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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
Oct 30, 2019 TED.com
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In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED2012, TED, Talks, business, culture, psychology, 2012
TED Talks
May 30, 2014 TED.com
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"Is it okay if I totally trash your office?" It's a question Elyn Saks once asked her doctor, and it wasn't a joke. A legal scholar, in 2007 Saks came forward with her own story of schizophrenia, controlled by drugs and therapy but ever-present. In this powerful talk, she asks us to see people with mental illness clearly, honestly and compassionately.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, health care, mental health, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
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John Maeda, President of the Rhode Island School of Design, delivers a funny and charming talk that spans a lifetime of work in art, design and technology, concluding with a picture of creative leadership in the future. Watch for demos of Maeda’s earliest work -- and even a computer made of people.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Internet, art, arts, computers, creativity, design, humor, leadership,...
TED Talks
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Ramesh Raskar presents femto-photography, a new type of imaging so fast it shows the world one trillion frames per second, so detailed it shows light itself in motion. This technology may someday be used to build cameras that can look “around” corners or see inside the body without X-rays.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, innovation, invention, photography, technology, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
Oct 4, 2013 TED.com
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Quixotic Fusion is an ensemble of artists that brings together aerial acrobatics, dance, theater, film, music and visual fx. Watch as they perform three transporting dance pieces at TED2012.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, dance, entertainment, technology, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
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In 2000, the UN laid out 8 goals to make the world better by reducing poverty and disease -- with a deadline of 2015. As that deadline approaches, Jamie Drummond of ONE.org runs down the surprising successes of the 8 Millennium Development Goals, and suggests a crowdsourced reboot for the next 15 years.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, development, global issues, health care, poverty, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
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Using video mapping and projection, artist Gabriel Barcia-Colombo captures and shares his memories and friendships. At TED Fellow Talks, he shows his charming, thoughtful work -- which appears to preserve the people in his life in jars, suitcases, blenders ...
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, arts, design, history, memory, storytelling, video, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
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SETI researcher Seth Shostak bets that we will find extraterrestrial life in the next twenty-four years, or he'll buy you a cup of coffee. At TEDxSanJoseCA, he explains why new technologies and the laws of probability make the breakthrough so likely -- and forecasts how the discovery of civilizations far more advanced than ours might affect us here on Earth.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TEDxFeatured, astronomy, life, science, technology, tedx, TEDxSanJoseCA, 2012
TED Talks
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As you surf the Web, information is being collected about you. Web tracking is not 100% evil -- personal data can make your browsing more efficient; cookies can help your favorite websites stay in business. But, says Gary Kovacs, it's your right to know what data is being collected about you and how it affects your online life. He unveils a Firefox add-on to do just that.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Internet, business, technology, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
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How do you make a great public space inside a not-so-great building? Liz Diller shares the story of creating a welcoming, lighthearted (even, dare we say it, sexy) addition to the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, architecture, cities, creativity, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
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Within this generation, an extra 30 years have been added to our life expectancy -- and these years aren’t just a footnote or a pathology. At TEDxWomen, Jane Fonda asks how we can think about this new phase of our lives.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxWomen 2011, TED, Talks, aging, culture, health, 2011
TED Talks
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What does a disgusting image have to do with how you vote? Equipped with surveys and experiments, psychologist David Pizarro demonstrates a correlation between sensitivity to disgusting cues -- a photo of feces, an unpleasant odor -- and moral and political conservatism. (Filmed at TEDxEast.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, choice, cognitive science, morality, politics, psychology, science,...
TED Talks
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Who hasn’t sent a text message saying “I’m on my way” when it wasn’t true or fudged the truth a touch in their online dating profile? But Jeff Hancock doesn’t believe that the anonymity of the internet encourages dishonesty. In fact, he says the searchability and permanence of information online may even keep us honest.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, communication, technology, TEDxWinnipeg, 2012
TED Talks
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Kevin Allocca is YouTube's trends manager, and he has deep thoughts about silly web video. In this talk from TEDYouth, he shares the 4 reasons a video goes viral. (This is the first talk posted from an amazing TEDYouth event. Many others will come on line next month as part of our TED-Ed launch. We can't wait ...)
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDYouth, TED, Talks, entertainment, video, 2012
TED Talks
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Because of poor acoustics, students in classrooms miss 50 percent of what their teachers say and patients in hospitals have trouble sleeping because they continually feel stressed. Julian Treasure sounds a call to action for designers to pay attention to the “invisible architecture” of sound.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, architecture, design, sound, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
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Bees have been rapidly and mysteriously disappearing from rural areas, with grave implications for agriculture. But bees seem to flourish in urban environments -- and cities need their help, too. Noah Wilson-Rich, founder of Boston's Best Bees Company, argues that urban beekeeping just might play a role in revitalizing both a city and a species. (Filmed at TEDxBoston.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, animals, cities, global issues, insects, science, TEDxBoston 2012, 2012
TED Talks
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Modern buildings with floor-to-ceiling windows give spectacular views, but they require a lot of energy to cool. Doris Kim Sung works with thermo-bimetals, smart materials that act more like human skin, dynamically and responsively, and can shade a room from sun and self-ventilate.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, architecture, art, climate change, design, invention, materials,...
TED Talks
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Map designer Aris Venetikidis is fascinated by the maps we draw in our minds as we move around a city -- less like street maps, more like schematics or wiring diagrams, abstract images of relationships between places. How can we learn from these mental maps to make better real ones? As a test case, he remakes the notorious Dublin bus map. (Filmed at TEDxDublin)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, design, interface design, map, TEDxDublin, 2012
TED Talks
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Top climate scientist James Hansen tells the story of his involvement in the science of and debate over global climate change. In doing so he outlines the overwhelming evidence that change is happening and why that makes him deeply worried about the future.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2012, TED, Talks, climate change, environment, global issues, science, 2012
TED Talks
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In this intimate talk filmed at TED's offices, energy theorist Amory Lovins lays out the steps we must take to end the world's dependence on oil (before we run out). Some changes are already happening -- like lighter-weight cars and smarter trucks -- but some require a bigger vision.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, alternative energy, energy, politics, science, technology, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
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"What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?" asks Regina Dugan, then director of DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. In this breathtaking talk she describes some of the extraordinary projects -- a robotic hummingbird, a prosthetic arm controlled by thought, and, well, the internet -- that her agency has created by not worrying that they might fail. (Followed by a Q and A with TED's Chris Anderson)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2012, TED, Talks, flight, innovation, military, science, technology, 2012
TED Talks
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You can use your smartphone to find a local ATM, but what if you need a defibrillator? At TEDxMaastricht, Lucien Engelen shows us online innovations that are changing the way we save lives, including a crowdsourced map of local defibrillators.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxMaastricht, TED, Talks, health, health care, medicine, technology, 2011
TED Talks
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In the fall of 2011 Peter Norvig taught a class with Sebastian Thrun on artificial intelligence at Stanford attended by 175 students in situ -- and over 100,000 via an interactive webcast. He shares what he learned about teaching to a global classroom.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Internet, computers, education, global issues, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
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What does a bill like PIPA/SOPA mean to our shareable world? At the TED offices, Clay Shirky delivers a proper manifesto -- a call to defend our freedom to create, discuss, link and share, rather than passively consume.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDSalon NY2012, TED, Talks, business, creativity, media, politics, technology, 2012
TED Talks
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The circumstances of our lives may matter less than how we see them, says Rory Sutherland. At TEDxAthens, he makes a compelling case for how reframing is the key to happiness.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, advertising, culture, TEDxAthens, 2011
TED Talks
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Diseases of the body garner sympathy, says comedian Ruby Wax -- except those of the brain. Why is that? With dazzling energy and humor, Wax, diagnosed a decade ago with clinical depression, urges us to put an end to the stigma of mental illness.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, activism, brain, comedy, culture, entertainment, evolution, humor, mental...
TED Talks
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The world is becoming increasingly open, and that has implications both bright and dangerous. Marc Goodman paints a portrait of a grave future, in which technology's rapid development could allow crime to take a turn for the worse.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Internet, biology, crime, future, global issues, law, open-source, security,...
TED Talks
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In this epic overview, Michael Tilson Thomas traces the development of classical music through the development of written notation, the record, and the re-mix.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, entertainment, history, music, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
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Every act of communication is, in some way, an act of translation. Onstage at TEDxRainier, writer Chris Bliss thinks hard about the way that great comedy can translate deep truths for a mass audience.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxRainier, TED, Talks, communication, entertainment, humor, language, literature, 2011
TED Talks
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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
TED Talks
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Imagine a global security driven by collaboration -- among agencies, government, the private sector and the public. That's not just the distant hope of open-source fans, it's the vision of James Stavridis, the Supreme Commander of NATO, who shares vivid moments from recent military history to explain why security of the future should be built with bridges rather than walls.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, collaboration, global issues, open-source, peace, politics, social media,...
TED Talks
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Orphanages are costly and can cause irreparable damage both mentally and physically for its charges -- so why are they still so ubiquitous? Georgette Mulheir gravely describes the tragedy of orphanages and urges us to end our reliance on them, by finding alternate ways of supporting children in need.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, activism, children, culture, parenting, psychology, social change, youth,...
TED Talks
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What aspects of religion should atheists (respectfully) adopt? Alain de Botton suggests a "religion for atheists" -- call it Atheism 2.0 -- that incorporates religious forms and traditions to satisfy our human need for connection, ritual and transcendence.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2011, TED, Talks, atheism, culture, philosophy, religion, 2011
TED Talks
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In this short talk, TED Fellow Sarah Parcak introduces the field of "space archeology" -- using satellite images to search for clues to the lost sites of past civilizations.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TED Fellows, exploration, history, science, space, technology, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
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After a crisis, how can we tell if water is safe to drink? Current tests are slow and complex, and the delay can be deadly, as in the cholera outbreak after Haiti's earthquake in 2010. TED Fellow Sonaar Luthra previews his design for a simple tool that quickly tests water for safety -- the Water Canary.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2011, TED, Talks, design, development, technology, water, 2011
TED Talks
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When a squirrel chewed through a cable and knocked him offline, journalist Andrew Blum started wondering what the Internet was really made of. So he set out to go see it -- the underwater cables, secret switches and other physical bits that make up the net.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Internet, business, exploration, technology, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
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Prompted by the Encyclopaedia Britannica ending its print publication, performance poet Rives resurrects a game from his childhood. Speaking at the TEDxSummit in Doha, Rives takes us on a charming tour through random (and less random) bits of human knowledge: from Chimborazo, the farthest point from the center of the Earth, to Ham the Astrochimp, the first chimpanzee in outer space.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, Internet, entertainment, science, web, wikipedia, TEDxSummit, 2012
TED Talks
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We all want customized experiences and products -- but when faced with 700 options, consumers freeze up. With fascinating new research, Sheena Iyengar demonstrates how businesses (and others) can improve the experience of choosing.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDSalon NY2011, TED, Talks, business, choice, culture, marketing, 2011
TED Talks
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In the 20th century we added an unprecedented number of years to our lifespans, but is the quality of life as good? Surprisingly, yes! At TEDxWomen psychologist Laura Carstensen shows research that demonstrates that as people get older they become happier, more content, and have a more positive outlook on the world.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, aging, culture, science, TEDxWomen 2011, 2011
TED Talks
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We’re not done with anatomy. We know a tremendous amount about genomics, proteomics and cell biology, but as Diane Kelly makes clear at TEDMED, there are basic facts about the human body we’re still learning. Case in point: How does the mammalian erection work?
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biology, science, sex, TEDMED 2012, 2012
TED Talks
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In 2010, technologist Tan Le took the TEDGlobal stage to demo a powerful new interface. But now, at TEDxWomen, she tells a very personal story: the story of her family -- mother, grandmother and sister -- fleeing Vietnam and building a new life.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxWomen 2011, TED, Talks, storytelling, 2011
TED Talks
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In his lab at Penn, Vijay Kumar and his team build flying quadrotors, small, agile robots that swarm, sense each other, and form ad hoc teams -- for construction, surveying disasters and far more.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2012, TED, Talks, robots, technology, 2012
TED Talks
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We can use a mosquito's own instincts against her. At TEDxMaastricht speaker Bart Knols demos the imaginative solutions his team is developing to fight malaria -- including limburger cheese and a deadly pi
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TEDxFeatured, global issues, health, insects, medicine, tedx, TEDxMaastricht,...
TED Talks
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Is there more than one universe? In this visually rich, action-packed talk, Brian Greene shows how the unanswered questions of physics (starting with a big one: What caused the Big Bang?) have led to the theory that our own universe is just one of many in the "multiverse."
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, cosmos, physics, science, universe, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
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Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” -- standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident -- can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, business, psychology, self, success, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
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Empathy, cooperation, fairness and reciprocity -- caring about the well-being of others seems like a very human trait. But Frans de Waal shares some surprising videos of behavioral tests, on primates and other mammals, that show how many of these moral traits all of us share.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, animals, community, morality, science, TEDxPeachtree, 2011
TED Talks
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The more that robots ingrain themselves into our everyday lives, the more we're forced to examine ourselves as people. At TEDxBerkeley, Ken Goldberg shares four very human lessons that he's learned from working with robo
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TEDxFeatured, art, robots, science, social media, tedx, TEDxBerkeley, 2012
TED Talks
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Reuters health editor Ivan Oransky warns that we’re suffering from an epidemic of preposterous preconditions -- pre-diabetes, pre-cancer, and many more. In this engaging talk from TEDMED he shows how health care can find a solution... by taking an important lesson from baseball.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, cancer, health, health care, medicine, science, TEDMED 2012, 2012
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Is your school or workplace divided into "creatives" versus practical people? Yet surely, David Kelley suggests, creativity is not the domain of only a chosen few. Telling stories from his legendary design career and his own life, he offers ways to build the confidence to create... (From The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell .)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, arts, creativity, design, technology, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
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Cross-country skier Janine Shepherd hoped for an Olympic medal -- until she was hit by a truck during a training bike ride. She shares a powerful story about the human potential for recovery. Her message: you are not your body, and giving up old dreams can allow new ones to soar.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, health, health care, storytelling, TEDxKC, 2012
TED Talks
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What does your chair say about what you value? Designer Sebastian Deterding shows how our visions of morality and what the good life is are reflected in the design of objects around us.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, communication, culture, design, life, morality, philosophy,...
TED Talks
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Over the years, research has shown a counterintuitive fact about human nature: That sometimes, having too much choice makes us less happy. This may even be true when it comes to medical treatment. Baba Shiv shares a fascinating study that measures why choice opens the door to doubt, and suggests that ceding control -- especially on life-or-death decisions -- may be the best thing for us.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, cancer, choice, TEDxStanford, 2012
TED Talks
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In the wake of the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami, mixed into the wreckage were lost and damaged photos of families and loved ones. Photo retoucher Becci Manson, together with local volunteers and a global group of colleagues she recruited online, helped clean and fix them, restoring those memories to their owners.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Asia, culture, disaster relief, memory, photography, storytelling, TEDGlobal...
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Nothing is original, says Kirby Ferguson, creator of Everything is a Remix. From Bob Dylan to Steve Jobs, he says our most celebrated creators borrow, steal and transform.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, creativity, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
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Each of our bodies is utterly unique, which is a lovely thought until it comes to treating an illness -- when every body reacts differently, often unpredictably, to standard treatment. Tissue engineer Nina Tandon talks about a possible solution: Using pluripotent stem cells to make personalized models of organs on which to test new drugs and treatments, and storing them on computer chips. (Call it extremely personalized medicine.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biology, engineering, health care, medical research, medicine, science,...
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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
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Adam Garone has an impressive moustache, and it's for a good cause. A co-founder of Movember, Garone's initiative to raise awareness for men's health -- by having men grow out their moustaches every November -- began as a dare in a bar in 2003. Now, it's a worldwide movement that raised $126 million for prostate cancer research last year. 
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, men, philanthropy, TEDxToronto 2011, 2011
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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...
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Kevin Allocca is YouTube's trends manager, and he has deep thoughts about silly web video. In this talk from TEDYouth, he shares the 4 reasons a video goes viral. (This is the first talk posted from an amazing TEDYouth event. Many others will come on line next month as part of our TED-Ed launch. We can't wait ...)
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, entertainment, video, TEDYouth 2011, 2011
TED Talks
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Where are the baby dinosaurs? In a spellbinding talk from TEDxVancouver paleontologist Jack Horner describes how slicing open fossil skulls revealed a shocking secret about some of our most beloved dinosaurs.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxVancouver, TED, Talks, biology, paleontology, science, 2010
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Explorer Ben Saunders wants you to go outside! Not because it’s always pleasant and happy, but because that’s where the meat of life is, “the juice that we can suck out of our hours and days.” Saunders’ next outdoor excursion? To try to be the first in the world to walk from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back again.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, extreme sports, personal growth, potential, sports, TEDSalon London...
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Inspired by Aung San Suu Kyi’s call to action, “If you’re feeling helpless, help someone,” Morley composed this song. She sings it at TEDxWomen in her gorgeous, warm voice.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxWomen 2011, TED, Talks, activism, arts, music, poetry, women, 2011
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Scott Fraser studies how humans remember crimes -- and bear witness to them. In this powerful talk, which focuses on a deadly shooting at sunset, he suggests that even close-up eyewitnesses to a crime can create "memories" they could not have seen. Why? Because the brain abhors a vacuum.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, crime, global issues, government, law, memory, mind, prison, science,...
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Todd Humphreys forecasts the near-future of geolocation when millimeter-accurate GPS "dots" will enable you to find pin-point locations, index-search your physical possessions ... or to track people without their knowledge. And the response to the sinister side of this technology may have unintended consequences of its own. (Filmed at TEDxAustin.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TEDxFeatured, global issues, hack, security, technology, tedx, TEDxAustin,...
TED Talks
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Calling them "our bodies' own repair kits," Susan Solomon advocates research using lab-grown stem cells. By growing individual pluripotent stem cell lines, her team creates testbeds that could accelerate research into curing diseases -- and perhaps lead to individualized treatment, targeted not just to a particular disease but a particular person.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, health care, medical research, science, technology, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
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Taryn Simon captures the essence of vast, generation-spanning stories by photographing the descendants of people at the center of the narrative. In this riveting talk she shows a stream of these stories from all over the world, investigating the nature of genealogy and the way our lives are shaped by the interplay of many different forces.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, culture, global issues, photography, TEDSalon London Fall 2011, 2011
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Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress. She illustrates (sometimes counterintuitively) how the best partners aren’t echo chambers -- and how great research teams, relationships and businesses allow people to deeply disagree.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, leadership, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
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The last thing Rodney Mullen, the godfather of street skating, wanted were competitive victories. In this exuberant talk he shares his love of the open skateboarding community and how the unique environments it plays in drive the creation of new tricks -- fostering prolific ingenuity purely for passion's sake. (Filmed at TEDxUSC .)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TEDxFeatured, collaboration, innovation, open-source, skateboarding, tedx,...
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Designer Jared Ficklin creates wild visualizations that let us see music, using color and even fire (a first for the TED stage) to analyze how sound makes us feel. He takes a brief digression to analyze the sound of a skatepark -- and how audio can clue us in to developing creativity.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, creativity, music, visualizations, TED2012, 2012
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When most well-intentioned aid workers hear of a problem they think they can fix, they go to work. This, Ernesto Sirolli suggests, is naïve. In this funny and impassioned talk, he proposes that the first step is to listen to the people you're trying to help, and tap into their own entrepreneurial spirit. His advice on what works will help any entrepreneur.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, development, global issues, TEDxEQChCh, 2012
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Peter van Uhm is the Netherlands’ chief of defense, but that does not mean he is pro-war. At TEDxAmsterdam he explains how his career is one shaped by a love of peace, not a desire for bloodshed -- and why we need armies if we want peace.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxAmsterdam, TED, Talks, global issues, military, peace, war, 2011
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Reuben Margolin is a kinetic sculptor, crafting beautiful pieces that move in the pattern of raindrops falling and waves combining. Take nine minutes and be mesmerized by his meditative art -- inspired in equal parts by math and natu
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, culture, design, nature, TED2012, 2012
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Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation are the best-known methods for treating cancer. At TEDMED, Bill Doyle presents a new approach, called Tumor Treating Fields, which uses electric fields to interrupt cancer cell division. Still in its infancy -- and approved for only certain types of cancer -- the treatment comes with one big benefit: quality of life.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDMED 2011, TED, Talks, cancer, medical research, technology, 2011
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What's the key to using alternative energy, like solar and wind? Storage -- so we can have power on tap even when the sun's not out and the wind's not blowing. In this accessible, inspiring talk, Donald Sadoway takes to the blackboard to show us the future of large-scale batteries that store renewable energy. As he says: "We need to think about the problem differently. We need to think big. We need to think cheap."
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, alternative energy, energy, invention, technology, TED2012, 2012
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How do you deal with a bully without becoming a thug? In this wise and soulful talk, peace activist Scilla Elworthy maps out the skills we need -- as nations and individuals -- to fight extreme force without using force in return. To answer the question of why and how non-violence works, she evokes historical heroes -- Aung San Suu Kyi, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela -- and the personal philosophies that powered their peaceful protests. (Filmed at TEDxExeter.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TEDxFeatured, activism, global issues, peace, tedx, violence, war,...