Tom Shannon, John Hockenberry: The painter and the pendulum

TED in the Field

Tom Shannon, John Hockenberry: The painter and the pendulum

May 5, 2009


TED visits Tom Shannon in his Manhattan studio for an intimate look at his science-inspired art. An eye-opening, personal conversation with John Hockenberry reveals how nature's forces -- and the onset of Parkinson's tremors -- interact in his life and craft.

David Agus: A new strategy in the war on cancer

TEDMED 2009

David Agus: A new strategy in the war on cancer

October 10, 2009


Too often, says David Agus cancer treatments have a short-sighted focus on individual cells. He suggests a new, cross-disciplinary approach, using atypical drugs, computer modeling and protein analysis to diagnose and treat the whole body.

George Whitesides: A lab the size of a postage stamp

TEDxBoston 2009

George Whitesides: A lab the size of a postage stamp

July 28, 2009


Traditional lab tests for disease diagnosis can be too expensive and cumbersome for the regions most in need. George Whitesides' ingenious answer is a foolproof tool that can be manufactured at virtually zero cost.

Jamie Heywood: The big idea my brother inspired

TEDMED 2009

Jamie Heywood: The big idea my brother inspired

October 10, 2009


When Jamie Heywood's brother was diagnosed with ALS, he devoted his life to fighting the disease as well. The Heywood brothers built an ingenious website where people share and track data on their illnesses -- and they discovered that the collective data had enormous power to comfort, explain and predict.

Sendhil Mullainathan: Solving social problems with a nudge

TEDIndia 2009

Sendhil Mullainathan: Solving social problems with a nudge

November 4, 2009


MacArthur winner Sendhil Mullainathan uses the lens of behavioral economics to study a tricky set of social problems -- those we know how to solve, but don't. We know how to reduce child deaths due to diarrhea, how to prevent diabetes-related blindness and how to implement solar-cell technology ... yet somehow, we don't or can't. Why?

JK Rowling: The fringe benefits of failure

Harvard University

JK Rowling: The fringe benefits of failure

June 5, 2008


At her Harvard commencement speech, "Harry Potter" author JK Rowling offers some powerful, heartening advice to dreamers and overachievers, including one hard-won lesson that she deems "worth more than any qualification I ever earned."

Derek Sivers: Weird, or just different?

TEDIndia 2009

Derek Sivers: Weird, or just different?

November 6, 2009


"There's a flip side to everything," the saying goes, and in 2 minutes, Derek Sivers shows this is true in a few ways you might not expect.

Jane Chen: A warm embrace that saves lives

TEDIndia 2009

Jane Chen: A warm embrace that saves lives

November 5, 2009


In the developing world, access to incubators is limited by cost and distance, and millions of premature babies die each year. TED Fellow Jane Chen shows an invention that could keep millions of these infants warm -- a design that's safe, portable, low-cost and life-saving.

Eve Ensler: Embrace your inner girl

TEDIndia 2009

Eve Ensler: Embrace your inner girl

November 6, 2009


In this passionate talk, Eve Ensler declares that there is a girl cell in us all -- a cell that we have all been taught to suppress. She tells heartfelt stories of girls around the world who have overcome shocking adversity and violence to reveal the astonishing strength of being a girl.

Joshua Prince-Ramus: Building a theater that remakes itself

TEDxSMU

Joshua Prince-Ramus: Building a theater that remakes itself

October 10, 2009


Joshua Prince-Ramus believes that if architects re-engineer their design process, the results can be spectacular. In his talk, he walks us through his fantastic re-creation of the local Wyly Theater as a giant "theatrical machine" that reconfigures itself at the touch of a button. (Filmed at TEDxSMU.)

Bill Davenhall: Your health depends on where you live

TEDMED 2009

Bill Davenhall: Your health depends on where you live

October 25, 2009


Where you live: It impacts your health as much as diet and genes do, but it's not part of your medical records. At TEDMED, Bill Davenhall shows how overlooked government geo-data (from local heart-attack rates to toxic dumpsite info) can mesh with mobile GPS apps to keep doctors in the loop. Call it "geo-medicine."

Taylor Mali: What teachers make

Bowery Poetry Club

Taylor Mali: What teachers make

November 12, 2005


Ever heard the phrase "Those who can't do, teach"? At the Bowery Poetry Club, slam poet Taylor Mali begs to differ, and delivers a powerful, 3-minute response on behalf of educators everywhere.

Richard Dawkins: Growing up in the universe

Royal Institution

Richard Dawkins: Growing up in the universe

December 20, 1991


At the Royal Institution in 1991, Richard Dawkins asks us to look at our universe with new eyes. Packed with big questions and illuminating visuals, this memorable journey through the history of life magnifies the splendor of evolution and our place in it.

Sivamani: Rhythm is everything, everywhere

TEDIndia 2009

Sivamani: Rhythm is everything, everywhere

November 6, 2009


Percussionist Sivamani delivers one of TED's liveliest and most inventive performances yet. He uses traditional Western and Eastern instruments to create a rhythmic tour de force, along with a tub of water, corrugated metal, spoons, luggage, our stage props and even a little audience participation.

Anthony Atala: Growing new organs

TEDMED 2009

Anthony Atala: Growing new organs

October 21, 2009


Anthony Atala's state-of-the-art lab grows human organs -- from muscles to blood vessels to bladders, and more. At TEDMED, he shows footage of his bio-engineers working with some of its sci-fi gizmos, including an oven-like bioreactor (preheat to 98.6 F) and a machine that "prints" human tissue.

Ravin Agrawal: 10 young Indian artists to watch

TEDIndia 2009

Ravin Agrawal: 10 young Indian artists to watch

November 6, 2009


Collector Ravin Agrawal delivers a glowing introduction to 10 of India's most exciting young contemporary artists. Working in a variety of media, each draws on their local culture for inspiration.

David Blaine: How I held my breath for 17 minutes

TEDMED 2009

David Blaine: How I held my breath for 17 minutes

October 27, 2009


In this highly personal talk from TEDMED, magician and stuntman David Blaine describes what it took to hold his breath underwater for 17 minutes -- a world record (only two minutes shorter than this entire talk!) -- and what his often death-defying work means to him. Warning: do NOT try this at home.

Charles Fleischer: All things are Moleeds

TED2005

Charles Fleischer: All things are Moleeds

March 3, 2005


In a presentation that can only be described as epic, comedian Charles Fleischer delivers a hysterical send-up of a time-honored TED theme: the map. Geometry, numbers, charts and stamp art also factor in (somehow), as he weaves together a unique theory of everything called "Moleeds."

Edwidge Danticat: Stories of Haiti

University of California

Edwidge Danticat: Stories of Haiti

October 13, 2004


In the midst of an earlier crisis, Haitian author Edwidge Danticat reminds us of the contributions of Haiti's vibrant culture and people. This reading offers a timely message for today -- as the nation struggles in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake.

Lalitesh Katragadda: Making maps to fight disaster, build economies

TEDIndia 2009

Lalitesh Katragadda: Making maps to fight disaster, build economies

November 9, 2009


As of 2005, only 15 percent of the world was mapped. This slows the delivery of aid after a disaster -- and hides the economic potential of unused lands and unknown roads. In this short talk, Google's Lalitesh Katragadda demos Map Maker, a group map-making tool that people around the globe are using to map their world.

Kiran Sethi: Kids, take charge

TEDIndia 2009

Kiran Sethi: Kids, take charge

November 6, 2009


Kiran Bir Sethi shows how her groundbreaking Riverside School in India teaches kids life's most valuable lesson: "I can." Watch her students take local issues into their own hands, lead other young people, even educate their parents.

Kartick Satyanarayan: How we rescued the "dancing" bears"

TEDIndia 2009

Kartick Satyanarayan: How we rescued the "dancing" bears"

November 6, 2009


Traditionally, the Kalandar community of India has survived by capturing sloth bear cubs and training them to "dance" through extreme cruelty. Kartick Satyanarayan has been able to put an end to this centuries-old practice, and in so doing discovered a lesson of wider significance: make the practitioners part of the solution.

Matt Weinstein: What Bernie Madoff couldn't steal from me

AORN Congress

Matt Weinstein: What Bernie Madoff couldn't steal from me

March 14, 2009


Matt Weinstein lost his life savings to Bernie Madoff's notorious scam. But his response to the disaster is unexpectedly hopeful.

Robert Sapolsky: The uniqueness of humans

Stanford University

Robert Sapolsky: The uniqueness of humans

September 8, 2009


At Stanford University, primatologist Robert Sapolsky offers a fascinating and funny look at human behaviors which the rest of the animal kingdom would consider bizarre.

Randy Pausch: Really achieving your childhood dreams

Carnegie Mellon University

Randy Pausch: Really achieving your childhood dreams

September 18, 2007


In 2007, Carnegie Mellon professor Randy Pausch, who was dying of pancreatic cancer, delivered a one-of-a-kind last lecture that made the world stop and pay attention. This moving talk will teach you how to really achieve your childhood dreams. Unmissable.

Herbie Hancock: An all-star set

TED2009

Herbie Hancock: An all-star set

February 6, 2009


Legendary jazz musician Herbie Hancock delivers a stunning performance alongside two old friends -- past drummer for the Headhunters, Harvey Mason, and bassist Marcus Miller. Listen to the end to hear them sweeten the classic "Watermelon Man."

Romulus Whitaker: The real danger lurking in the water

TEDIndia 2009

Romulus Whitaker: The real danger lurking in the water

November 5, 2009


The gharial and king cobra are two of India's most iconic reptiles, and they're endangered because of polluted waterways. Conservationist Romulus Whitaker shows rare footage of these magnificent animals and urges us to save the rivers that sustain their lives and our own.

Dan Buettner: How to live to be 100+

TEDxTC

Dan Buettner: How to live to be 100+

September 2, 2009


To find the path to long life and health, Dan Buettner and team study the world's "Blue Zones," communities whose elders live with vim and vigor to record-setting age. In his talk, he shares the 9 common diet and lifestyle habits that keep them spry past age 100.

Nick Veasey: Exposing the invisible

TEDGlobal 2009

Nick Veasey: Exposing the invisible

July 24, 2009


Nick Veasey shows outsized X-ray images that reveal the otherworldly inner workings of familiar objects -- from the geometry of a wildflower to the anatomy of a Boeing 747. Producing these photos is dangerous and painstaking, but the reward is a superpower: looking at what the human eye can't see.

Vilayanur Ramachandran: The neurons that shaped civilization

TEDIndia 2009

Vilayanur Ramachandran: The neurons that shaped civilization

November 5, 2009


Neuroscientist Vilayanur Ramachandran outlines the fascinating functions of mirror neurons. Only recently discovered, these neurons allow us to learn complex social behaviors, some of which formed the foundations of human civilization as we know it.