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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
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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Al Seckel, a cognitive neuroscientist, explores the perceptual illusions that fool our brains. Loads of eye tricks help him prove that not only are we easily fooled, we kind of like it.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2004, TED, Talks, arts, brain, cognitive science, culture, design, illusion,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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eye 222
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Designer Jessi Arrington packed nothing for TED but 7 pairs of undies, buying the rest of her clothes in thrift stores around LA. It's a meditation on conscious consumption -- wrapped in a rainbow of color and creativity.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDActive 2011, TED, Talks, consumerism, creativity, culture, design, 2011
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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Paul MacCready -- aircraft designer, environmentalist, and lifelong lover of flight -- talks about his long career.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2003, TED, Talks, alternative energy, business, design, energy, flight, invention,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 407
favorite 0
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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
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 650
favorite 3
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Physicist Brian Greene explains superstring theory, the idea that minscule strands of energy vibrating in 11 dimensions create every particle and force in the universe.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2005, TED, Talks, physics, science, universe, 2005
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 704
favorite 0
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Diving under the Antarctic ice to get close to the much-feared leopard seal, photographer Paul Nicklen found an extraordinary new friend. Share his hilarious, passionate stories of the polar wonderlands, illustrated by glorious images of the animals who live on and under the i
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, animals, biodiversity, creativity, culture, design, entertainment,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 622
favorite 0
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Philosopher-comedian Emily Levine talks (hilariously) about science, math, society and the way everything connects. She's a brilliant trickster, poking holes in our fixed ideas and bringing hidden truths to light. Settle in and let her ping your brain.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2002, TED, Talks, cognitive science, comedy, entertainment, humor, philosophy,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 310
favorite 0
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Every day, in a city the size of London, 30 million meals are served. But where does all the food come from? Architect Carolyn Steel discusses the daily miracle of feeding a city, and shows how ancient food routes shaped the modern world.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2009, TED, Talks, cities, culture, food, global issues, 2009
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 159
favorite 1
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Robin Chase founded Zipcar, the world’s biggest car-sharing business. That was one of her smaller ideas. Here she travels much farther, contemplating road-pricing schemes that will shake up our driving habits and a mesh network vast as the Interstate.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, business, cars, technology, transportation, 2007
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 378
favorite 0
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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
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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eye 288
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The "dismal science" truly shines in this optimistic talk, as economist Alex Tabarrok argues free trade and globalization are shaping our once-divided world into a community of idea-sharing more healthy, happy and prosperous than anyone's predictions.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, business, china, culture, economics, future, global issues,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 326
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Rives recaps the most memorable moments of TED2006 in the free-spirited rhyming verse of a fantastical mockingbird lullaby.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2006, TED, Talks, arts, entertainment, memory, performance, poetry, short talk, spoken...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 226
favorite 1
comment 0
In this short, image-packed talk, Marisa Fick-Jordan talks about how a village of traditional Zulu wire weavers built a worldwide market for their dazzling work.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2007, TED, Talks, Africa, art, business, design, short talk, 2007
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 371
favorite 0
comment 0
In this brief talk from TED U 2009, Jonathan Drori encourages us to save biodiversity -- one seed at a time. Reminding us that plants support human life, he shares the vision of the Millennium Seed Bank, which has stored over 3 billion seeds to date from dwindling yet essential plant species.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, biodiversity, biology, biosphere, environment, future, life,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 144
favorite 1
comment 0
At his carpet company, Ray Anderson has increased sales and doubled profits while turning the traditional "take / make / waste" industrial system on its head. In a gentle, understated way, he shares a powerful vision for sustainable commerce.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, business, design, environment, green, materials, poetry,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 437
favorite 0
comment 0
Willard Wigan tells the story of how a difficult and lonely childhood drove him to discover his unique ability -- to create art so tiny that it can't be seen with the naked eye. His slideshow of figures, as seen through a microscope, can only be described as mind-boggling.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2009, TED, Talks, art, arts, creativity, education, 2009
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 275
favorite 0
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Design legend Niels Diffrient talks about his life in industrial design (and the reason he became a designer instead of a jet pilot). He details his quest to completely rethink the office chair starting from one fundamental data set: the human body.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2002, TED, Talks, business, design, technology, work, 2002
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 159
favorite 0
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After a catastrophic car accident that left him in a coma, Simon Lewis found ways to recover -- physically and mentally -- beyond all expectations. At the INK Conference he tells how this remarkable story led him to concern over all threats to consciousness, and how to overcome them.
Topics: TEDTalks, INK Conference, TED, Talks, consciousness, medicine, technology, 2010
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 380
favorite 0
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Researcher Kwabena Boahen is looking for ways to mimic the brain's supercomputing powers in silicon -- because the messy, redundant processes inside our heads actually make for a small, light, superfast computer.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2007, TED, Talks, brain, complexity, computers, design, engineering, science,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 364
favorite 0
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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
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 629
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When the worst disaster in the history of Mount Everest climbs occurred, Ken Kamler was the only doctor on the mountain. At TEDMED, he shares the incredible story of the climbers' battle against extreme conditions and uses brain imaging technology to map the medical miracle of one man who survived roughly 36 hours buried in the snow.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDMED 2009, TED, Talks, adventure, biology, exploration, humanity, medicine, science,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 207
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Gever Tulley uses engaging photos and footage to demonstrate the valuable lessons kids learn at his Tinkering School. When given tools, materials and guidance, these young imaginations run wild and creative problem-solving takes over to build unique boats, bridges and even a rollercoast
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, children, development, education, innovation, invention, tedbooks,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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eye 311
favorite 1
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Someone always asks the math teacher, "Am I going to use calculus in real life?" And for most of us, says Arthur Benjamin, the answer is no. He offers a bold proposal on how to make math education relevant in the digital age.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, economics, education, math, statistics, 2009
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 337
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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
TED Talks
movies
eye 159
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Halla Tomasdottir managed to take her company Audur Capital through the eye of the financial storm in Iceland by applying 5 traditionally "feminine" values to financial services. At TEDWomen, she talks about these values and the importance of balance.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDWomen, TED, Talks, business, politics, women, 2010
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 169
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In this funny (and actually poignant) 3-minute talk, social strategist Renny Gleeson breaks down our always-on social world -- where the experience we're having right now is less interesting than what we'll tweet about it later.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, 2009
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 130
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Architect Thom Mayne has never been one to take the easy option, and this whistle-stop tour of the buildings he's created makes you glad for it. These are big ideas cast in material form.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2005, TED, Talks, architecture, arts, culture, design, invention, 2005
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 185
favorite 0
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Jeff Han shows off a cheap, scalable multi-touch and pressure-sensitive computer screen interface that may spell the end of point-and-click.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2006, TED, Talks, demo, design, interface design, technology, 2006
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 351
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What was the greatest invention of the industrial revolution? Hans Rosling makes the case for the washing machine. With newly designed graphics from Gapminder, Rosling shows us the magic that pops up when economic growth and electricity turn a boring wash day into an intellectual day of reading.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDWomen, TED, Talks, TEDWomen, culture, data, economics, women, 2010
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 115
favorite 0
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Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the MIT Media Laboratory, describes how the One Laptop Per Child project will build and distribute the "$100 laptop."
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2006, TED, Talks, One Laptop Per Child, children, design, education, entrepreneur,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 211
favorite 0
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Architect Joshua Prince-Ramus takes the audience on dazzling, dizzying virtual tours of three recent projects: the Central Library in Seattle, the Museum Plaza in Louisville and the Charles Wyly Theater in Dallas.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2006, TED, Talks, architecture, arts, collaboration, culture, design, library, 2006
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 428
favorite 1
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Louise Leakey asks, "Who are we?" The question takes her to the Rift Valley in Eastern Africa, where she digs for the evolutionary origins of humankind -- and suggests a stunning new vision of our competing ancestors.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2008, TED, Talks, Africa, anthropology, apes, evolution, human origins, humanity,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 298
favorite 0
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Many people think the lines on the map no longer matter, but Parag Khanna says they do. Using maps of the past and present, he explains the root causes of border conflicts worldwide and proposes simple yet cunning solutions for each.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2009, TED, Talks, economics, global issues, history, map, politics,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 536
favorite 2
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All humans share some common bits of DNA, passed down to us from our African ancestors. Geneticist Spencer Wells talks about how his Genographic Project will use this shared DNA to figure out how we are -- in all our diversity -- truly connected.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2007, TED, Talks, Africa, DNA, anthropology, culture, evolution, genetics,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 235
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Scientific discoveries, futurist Juan Enriquez notes, demand a shift in code, and our ability to thrive depends on our mastery of that code. Here, he applies this notion to the field of genomics.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2003, TED, Talks, DNA, biotech, business, culture, genetics, invention, science,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 218
favorite 1
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In this deeply personal talk, Nigerian writer Chris Abani says that “what we know about how to be who we are” comes from stories. He searches for the heart of Africa through its poems and narrative, including his own.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2007, TED, Talks, Africa, culture, entertainment, global issues, literature,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 230
favorite 0
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Cognitive researcher Nancy Etcoff looks at happiness -- the ways we try to achieve and increase it, the way it's untethered to our real circumstances, and its surprising effect on our bodies.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2004, TED, Talks, beauty, culture, happiness, 2004
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 166
favorite 0
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How many poets could cram eBay, Friendster and Monster.com into 3-minute poem worthy of a standing ovation? Enjoy Rives' unique talent.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDSalon 2006, TED, Talks, arts, culture, death, entertainment, love, parenting,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 189
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Rural villages worldwide are being deserted, as billions of people flock to cities to live in teeming squatter camps and slums. Stewart Brand says this is a good thing. Why? It’ll take you 3 minutes to find out.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2006, TED, Talks, business, cities, culture, future, global issues, poverty, short...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 383
favorite 1
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Nobel laureate James Watson opens TED2005 with the frank and funny story of how he and his research partner, Francis Crick, discovered the structure of DNA.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2005, TED, Talks, DNA, culture, genetics, history, invention, science, storytelling,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 142
favorite 1
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Joseph Lekuton, a member of parliament in Kenya, starts with the story of his remarkable education, then offers a parable of how Africa can grow. His message of hope has never been more relevant.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2007, TED, Talks, Africa, collaboration, culture, education, global issues,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 841
favorite 2
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From the EG conference: Productivity guru Tim Ferriss' fun, encouraging anecdotes show how one simple question -- "What's the worst that could happen?" -- is all you need to learn to do anything.
Topics: TEDTalks, EG 2008, TED, Talks, book, dance, language, life, productivity, work, 2008
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 506
favorite 0
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Ray Kurzweil's latest graphs show that technology's breakneck advances will only accelerate -- recession or not. He unveils his new project, Singularity University, to study oncoming tech and guide it to benefit humanity.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, computers, education, future, nanoscale, prediction, science,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 342
favorite 0
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In this emotionally charged conversation with journalist Kurt Andersen, designer David Rockwell discusses the process of building a viewing platform at Ground Zero shortly after 9/11.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2002, TED, Talks, New York, architecture, arts, cities, collaboration, culture, death,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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eye 705
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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
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 214
favorite 0
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Yves Behar and Forrest North unveil Mission One, a sleek, powerful electric motorcycle. They share slides from distant (yet similar) childhoods that show how collaboration kick-started their friendship -- and shared dreams.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, cars, design, engineering, green, transportation, 2009
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 177
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Two TED favorites, Jill Sobule and Julia Sweeney, team up for a delightful set that mixes witty songwriting with a little bit of social commentary.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, collaboration, entertainment, guitar, humor, short talk, singer,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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eye 583
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Musician and activist Peter Gabriel shares his very personal motivation for standing up for human rights with the watchdog group WITNESS -- and tells stories of citizen journalists in action.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2006, TED, Talks, activism, arts, collaboration, culture, film, global issues, music,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 468
favorite 0
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With surprising accuracy, Nicholas Negroponte predicts what will happen with CD-ROMs, web interfaces, service kiosks, the touchscreen interface of the iPhone and his own One Laptop per Child project.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED1984, TED, Talks, demo, design, education, entertainment, future, interface design,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 641
favorite 0
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Seth Godin argues the Internet has ended mass marketing and revived a human social unit from the distant past: tribes. Founded on shared ideas and values, tribes give ordinary people the power to lead and make big change. He urges us to do so.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, book, communication, community, marketing, social media, society,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 443
favorite 0
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Arctic explorer Ben Saunders recounts his harrowing solo ski trek to the North Pole, complete with engaging anecdotes, gorgeous photos and never-before-seen video.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2005, TED, Talks, climate change, culture, exploration, global issues, personal...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 531
favorite 0
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Before he was a legend, architect Frank Gehry takes a whistlestop tour of his early work, from his house in Venice Beach to the American Center in Paris, which was under construction (and much on his mind) when he gave this talk.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED1990, TED, Talks, architecture, collaboration, design, global issues, technology, 1990
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 293
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The MIT Media Lab's John Maeda lives at the intersection of technology and art, a place that can get very complicated. Here he talks about paring down to basics.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, 2007
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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eye 794
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When first discovered in 2010, the Stuxnet computer worm posed a baffling puzzle. Beyond its unusually high level of sophistication loomed a more troubling mystery: its purpose. Ralph Langner and team helped crack the code that revealed this digital warhead's final target -- and its covert origins. In a fascinating look inside cyber-forensics, he explains how.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, Iran, computers, government, nuclear energy, politics, science,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 136
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MIT professor Neil Gershenfeld talks about his Fab Lab -- a low-cost lab that lets people build things they need using digital and analog tools. It's a simple idea with powerful results.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2006, TED, Talks, computers, culture, engineering, invention, materials, science,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 364
favorite 0
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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
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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eye 329
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Rice University professor Richard Baraniuk explains the vision behind Connexions, his open-source, online education system. It cuts out the textbook, allowing teachers to share and modify course materials freely, anywhere in the world.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2006, TED, Talks, business, collaboration, culture, education, global issues, library,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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eye 191
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Fumes from indoor cooking fires kill more than 2 million children a year in the developing world. MIT engineer Amy Smith details an exciting but simple solution: a tool for turning farm waste into clean-burning charcoal.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2006, TED, Talks, Featured, MacArthur grant, alternative energy, death, design,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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eye 165
favorite 0
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At TEDxPSU, Ali Carr-Chellman pinpoints three reasons boys are tuning out of school in droves, and lays out her bold plan to re-engage them: bringing their culture into the classroom, with new rules that let boys be boys, and video games that teach as well as entertain.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxPSU, TED, Talks, children, education, gaming, psychology, technology, violence, 2010
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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eye 192
favorite 0
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Graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister takes the audience on a whimsical journey through moments of his life that made him happy -- and notes how many of these moments have to do with good design.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2004, TED, Talks, art, arts, design, happiness, 2004
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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eye 336
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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
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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Richard Dawkins urges all atheists to openly state their position -- and to fight the incursion of the church into politics and science. A fiery, funny, powerful talk.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED2002, TED, Talks, God, atheism, culture, politics, religion, science, 2002
TED Talks
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eye 426
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Physicist Freeman Dyson suggests that we start looking for life on the moons of Jupiter and out past Neptune, in the Kuiper belt and the Oort cloud. He talks about what such life would be like -- and how we might find it.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2003, TED, Talks, astronomy, biotech, exploration, physics, science, technology,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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eye 328
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In this captivating talk from the TED archive, cartoonist Ben Katchor reads from his comic strips. These perceptive, surreal stories find the profound hopes and foibles of history (and modern New York) preserved in objects like light switches and signs.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2002, TED, Talks, New York, art, book, cities, humor, 2002
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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The Inventables guys, Zach Kaplan and Keith Schacht, demo some amazing new materials and how we might use them. Look for squishy magnets, odor-detecting ink, "dry" liquid and a very surprising 10-foot pole.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2005, TED, Talks, business, creativity, design, industrial design, invention,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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eye 428
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Evolutionary biologist Paul Ewald drags us into the sewer to discuss germs. Why are some more harmful than others? How could we make the harmful ones benign? Searching for answers, he examines a disgusting, fascinating case: diarrhea.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, biology, disease, evolution, global issues, health, health care,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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eye 582
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Danish architect Bjarke Ingels rockets through photo/video-mingled stories of his eco-flashy designs. His buildings not only look like nature -- they act like nature: blocking the wind, collecting solar energy -- and creating stunning views.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2009, TED, Talks, architecture, creativity, design, environment, green, 2009
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
movies
eye 246
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In today's world, balancing school, work, kids and more, most of us can only hope for the recommended eight hours of sleep. Examining the science behind our body's internal clock, Jessa Gamble reveals the surprising and substantial program of rest we should be observing.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2010, TED, Talks, evolution, humanity, personal growth, science, self, 2010
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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eye 363
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Two Pilobolus dancers perform "Symbiosis." Does it trace the birth of a relationship? Or the co-evolution of symbiotic species? Music: "God Music," George Crumb; "Fratres," Arvo Part; "Morango…Almost a Tango," Thomas Oboe Lee.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2005, TED, Talks, arts, dance, entertainment, nature, performance, science, 2005
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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eye 250
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Filmmaker Newton Aduaka shows clips from his powerful, lyrical feature film "Ezra," about a child soldier in Sierra Leone.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2007, TED, Talks, Africa, arts, creativity, culture, entertainment, film,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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In this soaring demonstration, deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie illustrates how listening to music involves much more than simply letting sound waves hit your eardrums.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2003, TED, Talks, Featured, arts, creativity, entertainment, live music, music,...
TED Talks
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Economist Eleni Gabre-Madhin outlines her ambitious vision to found the first commodities market in Ethiopia. Her plan would create wealth, minimize risk for farmers and turn the world's largest recipient of food aid into a regional food basket.
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Extreme runner Ray Zahab shares an enthusiastic account of his record-breaking trek on foot to the South Pole -- a 33-day sprint through the snow.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, global issues, 2009
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At TEDxUSC, Jane Poynter tells her story of living two years and 20 minutes in Biosphere 2 -- an experience that provoked her to explore how we might sustain life in the harshest of environments.
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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