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Cultural & Academic Films

This library of academic and cultural films features collections from the Academic Film Archive and the Media Burn Independent Film Archive, as well as a selection of documentaries created by Dorothy Fadiman. In addition, films from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology are presented including those by Watson Kintner who used film to document his world travels, and the popular television show from the 1950s: “What in the World?”

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TED Talks
by TED.com
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Paddy Ashdown claims that we are living in a moment in history where power is changing in ways it never has before. In a spellbinding talk at TEDxBrussels he outlines the three major global shifts that he sees coming.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxBrussels, TED, Talks, Foreign Policy, global issues, politics, world cultures, 2011
TED Talks
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What should a community do with its unused land? Plant food, of course. With energy and humor, Pam Warhurst tells at the TEDSalon the story of how she and a growing team of volunteers came together to turn plots of unused land into communal vegetable gardens, and to change the narrative of food in their community.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, agriculture, botany, community, food, green, sustainability, TEDSalon London...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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On any given day we're lied to from 10 to 200 times, and the clues to detect those lie can be subtle and counter-intuitive. Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting, shows the manners and "hotspots" used by those trained to recognize deception -- and she argues honesty is a value worth preserving.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, psychology, science, society, TEDGlobal 2011, 2011
TED Talks
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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 prolonged flooding. She shows how the genetic improvement of seeds saved the Hawaiian papaya crop in the 1950s — and makes the case that it may simply be the most effective way to enhance food security for our planet’s growing population.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, agriculture, food, global issues, sustainability, TED2015, 2015
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Virtuoso Pamelia Kurstin performs and discusses her theremin, the not-just-for-sci-fi electronic instrument that is played without being touched. Songs include "Autumn Leaves," "Lush Life" and David Mash’s "Listen, Words Are Gone."
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2002, TED, Talks, live music, music, performance, technology, 2002
TED Talks
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It may seem that we're living in a borderless world where ideas, goods and people flow freely from nation to nation. We're not even close, says Pankaj Ghemawat. With great data (and an eye-opening survey), he argues that there's a delta between perception and reality in a world that's maybe not so hyperconnected after all.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, economics, global issues, social change, social media, TEDGlobal...
TED Talks
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MOMA design curator Paola Antonelli previews the groundbreaking show " Design and the Elastic Mind " -- full of products and designs that reflect the way we think now.
Topics: TEDTalks, EG 2007, TED, Talks, art, brain, design, museums, 2007
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Paola Antonelli, design curator at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, wants to spread her appreciation of design -- in all shapes and forms -- around the world.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, art, arts, culture, design, museums, 2007
TED Talks
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The hoodie is a lot more than just a comfy sweatshirt. Design curator Paola Antonelli takes us through its history.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, design, fashion, history, society, TED2017, 2018
TED Talks
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When the Museum of Modern Art's senior curator of architecture and design announced the acquisition of 14 video games in 2012, "all hell broke loose." In this far-ranging, entertaining, and deeply insightful talk, Paola Antonelli explains why she's delighted to challenge preconceived ideas about art and galleries, and describes her burning wish to help establish a broader understanding of design.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, design, gaming, museums, TEDSalon NY2013, 2013
TED Talks
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People aren’t just cooking anymore -- they’re cooking, texting, talking on the phone, watching YouTube and uploading photos of the awesome meal they just made. Designer Paolo Cardini questions the efficiency of our multitasking world and makes the case for -- gasp -- "monotasking." His  charming 3D-printed smartphone covers just might help.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, design, humor, product design, technology, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Many people think the lines on the map no longer matter, but Parag Khanna says they do. Using maps of the past and present, he explains the root causes of border conflicts worldwide and proposes simple yet cunning solutions for each.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2009, TED, Talks, economics, global issues, history, map, politics,...
TED Talks
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"I want you to reimagine how life is organized on earth," says global strategist Parag Khanna. As our expanding cities grow ever more connected through transportation, energy and communications networks, we evolve from geography to what he calls "connectography." This emerging global network civilization holds the promise of reducing pollution and inequality — and even overcoming geopolitical rivalries. In this talk, Khanna asks us to embrace a new maxim for the future:...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Internet, big problems, collaboration, communication, community, development,...
TED Talks
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When Ebola broke out in March 2014, Pardis Sabeti and her team got to work sequencing the virus's genome, learning how it mutated and spread. Sabeti immediately released her research online, so virus trackers and scientists from around the world could join in the urgent fight. In this talk, she shows how open cooperation was key to halting the virus ... and to attacking the next one to come along. "We had to work openly, we had to share and we had to work together," Sabeti says....
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Africa, big problems, disease, ebola, future, genetics, global issues,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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What is jealousy? What drives it, and why do we secretly love it? No study has ever been able to capture its “loneliness, longevity, grim thrill” -- that is, says Parul Sehgal, except for fiction. In an eloquent meditation she scours pages from literature to show how jealousy is not so different from a quest for knowledge.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, book, culture, literature, love, relationships, sex, writing, TEDSalon...
TED Talks
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Swallowing pills to get medication is a quick, painless and often not entirely effective way of treating disease. A potentially better way? Lasers. In this passionate talk, TED Fellow Patience Mthunzi explains her idea to use lasers to deliver drugs directly to cells infected with HIV. It's early days yet, but could a cure be on the horizon?
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Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, health, medicine, science, TED2015, 2015
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Physicist Patricia Burchat sheds light on two basic ingredients of our universe: dark matter and dark energy. Comprising 96% of the universe between them, they can't be directly measured, but their influence is immense.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, astronomy, big bang, education, energy, physics, science, universe, TED2008,...
TED Talks
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At TEDxRainier, Patricia Kuhl shares astonishing findings about how babies learn one language over another -- by listening to the humans around them and "taking statistics" on the sounds they need to know. Clever lab experiments (and brain scans) show how 6-month-old babies use sophisticated reasoning to understand their world.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxRainier, TED, Talks, brain, children, language, science, technology, 2010
TED Talks
by TED.com
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At TEDxDubai, longtime English teacher Patricia Ryan asks a provocative question: Is the world's focus on English preventing the spread of great ideas in other languages? (For instance: what if Einstein had to pass the TOEFL?) It's a passionate defense of translating and sharing ideas.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxDubai, TED, Talks, culture, global issues, language, 2010
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Patrick Awuah makes the case that a liberal arts education is critical to forming true leaders.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2007, TED, Talks, Africa, culture, education, global issues, leadership,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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In a series of witty punchlines, Patrick Chappatte makes a poignant case for the power of the humble cartoon. His projects in Lebanon, West Africa and Gaza show how, in the right hands, the pencil can illuminate serious issues and bring the most unlikely people togeth
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, media, news, politics, third world, war, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
TED Talks
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Although the tapir is one of the world's largest land mammals, the lives of these solitary, nocturnal creatures have remained a mystery. Known as "the living fossil," the very same tapir that roams the forests and grasslands of South America today arrived on the evolutionary scene more than 5 million years ago. But threats from poachers, deforestation and pollution, especially in quickly industrializing Brazil, threaten this longevity. In this insightful talk, conservation biologist,...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Brazil, TED Fellows, animals, biodiversity, biology, environment, TED Fellows...
TED Talks
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This demo -- from Pattie Maes' lab at MIT, spearheaded by Pranav Mistry -- was the buzz of TED. It's a wearable device with a projector that paves the way for profound interaction with our environment. Imagine "Minority Report" and then some.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, demo, design, interface design, technology, TED2009, 2009
TED Talks
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Most companies operate on a set of policies: mandated vacation days, travel guidelines, standard work hours, annual goals. But what happens when a company looks less to control and more to trust? Patty McCord, the iconic former chief talent officer at Netflix, shares the key insights that led her to toss the handbook out the window.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, work-life balance, work, business, happiness, TED2017, 2018
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Showing a series of inspiring, unusual and playful products, British branding and design guru Paul Bennett explains that design doesn't have to be about grand gestures, but can solve small, universal and overlooked problems.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2005, TED, Talks, arts, business, design, industrial design, product design,...
TED Talks
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We often think of bias and prejudice as rooted in ignorance. But as psychologist Paul Bloom seeks to show, prejudice is often natural, rational ... even moral. The key, says Bloom, is to understand how our own biases work -- so we can take control when they go wrong.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, behavioral economics, mind, psychology, TEDSalon NY2014, 2014
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Why do we like an original painting better than a forgery? Psychologist Paul Bloom argues that human beings are essentialists -- that our beliefs about the history of an object change how we experience it, not simply as an illusion, but as a deep feature of what pleasure (and pain) is.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2011, TED, Talks, happiness, philosophy, psychology, science, 2011
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Around the world right now, one billion people are trapped in poor or failing countries. How can we help them? Economist Paul Collier lays out a bold, compassionate plan for closing the gap between rich and poor.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Africa, activism, business, development, economics, global issues, politics,...
TED Talks
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Long conflict can wreck a country, leaving behind poverty and chaos. But what's the right way to help war-torn countries rebuild? At TED@State, Paul Collier explains the problems with current post-conflict aid plans, and suggests 3 ideas for a better approach.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED@State, TED, Talks, global issues, money, politics, poverty, state-building, 2009
TED Talks
by TED.com
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The disastrous earthquake in Haiti taught humanitarian groups an unexpected lesson: the power of mobile devices to coordinate, inform, and guide relief efforts. At TEDxRC2, Paul Conneally shows extraordinary examples of social media and other new technologies becoming central to humanitarian aid.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxRC2, TED, Talks, disaster relief, global issues, social media, technology, 2011
TED Talks
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At TEDxUSC, computer graphics trailblazer Paul Debevec explains the scene-stealing technology behind Digital Emily, a digitally constructed human face so realistic it stands up to multiple takes.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, computers, design, film, technology, visualizations, TEDxUSC, 2009
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Evolutionary biologist Paul Ewald drags us into the sewer to discuss germs. Why are some more harmful than others? How could we make the harmful ones benign? Searching for answers, he examines a disgusting, fascinating case: diarrhea.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, biology, disease, evolution, global issues, health, health care,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Have we used up all our resources? Have we filled up all the livable space on Earth? Paul Gilding suggests we have, and the possibility of devastating consequences, in a talk that's equal parts terrifying and, oddly, hopeful.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2012, TED, Talks, science, sustainability, technology, 2012
TED Talks
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The way we fish for popular seafood such as salmon, tuna and shrimp is threatening to ruin our oceans. Paul Greenberg explores the sheer size and irrationality of the seafood economy, and suggests a few specific ways we can change it, to benefit both the natural world and the people who depend on fishing for their livelihoods.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, animals, biosphere, biotech, fish, food, innovation, mission blue, oceans,...
TED Talks
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Megafires, individual fires that burn more than 100,000 acres, are on the rise in the western United States — the direct result of unintentional yet massive changes we've brought to the forests through a century of misguided management. What steps can we take to avoid further destruction? Forest ecologist Paul Hessburg confronts some tough truths about wildfires and details how we can help restore the natural balance of the landscape.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TEDx, United States, climate change, ecology, environment, nature, science,...
TED Talks
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Currency -- the bills and coins you carry in your wallet and in your bank account -- is founded on marketing, on the belief that banks and governments are trustworthy. Now, Paul Kemp-Robertson walks us through a new generation of currency, supported by that same marketing … but on behalf of a private brand. From Nike Sweat Points to bottles of Tide (which are finding an unexpected use in illegal markets), meet the non-bank future of currencies.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, advertising, business, marketing, money, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
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Creating genetically modified people is no longer a science fiction fantasy; it's a likely future scenario. Biologist Paul Knoepfler estimates that within fifteen years, scientists could use the gene editing technology CRISPR to make certain "upgrades" to human embryos — from altering physical appearances to eliminating the risk of auto-immune diseases. In this thought-provoking talk, Knoepfler readies us for the coming designer baby revolution and its very personal, and...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, AIDS, CRISPR, DNA, HIV, TEDx, biology, biotech, children, choice, discovery,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Paul MacCready -- aircraft designer, environmentalist, and lifelong lover of flight -- talks about his long career.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2003, TED, Talks, alternative energy, business, design, energy, flight, invention,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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In 1998, aircraft designer Paul MacCready looks at a planet on which humans have utterly dominated nature, and talks about what we all can do to preserve nature's balance. His contribution: solar planes, superefficient gliders and the electric car.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED1998, TED, Talks, demo, design, flight, green, solar, technology, transportation, 1998
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Paul Moller talks about the future of personal air travel -- the marriage of autos and flight that will give us true freedom to travel off-road. He shows two things he's working on: the Moller Skycar (a jet + car) and a passenger-friendly hovering disc.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2004, TED, Talks, design, engineering, invention, technology, transportation, 2004
TED Talks
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Diving under the Antarctic ice to get close to the much-feared leopard seal, photographer Paul Nicklen found an extraordinary new friend. Share his hilarious, passionate stories of the polar wonderlands, illustrated by glorious images of the animals who live on and under the i
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, animals, biodiversity, creativity, culture, design, entertainment,...
TED Talks
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In 1985, architect Paul Pholeros was challenged by the director of an Aboriginal-controlled health service to "stop people getting sick" in a small indigenous community in south Australia. The key insights: think beyond medicine and fix the local environment. In this sparky, interactive talk, Pholeros describes projects undertaken by Healthabitat, the organization he now runs to help reduce poverty--through practical design fixes--in Australia and beyond.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, architecture, design, global issues, health, TEDxSydney, 2013
TED Talks
by TED.com
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It's amazing what a rigged game of Monopoly can reveal. In this entertaining but sobering talk, social psychologist Paul Piff shares his research into how people behave when they feel wealthy. (Hint: badly.) But while the problem of inequality is a complex and daunting challenge, there's good news too. (Filmed at TEDxMarin.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, behavioral economics, psychology, TEDxMarin, 2013
TED Talks
by TED.com
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How can a struggling country break out of poverty if it's trapped in a system of bad rules? Economist Paul Romer unveils a bold idea: "charter cities," city-scale administrative zones governed by a coalition of nations. (Could Guantánamo Bay become the next Hong Kong?)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, culture, economics, global issues, politics, TEDGlobal 2009, 2009
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Back in 2009, Paul Romer unveiled the idea for a "charter city" -- a new kind of city with rules that favor democracy and trade. This year, at TED2011, he tells the story of how such a city might just happen in Honduras ... with a little help from his TEDTalk.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, business, culture, design, global issues, politics, 2011
TED Talks
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At TEDxPeachtree, bioethicist Paul Root Wolpe describes an astonishing series of recent bio-engineering experiments, from glowing dogs to mice that grow human ears. He asks: Isn't it time to set some ground rules?
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxPeachtree, TED, Talks, biology, biomechanics, future, genetics, philosophy, science,...
TED Talks
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Paul Rothemund writes code that causes DNA to arrange itself into a star, a smiley face and more. Sure, it's a stunt, but it's also a demonstration of self-assembly at the smallest of scales -- with vast implications for the future of making things.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, DNA, MacArthur grant, complexity, computers, short talk, 2007
TED Talks
by TED.com
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In 2007, Paul Rothemund gave TED a short summary of his specialty, DNA folding. Now he lays out in clear, abundant detail the immense promise of this field -- to create tiny machines that assemble themselves.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, DNA, MacArthur grant, creativity, nanoscale, physics, science, technology,...
TED Talks
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Multidisciplinary artist and TED Fellow Paul Rucker has developed his own style of cello; he puts chopsticks between his strings, uses the instrument as a drum and experiments with electronics like loop pedals. Moving between reflective storytelling and performance, Rucker shares his inspiration — and definitely doesn't play the same old Bach.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, music, cello, performance art, performance, TED2017, Bach
TED Talks
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Multidisciplinary artist and TED Fellow Paul Rucker is unstitching the legacy of systemic racism in the United States. A collector of artifacts connected to the history of slavery — from branding irons and shackles to postcards depicting lynchings — Rucker couldn't find an undamaged Ku Klux Klan robe for his collection, so he began making his own. The result: striking garments in non-traditional fabrics like kente cloth, camouflage and silk that confront the normalization of systemic racism...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, race, community, activism, humanity, identity, peace, self, social change,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Strange landscapes, scorching heat and (sometimes) mad crocodiles await scientists seeking clues to evolution's genius. Paleontologist Paul Sereno talks about his surprising encounters with prehistory -- and a new way to help students join the adventure.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Africa, animals, biology, children, education, evolution, exploration,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Oceanographer Paul Snelgrove shares the results of a ten-year project with one goal: to take a census of all the life in the oceans. He shares amazing photos of some of the surprising finds of the Census of Marine Life.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TEDGlobal 2011, 2011
TED Talks
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Mycologist Paul Stamets lists 6 ways the mycelium fungus can help save the universe: cleaning polluted soil, making insecticides, treating smallpox and even flu ... Read more .
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biology, design, food, global issues, pollution, science, technology,...
TED Talks
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It's never too late to reinvent yourself. Take it from Paul Tasner — after working continuously for other people for 40 years, he founded his own start-up at age 66, pairing his idea for a business with his experience and passion. And he's not alone. As he shares in this short, funny and inspirational talk, seniors are increasingly indulging their entrepreneurial instincts — and seeing great success.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TED Residency, aging, business, entrepreneur, green, innovation, plastic,...
TED Talks
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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 profits is, as he puts it, "threatening the very underpinnings of society." In this thoughtful, passionate talk, he outlines his planned counter-offensive, which centers on the concept of "justness."
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, investment, money, philanthropy, TED2015, 2015
TED Talks
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What drives our desire to behave morally? Neuroeconomist Paul Zak shows why he believes oxytocin (he calls it "the moral molecule") is responsible for trust, empathy and other feelings that help build a stable society.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2011, TED, Talks, brain, culture, medicine, morality, science, 2011
TED Talks
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Cancer is a very clever, adaptable disease. To defeat it, says medical researcher and educator Paula Hammond, we need a new and powerful mode of attack. With her colleagues at MIT, Hammond engineered a nanoparticle one-hundredth the size of a human hair that can treat the most aggressive, drug-resistant cancers. Learn more about this molecular superweapon and join Hammond's quest to fight a disease that affects us all.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, big problems, biomechanics, biotech, cancer, disease, engineering, genetics,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Every cell in the human body has a sex, which means that men and women are different right down to the cellular level. Yet too often, research and medicine ignore this insight -- and the often startlingly different ways in which the two sexes respond to disease or treatment. As pioneering doctor Paula Johnson describes in this thought-provoking talk, lumping everyone in together means we essentially leave women's health to chance. It's time to rethink.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, health, women, TEDWomen 2013, 2013
TED Talks
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Paula Scher looks back at a life in design (she's done album covers, books, the Citibank logo ...) and pinpoints the moment when she started really having fun. Look for gorgeous designs and images from her legendary career.
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Topics: TEDTalks, Serious Play 2008, TED, Talks, art, arts, design, entertainment, happiness, 2008
Paula Stone Williams knew from a young age that she was transgender. But as she became a parent and prominent evangelical pastor, she feared that coming out would mean losing everything. In this moving, deeply personal talk, Paula and her son Jonathan Williams share what Paula's transition meant for their family — and reflect on their path to redemption. As Jonathan says: "I cannot ask my father to be anything other than her true self."
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Transgender, gender, faith, family, personal growth, religion, parenting,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Every day, we use materials from the earth without thinking, for free. But what if we had to pay for their true value: would it make us more careful about what we use and what we waste? Think of Pavan Sukhdev as nature's banker -- assessing the value of the Earth's assets. Eye-opening charts will make you think differently about the cost of air, water, trees ...
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, economics, finance, global issues, green, TEDGlobal 2011, 2011
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Pawan Sinha details his groundbreaking research into how the brain's visual system develops. Sinha and his team provide free vision-restoring treatment to children born blind, and then study how their brains learn to interpret visual data. The work offers insights into neuroscience, engineering and even autism.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biology, health care, medicine, neurology, science, sight, TEDIndia 2009, 2009
TED Talks
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Pearl Arredondo grew up in East Los Angeles, the daughter of a high-ranking gang member who was in and out of jail. Many teachers wrote her off as having a problem with authority. Now a teacher herself, she’s creating a different kind of school and telling students her story so that they know it's okay if sometimes homework isn’t the first thing on their minds.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, education, TED Talks Education, 2013
TED Talks
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Why do girls feel empowered to engage in sexual activity but not to enjoy it? For three years, author Peggy Orenstein interviewed girls ages 15 to 20 about their attitudes toward and experiences of sex. She discusses the pleasure that's largely missing from their sexual encounters and calls on us to close the "orgasm gap" by talking candidly with our girls from an early age about sex, bodies, pleasure and intimacy.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Gender equality, children, communication, education, empathy, family,...
TED Talks
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So the Mars Rovers didn't scoop up any alien lifeforms. Scientist Penelope Boston thinks there's a good chance -- a 25 to 50 percent chance, in fact -- that life might exist on Mars, deep inside the planet's caves. She details how we should look and why.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, exploration, geology, life, science, technology, universe, TED2006, 2006
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Oceanographer Penny Chisholm tells the story of a tiny ocean creature you've probably never heard of: Prochlorococcus, the most abundant photosynthetic species on the planet. A marine microbe that has existed for billions of years, Prochlorococcus wasn't discovered until the mid-1980s — but its ancient genetic code may hold clues to how we can reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, microbes, oceans, climate change, biology, bacteria, biodiversity,...
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The biggest obstacle to dealing with climate disruptions lies between your ears, says psychologist and economist Per Espen Stokes. He's spent years studying the defenses we use to avoid thinking about the demise of our planet — and figuring out a new way of talking about global warming that keeps us from shutting down. Step away from the doomsday narratives and learn how to make caring for the earth feel personable, do-able and empowering with this fun, informative talk.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Anthropocene, biosphere, climate change, communication, energy, nature,...
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In this short, optimistic talk from TED2009, Pete Alcorn shares a vision of the world of two centuries from now -- when declining populations and growing opportunity prove Malthus was wrong.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, community, social change, 2009
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As a young ER doctor, Peter Attia felt contempt for a patient with diabetes. She was overweight, he thought, and thus responsible for the fact that she needed a foot amputation. But years later, Attia received an unpleasant medical surprise that led him to wonder: is our understanding of diabetes right? Could the precursors to diabetes cause obesity, and not the other way around? A look at how assumptions may be leading us to wage the wrong medical war.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, health, health care, medical research, medicine, TEDMED 2013, 2013
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More than half of the world's population already lives in cities, and another 2.5 billion people are projected to move to urban areas by 2050. The way we build new cities will be at the heart of so much that matters, from climate change to economic vitality to our very well-being and sense of connectedness. Peter Calthorpe is already at work planning the cities of the future and advocating for community design that's focused on human interaction. He shares seven universal principles for solving...
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Peter Diamandis says it's our moral imperative to keep exploring space -- and he talks about how, with the X Prize and other incentives, we're going to do just that.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2005, TED, Talks, business, design, exploration, science, space, technology,...
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X Prize founder Peter Diamandis talks about how he helped Stephen Hawking fulfill his dream of going to space -- by flying together into the upper atmosphere and experiencing weightlessness at zero g.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2008, TED, Talks, business, flight, science, short talk, space, technology, universe,...
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Onstage at TED2012, Peter Diamandis makes a case for optimism -- that we'll invent, innovate and create ways to solve the challenges that loom over us. "I’m not saying we don’t have our set of problems; we surely do. But ultimately, we knock them down.”
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2012, TED, Talks, invention, sustainability, technology, 2012
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Oxford mathematician Peter Donnelly reveals the common mistakes humans make in interpreting statistics -- and the devastating impact these errors can have on the outcome of criminal trials.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2005, TED, Talks, culture, genetics, science, statistics, technology, 2005
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"Life comes at us very quickly, and what we need to do is take that amorphous flow of experience and somehow extract meaning from it." In this funny, enlightening talk, educational psychologist Peter Doolittle details the importance -- and limitations -- of your "working memory," that part of the brain that allows us to make sense of what's happening right now.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, education, memory, science, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013