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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
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Daan Roosegaarde uses technology and creative thinking to produce imaginative, earth-friendly designs. He presents his latest projects — from a bike path in Eindhoven, where he reinterpreted "The Starry Night" to get people thinking about green energy, to Beijing, where he developed a smog vacuum cleaner to purify the air in local parks, to a dance floor that generates electricity to power a DJ booth. Check out Roosegaarde's vision for a future where creativity is our true capital.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, architecture, art, cities, creativity, design, environment, future,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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America was built by makers -- curious, enthusiastic amateur inventors whose tinkering habit sparked whole new industries. At TED@MotorCity, MAKE magazine publisher Dale Dougherty says we're all makers at heart, and shows cool new tools to tinker with, like Arduinos, affordable 3D printers, even DIY satellites.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED@MotorCity, TED, Talks, collaboration, computers, curiosity, design, hack, innovation,...
TED Talks
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Pollster Dalia Mogahed shares surprising data on Egyptian people's attitudes and hopes before the Arab Spring -- with a special focus on the role of women in sparking change.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, data, economics, women, TEDxSummit, 2012
TED Talks
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When you look at Muslim scholar Dalia Mogahed, what do you see: a woman of faith? a scholar, a mom, a sister? or an oppressed, brainwashed, potential terrorist? In this personal, powerful talk, Mogahed asks us, in this polarizing time, to fight negative perceptions of her faith in the media — and to choose empathy over prejudice.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Islam, United States, culture, faith, politics, TED2016, 2016
TED Talks
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Economic growth is the defining challenge of our time; without it, political and social instability rises, human progress stagnates and societies grow dimmer. But, says economist Dambisa Moyo, dogmatic capitalism isn't creating the growth we need. As she shows, in both state-sponsored and market-driven models, capitalism is failing to solve social ills, fostering corruption and creating income inequality. Moyo surveys the current economic landscape and suggests that we have to start thinking...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, United States, business, capitalism, china, democracy, development,...
TED Talks
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The developed world holds up the ideals of capitalism, democracy and political rights for all. Those in emerging markets often don't have that luxury. In this powerful talk, economist Dambisa Moyo makes the case that the west can't afford to rest on its laurels and imagine others will blindly follow. Instead, a different model, embodied by China, is increasingly appealing. A call for open-minded political and economic cooperation in the name of transforming the world.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Africa, china, economics, global issues, politics, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
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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 way the world works, as a place of interlocking cycles and finite resources, where the decisions we make today affect what's left for tomorrow. She proposes a bold new way to see the world's economic systems: not as linear, but as circular, where everything comes around.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, economics, environment, oceans, TED2015, 2015
TED Talks
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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 billion, making millionaires of 70 of her team members. In this frank and often hilarious talk, she explains why she went by “Steve,” how she upended the expectations of the time, and shares some sure-fire ways to identify ambitious women …
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, entrepreneur, philanthropy, software, technology, women, women in business,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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The world needs clean water, and more and more, we're pulling it from the oceans, desalinating it, and drinking it. But what to do with the salty brine left behind? In this intriguing short talk, TED Fellow Damian Palin proposes an idea: Mine it for other minerals we need, with the help of some collaborative metal-munching bacteria.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, mining, science, technology, water, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
by TED.com
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When artist Damon Davis went to join the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, after police killed Michael Brown in 2014, he found not only anger but also a sense of love for self and community. His documentary "Whose Streets?" tells the story of the protests from the perspective of the activists who showed up to challenge those who use power to spread fear and hate.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TED Fellows, activism, art, community, fear, film, inequality, protests,...
TED Talks
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At TEDxSiliconValley, Damon Horowitz reviews the enormous new powers that technology gives us: to know more -- and more about each other -- than ever before. Drawing the audience into a philosophical discussion, Horowitz invites us to pay new attention to the basic philosophy -- the ethical principles -- behind the burst of invention remaking our world. Where's the moral operating system that allows us to make sense of it?
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxSiliconValley, TED, Talks, culture, philosophy, technology, 2011
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Damon Horowitz teaches philosophy through the Prison University Project, bringing college-level classes to inmates of San Quentin State Prison. In this powerful short talk, he tells the story of an encounter with right and wrong that quickly gets person
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, crime, culture, education, global issues, philosophy, prison, 2011
TED Talks
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Behavioral economist Dan Ariely, the author of Predictably Irrational, uses classic visual illusions and his own counterintuitive (and sometimes shocking) research findings to show how we're not as rational as we think when we make decisions.
Topics: TEDTalks, EG 2008, TED, Talks, culture, economics, global issues, psychology, science, self,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Behavioral economist Dan Ariely studies the bugs in our moral code: the hidden reasons we think it's OK to cheat or steal (sometimes). Clever studies help make his point that we're predictably irrational -- and can be influenced in ways we can't grasp.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, culture, economics, evil, psychology, science, self, society, TED2009,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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In this short talk, psychologist Dan Ariely tells two personal stories that explore scientific conflict of interest: How the pursuit of knowledge and insight can be affected, consciously or not, by shortsighted personal goals. When we're thinking about the big questions, he reminds us, let's be aware of our all-too-human brains.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, cognitive science, economics, medical research, science, technology,...
TED Talks
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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 societies ... then shows how it stacks up to the real stats.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, behavioral economics, economics, inequality, psychology, TED2015, 2015
TED Talks
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What motivates us to work? Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn't just money. But it's not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose. Behavioral economist Dan Ariely presents two eye-opening experiments that reveal our unexpected and nuanced attitudes toward meaning in our work. (Filmed at TEDxRiodelaPlata.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, behavioral economics, business, leadership, productivity, work,...
TED Talks
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Dan Barasch and James Ramsey have a crazy plan — to create a park, filled with greenery, underneath New York City. The two are developing the Lowline, an underground greenspace the size of a football field. They're building it in a trolley terminal abandoned in 1948, using technology that harvests sunlight above-ground and directs it down below. It's a park that can thrive, even in winter.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, New York, architecture, cities, TED@NYC, 2014
TED Talks
by TED.com
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At the Taste3 conference, chef Dan Barber tells the story of a small farm in Spain that has found a humane way to produce foie gras. Raising his geese in a natural environment, farmer Eduardo Sousa embodies the kind of food production Barber believes in.
Topics: TEDTalks, Taste3 2008, TED, Talks, entertainment, food, global issues, sustainability, 2008
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Chef Dan Barber squares off with a dilemma facing many chefs today: how to keep fish on the menu. With impeccable research and deadpan humor, he chronicles his pursuit of a sustainable fish he could love, and the foodie's honeymoon he's enjoyed since discovering an outrageously delicious fish raised using a revolutionary farming method in Spain.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, agriculture, biology, environment, food, health, TED2010, 2010
TED Talks
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What happens when a mall falls into ruin? Filmmaker Dan Bell guides us through abandoned monoliths of merchandise, providing a surprisingly funny and lyrical commentary on consumerism, youth culture and the inspiration we can find in decay.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TEDx, art, capitalism, community, exploration, film, movies, public spaces,...
TED Talks
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We're all familiar with satellite imagery, but what we might now know is that much of it is out of date. That's because satellites are big and expensive, so there aren't that many of them up in space. As he explains in this fascinating talk, Dan Berkenstock and his team came up with a different solution, designing a cheap, lightweight satellite with a radically new approach to photographing what's going on on Earth.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, map, space, technology, TED@BCG San+Francisco, 2013
TED Talks
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Dan Bricklin changed the world forever when he codeveloped VisiCalc, the first electronic spreadsheet and grandfather of programs you probably use every day like Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets. Join the software engineer and computing legend as he explores the tangled web of first jobs, daydreams and homework problems that led to his transformational invention.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TEDx, business, code, collaboration, computers, data, design, discovery,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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To find the path to long life and health, Dan Buettner and team study the world's "Blue Zones," communities whose elders live with vim and vigor to record-setting age. At TEDxTC, he shares the 9 common diet and lifestyle habits that keep them spry past age 100.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biology, culture, exploration, food, health, life, science, TEDxTC, 2009
TED Talks
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Dan Clay was worried about being dismissed as "too gay" at work, so he dialed down his personality. But then his alter ego, Carrie Dragshaw, went viral online. Here's what happened next.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, work-life balance, personality, work, personal growth, business, TED2017, 2018
TED Talks
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Physics and marketing don't seem to have much in common, but Dan Cobley is passionate about both. He brings these unlikely bedfellows together using Newton's second law, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, the scientific method and the second law of thermodynamics to explain the fundamental theories of branding.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, marketing, math, physics, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Starting with the simple tale of an ant, philosopher Dan Dennett unleashes a devastating salvo of ideas, making a powerful case for the existence of memes -- concepts that are literally alive.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2002, TED, Talks, consumerism, culture, faith, meme, philosophy, religion, 2002
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Philosopher Dan Dennett makes a compelling argument that not only don't we understand our own consciousness, but that half the time our brains are actively fooling us.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2003, TED, Talks, brain, consciousness, culture, entertainment, illusion, self,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Philosopher Dan Dennett calls for religion -- all religion -- to be taught in schools, so we can understand its nature as a natural phenomenon. Then he takes on The Purpose-Driven Life, disputing its claim that, to be moral, one must deny evolution.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2006, TED, Talks, God, atheism, brain, cognitive science, consciousness, evolution,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Why are babies cute? Why is cake sweet? Philosopher Dan Dennett has answers you wouldn't expect, as he shares evolution's counterintuitive reasoning on cute, sweet and sexy things (plus a new theory from Matthew Hurley on why jokes are funny).
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, animals, biology, children, comedy, evolution, food, humanity,...
TED Talks
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There's nothing quite like a good night's sleep. What if technology could help us get more out of it? Dan Gartenberg is working on tech that stimulates deep sleep, the most regenerative stage which (among other wonderful things) might help us consolidate our memories and form our personalities. Find out more about how playing sounds that mirror brain waves during this stage might lead to deeper sleep — and its potential benefits on our health, memory and ability to learn.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TED Residency, brain, health, memory, science, sleep, TED2017, 2017
TED Talks
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Biologist Dan Gibson edits and programs DNA, just like coders program a computer. But his "code" creates life, giving scientists the power to convert digital information into biological material like proteins and vaccines. Now he's on to a new project: "biological transportation," which holds the promise of beaming new medicines across the globe over the internet. Learn more about how this technology could change the way we respond to disease outbreaks and enable us to...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, biology, science, DNA, future, technology, medicine, disease, biotech,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Dan Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness, challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our "psychological immune system" lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2004, TED, Talks, brain, choice, culture, evolution, happiness, psychology, science,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Dan Gilbert presents research and data from his exploration of happiness -- sharing some surprising tests and experiments that you can also try on yourself. Watch through to the end for a sparkling Q and A with some familiar TED faces.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, choice, culture, entertainment, happiness, psychology, self, society,...
TED Talks
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"Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they're finished." Dan Gilbert shares recent research on a phenomenon he calls the "end of history illusion," where we somehow imagine that the person we are right now is the person we'll be for the rest of time. Hint: that's not the case.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, culture, humanity, psychology, TED2014, 2014
TED Talks
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It doesn't matter whether you love or hate guns; it's obvious that the US would be a safer place if there weren't thousands of them sold every day without background checks. Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, makes a passionate, personal appeal for something that more than 90 percent of Americans want: background checks for all gun sales. "For every great movement around the world, there's a moment where you can look back and say, 'That's when things really...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Debate, Guns, activism, big problems, children, choice, community, future,...
TED Talks
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There are about a hundred trillion microbes living inside your gut — protecting you from infection, aiding digestion and regulating your immune system. As our bodies have adapted to life in modern society, we've started to lose some of our normal microbes; at the same time, diseases linked to a loss of diversity in microbiome are skyrocketing in developed nations. Computational microbiologist Dan Knights shares some intriguing discoveries about the differences in the microbiomes of people in...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, biodiversity, biology, science, microbiology, microbes, health, data,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Today's math curriculum is teaching students to expect -- and excel at -- paint-by-numbers classwork, robbing kids of a skill more important than solving problems: formulating them. At TEDxNYED, Dan Meyer shows classroom-tested math exercises that prompt students to stop and think.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, education, math, student, TEDxNYED, 2010
TED Talks
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In the United States, the agencies that govern prisons are often called ‘Department of Corrections.’ And yet, their focus is on containing and controlling inmates. Dan Pacholke, Deputy Secretary for the Washington State Department of Corrections, shares a different vision: of prisons that provide humane living conditions as well as opportunities for meaningful work and learning.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, crime, culture, prison, TEDxMonroeCorrectionalComplex, 2014
TED Talks
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What are your dreams? Better yet, what are your broken dreams? Dan Pallotta dreams of a time when we are as excited, curious and scientific about the development of our humanity as we are about the development of our technology. "What we fear most is that we will be denied the opportunity to fulfill our true potential," Pallotta says. "Imagine living in a world where we simply recognize that deep, existential fear in one another — and love one another boldly because we know...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, activism, big problems, collaboration, communication, community, empathy,...
TED Talks
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Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend -- not for what they get done. Instead of equating frugality with morality, he asks us to start rewarding charities for their big goals and big accomplishments (even if that comes with big expenses). In this bold talk, he says: Let's change the way we think about changing the world.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, culture, global issues, philanthropy, TED2013, 2013
TED Talks
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In this funny and insightful talk from TEDxHouston, builder Dan Phillips tours us through a dozen homes he's built in Texas using recycled and reclaimed materials in wildly creative ways. Brilliant, low-tech design details will refresh your own creative drive.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxHouston, TED, Talks, architecture, creativity, design, green, technology, 2010
TED Talks
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Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories -- and maybe, a way forward.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, business, creativity, science, social change, work, TEDGlobal 2009,...
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Women own 39 percent of all businesses in the US, but female entrepreneurs get only two percent of venture funding. What's causing this gap? Dana Kanze shares research suggesting that it might be the types of questions start-up founders get asked when they're invited to pitch. Whether you're starting a new business or just having a conversation, learn how to spot the kinds of questions you're being asked — and how to respond more effectively.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, business, entrepreneur, investment, start-up, women, women in business,...
TED Talks
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The progress bar makes waiting more exciting... and mitigates our fear of death. Journalist Daniel Engber explores how it came into existence.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Internet, computers, design, history, interface design, programming, TED2017,...
TED Talks
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Every day, we make decisions that have good or bad consequences for our future selves. (Can I skip flossing just this one time?) Daniel Goldstein makes tools that help us imagine ourselves over time, so that we make smart choices for Future Us.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDSalon NY2011, TED, Talks, behavioral economics, business, culture, economics, finance,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, asks why we aren't more compassionate more of the time.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, brain, community, consumerism, psychology, 2007
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Why do we argue? To out-reason our opponents, prove them wrong, and, most of all, to win! ... Right? Philosopher Daniel H. Cohen shows how our most common form of argument -- a war in which one person must win and the other must lose -- misses out on the real benefits of engaging in active disagreement. (Filmed at TEDxColbyCollege.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, language, philosophy, TEDxColbyCollege, 2013
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Using examples from vacations to colonoscopies, Nobel laureate and founder of behavioral economics Daniel Kahneman reveals how our experiencing selves and our remembering selves perceive happiness differently. This new insight has profound implications for economics, public policy -- and our own self-awareness.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, brain, culture, economics, happiness, mind, philosophy, psychology, science,...
TED Talks
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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 environment and return to him, helping him to construct an understanding of the space around him. In a rousing talk, Kish demonstrates how this works and asks us to let go of our fear of the “dark unknown.”
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Senses, disability, fear, mind, TED2015, 2015
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Daniel Kraft demos his Marrow Miner -- a new device that quickly harvests life-saving bone marrow with minimal pain to the donor. He emphasizes that the adult stem cells found in bone marrow can be used to treat many terminal conditions, from Parkinson's to heart diseas
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, biology, biotech, health, health care, medicine, science,...
TED Talks
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At TEDxMaastricht, Daniel Kraft offers a fast-paced look at the next few years of innovations in medicine, powered by new tools, tests and apps that bring diagnostic information right to the patient's bedside.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxMaastricht, TED, Talks, design, health care, science, technology, 2011
TED Talks
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We need to change how we prescribe drugs, says physician Daniel Kraft: too often, medications are dosed incorrectly, cause toxic side effects or just don't work. In a talk and concept demo, Kraft shares his vision for a future of personalized medication, unveiling a prototype 3D printer that could design pills that adapt to our individual needs.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, health care, health, science, technology, medical research, medicine, future,...
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You're not at your best when you're stressed. In fact, your brain has evolved over millennia to release cortisol in stressful situations, inhibiting rational, logical thinking but potentially helping you survive, say, being attacked by a lion. Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin thinks there's a way to avoid making critical mistakes in stressful situations, when your thinking becomes clouded — the pre-mortem. "We all are going to fail now and then," he says. "The idea is to think...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, brain, cognitive science, health, medicine, memory, mental health,...
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Daniel Libeskind builds on very big ideas. Here, he shares 17 words that underlie his vision for architecture -- raw, risky, emotional, radical -- and that offer inspiration for any bold creative pursuit.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, architecture, cities, creativity, design, technology, 2009
TED Talks
by TED.com
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The ocean has degraded within our lifetimes, as shown in the decreasing average size of fish. And yet, as Daniel Pauly shows us onstage at Mission Blue, each time the baseline drops, we call it the new "normal." At what point do we stop readjusting downward?
Topics: TEDTalks, Mission Blue Voyage, TED, Talks, data, oceans, science, 2010
TED Talks
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Daniel Reisel studies the brains of criminal psychopaths (and mice). And he asks a big question: Instead of warehousing these criminals, shouldn’t we be using what we know about the brain to help them rehabilitate? Put another way: If the brain can grow new neural pathways after an injury … could we help the brain re-grow morality?
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, brain, crime, culture, global issues, science, TED2013, 2013
TED Talks
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As a novelist, Daniel Suarez spins dystopian tales of the future. But on the TEDGlobal stage, he talks us through a real-life scenario we all need to know more about: the rise of autonomous robotic weapons of war. Advanced drones, automated weapons and AI-powered intelligence-gathering tools, he suggests, could take the decision to make war out of the hands of humans.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, entertainment, robots, technology, war, writing, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
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"Will machines replace humans?" This question is on the mind of anyone with a job to lose. Daniel Susskind confronts this question and three misconceptions we have about our automated future, suggesting we ask something else: How will we distribute wealth in a world when there will be less — or even no — work?
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, AI, algorithm, computers, economics, future, innovation, intelligence,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Daniel Tammet has linguistic, numerical and visual synesthesia -- meaning that his perception of words, numbers and colors are woven together into a new way of perceiving and understanding the world. The author of "Born on a Blue Day," Tammet shares his art and his passion for languages in this glimpse into his beautiful mind.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, arts, brain, culture, 2011
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Neuroscientist Daniel Wolpert starts from a surprising premise: the brain evolved, not to think or feel, but to control movement. In this entertaining, data-rich talk he gives us a glimpse into how the brain creates the grace and agility of human motion.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2011, TED, Talks, biology, brain, evolution, neurology, science, 2011
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Mapping apps help us find the fastest route to where we’re going. But what if we’d rather wander? Researcher Daniele Quercia demos “happy maps” that take into account not only the route you want to take, but how you want to feel along the way.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, cities, design, happiness, map, technology, TED@BCG Berlin, 2014
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Can opera be ever-so-slightly sexy? The glorious soprano Danielle de Niese shows how, singing the flirty "Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiss." Which, translated, means, as you might guess: "I kiss so hot." From Giuditta by Frans Lehár; accompanist: Ingrid Surgenor.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, arts, creativity, entertainment, sex, TEDGlobal 2011, 2011
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Danielle Feinberg, Pixar's director of photography, creates stories with soul and wonder using math, science and code. Go behind the scenes of Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Brave, WALL-E and more, and discover how Pixar interweaves art and science to create fantastic worlds where the things you imagine can become real. This talk comes from the PBS special "TED Talks: Science & Wonder."
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, art, beauty, code, computers, design, entertainment, film, magic,...
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You know the "forgotten middle": they're the students, coworkers and regular people who are often overlooked because they're seen as neither exceptional nor problematic. How can we empower them to reach their full potential? Sharing her work helping young people get to and through college, social activist Danielle R. Moss challenges us to think deeper about who deserves help and attention — and shows us how to encourage those in the middle to dream big.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, education, children, personal growth, motivation, success, potential,...
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Danielle Wood leads the Space Enabled research group at the MIT Media Lab, where she works to tear down the barriers that limit the benefits of space exploration to only the few, the rich or the elite. She identifies six technologies developed for space exploration that can contribute to sustainable development across the world — from observation satellites that provide information to aid organizations to medical research on microgravity that can be used to improve health care on Earth....
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, exploration, humanity, innovation, science, society, space, technology,...
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Downloadable, printable clothing may be coming to a closet near you. What started as designer Danit Peleg's fashion school project turned into a collection of 3D-printed designs that have the strength and flexibility for everyday wear. "Fashion is a very physical thing," she says. "I wonder what our world will look like when our clothes will be digital."
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TEDYouth, art, business, design, fashion, future, invention, materials,...
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What does the world look like when you map it using data? Social geographer Danny Dorling invites us to see the world anew, with his captivating and insightful maps that show Earth as it truly is — a connected, ever-changing and fascinating place in which we all belong. You'll never look at a map the same way again.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TEDx, data, economics, global development, humanity, map, population,...
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From deep in the TED archive, Danny Hillis outlines an intriguing theory of how and why technological change seems to be accelerating, by linking it to the very evolution of life itself. The presentation techniques he uses may look dated, but the ideas are as relevant as ever.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED1994, TED, Talks, future, science, technology, 1994
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In this perspective-shifting talk, Danny Hillis prompts us to approach global issues like climate change with creative scientific solutions. Taking a stand for solar geoengineering, he looks at controversial solutions with open-minded curiosity.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Anthropocene, climate change, curiosity, future, science, social change,...
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In the 1970s and 1980s, a generous spirit suffused the internet, whose users were few and far between. But today, the net is ubiquitous, connecting billions of people, machines and essential pieces of infrastructure -- leaving us vulnerable to cyber-attack or meltdown. Internet pioneer Danny Hillis argues that the Internet wasn't designed for this kind of scale, and sounds a clarion call for us to develop a Plan B: a parallel system to fall back on should -- or when -- the Internet crashes.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Internet, computers, technology, TED2013, 2013
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Danny Hills makes a case for the next frontier of cancer research: proteomics, the study of proteins in the body. As Hillis explains it, genomics shows us a list of the ingredients of the body -- while proteomics shows us what those ingredients produce. Understanding what's going on in your body at the protein level may lead to a new understanding of how cancer happens.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDMED 2010, TED, Talks, 2010
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What's the secret to making content people love? Join BuzzFeed's Publisher Dao Nguyen for a glimpse at how her team creates their tempting quizzes, lists and videos — and learn more about how they've developed a system to understand how people use content to connect and create culture.
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How do fast-paced video games affect the brain? Step into the lab with cognitive researcher Daphne Bavelier to hear surprising news about how video games, even action-packed shooter games, can help us learn, focus and, fascinatingly, multitask.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, education, gaming, TEDxCHUV, 2012
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Daphne Koller is enticing top universities to put their most intriguing courses online for free -- not just as a service, but as a way to research how people learn. Each keystroke, comprehension quiz, peer-to-peer forum discussion and self-graded assignment builds an unprecedented pool of data on how knowledge is processed and, most importantly, absorbed.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Internet, computers, education, global issues, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012