Michael Tilson Thomas: Music and emotion through time

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Michael Tilson Thomas: Music and emotion through time

March 1, 2012


In this epic overview, Michael Tilson Thomas traces the development of classical music through the development of written notation, the record, and the re-mix.

Rick Guidotti: From stigma to supermodel

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Rick Guidotti: From stigma to supermodel

November 11, 2011


Rick Guidotti is a fashion photographer with a passion project: finding and sharing the unmistakable beauty of kids with albinism and other conditions that affect their physical appearance -- and the way society treats them. At TEDxPhoenix, he shares some of their stories and the empowering effects of a little glamour as he redefines their beauty in a flash. (Filmed at TEDxPhoenix.)

Tavi Gevinson: A teen just trying to figure it out

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Tavi Gevinson: A teen just trying to figure it out

March 31, 2012


Fifteen-year-old Tavi Gevinson had a hard time finding strong female, teenage role models -- so she built a space where they could find each other. At TEDxTeen, she illustrates how the conversations on sites like Rookie, her wildly popular web magazine for and by teen girls, are putting a new, unapologetically uncertain and richly complex face on modern feminism.

Rory Sutherland: Perspective is everything

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Rory Sutherland: Perspective is everything

December 3, 2011


The circumstances of our lives may matter less than how we see them, says Rory Sutherland. At TEDxAthens, he makes a compelling case for how reframing is the key to happiness. (Filmed at TEDxAthens.)

Gary Kovacs: Tracking our online trackers

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Gary Kovacs: Tracking our online trackers

February 29, 2012


As you surf the Web, information is being collected about you. Web tracking is not 100% evil -- personal data can make your browsing more efficient; cookies can help your favorite websites stay in business. But, says Gary Kovacs, it's your right to know what data is being collected about you. He unveils a Firefox add-on, Collusion, to do just that. (Update: Collusion is now called Lightbeam.)

Reuben Margolin: Sculpting waves in wood and time

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Reuben Margolin: Sculpting waves in wood and time

March 1, 2012


Reuben Margolin is a kinetic sculptor, crafting beautiful pieces that move in the pattern of raindrops falling and waves combining. Take nine minutes and be mesmerized by his meditative art -- inspired in equal parts by math and nature.

Amory Lovins: A 40-year plan for energy

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Amory Lovins: A 40-year plan for energy

March 22, 2012


In this intimate talk filmed at TED's offices, energy innovator Amory Lovins shows how to get the US off oil and coal by 2050, $5 trillion cheaper, with no Act of Congress, led by business for profit. The key is integrating all four energy-using sectors—and four kinds of innovation.

Liz Diller: A new museum wing ... in a giant bubble

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Liz Diller: A new museum wing ... in a giant bubble

March 1, 2012


How do you make a great public space inside a not-so-great building? Liz Diller shares the story of creating a welcoming, lighthearted (even, dare we say it, sexy) addition to the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC. (From The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.)

Brenda Romero: Gaming for understanding

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Brenda Romero: Gaming for understanding

November 11, 2011


It's never easy to get across the magnitude of complex tragedies -- so when Brenda Romero's daughter came home from school asking about slavery, she did what she does for a living -- she designed a game. She describes the surprising effectiveness of this game, and others, in helping the player really understand the story.

Joe Smith: How to use a paper towel

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Joe Smith: How to use a paper towel

March 31, 2012


You use paper towels to dry your hands every day, but chances are, you're doing it wrong. In this enlightening and funny short talk, Joe Smith reveals the trick to perfect paper towel technique. (Filmed at TEDxConcordiaUPortland.)

Nancy Lublin: Texting that saves lives

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Nancy Lublin: Texting that saves lives

February 29, 2012


When Nancy Lublin started texting teenagers to help with her social advocacy organization, what she found was shocking -- they started texting back about their own problems, from bullying to depression to abuse. So she's setting up a text-only crisis line, and the results might be even more important than she expected.

Eduardo Paes: The 4 commandments of cities

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Eduardo Paes: The 4 commandments of cities

February 29, 2012


Eduardo Paes is the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, a sprawling, complicated, beautiful city of 6.5 million. He shares four big ideas about leading Rio -- and all cities -- into the future, including bold (and do-able) infrastructure upgrades and how to make a city "smarter."

Jon Bergmann: Just how small is an atom?

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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"

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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?

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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

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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

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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.

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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.