Tyrone Hayes + Penelope Jagessar Chaffer: The toxic baby

TEDWomen 2010

Tyrone Hayes + Penelope Jagessar Chaffer: The toxic baby


Filmmaker Penelope Jagessar Chaffer was curious about the chemicals she was exposed to while pregnant: Could they affect her unborn child? So she asked scientist Tyrone Hayes to brief her on one he studied closely: atrazine, a herbicide used on corn. (Hayes, an expert on amphibians, is a critic of atrazine, which displays a disturbing effect on frog development.) Onstage together at TEDWomen, Hayes and Chaffer tell their story.

Drew Dudley: Everyday leadership

TEDxToronto 2010

Drew Dudley: Everyday leadership


We have all changed someone’s life -- usually without even realizing it. In this funny talk, Drew Dudley calls on all of us to celebrate leadership as the everyday act of improving each other’s lives.

Keith Nolan: Deaf in the military

TEDxIslay

Keith Nolan: Deaf in the military

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Keith Nolan always wanted to join the United States military -- but he’s deaf, an automatic disqualification according to military rules. In this talk, he describes his fight to fight for his country. (In American Sign Language, with real time translation.) (Filmed at TEDxIslay.)

Erik Johansson: Impossible photography

TEDSalon London Fall 2011

Erik Johansson: Impossible photography


Erik Johansson creates realistic photos of impossible scenes -- capturing ideas, not moments. In this witty how-to, the Photoshop wizard describes the principles he uses to make these fantastical scenarios come to life, while keeping them visually plausible.

Jack Horner: Where are the baby dinosaurs?

TEDxVancouver

Jack Horner: Where are the baby dinosaurs?


In a spellbinding talk, paleontologist Jack Horner tells the story of how iconoclastic thinking revealed a shocking secret about some of our most beloved dinosaurs.

Sheikha Al Mayassa: Globalizing the local, localizing the global

TEDWomen 2010

Sheikha Al Mayassa: Globalizing the local, localizing the global


Sheikha Al Mayassa, a patron of artists, storytellers and filmmakers in Qatar, talks about how art and culture create a country's identity -- and allow every country to share its unique identity with the wider world. As she says: "We don't want to be all the same, but we do want to understand each other."

Stephen Coleman: The moral dangers of non-lethal weapons

TEDxCanberra

Stephen Coleman: The moral dangers of non-lethal weapons


Pepper spray and tasers are in increasing use by both police and military, and more exotic non-lethal weapons such as heat rays are in the works. In this talk, ethicist Stephen Coleman explores the unexpected consequences of their introduction and asks some challenging questions. (Filmed at TEDxCanberra.)

Neil Burgess: How your brain tells you where you are

TEDSalon London Spring 2011

Neil Burgess: How your brain tells you where you are


How do you remember where you parked your car? How do you know if you're moving in the right direction? Neuroscientist Neil Burgess studies the neural mechanisms that map the space around us, and how they link to memory and imagination.

Danny Hillis: Back to the future (of 1994)

TED1994

Danny Hillis: Back to the future (of 1994)


From deep in the TED archive, Danny Hillis outlines an intriguing theory of how and why technological change seems to be accelerating, by linking it to the very evolution of life itself. The presentation techniques he uses may look dated, but the ideas are as relevant as ever.

Erica Frenkel: The universal anesthesia machine

TEDxMidAtlantic

Erica Frenkel: The universal anesthesia machine


What if you're in surgery and the power goes out? No lights, no oxygen -- and your anesthesia stops flowing. It happens constantly in hospitals throughout the world, turning routine procedures into tragedies. Erica Frenkel demos one solution: the universal anesthesia machine.

Bill Doyle: Treating cancer with electric fields

TEDMED 2011

Bill Doyle: Treating cancer with electric fields


Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation are the best-known methods for treating cancer. At TEDMED, Bill Doyle presents a new approach, called Tumor Treating Fields, which uses electric fields to interrupt cancer cell division. Still in its infancy -- and approved for only certain types of cancer -- the treatment comes with one big benefit: quality of life.

Peter van Uhm: Why I chose a gun

TEDxAmsterdam

Peter van Uhm: Why I chose a gun


Peter van Uhm is the Netherlands’ chief of defense, but that does not mean he is pro-war. In this talk, he explains how his career is one shaped by a love of peace, not a desire for bloodshed -- and why we need armies if we want peace. (Filmed at TEDxAmsterdam.)

Bjarke Ingels: Hedonistic sustainability

TEDxEast

Bjarke Ingels: Hedonistic sustainability

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Bjarke Ingels' architecture is luxurious, sustainable and community-driven. In this talk, he shows us his playful designs, from a factory chimney that blows smoke rings to a ski slope built atop a waste processing plant. (Filmed at TEDxEast.)

Ariel Garten: Know thyself, with a brain scanner

TEDxToronto 2011

Ariel Garten: Know thyself, with a brain scanner


Imagine playing a video game controlled by your mind. Now imagine that game also teaches you about your own patterns of stress, relaxation and focus. Ariel Garten shows how looking at our own brain activity gives new meaning to the ancient dictum "know thyself." (Filmed at TEDxToronto.)

Brian Goldman: Doctors make mistakes. Can we talk about that?

TEDxToronto 2010

Brian Goldman: Doctors make mistakes. Can we talk about that?


Every doctor makes mistakes. But, says physician Brian Goldman, medicine's culture of denial (and shame) keeps doctors from ever talking about those mistakes, or using them to learn and improve. Telling stories from his own long practice, he calls on doctors to start talking about being wrong. (Filmed at TEDxToronto.)

Diana Nyad: Extreme swimming with the world's most dangerous jellyfish

TEDMED 2011

Diana Nyad: Extreme swimming with the world's most dangerous jellyfish


In the 1970s, Diana Nyad set long-distance swim records that are still unbroken. Thirty years later, at 60, she attempted her longest swim yet, from Cuba to Florida. In this funny, powerful talk at TEDMED, she talks about how to prepare mentally to achieve an extreme dream, and asks: What will YOU do with your wild, precious life?

Lisa Harouni: A primer on 3D printing

TEDSalon London Spring 2011

Lisa Harouni: A primer on 3D printing


2012 may be the year of 3D printing, when this three-decade-old technology finally becomes accessible and even commonplace. Lisa Harouni gives a useful introduction to this fascinating way of making things -- including intricate objects once impossible to create.

Julian Baggini: Is there a real you?

TEDxYouth@Manchester

Julian Baggini: Is there a real you?


What makes you, you? Is it how you think of yourself, how others think of you, or something else entirely? In this talk, Julian Baggini draws from philosophy and neuroscience to give a surprising answer. (Filmed at TEDxYouth@Manchester.)

Bilal Bomani: Plant fuels that could power a jet

TEDxNASA@SiliconValley

Bilal Bomani: Plant fuels that could power a jet


Algae plus salt water equals … fuel? At TEDxNASA@SiliconValley, Bilal Bomani reveals a self-sustaining ecosystem that produces biofuels -- without wasting arable land or fresh water.

Sheena Iyengar: How to make choosing easier

TEDSalon NY2011

Sheena Iyengar: How to make choosing easier


We all want customized experiences and products -- but when faced with 700 options, consumers freeze up. With fascinating new research, Sheena Iyengar demonstrates how businesses (and others) can improve the experience of choosing.

Clay Shirky: Why SOPA is a bad idea

TEDSalon NY2012

Clay Shirky: Why SOPA is a bad idea


What does a bill like PIPA/SOPA mean to our shareable world? At the TED offices, Clay Shirky delivers a proper manifesto -- a call to defend our freedom to create, discuss, link and share, rather than passively consume.

Mikko Hypponen: Three types of online attack

TEDxBrussels

Mikko Hypponen: Three types of online attack


Cybercrime expert Mikko Hypponen talks us through three types of online attack on our privacy and data -- and only two are considered crimes. "Do we blindly trust any future government? Because any right we give away, we give away for good." (Filmed at TEDxBrussels.)