Megan Kamerick: Women should represent women in media

TEDxABQ

Megan Kamerick: Women should represent women in media

September 10, 2011


How do you tell women’s stories? Ask women to tell them. At TEDxABQ, Megan Kamerick shows how the news media underrepresents women as reporters and news sources, and because of that tells an incomplete story. (Filmed at TEDxABQ.)

Ami Klin: A new way to diagnose autism

TEDxPeachtree

Ami Klin: A new way to diagnose autism

September 10, 2011


Early diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder can improve the lives of everyone affected, but the complex network of causes make it incredibly difficult to predict. At TEDxPeachtree, Ami Klin describes a new early detection method that uses eye-tracking technologies to gauge babies' social engagement skills and reliably measure their risk of developing autism. (Filmed at TEDxPeachTree.)

John Hodgman: Design, explained.

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John Hodgman: Design, explained.

March 1, 2012


John Hodgman, comedian and resident expert, "explains" the design of three iconic modern objects. (From The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.)

Damian Palin: Mining minerals from seawater

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Damian Palin: Mining minerals from seawater

February 27, 2012


The world needs clean water, and more and more, we're pulling it from the oceans, desalinating it, and drinking it. But what to do with the salty brine left behind? In this intriguing short talk, TED Fellow Damian Palin proposes an idea: Mine it for other minerals we need, with the help of some collaborative metal-munching bacteria.

Terry Moore: Why is 'x' the unknown?

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Terry Moore: Why is 'x' the unknown?

February 28, 2012


Why is 'x' the symbol for an unknown? In this short and funny talk, Terry Moore gives the surprising answer.

Diane Kelly: What we didn't know about penis anatomy

TEDMED 2012

Diane Kelly: What we didn't know about penis anatomy

April 11, 2012


We’re not done with anatomy. We know a tremendous amount about genomics, proteomics and cell biology, but as Diane Kelly makes clear at TEDMED, there are basic facts about the human body we’re still learning. Case in point: How does the mammalian erection work?

Juan Enriquez: Will our kids be a different species?

TEDxSummit

Juan Enriquez: Will our kids be a different species?

April 26, 2012


Throughout human evolution, multiple versions of humans co-existed. Could we be mid-upgrade now? At TEDxSummit, Juan Enriquez sweeps across time and space to bring us to the present moment -- and shows how technology is revealing evidence that suggests rapid evolution may be under way.

David Birch: A new way to stop identity theft

TEDxSussexUniversity

David Birch: A new way to stop identity theft

April 27, 2012


Bartenders needs to know your age, retailers need your PIN, but almost no one actually needs your name -- except for identity thieves. ID expert David Birch proposes a safer approach to personal identification -- a "fractured" approach -- that would almost never require your real name.

Seth Shostak: ET is (probably) out there -- get ready

TEDxSanJoseCA

Seth Shostak: ET is (probably) out there -- get ready

April 14, 2012


SETI researcher Seth Shostak bets that we will find extraterrestrial life in the next twenty-four years, or he'll buy you a cup of coffee. At TEDxSanJoseCA, he explains why new technologies and the laws of probability make the breakthrough so likely -- and forecasts how the discovery of civilizations far more advanced than ours might affect us here on Earth. (Filmed at TEDxSanJoseCA.)

Quixotic Fusion: Dancing with light

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Quixotic Fusion: Dancing with light

February 28, 2012


Quixotic Fusion is an ensemble of artists that brings together aerial acrobatics, dance, theater, film, music and visual fx. Watch as they perform three transporting dance pieces at TED2012.

Sebastian Deterding: What your designs say about you

TEDxHogeschoolUtrecht

Sebastian Deterding: What your designs say about you

November 16, 2011


What does your chair say about what you value? Designer Sebastian Deterding shows how our visions of morality and what the good life is are reflected in the design of objects around us. (Filmed at TEDxHogeschoolUtrecht.)

Dalia Mogahed: The attitudes that sparked Arab Spring

TEDxSummit

Dalia Mogahed: The attitudes that sparked Arab Spring

April 19, 2012


Pollster Dalia Mogahed shares surprising data on Egyptian people's attitudes and hopes before the Arab Spring -- with a special focus on the role of women in sparking change.

William Noel: Revealing the lost codex of Archimedes

TEDxSummit

William Noel: Revealing the lost codex of Archimedes

April 16, 2012


How do you read a two-thousand-year-old manuscript that has been erased, cut up, written on and painted over? With a powerful particle accelerator, of course! Ancient books curator William Noel tells the fascinating story behind the Archimedes palimpsest, a Byzantine prayer book containing previously-unknown original writings from ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes and others.

David MacKay: A reality check on renewables

TEDxWarwick

David MacKay: A reality check on renewables

March 12, 2012


How much land mass would renewables need to power a nation like the UK? An entire country's worth. In this pragmatic talk, David MacKay tours the basic mathematics that show worrying limitations on our sustainable energy options and explains why we should pursue them anyway. (Filmed at TEDxWarwick.)

Ken Goldberg: 4 lessons from robots about being human

TEDxBerkeley

Ken Goldberg: 4 lessons from robots about being human

February 4, 2012


The more that robots ingrain themselves into our everyday lives, the more we're forced to examine ourselves as people. At TEDxBerkeley, Ken Goldberg shares four very human lessons that he's learned from working with robots.

Reggie Watts: Beats that defy boxes

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Reggie Watts: Beats that defy boxes

February 29, 2012


Reggie Watts’ beats defy boxes. Unplug your logic board and watch as he blends poetry and crosses musical genres in this larger-than-life performance.

Shereen El-Feki: HIV -- how to fight an epidemic of bad laws

TEDxSummit

Shereen El-Feki: HIV -- how to fight an epidemic of bad laws

April 18, 2012


There is an epidemic of HIV, and with it an epidemic of bad laws -- laws that effectively criminalize being HIV positive. At the TEDxSummit in Doha, TED Fellow Shereen El-Feki gives a forceful argument that these laws, based in stigma, are actually helping the disease spread.

Philippe Petit: The journey across the high wire

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Philippe Petit: The journey across the high wire

March 1, 2012


Even a death-defying magician has to start somewhere. High-wire artist Philippe Petit takes you on an intimate journey from his first card trick at age 6 to his tightrope walk between the Twin Towers.

Hans Rosling: Religions and babies

TEDxSummit

Hans Rosling: Religions and babies

April 16, 2012


Hans Rosling had a question: Do some religions have a higher birth rate than others -- and how does this affect global population growth? Speaking at the TEDxSummit in Doha, Qatar, he graphs data over time and across religions. With his trademark humor and sharp insight, Hans reaches a surprising conclusion on world fertility rates.

Nathan Wolfe: What's left to explore?

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Nathan Wolfe: What's left to explore?

February 27, 2012


We've been to the moon, we've mapped the continents, we've even been to the deepest point in the ocean -- twice. What's left for the next generation to explore? Biologist and explorer Nathan Wolfe suggests this answer: Almost everything. And we can start, he says, with the world of the unseeably small.

Melissa Garren: The sea we've hardly seen

TEDxMonterey

Melissa Garren: The sea we've hardly seen

April 18, 2012


An average teaspoon of ocean water contains five million bacteria and fifty million viruses – and yet we are just starting to discover how these "invisible engineers" control our ocean's chemistry. At TEDxMonterey, Melissa Garren sheds light on marine microbes that provide half the oxygen we breathe, maintain underwater ecosystems, and demonstrate surprising hunting skills. (Apologies for the small audio glitches in this video.) (Filmed at TEDxMonterey.)

Michael McDaniel: Cheap, effective shelter for disaster relief

TEDxAustin

Michael McDaniel: Cheap, effective shelter for disaster relief

February 11, 2012


Michael McDaniel designed housing for disaster relief zones -- inexpensive, easy to transport, even beautiful – but found that no one was willing to build it. Persistent and obsessed, he decided to go it alone. At TEDxAustin, McDaniel show us his Exo Reaction Housing Solution and shares how he's dedicating his free time to working with suppliers and manufacturers to prepare for the next natural disaster. (Filmed at TEDxAustin.)

JR: One year of turning the world inside out

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JR: One year of turning the world inside out

March 1, 2012


Street artist JR made a wish in 2011: Join me in a worldwide photo project to show the world its true face. Now, a year after his TED Prize wish, he shows how giant posters of human faces, pasted in public, are connecting communities, making change, and turning the world inside out. You can join in at insideoutproject.net

Carl Schoonover: How to look inside the brain

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Carl Schoonover: How to look inside the brain

February 28, 2012


There have been remarkable advances in understanding the brain, but how do you actually study the neurons inside it? Using gorgeous imagery, neuroscientist and TED Fellow Carl Schoonover shows the tools that let us see inside our brains.

David Kelley: How to build your creative confidence

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David Kelley: How to build your creative confidence

March 1, 2012


Is your school or workplace divided into "creatives" versus practical people? Yet surely, David Kelley suggests, creativity is not the domain of only a chosen few. Telling stories from his legendary design career and his own life, he offers ways to build the confidence to create... (From The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.)

Jean-Baptiste Michel: The mathematics of history

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Jean-Baptiste Michel: The mathematics of history

February 27, 2012


What can mathematics say about history? According to TED Fellow Jean-Baptiste Michel, quite a lot. From changes to language to the deadliness of wars, he shows how digitized history is just starting to reveal deep underlying patterns.

Tali Sharot: The optimism bias

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Tali Sharot: The optimism bias

February 29, 2012


Are we born to be optimistic, rather than realistic? Tali Sharot shares new research that suggests our brains are wired to look on the bright side -- and how that can be both dangerous and beneficial.

José Bowen: Beethoven the businessman

TEDxSMU

José Bowen: Beethoven the businessman

December 3, 2011


The revolution that made music more marketable, more personal and easier to pirate began ... at the dawn of the nineteenth-century. At TEDxSMU, José Bowen outlines how new printing technology and an improved piano gave rise to the first music industry and influenced a generation of composers. (Filmed at TEDxSMU.)

Bart Knols: Cheese, dogs and a pill to kill mosquitoes and end malaria

TEDxMaastricht

Bart Knols: Cheese, dogs and a pill to kill mosquitoes and end malaria

April 2, 2012


We can use a mosquito's own instincts against her. At TEDxMaastricht speaker Bart Knols demos the imaginative solutions his team is developing to fight malaria -- including limburger cheese and a deadly pill. (Filmed at TEDxMaastricht.)

Renny Gleeson: 404, the story of a page not found

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Renny Gleeson: 404, the story of a page not found

February 28, 2012


Oops! Nobody wants to see the 404: Page Not Found. But as Renny Gleeson shows us, while he runs through a slideshow of creative and funny 404 pages, every error is really a chance to build a better relationship.