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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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An excerpt from the film "Dancing Bivalves (or Look Before You Pickle)."  This film is part of the University of Washington Educational Media Collection of legacy and archival moving image material.  For information on how to view this item in its entirety, see the collection guide and the UW Libraries catalog . -Description from original catalog- Clams are generally considered stick-in-the-mud animals; shows the unusually active motility of bivalves at the stage of their life...
Topics: Marine Biology, UWEMC, Clams
TED Talks
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It takes an entire civilization to build a toaster. Designer Thomas Thwaites found out the hard way, by attempting to build one from scratch: mining ore for steel, deriving plastic from oil ... it's frankly amazing he got as far as he got. A parable of our interconnected society, for designers and consumers alike.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDSalon London 2010, TED, Talks, design, entertainment, technology, 2010
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By now, we're used to letting Facebook and Twitter capture our social lives on the web -- building a "social layer" on top of the real world. At TEDxBoston, Seth Priebatsch looks at the next layer in progress: the "game layer," a pervasive net of behavior-steering game dynamics that will reshape education and commerce.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxBoston 2010, TED, Talks, business, entertainment, entrepreneur, gaming, money,...
TED Talks
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Coding isn’t just for computer whizzes, says Mitch Resnick of MIT Media Lab -- it’s for everyone. In a fun, demo-filled talk Resnick outlines the benefits of teaching kids to code, so they can do more than just “read” new technologies -- but also create them. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Internet, children, computers, education, parenting, technology, youth,...
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Many of those with severe speech disorders use a computerized device to communicate. Yet they choose between only a few voice options. That's why Stephen Hawking has an American accent, and why many people end up with the same voice, often to incongruous effect. Speech scientist Rupal Patel wanted to do something about this, and in this wonderful talk she shares her work to engineer unique voices for the voiceless.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, science, technology, TEDWomen 2013, 2013
TED Talks
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In a lively talk, neuropsychologist Kim Gorgens makes the case for better protecting our brains against the risk of concussion -- with a compelling pitch for putting helmets on kids.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, brain, children, health, medicine, TEDxDU 2010, 2010
TED Talks
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Luke Syson was a curator of Renaissance art, of transcendent paintings of saints and solemn Italian ladies -- serious art. And then he changed jobs, and inherited the Met's collection of ceramics -- pretty, frilly, "useless" candlesticks and vases. He didn't like it. He didn't get it. Until one day … (Filmed at TEDxMet.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, arts, design, history, museums, TEDxMet, 2013
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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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Jacqueline Novogratz applauds the world's heightened interest in Africa and poverty, but argues persuasively for a new approach.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2005, TED, Talks, Africa, bottom-up, business, culture, development,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Oceanographer John Delaney is leading the team that is building an underwater network of high-def cameras and sensors that will turn our ocean into a global interactive lab -- sparking an explosion of rich data about the world below.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, mission blue, oceans, poetry, science, technology, Mission Blue Voyage, 2010
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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
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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
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by TED.com
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Local politics -- schools, zoning, council elections -- hit us where we live. So why don't more of us actually get involved? Is it apathy? Dave Meslin says no. He identifies 7 barriers that keep us from taking part in our communities, even when we truly care.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxToronto 2010, TED, Talks, collaboration, community, culture, education, global...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Tax forms, credit agreements, healthcare legislation: They're crammed with gobbledygook, says Alan Siegel, and incomprehensibly long. He calls for a simple, sensible redesign -- and plain English -- to make legal paperwork intelligible to the rest of us.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, business, language, law, simplicity, TED2010, 2010
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
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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
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Bill Gross, the founder of Idealab, talks about his life as an inventor, starting with his high-school company selling solar energy plans and kits. Learn here about a groundbreaking system for solar cells -- and some questions we haven't yet solved.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, energy, invention, technology, TED2003, 2003
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Puberty is an awkward time for just about everybody, but for transgender teens it can be a nightmare, as they grow overnight into bodies they aren't comfortable with. In a heartfelt talk, endocrinologist Norman Spack tells a personal story of how he became one of the few doctors in the US to treat minors with hormone replacement therapy. By staving off the effects of puberty, Spack gives trans teens the time they need. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, LGBT, gender, medicine, youth, TEDxBeaconStreet 2013, 2013
TED Talks
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At TEDxNASA, planetary scientist Joel Levine shows some intriguing -- and puzzling -- new discoveries about Mars: craters full of ice, traces of ancient oceans, and compelling hints at the presence, sometime in the past, of life. He makes the case for going back to Mars to find out more.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, exploration, life, science, space, technology, TEDxNASA, 2009
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3D animation can bring scientific hypotheses to life. Molecular biologist (and TED Fellow) Janet Iwasa introduces a new open-source animation software designed just for scientists.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, TED Fellows, biology, science, technology, TED2014, 2014
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Renowned paleontologist Jack Horner has spent his career trying to reconstruct a dinosaur. He's found fossils with extraordinarily well-preserved blood vessels and soft tissues, but never intact DNA. So, in a new approach, he's taking living descendants of the dinosaur (chickens) and genetically engineering them to reactivate ancestral traits — including teeth, tails, and even hands — to make a "Chickenosaurus".
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, genetics, paleontology, science, 2011
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Before he hit eighteen, Fred Swaniker had lived in Ghana, Gambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. What he learned from a childhood across Africa was that while good leaders can't make much of a difference in societies with strong institutions, in countries with weak structures, leaders could make or break a country. In a passionate talk Swaniker looks at different generations of African leaders and imagines how to develop the leadership of the future.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, Africa, education, entrepreneur, leadership, TEDGlobal 2014, 2014
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Designer Bastian Schaefer shows off a speculative design for the future of jet planes, with a skeleton inspired by strong, flexible, natural forms and by the needs of the world's, ahem, growing population. Imagine an airplane that's full of light and space -- and built up from generative parts in a 3D printer.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, design, flight, industrial design, transportation, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
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For the dawn of a new decade, adventurer Bertrand Piccard offers us a challenge: Find motivation in what seems impossible. He shares his own plans to do what many say can't be done -- to fly around the world, day and night, in a solar-powered aircraft.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, adventure, aircraft, engineering, green, technology, TEDGlobal 2009, 2009
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Polio is almost completely eradicated. But as Bruce Aylward says: Almost isn't good enough with a disease this terrifying. Aylward lays out the plan to continue the scientific miracle that ended polio in most of the world -- and to snuff it out everywhere, forever.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, disease, global issues, health, science, 2011
TED Talks
by TED.com
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How do you stage an international art show with work from 100 different artists? If you're Shea Hembrey, you invent all of the artists and artwork yourself -- from large-scale outdoor installations to tiny paintings drawn with a single-haired brush. Watch this funny, mind-bending talk to see the explosion of creativity and diversity of skills a single artist is capable of.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, art, arts, creativity, design, storytelling, 2011
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
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TED follows Nicholas Negroponte to Colombia as he delivers laptops inside territory once controlled by guerrillas. His partner? Colombia's Defense Department, who see One Laptop per Child as an investment in the region. (And you too can get involved.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, One Laptop Per Child, children, computers, design, education, global issues,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly shares a portfolio of her wise and funny cartoons about modern life -- and talks about how humor can empower women to change the rules.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDWomen, TED, Talks, art, comedy, culture, humor, media, peace, women, 2010
TED Talks
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Artist Raghava KK demos his new children's book for iPad with a fun feature: when you shake it, the story -- and your perspective -- changes. In this charming short talk, he invites all of us to shake up our perspective a little bit.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2011, TED, Talks, arts, book, creativity, design, entertainment, technology,...
TED Talks
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The legendary design team Charles and Ray Eames made films, houses and classic midcentury modern furniture. Eames Demetrios, their grandson, shows rarely seen films and archival footage in a lively, loving tribute to their creative process.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, children, creativity, design, film, 2007
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In our digital world, social relations have become mediated by data. Without even realizing it, we’re barricading ourselves against strangeness -- people and ideas that don't fit the patterns of who we already know, what we already like and where we’ve already been. A call for technology to deliver us to what and who we need, even if it’s unfamiliar. (Filmed at TED@Intel.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, data, technology, TED@Intel, 2013
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What is happiness, and how can we all get some? Biochemist turned Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard says we can train our minds in habits of well-being, to generate a true sense of serenity and fulfillment.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2004, TED, Talks, Buddhism, God, brain, culture, faith, global issues, happiness,...
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Up to 100,000 people died in drug-related violence in Mexico in the last 6 years. We might think this has nothing to do with us, but in fact we are all complicit, says Yale professor Rodrigo Canales in this unflinching talk that turns conventional wisdom about drug cartels on its head. The carnage is not about faceless, ignorant goons mindlessly killing each other but is rather the result of some seriously sophisticated brand management.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, global issues, innovation, TEDSalon NY2013, 2013
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In this absorbing look at emerging media and tech history, Peter Hirshberg shares some crucial lessons from Silicon Valley and explains why the web is so much more than "better TV."
Topics: TEDTalks, EG 2007, TED, Talks, business, history, media, technology, telecom, 2007
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Seth Berkley explains how smart advances in vaccine design, production and distribution are bringing us closer than ever to eliminating a host of global threats -- from AIDS to malaria to flu pandemics.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, AIDS, epidemiology, global issues, health, medicine, TED2010, 2010
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All over the planet, giant telescopes and detectors are looking (and listening) for clues to the workings of the universe. At the INK Conference, science writer Anil Ananthaswamy tours us around these amazing installations, taking us to some of the most remote and silent places on Earth.
Topics: TEDTalks, INK Conference, TED, Talks, exploration, journalism, science, technology, universe, 2010
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As a young EMT on a Jerusalem ambulance, Eli Beer realized that, stuck in brutal urban traffic, they often arrived too late to help. So he organized a group of volunteer EMTs -- many on foot -- ready to drop everything and dash to save lives in their neighborhood. Today, United Hatzlah uses a smartphone app and a fleet of “ambucycles” to help nearby patients until an ambulance arrives. With an average response time of 3 minutes, last year, they treated 207,000 people in Israel. And the idea...
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, health, health care, medicine, peace, TEDMED 2013, 2013
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If an asteroid were headed for Earth, we'd all band together and figure out how to stop it, just like in the movies, right? And yet, when faced with major, data-supported, end-of-the-world problems in real life, too often we retreat into partisan shouting and stalemate. Jonathan Haidt shows us a few of the very real asteroids headed our way -- some pet causes of the left wing, some of the right -- and suggests how both wings could work together productively to benefit humanity as a whole.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, global issues, politics, society, TEDSalon NY2012, 2012
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Louise Fresco shows us why we should celebrate mass-produced, supermarket-style white bread. She says environmentally sound mass production will feed the world, yet leave a role for small bakeries and traditional methods.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, business, development, food, global issues, industrial design, 2009
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Wael Ghonim is the Google executive who helped jumpstart Egypt's democratic revolution ... with a Facebook page memorializing a victim of the regime's violence. Speaking at TEDxCairo, he tells the inside story of the past two months, when everyday Egyptians showed that "the power of the people is stronger than the people in power."
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, politics, social change, 2011
TED Talks
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Filmmaker Deborah Scranton talks about and shows clips from her documentary The War Tapes, which puts cameras in the hands of soldiers fighting in Iraq.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, entertainment, film, global issues, storytelling, technology, war,...
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As the world's attention focuses on the perils of oil exploration, we present Richard Sears' talk from early February 2010. Sears, an expert in developing new energy resources, talks about our inevitable and necessary move away from oil. Toward ... what?
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, alternative energy, energy, exploration, green, science, technology, TED2010,...
TED Talks
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Playwright Eve Ensler explores our modern craving for security -- and why it makes us less secure. Listen for inspiring, heartbreaking stories of women making change.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2005, TED, Talks, activism, culture, global issues, spoken word, technology,...
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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Josette Sheeran, the head of the UN's World Food Program, talks about why, in a world with enough food for everyone, people still go hungry, still die of starvation, still use food as a weapon of war. Her vision: "Food is one issue that cannot be solved person by person. We have to stand together."
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2011, TED, Talks, culture, economics, food, global issues, peace, politics,...
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What if human consciousness isn't the end-all and be-all of Darwinism? What if we are all just pawns in corn's clever strategy game to rule the Earth? Author Michael Pollan asks us to see the world from a plant's-eye view.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, animals, business, cooperation, culture, evolution, food, global...
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Looking back over his long career, architect Moshe Safdie delves into four of his design projects and explains how he labored to make each one truly unique for its site and its users.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, architecture, collaboration, creativity, design, museums, visualizations,...
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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
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At TEDxUSC, David Logan talks about the five kinds of tribes that humans naturally form -- in schools, workplaces, even the driver's license bureau. By understanding our shared tribal tendencies, we can help lead each other to become better individuals.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxUSC, TED, Talks, business, communication, culture, leadership, society, 2009
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David McCandless turns complex data sets (like worldwide military spending, media buzz, Facebook status updates) into beautiful, simple diagrams that tease out unseen patterns and connections. Good design, he suggests, is the best way to navigate information glut -- and it may just change the way we see the world.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, complexity, computers, data, design, visualizations, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
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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
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One year ago, Abha Dawesar was living in blacked-out Manhattan post-Sandy, scrounging for power to connect. As a novelist, she was struck by this metaphor: Have our lives now become fixated on the drive to digitally connect, while we miss out on what's real?
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, communication, culture, entertainment, storytelling, technology, TEDGlobal...
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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
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Composer and conductor Eric Whitacre has inspired millions by bringing together "virtual choirs," singers from many countries spliced together on video. Now, for the first time ever, he creates the experience in real time, as 32 singers from around the world Skype in to join an onstage choir (assembled from three local colleges) for an epic performance of Whitacre's "Cloudburst," based on a poem by Octavio Paz.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, collaboration, community, entertainment, live music, technology, TED2013, 2013
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In this talk from 2003, design critic Don Norman turns his incisive eye toward beauty, fun, pleasure and emotion, as he looks at design that makes people happy. He names the three emotional cues that a well-designed product must hit to succeed.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2003, TED, Talks, creativity, design, happiness, 2003
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Artist Dianna Cohen shares some tough truths about plastic pollution in the ocean and in our lives -- and some thoughts on how to free ourselves from the plastic gyre.
Topics: TEDTalks, Mission Blue Voyage, TED, Talks, consumerism, global issues, green, mission blue, oceans,...
TED Talks
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Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz's estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2005, TED, Talks, business, choice, consumerism, culture, economics, happiness,...
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Capt. Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation first discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch -- an endless floating waste of plastic trash. Now he's drawing attention to the growing, choking problem of plastic debris in our seas.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, business, environment, oceans, plastic, science, 2009
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Inventor, entrepreneur and visionary Ray Kurzweil explains in abundant, grounded detail why, by the 2020s, we will have reverse-engineered the human brain and nanobots will be operating your consciousness.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2005, TED, Talks, biotech, business, culture, future, invention, robots, science,...
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Here's a TED first: an animated Socratic dialog! In a time when irrationality seems to rule both politics and culture, has reasoned thinking finally lost its power? Watch as psychologist Steven Pinker is gradually, brilliantly persuaded by philosopher Rebecca Newberger Goldstein that reason is actually the key driver of human moral progress, even if its effect sometimes takes generations to unfold. The dialog was recorded live at TED, and animated, in incredible, often hilarious, detail by...
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, brain, culture, philosophy, TED2012, 2012
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What does real scientific work look like? As neuroscientist Stuart Firestein jokes: It looks a lot less like the scientific method and a lot more like "farting around … in the dark." In this witty talk, Firestein gets to the heart of science as it is really practiced and suggests that we should value what we don’t know -- or “high-quality ignorance” -- just as much as what we know.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, education, humor, neuroscience, science, TED2013, 2013
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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
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Imagine hearing great, departed pianists play again today, just as they would in person. John Q. Walker demonstrates how recordings can be analyzed for precise keystrokes and pedal motions, then played back on computer-controlled grand pianos.
Topics: TEDTalks, EG 2007, TED, Talks, entertainment, live music, music, performance, piano, technology,...
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It's a classic underdog tale: David, a young shepherd armed only with a sling, beats Goliath, the mighty warrior. The story has transcended its biblical origins to become a common shorthand for unlikely victory. But, asks Malcolm Gladwell, is that really what the David and Goliath story is about?
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, entertainment, history, storytelling, war, TEDSalon NY2013, 2013
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For foreigners, learning to speak Chinese is a hard task. But learning to read the beautiful, often complex characters of the Chinese written language may be less difficult. ShaoLan walks through a simple lesson in recognizing the ideas behind the characters and their meaning -- building from a few simple forms to more complex concepts. Call it Chineasy.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, china, education, language, TED2013, 2013
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What makes a great leader? Management theorist Simon Sinek suggests, it’s someone who makes their employees feel secure, who draws staffers into a circle of trust. But creating trust and safety — especially in an uneven economy — means taking on big responsibility.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, business, leadership, military, work, TED2014, 2014
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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
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Simplicity: We know it when we see it -- but what is it, exactly? In this funny, philosophical talk, George Whitesides chisels out an answer.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, chemistry, complexity, design, history, simplicity, technology, TED2010, 2010
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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
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Scottish funnyman Rory Bremner convenes a historic council on the TEDGlobal stage -- as he lampoons Gordon Brown, Barack Obama, George W. Bush and a cast of other world leaders with his hilarious impressions and biting commentary. See if you can catch a few sharp TED in-jokes.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, comedy, global issues, government, performance, politics, TEDGlobal 2009, 2009
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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,...
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After he ended up on a watch list by accident, Hasan Elahi was advised by his local FBI agents to let them know when he was traveling. He did that and more ... much more.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2011, TED, Talks, art, arts, data, security, war, web, 2011
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Political prisoners aren't the only ones being tortured -- the vast majority of judicial torture happens in ordinary cases, even in 'functioning' legal systems. Social activist Karen Tse shows how we can, and should, stand up and end the use of routine torture.
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From rockets to stock markets, many of humanity's most thrilling creations are powered by math. So why do kids lose interest in it? Conrad Wolfram says the part of math we teach -- calculation by hand -- isn't just tedious, it's mostly irrelevant to real mathematics and the real world. He presents his radical idea: teaching kids math through computer programming.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2010, TED, Talks, computers, education, math, technology, 2010