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  • Gayle Tzemach Lemmon: Meet the first women to fight on the front lines of an American war - Duration: 11 minutes.

    • 2 days ago
    • 33,037 views
    In 2011, the US Armed Forces still had a ban on women in combat — but in that year, a Special Operations team of women was sent to Afghanistan to serve on the front lines, to build rapport with loc...
  • Latif Nasser: The amazing story of the man who gave us modern pain relief - Duration: 13 minutes.

    • 3 days ago
    • 32,088 views
    For the longest time, doctors basically ignored the most basic and frustrating part of being sick — pain. In this lyrical, informative talk, Latif Nasser tells the extraordinary story of wrestler a...
  • Jimmy Carter: Why I believe the mistreatment of women is the number one human rights abuse - Duration: 16 minutes.

    • 4 days ago
    • 41,916 views
    With his signature resolve, former US president Jimmy Carter dives into three unexpected reasons why the mistreatment of women and girls continues in so many manifestations in so many parts of the ...
  • Dame Ellen MacArthur: The surprising thing I learned sailing solo around the world - Duration: 16 minutes.

    • 5 days ago
    • 37,175 views
    What do you learn when you sail around the world on your own? When solo sailor Ellen MacArthur circled the globe – carrying everything she needed with her – she came back with new insight into the ...
  • Chris Urmson: How a driverless car sees the road - Duration: 15 minutes.

    • 1 week ago
    • 90,027 views
    Statistically, the least reliable part of the car is ... the driver. Chris Urmson heads up Google's driverless car program, one of several efforts to remove humans from the driver's seat. He talks ...
  • Maryn McKenna: What do we do when antibiotics don’t work any more? - Duration: 17 minutes.

    • 1 week ago
    • 44,859 views
    Penicillin changed everything. Infections that had previously killed were suddenly quickly curable. Yet as Maryn McKenna shares in this sobering talk, we've squandered the advantages afforded us by...
  • Chip Kidd: The art of first impressions — in design and life - Duration: 18 minutes.

    • 1 week ago
    • 63,773 views
    Book designer Chip Kidd knows all too well how often we judge things by first appearances. In this hilarious, fast-paced talk, he explains the two techniques designers use to communicate instantly ...
  • Roxane Gay: Confessions of a bad feminist - Duration: 11 minutes.

    • 1 week ago
    • 47,258 views
    When writer Roxane Gay dubbed herself a "bad feminist," she was making a joke, acknowledging that she couldn't possibly live up to the demands for perfection of the feminist movement. But she's rea...
  • Joey Alexander: An 11-year-old prodigy performs old-school jazz - Duration: 6 minutes, 29 seconds.

    • 2 weeks ago
    • 92,896 views
    Raised listening to his dad's old records, Joey Alexander plays a brand of sharp, modern piano jazz that you likely wouldn't expect to hear from a pre-teenager. Listen as the 11-year-old delights t...
  • LaToya Ruby Frazier: A visual history of inequality in industrial America - Duration: 5 minutes, 4 seconds.

    • 2 weeks ago
    • 26,825 views
    For the last 12 years, LaToya Ruby Frazier has photographed friends, neighbors and family in Braddock, Pennsylvania. But though the steel town has lately been hailed as a posterchild of "rustbelt r...
  • Steve Silberman: The forgotten history of autism - Duration: 13 minutes.

    • 2 weeks ago
    • 43,111 views
    Decades ago, few pediatricians had heard of autism. In 1975, 1 in 5,000 kids was estimated to have it. Today, 1 in 68 is on the autism spectrum. What caused this steep rise? Steve Silberman points ...
  • Margaret Heffernan: Why it's time to forget the pecking order at work - Duration: 15 minutes.

    • 2 weeks ago
    • 38,128 views
    Organizations are often run according to “the superchicken model,” where the value is placed on star employees who outperform others. And yet, this isn’t what drives the most high-achieving teams. ...
  • Rana el Kaliouby: This app knows how you feel — from the look on your face - Duration: 11 minutes.

    • 2 weeks ago
    • 36,612 views
    Our emotions influence every aspect of our lives — how we learn, how we communicate, how we make decisions. Yet they’re absent from our digital lives; the devices and apps we interact with have no ...
  • Lee Mokobe: A powerful poem about what it feels like to be transgender - Duration: 4 minutes, 22 seconds.

    • 3 weeks ago
    • 48,408 views
    "I was the mystery of an anatomy, a question asked but not answered," says poet Lee Mokobe, a TED Fellow, in this gripping and poetic exploration of identity and transition. It's a thoughtful refle...
  • Donald Hoffman: Do we see reality as it is? - Duration: 21 minutes.

    • 3 weeks ago
    • 101,093 views
    Cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman is trying to answer a big question: Do we experience the world as it really is ... or as we need it to be? In this ever so slightly mind-blowing talk, he ponders ...
  • Sarah Jones: One woman, five characters, and a sex lesson from the future - Duration: 25 minutes.

    • 3 weeks ago
    • 69,271 views
    In this performance, Sarah Jones brings you to the front row of a classroom in the future, as a teacher plugs in different personas from the year 2016 to show their varied perspectives on sex work....
  • Suki Kim: This is what it's like to teach in North Korea - Duration: 12 minutes.

    • 3 weeks ago
    • 116,499 views
    For six months, Suki Kim worked as an English teacher at an elite school for North Korea's future leaders — while writing a book on one of the world's most repressive regimes. As she helped her stu...
  • Linda Cliatt-Wayman: How to fix a broken school? Lead fearlessly, love hard - Duration: 17 minutes.

    • 1 month ago
    • 48,249 views
    On Linda Cliatt-Wayman’s first day as principal at a failing high school in North Philadelphia, she was determined to lay down the law. But she soon realized the job was more complex than she thoug...
  • Trevor Aaronson: How this FBI strategy is actually creating US-based terrorists - Duration: 9 minutes, 23 seconds.

    • 1 month ago
    • 63,755 views
    There's an organization responsible for more terrorism plots in the United States than al-Qaeda, al-Shabaab and ISIS combined: The FBI. How? Why? In an eye-opening talk, investigative journalist Tr...
  • Tony Fadell: The first secret of design is ... noticing - Duration: 16 minutes.

    • 1 month ago
    • 65,389 views
    As human beings, we get used to "the way things are" really fast. But for designers, the way things are is an opportunity ... Could things be better? How? In this funny, breezy talk, the man behind...
  • Laura Schulz: The surprisingly logical minds of babies - Duration: 20 minutes.

    • 1 month ago
    • 70,416 views
    How do babies learn so much from so little so quickly? In a fun, experiment-filled talk, cognitive scientist Laura Schulz shows how our young ones make decisions with a surprisingly strong sense of...
  • Bill Gross: The single biggest reason why startups succeed - Duration: 6 minutes, 41 seconds.

    • 1 month ago
    • 99,112 views
    Bill Gross has founded a lot of startups, and incubated many others — and he got curious about why some succeeded and others failed. So he gathered data from hundreds of companies, his own and othe...
  • Jimmy Nelson: Gorgeous portraits of the world's vanishing people - Duration: 17 minutes.

    • 1 month ago
    • 89,278 views
    When Jimmy Nelson traveled to Siberia to photograph the Chukchi people, elders told him: "You cannot photograph us. You have to wait, you have to wait until you get to know us, you have to wait unt...
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  • Sara Seager: The search for planets beyond our solar system - Duration: 16 minutes.

    • 1 month ago
    • 55,698 views
    Every star we see in the sky has at least one planet orbiting it, says astronomer Sara Seager. So what do we know about these exoplanets, and how can we find out more? Seager introduces her favorit...
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  • Yassmin Abdel-Magied: What does my headscarf mean to you? - Duration: 14 minutes.

    • 1 month ago
    • 99,898 views
    Unconscious bias is a prevalent factor driving culture, causing us all to make assumptions based on our own upbringings and influences. Such implicit prejudice affects everything, and it's time for...
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  • Jeffrey Brown: How we cut youth violence in Boston by 79 percent - Duration: 18 minutes.

    • 1 month ago
    • 43,379 views
    An architect of the "Boston miracle," Rev. Jeffrey Brown started out as a bewildered young pastor watching his Boston neighborhood fall apart around him, as drugs and gang violence took hold of the...
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  • Chris Burkard: The joy of surfing in ice-cold water - Duration: 9 minutes, 43 seconds.

    • 1 month ago
    • 122,495 views
    "Anything that is worth pursuing is going to require us to suffer, just a little bit," says surf photographer Chris Burkard, as he explains his obsession with the coldest, choppiest, most isolated ...
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  • Esther Perel: Rethinking infidelity ... a talk for anyone who has ever loved - Duration: 21 minutes.

    • 1 month ago
    • 328,722 views
    Infidelity is the ultimate betrayal. But does it have to be? Relationship therapist Esther Perel examines why people cheat, and unpacks why affairs are so traumatic: because they threaten our emoti...
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  • Chimps have feelings and thoughts. They should also have rights - Duration: 14 minutes.

    • 1 month ago
    • 60,319 views
    Chimpanzees are people too, you know. Okay, not exactly. But lawyer Steven Wise has spent the last 30 years working to change these animals' status from "things" to "persons." It's not a matter of ...
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  • Cosmin Mihaiu: Physical therapy is boring — play a game instead - Duration: 5 minutes, 58 seconds.

    • 1 month ago
    • 50,163 views
    You’ve just been injured, and you’re on the way home from an hour of physical therapy. The last thing you want to do on your own is confusing exercises that take too long to show results. TED Fello...
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  • Martine Rothblatt: My daughter, my wife, our robot, and the quest for immortality - Duration: 21 minutes.

    • 1 month ago
    • 46,600 views
    The founder of Sirius XM satellite radio, Martine Rothblatt now heads up a drug company that makes life-saving medicines for rare diseases (including one drug that saved her own daughter's life). M...
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  • The Lady Lifers: A moving song from women in prison for life - Duration: 9 minutes, 37 seconds.

    • 1 month ago
    • 42,071 views
    The ten women in this chorus have all been sentenced to life in prison. They share a moving song about their experiences — one that reveals their hopes, regrets and fears. "I'm not an angel," sings...
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  • Roman Mars: Why city flags may be the worst-designed thing you've never noticed - Duration: 18 minutes.

    • 1 month ago
    • 116,132 views
    Roman Mars is obsessed with flags — and after you watch this talk, you might be, too. These ubiquitous symbols of civic pride are often designed, well, pretty terribly. But they don't have to be. I...
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  • Elora Hardy: Magical houses, made of bamboo - Duration: 10 minutes.

    • 1 month ago
    • 192,798 views
    You've never seen buildings like this. The stunning bamboo homes built by Elora Hardy and her team in Bali twist, curve and surprise at every turn. They defy convention because the bamboo itself is...
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  • Anand Varma: A thrilling look at the first 21 days of a bee’s life - Duration: 6 minutes, 7 seconds.

    • 1 month ago
    • 539,597 views
    We’ve heard that bees are disappearing. But what is making bee colonies so vulnerable? Photographer Anand Varma raised bees in his backyard — in front of a camera — to get an up close view. This pr...
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  • Dawn Landes: A song for my hero, the woman who rowed into a hurricane - Duration: 9 minutes, 27 seconds.

    • 1 month ago
    • 48,822 views
    Singer-songwriter Dawn Landes tells the story of Tori Murden McClure, who dreamed of rowing across the Atlantic in a small boat — but whose dream was almost capsized by waves the size of a seven-st...
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  • Tal Danino: We can use bacteria to detect cancer (and maybe treat it) - Duration: 4 minutes, 12 seconds.

    • 1 month ago
    • 34,968 views
    Liver cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to detect, but synthetic biologist Tal Danino had a left-field thought: What if we could create a probiotic, edible bacteria that was "programmed" ...
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  • Bill T. Jones: The dancer, the singer, the cellist ... and a moment of creative magic - Duration: 6 minutes, 27 seconds.

    • 1 month ago
    • 51,127 views
    Legendary dance choreographer Bill T. Jones and TED Fellows Joshua Roman and Somi didn't know exactly what was going to happen when they took the stage at TED2015. They just knew they wanted to off...
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  • Abe Davis: New video technology that reveals an object's hidden properties - Duration: 17 minutes.

    • 2 months ago
    • 96,898 views
    Subtle motion happens around us all the time, including tiny vibrations caused by sound. New technology shows that we can pick up on these vibrations and actually re-create sound and conversations ...
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  • Pamela Ronald: The case for engineering our food - Duration: 17 minutes.

    • 2 months ago
    • 78,401 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 ...
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