Carter Emmart: A 3D atlas of the universe

TED2010

Carter Emmart: A 3D atlas of the universe


For the last 12 years, Carter Emmart has been coordinating the efforts of scientists, artists and programmers to build a complete 3D visualization of our known universe. He demos this stunning tour and explains how it's being shared with facilities around the world.

Stephen Palumbi: The hidden toxins in the fish we eat -- and how to stop them

Mission Blue Voyage

Stephen Palumbi: The hidden toxins in the fish we eat -- and how to stop them


There's a tight link between the ocean's health and ours, says marine biologist Stephen Palumbi. He shows how toxins at the bottom of the ocean food chain find their way into our bodies, with a shocking story of toxic contamination from a Japanese fish market. His work points a way forward for saving the oceans' health -- and humanity's.

Ellen Dunham-Jones: Retrofitting suburbia

TEDxAtlanta

Ellen Dunham-Jones: Retrofitting suburbia


Ellen Dunham-Jones fires the starting shot for the next 50 years' big sustainable design project: retrofitting suburbia. To come: Dying malls rehabilitated, dead "big box" stores re-inhabited, parking lots transformed into thriving wetlands. (Filmed at TEDxAtlanta.)

Clay Shirky: How cognitive surplus will change the world

TED@Cannes

Clay Shirky: How cognitive surplus will change the world


Clay Shirky looks at "cognitive surplus" -- the shared, online work we do with our spare brain cycles. While we're busy editing Wikipedia, posting to Ushahidi (and yes, making LOLcats), we're building a better, more cooperative world.

Hillel Cooperman: Legos for grownups

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Hillel Cooperman: Legos for grownups


Lego blocks: playtime mainstay for industrious kids, obsession for many (ahem!) mature adults. Hillel Cooperman takes us on a trip through the beloved bricks' colorful, sometimes oddball grownup subculture, featuring CAD, open-source robotics and a little adult behavior.

Aditi Shankardass: A second opinion on developmental disorders

TEDIndia 2009

Aditi Shankardass: A second opinion on developmental disorders


Developmental disorders in children are typically diagnosed by observing behavior, but Aditi Shankardass suggests we should be looking directly at brains. She explains how one EEG technique has revealed mistaken diagnoses and transformed children's lives.

Charles Leadbeater: Education innovation in the slums

TEDSalon London 2010

Charles Leadbeater: Education innovation in the slums


Charles Leadbeater went looking for radical new forms of education -- and found them in the slums of Rio and Kibera, where some of the world's poorest kids are finding transformative new ways to learn. And this informal, disruptive new kind of school, he says, is what all schools need to become.

Marian Bantjes: Intricate beauty by design

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Marian Bantjes: Intricate beauty by design


In graphic design, Marian Bantjes says, throwing your individuality into a project is heresy. She explains how she built her career doing just that, bringing her signature delicate illustrations to storefronts, valentines and even genetic diagrams.

Chip Conley: Measuring what makes life worthwhile

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Chip Conley: Measuring what makes life worthwhile


When the dotcom bubble burst, hotelier Chip Conley went in search of a business model based on happiness. In an old friendship with an employee and in the wisdom of a Buddhist king, he learned that success comes from what you count.

Ananda Shankar Jayant: Fighting cancer with dance

TEDIndia 2009

Ananda Shankar Jayant: Fighting cancer with dance


Renowned classical Indian dancer Ananda Shankar Jayant was diagnosed with cancer in 2008. She tells her personal story of not only facing the disease but dancing through it, and gives a performance revealing the metaphor of strength that helped her do it.

Cameron Herold: Let's raise kids to be entrepreneurs

TEDxEdmonton

Cameron Herold: Let's raise kids to be entrepreneurs


Bored in school, failing classes, at odds with peers: This child might be an entrepreneur, says Cameron Herold. In his talk, he makes the case for parenting and education that helps would-be entrepreneurs flourish -- as kids and as adults.

Peter Tyack: The intriguing sound of marine mammals

Mission Blue Voyage

Peter Tyack: The intriguing sound of marine mammals


Peter Tyack of Woods Hole talks about a hidden wonder of the sea: underwater sound. Onstage at Mission Blue, he explains the amazing ways whales use sound and song to communicate across hundreds of miles of ocean.

Michael Shermer: The pattern behind self-deception

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Michael Shermer: The pattern behind self-deception


Michael Shermer says the human tendency to believe strange things -- from alien abductions to dowsing rods -- boils down to two of the brain's most basic, hard-wired survival skills. He explains what they are, and how they get us into trouble.

David Byrne: How architecture helped music evolve

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David Byrne: How architecture helped music evolve


As his career grew, David Byrne went from playing CBGB to Carnegie Hall. He asks: Does the venue make the music? From outdoor drumming to Wagnerian operas to arena rock, he explores how context has pushed musical innovation.

Rory Sutherland: Sweat the small stuff

TEDSalon London 2010

Rory Sutherland: Sweat the small stuff


It may seem that big problems require big solutions, but ad man Rory Sutherland says many flashy, expensive fixes are just obscuring better, simpler answers. To illustrate, he uses behavioral economics and hilarious examples.

John Kasaona: How poachers became caretakers

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John Kasaona: How poachers became caretakers


In his home of Namibia, John Kasaona is working on an innovative way to protect endangered animal species: giving nearby villagers (including former poachers) responsibility for caring for the animals. And it's working.

Michael Sandel: The lost art of democratic debate

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Michael Sandel: The lost art of democratic debate


Democracy thrives on civil debate, Michael Sandel says -- but we're shamefully out of practice. He leads a fun refresher, with TEDsters sparring over a recent Supreme Court case (PGA Tour, Inc. v. Martin) whose outcome reveals the critical ingredient in justice.

Adam Sadowsky: How to engineer a viral music video

TEDxUSC

Adam Sadowsky: How to engineer a viral music video


The band OK Go dreamed up the idea of a massive Rube Goldberg machine for their next music video -- and Adam Sadowsky's team was charged with building it. He tells the story of the effort and engineering behind their labyrinthine creation that quickly became the YouTube sensation "This Too Shall Pass." (Filmed at TEDxUSC.)

Brian Cox: Why we need the explorers

TEDSalon London 2010

Brian Cox: Why we need the explorers


In tough economic times, our exploratory science programs -- from space probes to the LHC -- are first to suffer budget cuts. Brian Cox explains how curiosity-driven science pays for itself, powering innovation and a profound appreciation of our existence.

Christopher "moot" Poole": The case for anonymity online

TED2010

Christopher "moot" Poole": The case for anonymity online


The founder of 4chan, a controversial, uncensored online imageboard, describes its subculture, some of the Internet "memes" it has launched, and the incident in which its users managed a very public, precision hack of a mainstream media website. The talk raises questions about the power -- and price -- of anonymity.

Brian Skerry: The ocean's glory -- and horror

Mission Blue Voyage

Brian Skerry: The ocean's glory -- and horror


Photographer Brian Skerry shoots life above and below the waves -- as he puts it, both the horror and the magic of the ocean. Sharing amazing, intimate shots of undersea creatures, he shows how powerful images can help make change.

John Underkoffler: Pointing to the future of UI

TED2010

John Underkoffler: Pointing to the future of UI


Minority Report science adviser and inventor John Underkoffler demos g-speak -- the real-life version of the film's eye-popping, tai chi-meets-cyberspace computer interface. Is this how tomorrow's computers will be controlled?

Lawrence Lessig: Re-examining the remix

TEDxNYED

Lawrence Lessig: Re-examining the remix


Former "young Republican" Larry Lessig talks about what Democrats can learn about copyright from their opposite party, considered more conservative. A surprising lens on remix culture.

Sophie Hunger: Songs of secrets and city lights

TEDGlobal 2009

Sophie Hunger: Songs of secrets and city lights

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This haunting, intimate performance by European singer-songwriter Sophie Hunger features songs from her breakout debut "Monday's Ghost" and the just-released album "1983."

Seth Berkley: HIV and flu -- the vaccine strategy

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Seth Berkley: HIV and flu -- the vaccine strategy


Seth Berkley explains how smart advances in vaccine design, production and distribution are bringing us closer than ever to eliminating a host of global threats -- from AIDS to malaria to flu pandemics.

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy: Inside a school for suicide bombers

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Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy: Inside a school for suicide bombers


Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy takes on a terrifying question: How does the Taliban convince children to become suicide bombers? Propaganda footage from a training camp is intercut with her interviews of young camp graduates. A shocking vision.

Johanna Blakley: Lessons from fashion's free culture

TEDxUSC

Johanna Blakley: Lessons from fashion's free culture


Copyright law's grip on film, music and software barely touches the fashion industry ... and fashion benefits in both innovation and sales, says Johanna Blakley. In her talk, she talks about what all creative industries can learn from fashion's free culture.