Geoffrey Canada: Our failing schools. Enough is enough!

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Geoffrey Canada: Our failing schools. Enough is enough!

May 7, 2013


Why, why, why does our education system look so similar to the way it did 50 years ago? Millions of students were failing then, as they are now -- and it’s because we’re clinging to a business model that clearly doesn’t work. Education advocate Geoffrey Canada dares the system to look at the data, think about the customers and make systematic shifts in order to help greater numbers of kids excel.

Ramsey Musallam: 3 rules to spark learning

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Ramsey Musallam: 3 rules to spark learning

April 17, 2013


It took a life-threatening condition to jolt chemistry teacher Ramsey Musallam out of ten years of “pseudo-teaching” to understand the true role of the educator: to cultivate curiosity. In a fun and personal talk, Musallam gives 3 rules to spark imagination and learning, and get students excited about how the world works.

Juan Enriquez: Your online life, permanent as a tattoo

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Juan Enriquez: Your online life, permanent as a tattoo

February 26, 2013


What if Andy Warhol had it wrong, and instead of being famous for 15 minutes, we’re only anonymous for that long? In this short talk, Juan Enriquez looks at the surprisingly permanent effects of digital sharing on our personal privacy. He shares insight from the ancient Greeks to help us deal with our new “digital tattoos.”

Sebastião Salgado: The silent drama of photography

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Sebastião Salgado: The silent drama of photography

February 26, 2013


Economics PhD Sebastião Salgado only took up photography in his 30s, but the discipline became an obsession. His years-long projects beautifully capture the human side of a global story that all too often involves death, destruction or decay. Here, he tells a deeply personal story of the craft that nearly killed him, and shows breathtaking images from his latest work, Genesis, which documents the world's forgotten people and places.

Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion

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Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion

May 7, 2013


Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don’t like.’” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.

Taylor Wilson: My radical plan for small nuclear fission reactors

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Taylor Wilson: My radical plan for small nuclear fission reactors

February 27, 2013


Taylor Wilson was 14 when he built a nuclear fusion reactor in his parents' garage. Now 19, he returns to the TED stage to present a new take on an old topic: fission. Wilson, who has won backing to create a company to realize his vision, explains why he's so excited about his innovative design for small modular fission reactors -- and why it could be the next big step in solving the global energy crisis.

Nilofer Merchant: Got a meeting? Take a walk

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Nilofer Merchant: Got a meeting? Take a walk

February 26, 2013


Nilofer Merchant suggests a small idea that just might have a big impact on your life and health: Next time you have a one-on-one meeting, make it into a "walking meeting" -- and let ideas flow while you walk and talk.

David Pogue: 10 top time-saving tech tips

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David Pogue: 10 top time-saving tech tips

February 25, 2013


Tech columnist David Pogue shares 10 simple, clever tips for computer, web, smartphone and camera users. And yes, you may know a few of these already -- but there's probably at least one you don't.

Jennifer Healey: If cars could talk, accidents might be avoidable

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Jennifer Healey: If cars could talk, accidents might be avoidable

April 8, 2013


When we drive, we get into a glass bubble, lock the doors and press the accelerator, relying on our eyes to guide us -- even though we can only see the few cars ahead of and behind us. But what if cars could share data with each other about their position and velocity, and use predictive models to calculate the safest routes for everyone on the road? Jennifer Healey imagines a world without accidents. (Filmed at TED@Intel.)

Michael Stevens: How much does a video weigh?

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Michael Stevens: How much does a video weigh?

February 28, 2013


What color is a mirror? How much does a video weigh? Michael Stevens, creator of the popular educational YouTube channel Vsauce, spends his day asking quirky questions like these. In this talk he shows how asking the right -- seemingly silly -- questions can make incredibly effective lessons.

Two young scientists break down plastics with bacteria

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Two young scientists break down plastics with bacteria

February 28, 2013


Once it's created, plastic (almost) never dies. While in 12th grade Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao went in search of a new bacteria to biodegrade plastic -- specifically by breaking down phthalates, a harmful plasticizer. They found an answer surprisingly close to home.

Liu Bolin: The invisible man

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Liu Bolin: The invisible man

February 28, 2013


Can a person disappear in plain sight? That’s the question Liu Bolin‘s remarkable work seems to ask. The Beijing-based artist is sometimes called “The Invisible Man” because in nearly all his art, Bolin is front and center — and completely unseen. He aims to draw attention to social and political issues by dissolving into the background.

Erik Brynjolfsson: The key to growth? Race with the machines

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Erik Brynjolfsson: The key to growth? Race with the machines

February 26, 2013


As machines take on more jobs, many find themselves out of work or with raises indefinitely postponed. Is this the end of growth? No, says Erik Brynjolfsson -- it’s simply the growing pains of a radically reorganized economy. A riveting case for why big innovations are ahead of us … if we think of computers as our teammates. Be sure to watch the opposing viewpoint from Robert Gordon.

Robert Gordon: The death of innovation, the end of growth

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Robert Gordon: The death of innovation, the end of growth

February 26, 2013


The US economy has been expanding wildly for two centuries. Are we witnessing the end of growth? Economist Robert Gordon lays out 4 reasons US growth may be slowing, detailing factors like epidemic debt and growing inequality, which could move the US into a period of stasis we can't innovate our way out of. Be sure to watch the opposing viewpoint from Erik Brynjolfsson.

John McWhorter: Txtng is killing language. JK!!!

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John McWhorter: Txtng is killing language. JK!!!

February 28, 2013


Does texting mean the death of good writing skills? John McWhorter posits that there’s much more to texting -- linguistically, culturally -- than it seems, and it’s all good news.

Andres Lozano: Parkinson's, depression and the switch that might turn them off

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Andres Lozano: Parkinson's, depression and the switch that might turn them off

January 18, 2013


Deep brain stimulation is becoming very precise. This technique allows surgeons to place electrodes in almost any area of the brain, and turn them up or down -- like a radio dial or thermostat -- to correct dysfunction. Andres Lozano offers a dramatic look at emerging techniques, in which a woman with Parkinson's instantly stops shaking and brain areas eroded by Alzheimer's are brought back to life. (Filmed at TEDxCaltech.)

BLACK: My journey to yo-yo mastery

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BLACK: My journey to yo-yo mastery

February 27, 2013


Remember the days you struggled just to make a yo-yo spin, and if you were really fancy, to “walk the dog”? You ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Japanese yo-yo world champion BLACK tells the inspiring story of finding his life's passion, and gives an awesome performance that will make you want to pull your yo-yo back out of the closet.

Joshua Prager: In search of the man who broke my neck

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Joshua Prager: In search of the man who broke my neck

March 1, 2013


When Joshua Prager was 19, a devastating bus accident left him a hemiplegic. He returned to Israel twenty years later to find the driver who turned his world upside down. In this mesmerizing tale of their meeting, Prager probes deep questions of nature, nurture, self-deception and identity.

Thomas Insel: Toward a new understanding of mental illness

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Thomas Insel: Toward a new understanding of mental illness

January 18, 2013


Today, thanks to better early detection, there are 63% fewer deaths from heart disease than there were just a few decades ago. Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, wonders: Could we do the same for depression and schizophrenia? The first step in this new avenue of research, he says, is a crucial reframing: for us to stop thinking about “mental disorders” and start understanding them as “brain disorders.” (Filmed at TEDxCaltech.)

Rose George: Let's talk crap. Seriously.

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Rose George: Let's talk crap. Seriously.

February 27, 2013


It's 2013, yet 2.5 billion people in the world have no access to a basic sanitary toilet. And when there's no loo, where do you poo? In the street, probably near your water and food sources -- causing untold death and disease from contamination. Get ready for a blunt, funny, powerful talk from journalist Rose George about a once-unmentionable problem.

Laura Snyder: The Philosophical Breakfast Club

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Laura Snyder: The Philosophical Breakfast Club

June 19, 2012


In 1812, four men at Cambridge University met for breakfast. What began as an impassioned meal grew into a new scientific revolution, in which these men -- who called themselves “natural philosophers” until they later coined “scientist” -- introduced four major principles into scientific inquiry. Historian and philosopher Laura Snyder tells their intriguing story.

Eric Dishman: Health care should be a team sport

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Eric Dishman: Health care should be a team sport

March 27, 2013


When Eric Dishman was in college, doctors told him he had 2 to 3 years to live. That was a long time ago. Now, Dishman puts his experience and his expertise as a medical tech specialist together to suggest a bold idea for reinventing health care -- by putting the patient at the center of a treatment team.

Freeman Hrabowski: 4 pillars of college success in science

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Freeman Hrabowski: 4 pillars of college success in science

February 28, 2013


At age 12, Freeman Hrabowski marched with Martin Luther King. Now he's president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), where he works to create an environment that helps under-represented students -- specifically African-American, Latino and low-income learners -- get degrees in math and science. He shares the four pillars of UMBC's approach.

Keller Rinaudo: A mini robot -- powered by your phone

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Keller Rinaudo: A mini robot -- powered by your phone

February 26, 2013


Your smartphone may feel like a friend -- but a true friend would give you a smile once in a while. At TED2013, Keller Rinaudo demos Romo, the smartphone-powered mini robot who can motor along with you on a walk, slide you a cup of coffee across the table, and react to you with programmable expressions.

Ken Jennings: Watson, Jeopardy and me, the obsolete know-it-all

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Ken Jennings: Watson, Jeopardy and me, the obsolete know-it-all

February 10, 2013


Trivia whiz Ken Jennings has made a career as a keeper of facts; he holds the longest winning streak in history on the U.S. game show Jeopardy. But in 2011, he played a challenge match against supercomputer Watson -- and lost. With humor and humility, Jennings tells us how it felt to have a computer literally beat him at his own game, and also makes the case for good old-fashioned human knowledge. (Filmed at TEDxSeattleU.)

Skylar Tibbits: The emergence of "4D printing"

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Skylar Tibbits: The emergence of "4D printing"

February 25, 2013


3D printing has grown in sophistication since the late 1970s; TED Fellow Skylar Tibbits is shaping the next development, which he calls 4D printing, where the fourth dimension is time. This emerging technology will allow us to print objects that then reshape themselves or self-assemble over time. Think: a printed cube that folds before your eyes, or a printed pipe able to sense the need to expand or contract.

Dan Ariely: What makes us feel good about our work?

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Dan Ariely: What makes us feel good about our work?

October 24, 2012


What motivates us to work? Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn't just money. But it's not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose. Behavioral economist Dan Ariely presents two eye-opening experiments that reveal our unexpected and nuanced attitudes toward meaning in our work. (Filmed at TEDxRiodelaPlata.)

Katherine Kuchenbecker: The technology of touch

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Katherine Kuchenbecker: The technology of touch

November 17, 2012


As we move through the world, we have an innate sense of how things feel -- the sensations they produce on our skin and how our bodies orient to them. Can technology leverage this? In this fun, fascinating TED-Ed lesson, learn about the field of haptics, and how it could change everything from the way we shop online to how dentists learn the telltale feel of a cavity.

Sanjay Dastoor: A skateboard, with a boost

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Sanjay Dastoor: A skateboard, with a boost

February 27, 2013


Imagine an electric vehicle that can get you to work -- or anywhere in a six-mile radius -- quickly, without traffic frustrations or gasoline. Now imagine you can pick it up and carry it with you. Yes, this souped-up skateboard could change the face of morning commutes.

Kees Moeliker: How a dead duck changed my life

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Kees Moeliker: How a dead duck changed my life

February 28, 2013


One afternoon, Kees Moeliker got a research opportunity few ornithologists would wish for: A flying duck slammed into his glass office building, died, and then … what happened next would change his life. [Note: Contains graphic images and descriptions of sexual behavior in animals.]