Cynthia Kenyon: Experiments that hint of longer lives

TEDGlobal 2011

Cynthia Kenyon: Experiments that hint of longer lives


What controls aging? Biochemist Cynthia Kenyon has found a simple genetic mutation that can double the lifespan of a simple worm, C. elegans. The lessons from that discovery, and others, are pointing to how we might one day significantly extend youthful human life.

Thomas Suarez: A 12-year-old app developer

TEDxManhattanBeach

Thomas Suarez: A 12-year-old app developer


Most 12-year-olds love playing videogames -- Thomas Suarez taught himself how to create them. After developing iPhone apps like "Bustin Jeiber," a whack-a-mole game, he is now using his skills to help other kids become developers. (Filmed at TEDxManhattanBeach.)

Yves Rossy: Fly with the Jetman

TEDGlobal 2011

Yves Rossy: Fly with the Jetman


Strapped to a jet-powered wing, Yves Rossy is the Jetman -- flying free, his body as the rudder, above the Swiss Alps and the Grand Canyon. After a powerful short film shows how it works, Rossy takes the TEDGlobal stage to share the experience and thrill of flying.

Alexander Tsiaras: Conception to birth -- visualized

INK Conference

Alexander Tsiaras: Conception to birth -- visualized


Image-maker Alexander Tsiaras shares a powerful medical visualization, showing human development from conception to birth and beyond. (Some graphic images.)

Charlie Todd: The shared experience of absurdity

TEDxBloomington

Charlie Todd: The shared experience of absurdity


Charlie Todd causes bizarre, hilarious, and unexpected public scenes: Seventy synchronized dancers in storefront windows, "ghostbusters" running through the New York Public Library, and the annual no-pants subway ride. In his talk, he shows how his group, Improv Everywhere, uses these scenes to bring people together. (Filmed at TEDxBloomington.)

Roger McNamee: 6 ways to save the internet

TEDxSantaCruz

Roger McNamee: 6 ways to save the internet


The next big shift is now, and it’s not what you think: Facebook is the new Windows; Google must be sacrificed. Tech investor Roger McNamee presents 6 bold ways to prepare for the next internet. (Filmed at TEDxSantaCruz.)

Allan Jones: A map of the brain

TEDGlobal 2011

Allan Jones: A map of the brain


How can we begin to understand the way the brain works? The same way we begin to understand a city: by making a map. In this visually stunning talk, Allan Jones shows how his team is mapping which genes are turned on in each tiny region, and how it all connects up.

Ben Kacyra: Ancient wonders captured in 3D

TEDGlobal 2011

Ben Kacyra: Ancient wonders captured in 3D


Ancient monuments give us clues to astonishing past civilizations -- but they're under threat from pollution, war, neglect. Ben Kacyra, who invented a groundbreaking 3D scanning system, is using his invention to scan and preserve the world's heritage in archival detail. (Watch to the end for a little demo.)

Aparna Rao: High-tech art (with a sense of humor)

TEDGlobal 2011

Aparna Rao: High-tech art (with a sense of humor)


Artist and TED Fellow Aparna Rao re-imagines the familiar in surprising, often humorous ways. With her collaborator Soren Pors, Rao creates high-tech art installations -- a typewriter that sends emails, a camera that tracks you through the room only to make you invisible on screen -- that put a playful spin on ordinary objects and interactions.

Martin Hanczyc: The line between life and not-life

TEDSalon London Spring 2011

Martin Hanczyc: The line between life and not-life


In his lab, Martin Hanczyc makes "protocells," experimental blobs of chemicals that behave like living cells. His work demonstrates how life might have first occurred on Earth ... and perhaps elsewhere too.

Sandra Fisher-Martins: The right to understand

TEDxO'Porto

Sandra Fisher-Martins: The right to understand


Medical, legal, and financial documents should be easy to read, but too often they aren’t. With spot-on (and funny) examples, Sandra Fisher Martins shows how overly complex language separates us from the information we need -- and three steps to change that. In Portuguese with English subtitles. (Filmed at TEDxO'Porto.)

Marco Tempest: Augmented reality, techno-magic

TEDGlobal 2011

Marco Tempest: Augmented reality, techno-magic


Using sleight-of-hand techniques and charming storytelling, illusionist Marco Tempest brings a jaunty stick figure to life onstage at TEDGlobal.

Daniel Wolpert: The real reason for brains

TEDGlobal 2011

Daniel Wolpert: The real reason for brains


Neuroscientist Daniel Wolpert starts from a surprising premise: the brain evolved, not to think or feel, but to control movement. In this entertaining, data-rich talk he gives us a glimpse into how the brain creates the grace and agility of human motion.

Anna Mracek Dietrich: A plane you can drive

TEDGlobal 2011

Anna Mracek Dietrich: A plane you can drive


A flying car -- it's an iconic image of the future. But after 100 years of flight and automotive engineering, no one has really cracked the problem. Pilot Anna Mracek Dietrich and her team flipped the question, asking: Why not build a plane that you can drive?

Paul Zak: Trust, morality -- and oxytocin?

TEDGlobal 2011

Paul Zak: Trust, morality -- and oxytocin?


What drives our desire to behave morally? Neuroeconomist Paul Zak shows why he believes oxytocin (he calls it "the moral molecule") is responsible for trust, empathy and other feelings that help build a stable society.

Hasan Elahi: FBI, here I am!

TEDGlobal 2011

Hasan Elahi: FBI, here I am!


After he ended up on a watch list by accident, Hasan Elahi was advised by his local FBI agents to let them know when he was traveling. He did that and more ... much more.

Béatrice Coron: Stories cut from paper

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Béatrice Coron: Stories cut from paper


With scissors and paper, artist Béatrice Coron creates intricate worlds, cities and countries, heavens and hells. Striding onstage in a glorious cape cut from Tyvek, she describes her creative process and the way her stories develop from snips and slices.

Jay Bradner: Open-source cancer research

TEDxBoston 2011

Jay Bradner: Open-source cancer research


How does cancer know it's cancer? At Jay Bradner's lab, they found a molecule that might hold the answer, JQ1 -- and instead of patenting JQ1, they published their findings and mailed samples to 40 other labs to work on. An inspiring look at the open-source future of medical research. (Filmed at TEDxBoston.)

Malcolm Gladwell: The strange tale of the Norden bombsight

TEDGlobal 2011

Malcolm Gladwell: The strange tale of the Norden bombsight


Master storyteller Malcolm Gladwell tells the tale of the Norden bombsight, a groundbreaking piece of World War II technology with a deeply unexpected result.

Iain McGilchrist: The divided brain

RSA Animate

Iain McGilchrist: The divided brain


Psychiatrist Iain McGilchrist describes the real differences between the left and right halves of the human brain. It's not simply "emotion on the right, reason on the left," but something far more complex and interesting. A Best of the Web talk from RSA Animate.

Richard Wilkinson: How economic inequality harms societies

TEDGlobal 2011

Richard Wilkinson: How economic inequality harms societies


We feel instinctively that societies with huge income gaps are somehow going wrong. Richard Wilkinson charts the hard data on economic inequality, and shows what gets worse when rich and poor are too far apart: real effects on health, lifespan, even such basic values as trust.

Nathalie Miebach: Art made of storms

TEDGlobal 2011

Nathalie Miebach: Art made of storms


Artist Nathalie Miebach takes weather data from massive storms and turns it into complex sculptures that embody the forces of nature and time. These sculptures then become musical scores for a string quartet to play.

Todd Kuiken: A prosthetic arm that "feels"

TEDGlobal 2011

Todd Kuiken: A prosthetic arm that "feels"


Physiatrist and engineer Todd Kuiken is building a prosthetic arm that connects with the human nervous system -- improving motion, control and even feeling. Onstage, patient Amanda Kitts helps demonstrate this next-gen robotic arm.

Guy-Philippe Goldstein: How cyberattacks threaten real-world peace

TEDxParis 2010

Guy-Philippe Goldstein: How cyberattacks threaten real-world peace


More and more, nations are waging attacks with cyber weapons -- silent strikes on another country's computer systems that leave behind no trace. (Think of the Stuxnet worm.) Guy-Philippe Goldstein shows how cyberattacks can leap between the digital and physical worlds to prompt armed conflict -- and how we might avert this global security hazard. (Filmed at TEDxParis.)

Justin Hall-Tipping: Freeing energy from the grid

TEDGlobal 2011

Justin Hall-Tipping: Freeing energy from the grid


What would happen if we could generate power from our windowpanes? In this moving talk, entrepreneur Justin Hall-Tipping shows the materials that could make that possible, and how questioning our notion of 'normal' can lead to extraordinary breakthroughs.

Bunker Roy: Learning from a barefoot movement

TEDGlobal 2011

Bunker Roy: Learning from a barefoot movement


In Rajasthan, India, an extraordinary school teaches rural women and men -- many of them illiterate -- to become solar engineers, artisans, dentists and doctors in their own villages. It's called the Barefoot College, and its founder, Bunker Roy, explains how it works.

Jae Rhim Lee: My mushroom burial suit

TEDGlobal 2011

Jae Rhim Lee: My mushroom burial suit


Here's a powerful provocation from artist Jae Rhim Lee. Can we commit our bodies to a cleaner, greener Earth, even after death? Naturally -- using a special burial suit seeded with pollution-gobbling mushrooms. Yes, this just might be the strangest TEDTalk you'll ever see ...

Pamela Meyer: How to spot a liar

TEDGlobal 2011

Pamela Meyer: How to spot a liar


On any given day we're lied to from 10 to 200 times, and the clues to detect those lie can be subtle and counter-intuitive. Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting, shows the manners and "hotspots" used by those trained to recognize deception -- and she argues honesty is a value worth preserving.

Michael Nielsen: Open science now!

TEDxWaterloo

Michael Nielsen: Open science now!


What if every scientist could share their data as easily as they tweet about their lunch? Michael Nielsen calls for scientists to embrace new tools for collaboration that will enable discoveries to happen at the speed of Twitter. (Filmed at TEDxWaterloo.)

Ian Ritchie: The day I turned down Tim Berners-Lee

TEDGlobal 2011

Ian Ritchie: The day I turned down Tim Berners-Lee


Imagine it's late 1990, and you've just met a nice young man named Tim Berners-Lee, who starts telling you about his proposed system called the World Wide Web. Ian Ritchie was there. And ... he didn't buy it. A short story about information, connectivity and learning from mistakes.