Jon Bergmann: Just how small is an atom?

TED-Ed

Jon Bergmann: Just how small is an atom?

April 25, 2012


Just how small are atoms? Really, really, really small. This fast-paced animation from TED-Ed uses metaphors (imagine a blueberry the size of a football stadium!) to give a visceral sense of just how small atoms are. Lesson by Jon Bergmann, animation by Cognitive Media.

Michael Norton: How to buy happiness

TEDxCambridge

Michael Norton: How to buy happiness

November 18, 2011


At TEDxCambridge, Michael Norton shares fascinating research on how money can, indeed buy happiness -- when you don't spend it on yourself. Listen for surprising data on the many ways pro-social spending can benefit you, your work, and (of course) other people.

Brian Greene: Is our universe the only universe?

TED2012

Brian Greene: Is our universe the only universe?

February 27, 2012


Is there more than one universe? In this visually rich, action-packed talk, Brian Greene shows how the unanswered questions of physics (starting with a big one: What caused the Big Bang?) have led to the theory that our own universe is just one of many in the "multiverse."

Christina Warinner: Tracking ancient diseases using ... plaque

TED2012

Christina Warinner: Tracking ancient diseases using ... plaque

February 27, 2012


Imagine what we could learn about diseases by studying the history of human disease, from ancient hominids to the present. But how? TED Fellow Christina Warinner is an achaeological geneticist, and she's found a spectacular new tool -- the microbial DNA in fossilized dental plaque.

Laura Carstensen: Older people are happier

TEDxWomen 2011

Laura Carstensen: Older people are happier

December 6, 2011


In the 20th century we added an unprecedented number of years to our lifespans, but is the quality of life as good? Surprisingly, yes! At TEDxWomen psychologist Laura Carstensen shows research that demonstrates that as people get older they become happier, more content, and have a more positive outlook on the world. (Filmed at TEDxWomen.)

Taryn Simon: The stories behind the bloodlines

TEDSalon London Fall 2011

Taryn Simon: The stories behind the bloodlines

November 10, 2011


Taryn Simon captures the essence of vast, generation-spanning stories by photographing the descendants of people at the center of the narrative. In this riveting talk she shows a stream of these stories from all over the world, investigating the nature of genealogy and the way our lives are shaped by the interplay of many different forces.

Drew Curtis: How I beat a patent troll

TED2012

Drew Curtis: How I beat a patent troll

February 28, 2012


Drew Curtis, the founder of fark.com, tells the story of how he fought a lawsuit from a company that had a patent, "...for the creation and distribution of news releases via email." Along the way he shares some nutty statistics about the growing legal problem of frivolous patents.

Atul Gawande: How do we heal medicine?

TED2012

Atul Gawande: How do we heal medicine?

March 1, 2012


Our medical systems are broken. Doctors are capable of extraordinary (and expensive) treatments, but they are losing their core focus: actually treating people. Doctor and writer Atul Gawande suggests we take a step back and look at new ways to do medicine -- with fewer cowboys and more pit crews.

Abigail Washburn: Building US-China relations ... by banjo

TED2012

Abigail Washburn: Building US-China relations ... by banjo

February 27, 2012


TED Fellow Abigail Washburn wanted to be a lawyer improving US-China relations -- until she picked up a banjo. She tells a moving story of the remarkable connections she's formed touring across the United States and China while playing that banjo and singing in Chinese.

Tal Golesworthy: How I repaired my own heart

TEDxKrakow

Tal Golesworthy: How I repaired my own heart

October 11, 2011


Tal Golesworthy is a boiler engineer -- he knows piping and plumbing. When he needed surgery to repair a life-threatening problem with his aorta, he mixed his engineering skills with his doctors' medical knowledge to design a better repair job.

Melinda Gates: Let's put birth control back on the agenda

TEDxChange

Melinda Gates: Let's put birth control back on the agenda

April 5, 2012


Contraception. The topic has become controversial in recent years. But should it be? Melinda Gates believes that many of the world's social change issues depend on ensuring that women are able to control their rate of having kids. In this significant talk, she makes the case for the world to re-examine an issue she intends to lend her voice to for the next decade. (Filmed at TEDxChange.)

Frans de Waal: Moral behavior in animals

TEDxPeachtree

Frans de Waal: Moral behavior in animals

November 4, 2011


Empathy, cooperation, fairness and reciprocity -- caring about the well-being of others seems like a very human trait. But Frans de Waal shares some surprising videos of behavioral tests, on primates and other mammals, that show how many of these moral traits all of us share. (Filmed at TEDxPeachtree.)

Frank Warren: Half a million secrets

TED2012

Frank Warren: Half a million secrets

February 29, 2012


"Secrets can take many forms -- they can be shocking, or silly, or soulful." Frank Warren, the founder of PostSecret.com, shares some of the half-million secrets that strangers have mailed him on postcards.

Carvens Lissaint: "Put the financial aid in the bag"

TED-Ed

Carvens Lissaint: "Put the financial aid in the bag"

November 11, 2011


At TEDYouth 2011, performance artist Carvens Lissaint shows how to use language, metaphor and imagery to express a powerful idea -- as in this spoken-word performance, a stirring plea to make college education more accessible.

Lucy McRae: How can technology transform the human body?

TED2012

Lucy McRae: How can technology transform the human body?

February 27, 2012


TED Fellow Lucy McRae is a body architect -- she imagines ways to merge biology and technology in our own bodies. In this visually stunning talk, she shows her work, from clothes that recreate the body's insides for a music video with pop-star Robyn, to a pill that, when swallowed, lets you sweat perfume.

Jonathan Foley: The other inconvenient truth

TEDxTC

Jonathan Foley: The other inconvenient truth

October 13, 2010


A skyrocketing demand for food means that agriculture has become the largest driver of climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental destruction. At TEDxTC Jonathan Foley shows why we desperately need to begin "terraculture" -- farming for the whole planet. (Filmed at TEDxTC.)

Jack Choi: On the virtual dissection table

TED2012

Jack Choi: On the virtual dissection table

February 29, 2012


Onstage at TED2012, Jack Choi demonstrates a powerful tool for training medical students: a stretcher-sized multi-touch screen of the human body that lets you explore, dissect and understand the body's parts and systems.

Chip Kidd: Designing books is no laughing matter. OK, it is.

TED2012

Chip Kidd: Designing books is no laughing matter. OK, it is.

March 1, 2012


Chip Kidd doesn’t judge books by their cover, he creates covers that embody the book -- and he does it with a wicked sense of humor. In one of the funniest talks from TED2012, he shows the art and deep thought of his cover designs. This talk is from The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.

Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone?

TED2012

Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone?

February 29, 2012


As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other? Sherry Turkle studies how our devices and online personas are redefining human connection and communication -- and asks us to think deeply about the new kinds of connection we want to have.

Tierney Thys +  Plankton Chronicles Project: The secret life of plankton

TED-Ed

Tierney Thys + Plankton Chronicles Project: The secret life of plankton

April 2, 2012


New videography techniques have opened up the oceans' microscopic ecosystem, revealing it to be both mesmerizingly beautiful and astoundingly complex. Explore this hidden world that underpins our own food chain -- in the first-ever TEDTalk given by a fish ...

Rick Falkvinge: I am a pirate

TEDxObserver

Rick Falkvinge: I am a pirate

March 11, 2012


The Pirate Party fights for transparency, anonymity and sensible copyright laws. At TEDxObserver, Rick Falkvinge explains how he became the leader of Europe’s tech-driven political party, which so far has won 17 seats across national parliaments in Europe. (Filmed at TEDxObserver.)

Daniel Schnitzer: Inventing is the easy part

TEDxPittsburgh

Daniel Schnitzer: Inventing is the easy part

November 19, 2011


Daniel Schnitzer knew that small-scale solar products (like solar-powered LED lightbulbs) could transform the lives of rural Haitians, but found that despite their value, they wouldn't simply sell themselves. At TEDxPittsburgh, he explains how health and energy solutions for the developing world are useless unless the market works too. (Filmed at TEDxPittsburgh.)

Marco Tempest: A magical tale (with augmented reality)

TED2012

Marco Tempest: A magical tale (with augmented reality)

March 1, 2012


Marco Tempest spins a beautiful story of what magic is, how it entertains us and how it highlights our humanity -- all while working extraordinary illusions with his hands and an augmented reality machine.

Ayah Bdeir: Building blocks that blink, beep and teach

TED2012

Ayah Bdeir: Building blocks that blink, beep and teach

February 27, 2012


Imagine a set of electronics as easy to play with as Legos. TED Fellow Ayah Bdeir introduces littleBits, a set of simple, interchangeable blocks that make programming as simple and important a part of creativity as snapping blocks together.

Leymah Gbowee: Unlock the intelligence, passion, greatness of girls

TED2012

Leymah Gbowee: Unlock the intelligence, passion, greatness of girls

March 2, 2012


Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee has two powerful stories to tell -- of her own life's transformation, and of the untapped potential of girls around the world. Can we transform the world by unlocking the greatness of girls?

Regina Dugan: From mach-20 glider to hummingbird drone

TED2012

Regina Dugan: From mach-20 glider to hummingbird drone

March 1, 2012


"What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?" asks Regina Dugan, then director of DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. In this breathtaking talk she describes some of the extraordinary projects -- a robotic hummingbird, a prosthetic arm controlled by thought, and, well, the internet -- that her agency has created by not worrying that they might fail. (Followed by a Q&A with TED's Chris Anderson)

Donald Sadoway: The missing link to renewable energy

TED2012

Donald Sadoway: The missing link to renewable energy

March 1, 2012


What's the key to using alternative energy, like solar and wind? Storage -- so we can have power on tap even when the sun's not out and the wind's not blowing. In this accessible, inspiring talk, Donald Sadoway takes to the blackboard to show us the future of large-scale batteries that store renewable energy. As he says: "We need to think about the problem differently. We need to think big. We need to think cheap."

Jer Thorp: Make data more human

TEDxVancouver

Jer Thorp: Make data more human

November 12, 2011


Jer Thorp creates beautiful data visualizations to put abstract data into a human context. At TEDxVancouver, he shares his moving projects, from graphing an entire year’s news cycle, to mapping the way people share articles across the internet. (Filmed at TEDxVancouver.)

Peter Saul: Let's talk about dying

TEDxNewy

Peter Saul: Let's talk about dying

November 12, 2011


We can’t control if we’ll die, but we can “occupy death,” in the words of Peter Saul, an emergency doctor. He asks us to think about the end of our lives -- and to question against the modern model of slow, intubated death in hospital. Two big questions can you help start this tough conversation.

Billy Collins: Everyday moments, caught in time

TED2012

Billy Collins: Everyday moments, caught in time

February 28, 2012


Combining dry wit with artistic depth, Billy Collins shares a project in which several of his poems were turned into delightful animated films in a collaboration with Sundance Channel. Five of them are included in this wonderfully entertaining and moving talk -- and don't miss the hilarious final poem!