Carrie Poppy: A scientific approach to the paranormal

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Carrie Poppy: A scientific approach to the paranormal


What's haunting Carrie Poppy? Is it ghosts or something worse? In this talk, the investigative journalist narrates her encounter with a spooky feeling you'll want to warn your friends about and explains why we need science to deal with paranormal activity.

Sara Ramirez: "Rollercoaster"

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Sara Ramirez: "Rollercoaster"


Singer, songwriter and actress Sara Ramirez is a woman of many talents. Joined by Michael Pemberton on guitar, Ramirez sings of opportunity, wisdom and the highs and lows of life in this live performance of her song, "Rollercoaster."

Ani Liu: Smelfies, and other experiments in synthetic biology

TEDxBeaconStreet

Ani Liu: Smelfies, and other experiments in synthetic biology


What if you could take a smell selfie, a smelfie? What if you had a lipstick that caused plants to grow where you kiss? Ani Liu explores the intersection of technology and sensory perception, and her work is wedged somewhere between science, design and art. In this swift, smart talk, she shares dreams, wonderings and experiments, asking: What happens when science fiction becomes science fact?

Kathy Hull: Stories from a home for terminally ill children

TEDWomen 2016

Kathy Hull: Stories from a home for terminally ill children


To honor and celebrate young lives cut short, Kathy Hull founded the first hospice for children in the United States, the George Mark Children's House. Its mission: to give terminally ill children and their families a peaceful place to say goodbye. She shares stories brimming with wisdom, joy, imagination and heartbreaking loss.

Lux Narayan: What I learned from 2,000 obituaries

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Lux Narayan: What I learned from 2,000 obituaries


Lux Narayan starts his day with scrambled eggs and the question: "Who died today?" Why? By analyzing 2,000 New York Times obituaries over a 20-month period, Narayan gleaned, in just a few words, what achievement looks like over a lifetime. Here he shares what those immortalized in print can teach us about a life well lived.

Jeff Kirschner: This app makes it fun to pick up litter

TED Residency

Jeff Kirschner: This app makes it fun to pick up litter


The earth is a big place to keep clean. With Litterati -- an app for users to identify, collect and geotag the world's litter -- TED Resident Jeff Kirschner has created a community that's crowdsource-cleaning the planet. After tracking trash in more than 100 countries, Kirschner hopes to use the data he's collected to work with brands and organizations to stop litter before it reaches the ground.

Yuval Noah Harari: Nationalism vs. globalism: the new political divide

TED Dialogues

Yuval Noah Harari: Nationalism vs. globalism: the new political divide


How do we make sense of today's political divisions? In a wide-ranging conversation full of insight, historian Yuval Harari places our current turmoil in a broader context, against the ongoing disruption of our technology, climate, media -- even our notion of what humanity is for. This is the first of a series of TED Dialogues, seeking a thoughtful response to escalating political divisiveness. Make time (just over an hour) for this fascinating discussion between Harari and TED curator Chris Anderson.

Stacy Smith: The data behind Hollywood's sexism

TEDWomen 2016

Stacy Smith: The data behind Hollywood's sexism


Where are all the women and girls in film? Social scientist Stacy Smith analyzes how the media underrepresents and portrays women -- and the potentially destructive effects those portrayals have on viewers. She shares hard data behind gender bias in Hollywood, where on-screen males outnumber females three to one (and behind-the-camera workers fare even worse.)

Michael Botticelli: Addiction is a disease. We should treat it like one

TEDxMidAtlantic

Michael Botticelli: Addiction is a disease. We should treat it like one


Only one in nine people in the United States gets the care and treatment they need for addiction and substance abuse. A former Director of National Drug Control Policy, Michael Botticelli is working to end this epidemic and treat people with addictions with kindness, compassion and fairness. In a personal, thoughtful talk, he encourages the millions of Americans in recovery today to make their voices heard and confront the stigma associated with substance use disorders.

Karina Galperin: Should we simplify spelling?

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Karina Galperin: Should we simplify spelling?


How much energy and brain power do we devote to learning how to spell? Language evolves over time, and with it the way we spell -- is it worth it to spend so much time memorizing rules that are filled with endless exceptions? Literary scholar Karina Galperin suggests that it may be time for an update in the way we think about and record language. (In Spanish with English subtitles.)

Brittney Cooper: The racial politics of time

TEDWomen 2016

Brittney Cooper: The racial politics of time


Cultural theorist Brittney Cooper examines racism through the lens of time, showing us how historically it has been stolen from people of color, resulting in lost moments of joy and connection, lost years of healthy quality of life and the delay of progress. A candid, thought-provoking take on history and race that may make you reconsider your understanding of time, and your place in it.

Jonathan Rossiter: A robot that eats pollution

TEDxWarwick

Jonathan Rossiter: A robot that eats pollution


Meet the "Row-bot," a robot that cleans up pollution and generates the electricity needed to power itself by swallowing dirty water. Roboticist Jonathan Rossiter explains how this special swimming machine, which uses a microbial fuel cell to neutralize algal blooms and oil slicks, could be a precursor to biodegradable, autonomous pollution-fighting robots.

Grady Booch: Don't fear superintelligent AI

TED@IBM

Grady Booch: Don't fear superintelligent AI


New tech spawns new anxieties, says scientist and philosopher Grady Booch, but we don't need to be afraid an all-powerful, unfeeling AI. Booch allays our worst (sci-fi induced) fears about superintelligent computers by explaining how we'll teach, not program, them to share our human values. Rather than worry about an unlikely existential threat, he urges us to consider how artificial intelligence will enhance human life.

Margaret Bourdeaux: Why civilians suffer more once a war is over

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Margaret Bourdeaux: Why civilians suffer more once a war is over


War doesn't just kill people; it destroys the institutions that keep society running, like utilities, banks and hospitals. Physician and global health policy analyst Margaret Bourdeaux proposes a bold approach to post-conflict recovery that focuses on building strong, resilient health systems that protect vulnerable populations.

Lara Setrakian: 3 ways to fix a broken news industry

TEDNYC

Lara Setrakian: 3 ways to fix a broken news industry


Something is very wrong with the news industry. Trust in the media has hit an all-time low; we're inundated with sensationalist stories, and consistent, high-quality reporting is scarce, says journalist and entrepreneur Lara Setrakian. She shares three ways we can fix the news and make the complex issues of our time easier to understand.

Miriam Zoila Pérez: How racism harms pregnant women -- and what can help

TEDWomen 2016

Miriam Zoila Pérez: How racism harms pregnant women -- and what can help


Racism is making people sick -- especially black women and babies, says Miriam Zoila Pérez. The doula turned journalist explores the relationship between race, class and illness and tells us about a radically compassionate prenatal care program that can buffer pregnant women from the stress that people of color face every day.

Amy Adele Hasinoff: How to practice safe sexting

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Amy Adele Hasinoff: How to practice safe sexting


Sexting, like anything that's fun, runs its risks -- but a serious violation of privacy shouldn't be one of them. Amy Adele Hasinoff looks at problematic responses to sexting in mass media, law and education, offering practical solutions for how individuals and tech companies can protect sensitive (and, ahem, potentially scandalous) digital files.

Aala El-Khani: What it's like to be a parent in a war zone

TEDxManchester

Aala El-Khani: What it's like to be a parent in a war zone


How do parents protect their children and help them feel secure again when their homes are ripped apart by war? In this warm-hearted talk, psychologist Aala El-Khani shares her work supporting -- and learning from -- refugee families affected by the civil war in Syria. She asks: How can we help these loving parents give their kids the warm, secure parenting they most need?

Jeff Speck: 4 ways to make a city more walkable

TEDxMidAtlantic

Jeff Speck: 4 ways to make a city more walkable


Freedom from cars, freedom from sprawl, freedom to walk your city! City planner Jeff Speck shares his "general theory of walkability" -- four planning principles to transform sprawling cities of six-lane highways and 600-foot blocks into safe, walkable oases full of bike lanes and tree-lined streets.

Sue Klebold: My son was a Columbine shooter. This is my story

TEDMED 2016

Sue Klebold: My son was a Columbine shooter. This is my story


Sue Klebold is the mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the two shooters who committed the Columbine High School massacre, murdering 12 students and a teacher. She's spent years excavating every detail of her family life, trying to understand what she could have done to prevent her son's violence. In this difficult, jarring talk, Klebold explores the intersection between mental health and violence, advocating for parents and professionals to continue to examine the link between suicidal and homicidal thinking.

Joshua Smith: New nanotech to catch cancer early

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Joshua Smith: New nanotech to catch cancer early


What if every home had an early-warning cancer detection system? Researcher Joshua Smith is developing a nanobiotechnology "cancer alarm" that scans for traces of disease in the form of special biomarkers called exosomes. In this forward-thinking talk, he shares his dream for how we might revolutionize cancer detection and, ultimately, save lives.

Eduardo Briceño: How to get better at the things you care about

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Eduardo Briceño: How to get better at the things you care about


Working hard but not improving? You're not alone. Eduardo Briceño reveals a simple way to think about getting better at the things you do, whether that's work, parenting or creative hobbies. And he shares some useful techniques so you can keep learning and always feel like you're moving forward.

Thordis Elva and Tom Stranger: Our story of rape and reconciliation

TEDWomen 2016

Thordis Elva and Tom Stranger: Our story of rape and reconciliation


In 1996, Thordis Elva shared a teenage romance with Tom Stranger, an exchange student from Australia. After a school dance, Tom raped Thordis, after which they parted ways for many years. In this extraordinary talk, Elva and Stranger move through a years-long chronology of shame and silence, and invite us to discuss the omnipresent global issue of sexual violence in a new, honest way. For a Q&A with the speakers, visit go.ted.com/thordisandtom.

Nagin Cox: What time is it on Mars?

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Nagin Cox: What time is it on Mars?


Nagin Cox is a first-generation Martian. As a spacecraft engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Cox works on the team that manages the United States' rovers on Mars. But working a 9-to-5 on another planet -- whose day is 40 minutes longer than Earth's -- has particular, often comical challenges.

Salil Dudani: How jails extort the poor

TEDxStanford

Salil Dudani: How jails extort the poor


Why do we jail people for being poor? Today, half a million Americans are in jail only because they can't afford to post bail, and still more are locked up because they can't pay their debt to the court, sometimes for things as minor as unpaid parking tickets. Salil Dudani shares stories from individuals who have experienced debtors' prison in Ferguson, Missouri, challenging us to think differently about how we punish the poor and marginalized.

Alan Smith: Why we're so bad at statistics

TEDxExeter

Alan Smith: Why we're so bad at statistics


Think you're good at guessing stats? Guess again. Whether we consider ourselves math people or not, our ability to understand and work with numbers is terribly limited, says data visualization expert Alan Smith. In this delightful talk, Smith explores the mismatch between what we know and what we think we know.

Sarah Parcak: Help discover ancient ruins -- before it's too late

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Sarah Parcak: Help discover ancient ruins -- before it's too late


Sarah Parcak uses satellites orbiting hundreds of miles above Earth to uncover hidden ancient treasures buried beneath our feet. There's a lot to discover; in the Egyptian Delta alone, Parcak estimates we've excavated less than a thousandth of one percent of what's out there. Now, with the 2016 TED Prize and an infectious enthusiasm for archaeology, she's developed an online platform called GlobalXplorer that enables anyone with an internet connection to discover unknown sites and protect what remains of our shared human inheritance.

Deepika Kurup: A young scientist's quest for clean water

TEDWomen 2016

Deepika Kurup: A young scientist's quest for clean water


Deepika Kurup has been determined to solve the global water crisis since she was 14 years old, after she saw kids outside her grandparents' house in India drinking water that looked too dirty even to touch. Her research began in her family kitchen -- and eventually led to a major science prize. Hear how this teenage scientist developed a cost-effective, eco-friendly way to purify water.

Maurice Conti: The incredible inventions of intuitive AI

TEDxPortland

Maurice Conti: The incredible inventions of intuitive AI


What do you get when you give a design tool a digital nervous system? Computers that improve our ability to think and imagine, and robotic systems that come up with (and build) radical new designs for bridges, cars, drones and much more -- all by themselves. Take a tour of the Augmented Age with futurist Maurice Conti and preview a time when robots and humans will work side-by-side to accomplish things neither could do alone.