Taylor Wilson: Yup, I built a nuclear fusion reactor

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Taylor Wilson: Yup, I built a nuclear fusion reactor

March 1, 2012


Taylor Wilson believes nuclear fusion is a solution to our future energy needs, and that kids can change the world. And he knows something about both of those: When he was 14, he built a working fusion reactor in his parents' garage. Now 17, he takes the TED stage at short notice to tell (the short version of) his story.

Noel Bairey Merz: The single biggest health threat women face

TEDxWomen 2011

Noel Bairey Merz: The single biggest health threat women face

December 1, 2011


Surprising, but true: More women now die of heart disease than men, yet cardiovascular research has long focused on men. Pioneering doctor C. Noel Bairey Merz shares what we know and don't know about women's heart health -- including the remarkably different symptoms women present during a heart attack (and why they're often missed). (Filmed at TEDxWomen.)

T. Boone Pickens: Let's transform energy -- with natural gas

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T. Boone Pickens: Let's transform energy -- with natural gas

March 1, 2012


The US consumes 25% of the world's oil -- but as energy tycoon T. Boone Pickens points out onstage, the country has no energy policy to prepare for the inevitable. Is alternative energy our bridge to an oil-free future? After losing $150 million investing in wind energy, Pickens suggests it isn't, not yet. What might get us there? Natural gas. After the talk, watch for a lively Q&A with TED Curator Chris Anderson.

Mark Raymond: Victims of the city

TEDxPortofSpain

Mark Raymond: Victims of the city

November 11, 2011


Architecture can bring people together, or divide them -- witness the skyscraper, costly, inefficient, and only serving small portions of the community. At TEDxPortofSpain, Mark Raymond encourages city governments to let go of their old notions of success and consider the balance of environment, economy, and society to design cities for social change. (Filmed at TEDxPortofSpain.)

Scott Summit: Beautiful artificial limbs

TEDxCambridge

Scott Summit: Beautiful artificial limbs

November 19, 2011


Prosthetics can’t replicate the look and feel of lost limbs but they can carry a lot of personality. At TEDxCambridge, Scott Summit shows 3D-printed, individually designed prosthetic legs that are unabashedly artificial and completely personal -- from macho to fabulous. (Filmed at TEDxCambridge.)

Brené Brown: Listening to shame

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Brené Brown: Listening to shame

March 2, 2012


Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word.

Rob Reid: The $8 billion iPod

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Rob Reid: The $8 billion iPod

March 1, 2012


Comic author Rob Reid unveils Copyright Math (TM), a remarkable new field of study based on actual numbers from entertainment industry lawyers and lobbyists.

Jonathan Haidt: Religion, evolution, and the ecstasy of self-transcendence

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Jonathan Haidt: Religion, evolution, and the ecstasy of self-transcendence

February 29, 2012


Psychologist Jonathan Haidt asks a simple, but difficult question: why do we search for self-transcendence? Why do we attempt to lose ourselves? In a tour through the science of evolution by group selection, he proposes a provocative answer.

Adam Savage: How simple ideas lead to scientific discoveries

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Adam Savage: How simple ideas lead to scientific discoveries

November 2, 2011


Adam Savage walks through two spectacular examples of profound scientific discoveries that came from simple, creative methods anyone could have followed -- Eratosthenes' calculation of the Earth's circumference around 200 BC and Hippolyte Fizeau's measurement of the speed of light in 1849. Find more TED-Ed videos on our new YouTube channel: youtube.com/TEDEd.

David Gallo: Deep ocean mysteries and wonders

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David Gallo: Deep ocean mysteries and wonders

March 12, 2012


In the deepest, darkest parts of the oceans are ecosystems with more diversity than a tropical rainforest. Taking us on a voyage into the ocean -- from the deepest trenches to the remains of Titanic -- marine biologist David Gallo explores the wonder and beauty of marine life. Find more TED-Ed videos on our new YouTube channel: youtube.com/TEDEd.

Chris Anderson (TED): Questions no one knows the answers to

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Chris Anderson (TED): Questions no one knows the answers to

March 12, 2012


In a new TED-Ed series designed to catalyze curiosity, TED Curator Chris Anderson shares his obsession with questions that no one (yet) knows the answers to. A short intro leads into two questions: Why can't we see evidence of alien life? on.ted.com/AlienLife and How many universes are there? on.ted.com/HowMany ... Find more TED-Ed videos on our new YouTube channel: youtube.com/TEDEd.

Greg Gage: The cockroach beatbox

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Greg Gage: The cockroach beatbox

November 17, 2011


By dissecting a cockroach ... yes, live on stage ... TED Fellow and neuroscientist Greg Gage shows how brains receive and deliver electric impulses -- and how legs can respond. This talk comes from the TED-Ed project.

Larry Smith: Why you will fail to have a great career

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Larry Smith: Why you will fail to have a great career

November 12, 2011


In this funny and blunt talk, Larry Smith pulls no punches when he calls out the absurd excuses people invent when they fail to pursue their passions.

Kelli Anderson: Design to challenge reality

TEDxPhoenix

Kelli Anderson: Design to challenge reality

November 11, 2011


Kelli Anderson shatters our expectations about reality by injecting humor and surprise into everyday objects. At TEDxPhoenix she shares her disruptive and clever designs. (Filmed at TEDxPhoenix.)

Improv Everywhere: A TED speaker's worst nightmare

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Improv Everywhere: A TED speaker's worst nightmare

March 1, 2012


Colin Robertson had 3 minutes on the TED stage to tell the world about his solar-powered crowdsourced health care solution. And then...

Jennifer Pahlka: Coding a better government

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Jennifer Pahlka: Coding a better government

February 29, 2012


Can government be run like the Internet, permissionless and open? Coder and activist Jennifer Pahlka believes it can -- and that apps, built quickly and cheaply, are a powerful new way to connect citizens to their governments -- and their neighbors.

James Hansen: Why I must speak out about climate change

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James Hansen: Why I must speak out about climate change

February 29, 2012


Top climate scientist James Hansen tells the story of his involvement in the science of and debate over global climate change. In doing so he outlines the overwhelming evidence that change is happening and why that makes him deeply worried about the future.

Andrew Stanton: The clues to a great story

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Andrew Stanton: The clues to a great story

February 28, 2012


Filmmaker Andrew Stanton ("Toy Story," "WALL-E") shares what he knows about storytelling -- starting at the end and working back to the beginning. Contains graphic language ... (Note: this talk is not available for download.)

Bryan Stevenson: We need to talk about an injustice

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Bryan Stevenson: We need to talk about an injustice

March 1, 2012


In an engaging and personal talk -- with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks -- human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America's justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country's black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America's unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight and persuasiveness.

Susan Cain: The power of introverts

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Susan Cain: The power of introverts

February 28, 2012


In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.

Vijay Kumar: Robots that fly ... and cooperate

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Vijay Kumar: Robots that fly ... and cooperate

February 29, 2012


In his lab at Penn, Vijay Kumar and his team build flying quadrotors, small, agile robots that swarm, sense each other, and form ad hoc teams -- for construction, surveying disasters and far more.

Peter Diamandis: Abundance is our future

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Peter Diamandis: Abundance is our future

February 28, 2012


Onstage at TED2012, Peter Diamandis makes a case for optimism -- that we'll invent, innovate and create ways to solve the challenges that loom over us. "I’m not saying we don’t have our set of problems; we surely do. But ultimately, we knock them down.”

Paul Gilding: The Earth is full

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Paul Gilding: The Earth is full

February 28, 2012


Have we used up all our resources? Have we filled up all the livable space on Earth? Paul Gilding suggests we have, and the possibility of devastating consequences, in a talk that's equal parts terrifying and, oddly, hopeful.

Daniel Pauly: The ocean's shifting baseline

Mission Blue Voyage

Daniel Pauly: The ocean's shifting baseline

April 10, 2010


The ocean has degraded within our lifetimes, as shown in the decreasing average size of fish. And yet, as Daniel Pauly shows us onstage at Mission Blue, each time the baseline drops, we call it the new "normal." At what point do we stop readjusting downward?

Paul Snelgrove: A census of the ocean

TEDGlobal 2011

Paul Snelgrove: A census of the ocean

July 14, 2011


Oceanographer Paul Snelgrove shares the results of a ten-year project with one goal: to take a census of all the life in the oceans. He shares amazing photos of some of the surprising finds of the Census of Marine Life.

Kevin Allocca: Why videos go viral

TEDYouth 2011

Kevin Allocca: Why videos go viral

November 19, 2011


Kevin Allocca is YouTube's trends manager, and he has deep thoughts about silly web video. In this talk from TEDYouth, he shares the 4 reasons a video goes viral.

Avi Rubin: All your devices can be hacked

TEDxMidAtlantic

Avi Rubin: All your devices can be hacked

October 29, 2011


Could someone hack your pacemaker? At TEDxMidAtlantic, Avi Rubin explains how hackers are compromising cars, smartphones and medical devices, and warns us about the dangers of an increasingly hack-able world. (Filmed at TEDxMidAtlantic.)

Jeffrey Kluger: The sibling bond

TEDxAsheville

Jeffrey Kluger: The sibling bond

November 13, 2011


Were you the favorite child, the wild child or the middle child? At TEDxAsheville, Jeffrey Kluger explores the profound life-long bond between brothers and sisters, and the influence of birth order, favoritism and sibling rivalry. (Filmed at TEDxAsheville.)

Tan Le: My immigration story

TEDxWomen 2011

Tan Le: My immigration story

December 1, 2011


In 2010, technologist Tan Le took the TEDGlobal stage to demo a powerful new interface. But now, at TEDxWomen, she tells a very personal story: the story of her family -- mother, grandmother and sister -- fleeing Vietnam and building a new life. (Filmed at TEDxWomen.)

Shlomo Benartzi: Saving for tomorrow, tomorrow

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Shlomo Benartzi: Saving for tomorrow, tomorrow

November 9, 2011


It's easy to imagine saving money next week, but how about right now? Generally, we want to spend it. Economist Shlomo Benartzi says this is one of the biggest obstacles to saving enough for retirement, and asks: How do we turn this behavioral challenge into a behavioral solution?