the devil." Filmed at an independent TEDx event inside Muncy State Prison, it's a rare and poignant look inside the world of people imprisoned with no hope of parole. (Note: The prison's Office of Victim Advocacy has ensured that victims were treated fairly and respectfully around this TEDx event.)

Anand Varma: The first 21 days of a bee’s life

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Anand Varma: The first 21 days of a bee’s life

March 18, 2015


We’ve heard that bees are disappearing. But what is making bee colonies so vulnerable? Photographer Anand Varma raised bees in his backyard — in front of a camera — to get an up close view. This project, for National Geographic, gives a lyrical glimpse into a beehive, and reveals one of the biggest threats to its health, a mite that preys on baby bees in their first 21 days of life. With footage set to music from Rob Moose and the Magik*Magik Orchestra, Varma shows the problem ... and what’s being done to solve it. (This talk was part of a session at TED2015 guest-curated by Pop-Up Magazine: popupmagazine.com or @popupmag on Twitter.)

Dawn Landes: A song for my hero, the woman who rowed into a hurricane

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Dawn Landes: A song for my hero, the woman who rowed into a hurricane

March 18, 2015


Singer-songwriter Dawn Landes tells the story of Tori Murden McClure, who dreamed of rowing across the Atlantic in a small boat -- but whose dream was almost capsized by waves the size of a seven-story building. Through video, story and song, Landes imagines the mindset of a woman alone in the midst of the vast ocean. (This talk was part of a session at TED2015 guest-curated by Pop-Up Magazine: popupmagazine.com or @popupmag on Twitter.)

Alice Goffman: How we're priming some kids for college — and others for prison

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Alice Goffman: How we're priming some kids for college — and others for prison

March 19, 2015


In the United States, two institutions guide teenagers on the journey to adulthood: college and prison. Sociologist Alice Goffman spent six years in a troubled Philadelphia neighborhood and saw first-hand how teenagers of African-American and Latino backgrounds are funneled down the path to prison — sometimes starting with relatively minor infractions. In an impassioned talk she asks, “Why are we offering only handcuffs and jail time?”

Abe Davis: New video technology that reveals an object's hidden properties

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Abe Davis: New video technology that reveals an object's hidden properties

March 17, 2015


Subtle motion happens around us all the time, including tiny vibrations caused by sound. New technology shows that we can pick up on these vibrations and actually re-create sound and conversations just from a video of a seemingly still object. But now Abe Davis takes it one step further: Watch him demo software that lets anyone interact with these hidden properties, just from a simple video.

Tal Danino: Programming bacteria to detect cancer (and maybe treat it)

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Tal Danino: Programming bacteria to detect cancer (and maybe treat it)

March 16, 2015


Liver cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to detect, but synthetic biologist Tal Danino had a left-field thought: What if we could create a probiotic, edible bacteria that was "programmed" to find liver tumors? His insight exploits something we're just beginning to understand about bacteria: their power of quorum sensing, or doing something together once they reach critical mass. Danino, a TED Fellow, explains how quorum sensing works -- and how clever bacteria working together could someday change cancer treatment.

Greg Gage: How to control someone else's arm with your brain

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Greg Gage: How to control someone else's arm with your brain

March 18, 2015


Greg Gage is on a mission to make brain science accessible to all. In this fun, kind of creepy demo, the neuroscientist and TED Senior Fellow uses a simple, inexpensive DIY kit to take away the free will of an audience member. It’s not a parlor trick; it actually works. You have to see it to believe it.

Nick Bostrom: What happens when our computers get smarter than we are?

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Nick Bostrom: What happens when our computers get smarter than we are?

March 18, 2015


Artificial intelligence is getting smarter by leaps and bounds -- within this century, research suggests, a computer AI could be as "smart" as a human being. And then, says Nick Bostrom, it will overtake us: "Machine intelligence is the last invention that humanity will ever need to make." A philosopher and technologist, Bostrom asks us to think hard about the world we're building right now, driven by thinking machines. Will our smart machines help to preserve humanity and our values -- or will they have values of their own?

Bill T. Jones: The dancer, the singer, the cellist ... and a moment of creative magic

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Bill T. Jones: The dancer, the singer, the cellist ... and a moment of creative magic

March 18, 2015


Legendary dance choreographer Bill T. Jones and TED Fellows Joshua Roman and Somi didn't know exactly what was going to happen when they took the stage at TED2015. They just knew they wanted to offer the audience an opportunity to witness creative collaboration in action. The result: An improvised piece they call "The Red Circle and the Blue Curtain," so extraordinary it had to be shared ...

Pamela Ronald: The case for engineering our food

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Pamela Ronald: The case for engineering our food

March 18, 2015


Pamela Ronald studies the genes that make plants more resistant to disease and stress. In an eye-opening talk, she describes her decade-long quest to isolate a gene that allows rice to survive prolonged flooding. She shows how the genetic improvement of seeds saved the Hawaiian papaya crop in the 1990s — and makes the case that modern genetics is sometimes the most effective method to advance sustainable agriculture and enhance food security for our planet’s growing population.

Clint Smith: How to raise a black son in America

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Clint Smith: How to raise a black son in America

March 10, 2015


As kids, we all get advice from parents and teachers that seems strange, even confusing. This was crystallized one night for a young Clint Smith, who was playing with water guns in a dark parking lot with his white friends. In a heartfelt piece, the poet paints the scene of his father's furious and fearful response.

Gary Haugen: The hidden reason for poverty the world needs to address now

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Gary Haugen: The hidden reason for poverty the world needs to address now

March 17, 2015


Collective compassion has meant an overall decrease in global poverty since the 1980s, says civil rights lawyer Gary Haugen. Yet for all the world's aid money, there's a pervasive hidden problem keeping poverty alive. Haugen reveals the dark underlying cause we must recognize and act on now.

Nizar Ibrahim: How we unearthed the Spinosaurus

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Nizar Ibrahim: How we unearthed the Spinosaurus

November 15, 2014


A 50-foot-long carnivore who hunted its prey in rivers 97 million years ago, the Spinosaurus is a "dragon from deep time." Paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim and his crew found new fossils, hidden in cliffs of the Moroccan Sahara desert, that are helping us learn more about the first swimming dinosaur -- who might also be the largest carnivorous dinosaur of all.

Jedidah Isler: How I fell in love with quasars, blazars and our incredible universe

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Jedidah Isler: How I fell in love with quasars, blazars and our incredible universe

March 17, 2015


Jedidah Isler first fell in love with the night sky as a little girl. Now she’s an astrophysicist who studies supermassive hyperactive black holes. In a charming talk, she takes us trillions of kilometers from Earth to introduce us to objects that can be 1 to 10 billion times the mass of the sun — and which shoot powerful jet streams of particles in our direction.

Sophie Scott: Why we laugh

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Sophie Scott: Why we laugh

March 20, 2015


Did you know that you're 30 times more likely to laugh if you're with somebody else than if you're alone? Cognitive neuroscientist Sophie Scott shares this and other surprising facts about laughter in this fast-paced, action-packed and, yes, hilarious dash through the science of the topic.

Nathalie Cabrol: How Mars might hold the secret to the origin of life

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Nathalie Cabrol: How Mars might hold the secret to the origin of life

March 17, 2015


While we like to imagine little green men, it’s far more likely that life on other planets will be microbial. Planetary scientist Nathalie Cabrol takes us inside the search for microbes on Mars, a hunt which counterintuitively leads us to the remote lakes of the Andes mountains. This extreme environment — with its thin atmosphere and scorched land — approximates the surface of Mars about 3.5 billion years ago. How microbes adapt to survive here may just show us where to look on Mars — and could help us understand why some microbial pathways lead to civilization while others are a dead end.