Lauren Hodge, Shree Bose + Naomi Shah: Award-winning teenage science in action

TEDxWomen 2011

Lauren Hodge, Shree Bose + Naomi Shah: Award-winning teenage science in action

December 8, 2011


In 2011 three young women swept the top prizes of the first Google Science Fair. Lauren Hodge, Shree Bose and Naomi Shah describe their extraordinary projects -- and their route to a passion for science. (Filmed at TEDxWomen.)

Tyler Cowen: Be suspicious of stories

TEDxMidAtlantic

Tyler Cowen: Be suspicious of stories

November 9, 2009


Like all of us, economist Tyler Cowen loves a good story. But in this intriguing talk, he asks us to step away from thinking of our lives -- and our messy, complicated irrational world -- in terms of a simple narrative. (Filmed at TEDxMidAtlantic.)

Michelle Borkin: Can astronomers help doctors?

TEDxBoston 2011

Michelle Borkin: Can astronomers help doctors?

June 28, 2011


How do you measure a nebula? With a brain scan. In this talk, TED Fellow Michelle Borkin shows why collaboration between doctors and astronomers can lead to surprising discoveries. (Filmed at TEDxBoston.)

Nate Garvis: Change our culture, change our world

TEDxTC

Nate Garvis: Change our culture, change our world

October 13, 2010


We don’t just need better laws -- we need better culture. In this talk, Nate Garvis asks what we can do to create an environment in which powerful institutions are used for the common good. (Filmed at TEDxTC.)

Sebastian Wernicke: 1000 TEDTalks, 6 words

TEDxZurich 2011

Sebastian Wernicke: 1000 TEDTalks, 6 words

November 10, 2011


Sebastian Wernicke thinks every TEDTalk can be summarized in six words. In this talk, he shows how to do just that -- and less. (Filmed at TEDxZurich.)

Paddy Ashdown: The global power shift

TEDxBrussels

Paddy Ashdown: The global power shift

December 28, 2011


Paddy Ashdown claims that we are living in a moment in history where power is changing in ways it never has before. In a spellbinding talk he outlines the three major global shifts that he sees coming. (Filmed at TEDxBrussels.)

Jane Fonda: Life's third act

TEDxWomen 2011

Jane Fonda: Life's third act

December 7, 2011


Within this generation, an extra 30 years have been added to our life expectancy -- and these years aren’t just a footnote or a pathology. In this talk, Jane Fonda asks how we can think about this new phase of our lives. (Filmed at TEDxWomen.)

AJ Jacobs: How healthy living nearly killed me

TEDMED 2011

AJ Jacobs: How healthy living nearly killed me

October 28, 2011


For a full year, AJ Jacobs followed every piece of health advice he could -- from applying sunscreen by the shot glass to wearing a bicycle helmet while shopping. Onstage at TEDMED, he shares the surprising things he learned.

Alberto Cairo: There are no scraps of men

TEDxRC2

Alberto Cairo: There are no scraps of men

November 27, 2011


Alberto Cairo's clinics in Afghanistan used to close down during active fighting. Now, they stay open. In this powerful talk, Cairo tells the moving story of why -- and how he found humanity and dignity in the midst of war. (Filmed at TEDxRC2.)

Daniel Goldstein: The battle between your present and future self

TEDSalon NY2011

Daniel Goldstein: The battle between your present and future self

November 9, 2011


Every day, we make decisions that have good or bad consequences for our future selves. (Can I skip flossing just this one time?) Daniel Goldstein makes tools that help us imagine ourselves over time, so that we make smart choices for Future Us.

Sheila Nirenberg: A prosthetic eye to treat blindness

TEDMED 2011

Sheila Nirenberg: A prosthetic eye to treat blindness

October 12, 2011


At TEDMED, Sheila Nirenberg shows a bold way to create sight in people with certain kinds of blindness: by hooking into the optic nerve and sending signals from a camera direct to the brain.

Antonio Damasio: The quest to understand consciousness

TED2011

Antonio Damasio: The quest to understand consciousness

March 2, 2011


Every morning we wake up and regain consciousness -- that is a marvelous fact -- but what exactly is it that we regain? Neuroscientist Antonio Damasio uses this simple question to give us a glimpse into how our brains create our sense of self.

Thomas Pogge: Medicine for the 99 percent

TEDxCanberra

Thomas Pogge: Medicine for the 99 percent

September 24, 2011


Can we incentivize companies to produce much-needed drugs? Thomas Pogge proposes a $6 billion plan to revolutionize the way medications are developed and sold. (Filmed at TEDxCanberra.)

Roger Doiron: My subversive (garden) plot

TEDxDirigo

Roger Doiron: My subversive (garden) plot

September 10, 2011


A vegetable garden can do more than save you money -- it can save the world. In this talk, Roger Doiron shows how gardens can re-localize our food and feed our growing population.

Ramona Pierson: An unexpected place of healing

TEDxDU 2011

Ramona Pierson: An unexpected place of healing

May 13, 2011


When Ramona Pierson was 22, she was hit by a drunk driver and spent 18 months in a coma. In this talk, she tells the remarkable story of her recovery -- drawing on the collective skills and wisdom of a senior citizens' home. (Filmed at TEDxDU.)

Homaro Cantu + Ben Roche: Cooking as alchemy

TED2011

Homaro Cantu + Ben Roche: Cooking as alchemy

March 1, 2011


Homaro Cantu and Ben Roche come from Moto, a Chicago restaurant that plays with new ways to cook and eat food. But beyond the fun and flavor-tripping, there's a serious intent: Can we use new food technology for good?

Pavan Sukhdev: Put a value on nature!

TEDGlobal 2011

Pavan Sukhdev: Put a value on nature!

July 14, 2011


Every day, we use materials from the earth without thinking, for free. But what if we had to pay for their true value: would it make us more careful about what we use and what we waste? Think of Pavan Sukhdev as nature's banker -- assessing the value of the Earth's assets. Eye-opening charts will make you think differently about the cost of air, water, trees ...

Quyen Nguyen: Color-coded surgery

TEDMED 2011

Quyen Nguyen: Color-coded surgery

October 28, 2011


Surgeons are taught from textbooks which conveniently color-code the types of tissues, but that's not what it looks like in real life -- until now. At TEDMED Quyen Nguyen demonstrates how a molecular marker can make tumors light up in neon green, showing surgeons exactly where to cut.

Monika Bulaj: The hidden light of Afghanistan

TEDGlobal 2011

Monika Bulaj: The hidden light of Afghanistan

July 12, 2011


Photographer Monika Bulaj shares powerful, intimate images of Afghanistan -- of home life, of ritual, of men and women. Behind the headlines, what does the world truly know about this place?

David Damberger: What happens when an NGO admits failure

TEDxYYC

David Damberger: What happens when an NGO admits failure

April 1, 2011


International aid groups make the same mistakes over and over again. David Damberger uses his own engineering failure in India to call for the development sector to publicly admit, analyze, and learn from their missteps. (Filmed at TEDxYYC.)

Klaus Stadlmann: The world's smallest 3D printer

TEDxVienna

Klaus Stadlmann: The world's smallest 3D printer

October 4, 2011


What could you do with the world’s smallest 3D printer? Klaus Stadlmann demos his tiny, affordable printer that could someday make customized hearing aids -- or sculptures smaller than a human hair. (Filmed at TEDxVienna.)

Stefon Harris: There are no mistakes on the bandstand

TEDSalon NY2011

Stefon Harris: There are no mistakes on the bandstand

November 9, 2011


What is a mistake? By talking through examples with his improvisational Jazz quartet, Stefon Harris walks us to a profound truth: many actions are perceived as mistakes only because we don't react to them appropriately.

Yoav Medan: Ultrasound surgery -- healing without cuts

TEDMED 2011

Yoav Medan: Ultrasound surgery -- healing without cuts

October 24, 2011


Imagine having a surgery with no knives involved. At TEDMED, Yoav Medan shares a technique that uses MRI to find trouble spots and focused ultrasound to treat such issues as brain lesions, uterine fibroids and several kinds of cancerous growths.

Cheryl Hayashi: The magnificence of spider silk

TED2010

Cheryl Hayashi: The magnificence of spider silk

February 21, 2010


Cheryl Hayashi studies spider silk, one of nature's most high-performance materials. Each species of spider can make up to 7 very different kinds of silk. How do they do it? Hayashi explains at the DNA level -- then shows us how this super-strong, super-flexible material can inspire.

Luis von Ahn: Massive-scale online collaboration

TEDxCMU

Luis von Ahn: Massive-scale online collaboration

April 3, 2011


After re-purposing CAPTCHA so each human-typed response helps digitize books, Luis von Ahn wondered how else to use small contributions by many on the Internet for greater good. In this talk, he shares how his ambitious new project, Duolingo, will help millions learn a new language while translating the Web quickly and accurately -- all for free.

Srdja Popovic: How to topple a dictator

TEDxKrakow

Srdja Popovic: How to topple a dictator

November 23, 2011


2011 was a year of people-powered resistance, starting with Arab Spring and spreading across the world. How did it work? Srdja Popovic (who led the nonviolent movement that took down Milosevic in Serbia in 2000) lays out the plans, skills and tools each movement needs -- from nonviolent tactics to a sense of humor. (Filmed at TEDxKrakow.)

Sarah Kay: How many lives can you live?

TEDxEast

Sarah Kay: How many lives can you live?

May 9, 2011


Spoken-word poet Sarah Kay was stunned to find she couldn’t be a princess, ballerina and astronaut all in one lifetime. In this talk, she delivers two powerful poems that show us how we can live other lives. (Filmed at TEDxEast.)

Leslie Dodson: Don't misrepresent Africa

TEDxBoulder 2011

Leslie Dodson: Don't misrepresent Africa

September 24, 2011


Real narratives are complicated: Africa isn’t a country, and it's not a disaster zone, says reporter and researcher Leslie Dodson. In her talk, she calls for journalists, researchers and NGOs to stop representing entire continents as one big tragedy. (Filmed at TEDxBoulder.)

Charles Limb: Building the musical muscle

TEDMED 2011

Charles Limb: Building the musical muscle

October 28, 2011


Charles Limb performs cochlear implantation, a surgery that treats hearing loss and can restore the ability to hear speech. But as a musician too, Limb thinks about what the implants lack: They don't let you fully experience music yet. (There's a hair-raising example.) At TEDMED, Limb reviews the state of the art and the way forward.

John Bohannon: Dance vs. powerpoint, a modest proposal

TEDxBrussels

John Bohannon: Dance vs. powerpoint, a modest proposal

November 22, 2011


Use dancers instead of powerpoint. That's science writer John Bohannon's "modest proposal." In this spellbinding choreographed talk he makes his case by example, aided by dancers from Black Label Movement. (Filmed at TEDxBrussels.)