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  • Pamela Ronald: The case for engineering our food - Duration: 17 minutes.

    • 9 hours ago
    • 10,042 views
    Pamela Ronald studies the genes that make plants more resistant to disease and stress. In an eye-opening talk, she describes her decade-long quest to help create a variety of rice that can survive ...
  • Alice Goffman: How we're priming some kids for college — and others for prison - Duration: 16 minutes.

    • 3 days ago
    • 55,252 views
    In the United States, two institutions guide teenagers on the journey to adulthood: college and prison. Sociologist Alice Goffman spent six years in a troubled Philadelphia neighborhood and saw fir...
  • Sophie Scott: Why we laugh - Duration: 17 minutes.

    • 4 days ago
    • 35,394 views
    Did you know that you're 13 times more likely to laugh if you're with somebody else than if you're alone? Cognitive neuroscientist Sophie Scott shares this and other surprising facts about laughter...
  • Greg Gage: How to control someone else's arm with your brain - Duration: 5 minutes, 53 seconds.

    • 6 days ago
    • 1,037,999 views
    Greg Gage is on a mission to make brain science accessible to all. In this fun, kind of creepy demo, the neuroscientist and TED Senior Fellow uses a simple, inexpensive DIY kit to take away the fre...
  • Nick Bostrom: What happens when our computers get smarter than we are? - Duration: 16 minutes.

    • 1 week ago
    • 81,284 views
    Artificial intelligence is getting smarter by leaps and bounds — within this century, research suggests, a computer AI could be as "smart" as a human being. And then, says Nick Bostrom, it will ove...
  • Nizar Ibrahim: How we unearthed the spinosaurus - Duration: 6 minutes, 3 seconds.

    • 1 week ago
    • 40,630 views
    A 50-foot-long carnivore who hunted its prey in rivers 97 million years ago, the spinosaurus is a "dragon from deep time." Paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim and his crew found new fossils, hidden in cli...
  • Clint Smith: How to raise a black son in America - Duration: 5 minutes, 13 seconds.

    • 1 week ago
    • 46,652 views
    As kids, we all get advice from parents and teachers that seems strange, even confusing. This was crystallized one night for a young Clint Smith, who was playing with water guns in a dark parking l...
  • Chris Milk: How virtual reality can create the ultimate empathy machine - Duration: 10 minutes.

    • 1 week ago
    • 44,170 views
    Chris Milk uses cutting edge technology to produce astonishing films that delight and enchant. But for Milk, the human story is the driving force behind everything he does. In this short, charming ...
  • Jedidah Isler: How I fell in love with quasars, blazars and our incredible universe - Duration: 4 minutes, 20 seconds.

    • 1 week ago
    • 29,318 views
    Jedidah Isler first fell in love with the night sky as a little girl. Now she’s an astrophysicist who studies supermassive hyperactive black holes. In a charming talk, she takes us trillions of kil...
  • Gary Haugen: The hidden reason for poverty the world needs to address now - Duration: 22 minutes.

    • 1 week ago
    • 66,089 views
    Collective compassion has meant an overall decrease in global poverty since the 1980s, says civil rights lawyer Gary Haugen. Yet for all the world's aid money, there's a pervasive hidden problem ke...
  • Nathalie Cabrol: How Mars might hold the secret to the origin of life - Duration: 16 minutes.

    • 2 weeks ago
    • 36,505 views
    While we like to imagine little green men, it’s far more likely that life on other planets will be microbial. Planetary scientist Nathalie Cabrol takes us inside the search for microbes on Mars, a ...
  • Paul Tudor Jones II: Why we need to rethink capitalism - Duration: 9 minutes, 56 seconds.

    • 2 weeks ago
    • 88,909 views
    Paul Tudor Jones II loves capitalism. It's a system that has done him very well over the last few decades. Nonetheless, the hedge fund manager and philanthropist is concerned that a laser focus on ...
  • Takaharu Tezuka: The best kindergarten you’ve ever seen - Duration: 9 minutes, 52 seconds.

    • 2 weeks ago
    • 298,009 views
    At this school in Tokyo, five-year-olds cause traffic jams and windows are for Santa to climb into. Meet: the world's cutest kindergarten, designed by architect Takaharu Tezuka. In this charming ta...
  • Kailash Satyarthi: How to make peace? Get angry - Duration: 18 minutes.

    • 3 weeks ago
    • 52,534 views
    How did a young man born into a high caste in India come to free 83,000 children from slavery? Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi offers a surprising piece of advice to anyone who wants t...
  • Barat Ali Batoor: My desperate journey with a human smuggler - Duration: 10 minutes.

    • 3 weeks ago
    • 39,847 views
    Photojournalist Barat Ali Batoor was living in Afghanistan — until his risky work forced him to leave the country. But for Batoor, a member of a displaced ethnic group called the Hazara, moving hom...
  • Fred Jansen: How to land on a comet - Duration: 17 minutes.

    • 3 weeks ago
    • 38,283 views
    As manager of the Rosetta mission, Fred Jansen was responsible for the successful 2014 landing of a probe on the comet known as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. In this fascinating and funny talk, Jansen...
  • Dan Ariely: How equal do we want the world to be? You'd be surprised - Duration: 8 minutes, 58 seconds.

    • 3 weeks ago
    • 76,781 views
    The news of society's growing inequality makes all of us uneasy. But why? Dan Ariely reveals some new, surprising research on what we think is fair, as far as how wealth is distributed over societi...
  • Eduardo Sáenz de Cabezón: Math is forever - Duration: 10 minutes.

    • 3 weeks ago
    • 75,339 views
    With humor and charm, mathematician Eduardo Sáenz de Cabezón answers a question that’s wracked the brains of bored students the world over: What is math for? He shows the beauty of math as the back...
  • Bel Pesce: 5 ways to kill your dreams - Duration: 6 minutes, 16 seconds.

    • 4 weeks ago
    • 103,991 views
    All of us want to invent that game-changing product, launch that successful company, write that best-selling book. And yet so few of us actually do it. Brazilian entrepreneur Bel Pesce breaks down ...
  • Bill Gates: The next outbreak? We’re not ready - Duration: 8 minutes, 37 seconds.

    • 1 month ago
    • 150,346 views
    In 2014, the world avoided a horrific global outbreak of Ebola, thanks to thousands of selfless health workers — plus, frankly, thanks to some very good luck. In hindsight, we know what we should h...
  • Boniface Mwangi: The day I stood up alone - Duration: 7 minutes, 25 seconds.

    • 1 month ago
    • 43,660 views
    Photographer Boniface Mwangi wanted to protest against corruption in his home country of Kenya. So he made a plan: He and some friends would stand up and heckle during a public mass meeting. But wh...
  • Kevin Rudd: Are China and the US doomed to conflict? - Duration: 20 minutes.

    • 1 month ago
    • 117,823 views
    The former prime minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd is also a longtime student of China, with a unique vantage point to watch its power rise in the past few decades. He asks whether the growing ambi...
  • Daniel Kish: How I use sonar to navigate the world - Duration: 13 minutes.

    • 1 month ago
    • 61,861 views
    Daniel Kish has been blind since he was 13 months old, but has learned to “see” using a form of echolocation. He clicks his tongue and sends out flashes of sound that bounce off surfaces in the env...
  • Alison Killing: There’s a better way to die, and architecture can help - Duration: 4 minutes, 44 seconds.

    • 1 month ago
    • 50,844 views
    In this short, provocative talk, architect Alison Killing looks at buildings where death and dying happen — cemeteries, hospitals, homes. The way we die is changing, and the way we build for dying ...
  • Dame Stephanie Shirley: Why do ambitious women have flat heads? - Duration: 13 minutes.

    • 1 month ago
    • 71,917 views
    Dame Stephanie Shirley is the most successful tech entrepreneur you never heard of. In the 1960s, she founded a pioneering all-woman software company in the UK, which was ultimately valued at $3 bi...
  • Theaster Gates: How to revive a neighborhood: with imagination, beauty and art - Duration: 16 minutes.

    • 1 month ago
    • 34,407 views
    Theaster Gates, a potter by training and a social activist by calling, wanted to do something about the sorry state of his neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. So he did, transforming abandon...
  • Dave Isay: Everyone around you has a story the world needs to hear - Duration: 21 minutes.

    • 1 month ago
    • 62,652 views
    Dave Isay opened the first StoryCorps booth in New York’s Grand Central Terminal in 2003 with the intention of creating a quiet place where a person could honor someone who mattered to them by list...
  • Anand Giridharadas: A tale of two Americas. And the mini-mart where they collided - Duration: 19 minutes.

    • 1 month ago
    • 68,135 views
    Ten days after 9/11, a shocking attack at a Texas mini-mart shattered the lives of two men: the victim and the attacker. In this stunning talk, Anand Giridharadas, author of "The True American," te...
  • Fei Fei Li: How we're teaching computers to understand pictures - Duration: 18 minutes.

    • 1 month ago
    • 79,129 views
    When a very young child looks at a picture, she can identify simple elements: "cat," "book," "chair." Now, computers are getting smart enough to do that too. What's next? In a thrilling talk, compu...
  • Monica Lewinsky: The price of shame - Duration: 22 minutes.

    • 1 month ago
    • 1,594,760 views
    In 1998, says Monica Lewinsky, “I was Patient Zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously.” Today, the kind of online public shaming she went through has become a ...
  • Joseph DeSimone: What if 3D printing was 100x faster? - Duration: 10 minutes.

    • 1 month ago
    • 220,322 views
    What we think of as 3D printing, says Joseph DeSimone, is really just 2D printing over and over ... slowly. Onstage at TED2015, he unveils a bold new technique — inspired, yes, by Terminator 2 — th...
  • David Eagleman: Can we create new senses for humans? - Duration: 20 minutes.

    • 1 month ago
    • 143,913 views
    As humans, we can perceive less than a ten-trillionth of all light waves. “Our experience of reality,” says neuroscientist David Eagleman, “is constrained by our biology.” He wants to change that. ...
  • Robyn Stein DeLuca: The good news about PMS - Duration: 14 minutes.

    • 1 month ago
    • 72,219 views
    Everybody knows that most women go a little crazy right before they get their period, that their reproductive hormones cause their emotions to fluctuate wildly. Except: There's very little scientif...
  • Vincent Cochetel: I was held hostage for 317 days. Here's what I thought about… - Duration: 19 minutes.

    • 1 month ago
    • 72,914 views
    Vincent Cochetel was held hostage for 317 days in 1998, while working for the UN High Commissioner on Refugees in Chechnya. For the first time, he recounts the experience — from what it was like to...
  • Linda Hill: How to manage for collective creativity - Duration: 17 minutes.

    • 1 month ago
    • 54,345 views
    What's the secret to unlocking the creativity hidden inside your daily work, and giving every great idea a chance? Harvard professor Linda Hill, co-author of "Collective Genius," has studied some o...
  • Shimpei Takahashi: Play this game to come up with original ideas - Duration: 5 minutes, 45 seconds.

    • 1 month ago
    • 78,330 views
    Shimpei Takahashi always dreamed of designing toys. But when he started work as a toy developer, he found that the pressure to use data as a starting point for design quashed his creativity. In thi...
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