Tom Shannon: Anti-gravity sculpture

TED2003

Tom Shannon: Anti-gravity sculpture


Tom Shannon shows off his gravity-defying, otherworldly sculpture -- made of simple, earthly materials -- that floats and spins like planets on magnets and suspension wire. It's science-inspired art at its most heavenly.

Mae Jemison: Teach arts and sciences together

TED2002

Mae Jemison: Teach arts and sciences together


Mae Jemison is an astronaut, a doctor, an art collector, a dancer ... Telling stories from her own education and from her time in space, she calls on educators to teach both the arts and sciences, both intuition and logic, as one -- to create bold thinkers.

Sean Gourley: The mathematics of war

TED2009

Sean Gourley: The mathematics of war


By analyzing raw data on violent incidents in the Iraq war and others, Sean Gourley and his team claim to have found a surprisingly strong mathematical relationship linking the fatality and frequency of attacks.

Brian Cox: What went wrong at the LHC

TED2009

Brian Cox: What went wrong at the LHC


In this short talk from TED U 2009, Brian Cox shares what's new with the CERN supercollider. He covers the repairs now underway and what the future holds for the largest science experiment ever attempted.

Laurie Garrett: Lessons from the 1918 flu

TED2007

Laurie Garrett: Lessons from the 1918 flu


In 2007, as the world worried about a possible avian flu epidemic, Laurie Garrett, author of "The Coming Plague," gave this powerful talk to a small TED University audience. Her insights from past pandemics are suddenly more relevant than ever.

Sarah Jones: A one-woman global village

TED2009

Sarah Jones: A one-woman global village


In this hilariously lively performance, actress Sarah Jones channels an opinionated elderly Jewish woman, a fast-talking Dominican college student and more, giving TED2009 just a sample of her spectacular character range.

Michael Merzenich: Growing evidence of brain plasticity

TED2004

Michael Merzenich: Growing evidence of brain plasticity


Neuroscientist Michael Merzenich looks at one of the secrets of the brain's incredible power: its ability to actively re-wire itself. He's researching ways to harness the brain's plasticity to enhance our skills and recover lost function.

Alex Tabarrok: How ideas trump crises

TED2009

Alex Tabarrok: How ideas trump crises


The "dismal science" truly shines in this optimistic talk, as economist Alex Tabarrok argues free trade and globalization are shaping our once-divided world into a community of idea-sharing more healthy, happy and prosperous than anyone's predictions.

Ben Katchor: Comics of bygone New York

TED2002

Ben Katchor: Comics of bygone New York


In this captivating talk from the TED archive, cartoonist Ben Katchor reads from his comic strips. These perceptive, surreal stories find the profound hopes and foibles of history (and modern New York) preserved in objects like light switches and signs.

Erik Hersman: Reporting crisis via texting

TED2009

Erik Hersman: Reporting crisis via texting


At TEDU 2009, Erik Hersman presents the remarkable story of Ushahidi, a GoogleMap mashup that allowed Kenyans to report and track violence via cell phone texts following the 2008 elections, and has evolved to continue saving lives in other countries.

Nate Silver: Does racism affect how you vote?

TED2009

Nate Silver: Does racism affect how you vote?


Nate Silver has data that answers big questions about race in politics. For instance, in the 2008 presidential race, did Obama's skin color actually keep him from getting votes in some parts of the country? Stats and myths collide in this fascinating talk that ends with a remarkable insight.

Niels Diffrient: Rethinking the way we sit down

TED2002

Niels Diffrient: Rethinking the way we sit down


Design legend Niels Diffrient talks about his life in industrial design (and the reason he became a designer instead of a jet pilot). He details his quest to completely rethink the office chair starting from one fundamental data set: the human body.

Margaret Wertheim: The beautiful math of coral

TED2009

Margaret Wertheim: The beautiful math of coral


Margaret Wertheim leads a project to re-create the creatures of the coral reefs using a crochet technique invented by a mathematician -- celebrating the amazements of the reef, and deep-diving into the hyperbolic geometry underlying coral creation.

Matthew Childs: 9 life lessons from rock climbing

TED2009

Matthew Childs: 9 life lessons from rock climbing


In this talk from TED University 2009, veteran rock climber Matthew Childs shares nine pointers for rock climbing. These handy tips bear on an effective life at sea level, too.

Tim Ferriss: Smash fear, learn anything

EG 2008

Tim Ferriss: Smash fear, learn anything


From the EG conference: Productivity guru Tim Ferriss' fun, encouraging anecdotes show how one simple question -- "What's the worst that could happen?" -- is all you need to learn to do anything.

JoAnn Kuchera-Morin: Stunning data visualization in the AlloSphere

TED2009

JoAnn Kuchera-Morin: Stunning data visualization in the AlloSphere


JoAnn Kuchera-Morin demos the AlloSphere, a new way to see, hear and interpret scientific data. Dive into the brain, feel electron spin, hear the music of the elements ... and detect previously unseen patterns that could lead to new discoveries.

Gregory Stock: To upgrade is human

TED2003

Gregory Stock: To upgrade is human


In this prophetic 2003 talk -- just days before Dolly the sheep was stuffed -- biotech ethicist Gregory Stock looked forward to new, more meaningful (and controversial) technologies, like customizable babies, whose adoption might drive human evolution.

Shai Agassi: A new ecosystem for electric cars

TED2009

Shai Agassi: A new ecosystem for electric cars


Forget about the hybrid auto -- Shai Agassi says it's electric cars or bust if we want to impact emissions. His company, Better Place, has a radical plan to take entire countries oil-free by 2020.

Renny Gleeson: Our antisocial phone tricks

TED2009

Renny Gleeson: Our antisocial phone tricks


In this funny (and actually poignant) 3-minute talk, social strategist Renny Gleeson breaks down our always-on social world -- where the experience we're having right now is less interesting than what we'll tweet about it later.

Emily Levine: A theory of everything

TED2002

Emily Levine: A theory of everything


Philosopher-comedian Emily Levine talks (hilariously) about science, math, society and the way everything connects. She's a brilliant trickster, poking holes in our fixed ideas and bringing hidden truths to light. Settle in and let her ping your brain.

Bonnie Bassler: How bacteria "talk"

TED2009

Bonnie Bassler: How bacteria "talk"


Bonnie Bassler discovered that bacteria "talk" to each other, using a chemical language that lets them coordinate defense and mount attacks. The find has stunning implications for medicine, industry -- and our understanding of ourselves.

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita: A prediction for the future of Iran

TED2009

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita: A prediction for the future of Iran


Bruce Bueno de Mesquita uses mathematical analysis to predict (very often correctly) such messy human events as war, political power shifts, Intifada ... After a crisp explanation of how he does it, he offers three predictions on the future of Iran.

Nathaniel Kahn: Scenes from "My Architect"

TED2002

Nathaniel Kahn: Scenes from "My Architect"


Nathaniel Kahn shares clips from his documentary "My Architect," about his quest to understand his father, the legendary architect Louis Kahn. It's a film with meaning to anyone who seeks to understand the relationship between art and love.

P.W. Singer: Military robots and the future of war

TED2009

P.W. Singer: Military robots and the future of war


In this powerful talk, P.W. Singer shows how the widespread use of robots in war is changing the realities of combat. He shows us scenarios straight out of science fiction -- that now may not be so fictitious.

Christopher C. Deam: The Airstream, restyled

TED2002

Christopher C. Deam: The Airstream, restyled


In this low-key, image-packed talk from 2002, designer Christopher C. Deam talks about his makeover of an American classic: the Airstream travel trailer.

Ueli Gegenschatz: Extreme wingsuit flying

TED2009

Ueli Gegenschatz: Extreme wingsuit flying


Wingsuit jumping is the leading edge of extreme sports -- an exhilarating feat of almost unbelievable daring, where skydivers soar through canyons at over 100MPH. Ueli Gegenschatz talks about how (and why) he does it, and shows jawdropping film.

Jacek Utko: Can design save newspapers?

TED2009

Jacek Utko: Can design save newspapers?


Jacek Utko is an extraordinary Polish newspaper designer whose redesigns for papers in Eastern Europe not only win awards, but increase circulation by up to 100%. Can good design save the newspaper? It just might.

C.K. Williams: Poetry of youth and age

TED2001

C.K. Williams: Poetry of youth and age


Poet C.K. Williams reads his work at TED2001. As he colors scenes of childhood resentments, college loves, odd neighbors and the literal death of youth, he reminds us of the unique challenges of living.

Nathan Wolfe: The jungle search for viruses

TED2009

Nathan Wolfe: The jungle search for viruses


Virus hunter Nathan Wolfe is outwitting the next pandemic by staying two steps ahead: discovering deadly new viruses where they first emerge -- passing from animals to humans among poor subsistence hunters in Africa -- before they claim millions of lives.

John Wooden: The difference between winning and succeeding

TED2001

John Wooden: The difference between winning and succeeding


With profound simplicity, Coach John Wooden redefines success and urges us all to pursue the best in ourselves. In this inspiring talk he shares the advice he gave his players at UCLA, quotes poetry and remembers his father's wisdom.