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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
Jun 18, 2013 TED.com
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Tech communities are booming all over Africa, says Nairobi-based Juliana Rotich, cofounder of the open-source software Ushahidi. But it remains challenging to get and stay connected in a region with frequent blackouts and spotty Internet hookups. So Rotich and friends developed BRCK, offering resilient connectivity for the developing worl
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Africa, business, technology, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
Jun 14, 2013 TED.com
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There's no actual law against women driving in Saudi Arabia. But it's forbidden. Two years ago, Manal al-Sharif decided to encourage women to drive by doing so -- and filming herself for YouTube. Hear her story of what happened next.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Islam, cars, culture, global issues, women, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
May 29, 2013 TED.com
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Domestic violence and sexual abuse are often called "women’s issues.” But in this bold, blunt talk, Jackson Katz points out that these are intrinsically men’s issues -- and shows how these violent behaviors are tied to definitions of manhood. A clarion call for us all -- women and men -- to call out unacceptable behavior and be leaders of change.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, men, violence, women, TEDxFiDiWomen, 2012
TED Talks
May 28, 2013 TED.com
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When the Museum of Modern Art's senior curator of architecture and design announced the acquisition of 14 video games in 2012, "all hell broke loose." In this far-ranging, entertaining, and deeply insightful talk, Paola Antonelli explains why she's delighted to challenge preconceived ideas about art and galleries, and describes her burning wish to help establish a broader understanding of design.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, design, gaming, museums, TEDSalon NY2013, 2013
TED Talks
Apr 11, 2013 TED.com
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When Eric Dishman was in college, doctors told him he had 2 to 3 years to live. That was a long time ago. One rectified diagnosis and a transplant later, Dishman puts his personal experience and his expertise as a leading medical tech specialist together to suggest some bold ideas for reinventing healthcare -- by putting the patient at the center of a treatment team. (Filmed at TED@Intel)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, health care, technology, TED@Intel, 2013
TED Talks
Apr 9, 2013 TED.com
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Your smartphone may feel like a friend -- but a true friend would give you a smile once in a while. At TED2013, Keller Rinaudo demos Romo, the smartphone-powered mini robot who can motor along with you on a walk, slide you a cup of coffee across the table, and react to you with programmable expressions.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, robots, technology, TED2013, 2013
TED Talks
Apr 4, 2013 TED.com
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3D printing has grown in sophistication since the late 1970s; TED Fellow Skylar Tibbits is shaping the next development, which he calls 4D printing, where the fourth dimension is time. This emerging technology will allow us to print objects that then reshape themselves or self-assemble over time. Think: a printed cube that folds before your eyes, or a printed pipe able to sense the need to expand or contract.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, design, industrial design, technology, TED2013, 2013
TED Talks
Mar 7, 2013 TED.com
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Kakenya Ntaiya made a deal with her father: She would undergo the traditional Maasai rite of passage of female circumcision if he would let her go to high school. Ntaiya tells the fearless story of continuing on to college, and of working with her village elders to build a school for girls in her community. It’s the educational journey of one that altered the destiny of 125 young women. (Filmed at TEDxMidAtlantic.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Africa, activism, development, education, women, TEDxMidAtlantic, 2012
TED Talks
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Can we use our brains to directly control machines -- without requiring a body as the middleman? Miguel Nicolelis talks through an astonishing experiment, in which a clever monkey in the US learns to control a monkey avatar, and then a robot arm in Japan, purely with its thoughts. The research has big implications for quadraplegic people -- and maybe for all of us. (Filmed at TEDMED 2012.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, neuroscience, science, technology, TEDMED 2012, 2012
TED Talks
Feb 14, 2013 TED.com
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In long-term relationships, we often expect our beloved to be both best friend and erotic partner. But as Esther Perel argues, good and committed sex draws on two conflicting needs: our need for security and our need for surprise. So how do you sustain desire? With wit and eloquence, Perel lets us in on the mystery of erotic intelligen
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, love, relationships, sex, TEDSalon NY2013, 2013
TED Talks
Feb 11, 2013 TED.com
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Imagine a country where girls must sneak out to go to school, with deadly consequences if they get caught learning. This was Afghanistan under the Taliban, and traces of that danger remain today. 22-year-old Shabana Basij-Rasikh runs a school for girls in Afghanistan. She celebrates the power of a family's decision to believe in their daughters -- and tells the story of one brave father who stood up to local threats. (Filmed at TEDxWomen)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, education, global issues, women, TEDxWomen 2012, 2012
TED Talks
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Zahra' Langhi was part of the "days of rage" movement that helped topple the dictator Qaddafi. But -- then what? In their first elections, Libyans tried an innovative slate of candidates, the "zipper ballot," that ensured equal representation from men and women of both sides. Yet the same gridlocked politics of dominance and exclusion won out. What Libya needs now, Langhi suggests, is collaboration, not competition; compassion, not rage.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, compassion, global issues, politics, women, TEDxWomen 2012, 2012
TED Talks
Jan 14, 2013 TED.com
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At Camp Diva, Angela Patton works to help girls and fathers stay connected and in each others' lives. But what about girls whose fathers can't be there -- because they're in jail? Patton tells the story of a very special father-daughter dance. (Filmed at TEDxWomen)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, activism, children, dance, parenting, social change, women, youth, TEDxWomen...
TED Talks
Dec 4, 2012 TED.com
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If you had to walk a mile for a jug of water every day, as millions of people do, it's unlikely you'd use that precious water to bathe. Young entrepreneur Ludwick Marishane tells the amazing, funny story of how he invented a cheap, clean and convenient solution: DryBath, the world’s first bath-substituting lotion.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Africa, activism, business, development, entrepreneur, innovation, invention,...
TED Talks
Nov 19, 2012 TED.com
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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
Nov 14, 2012 TED.com
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2011 was a year of extraordinary people-powered resistance, starting with Arab Spring and spreading across the world. How did this resistance work so well? Srdja Popovic (who led the nonviolent movement that took down Milosevic in Serbia in 2000) lays out the plans, skills and tools each movement needs -- from nonviolent tactics to a sense of hum
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, activism, culture, global issues, politics, TEDxKrakow, 2012
TED Talks
Sep 23, 2012 TED.com
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Robots and algorithms are getting good at jobs like building cars, writing articles, translating -- jobs that once required a human. So what will we humans do for work? Andrew McAfee walks through recent labor data to say: We ain't seen nothing yet. But then he steps back to look at big history, and comes up with a surprising and even thrilling view of what comes next.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, technology, TEDxBoston 2012, 2012
TED Talks
Aug 6, 2012 TED.com
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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,...
TED Talks
Aug 1, 2012 TED.com
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How do you tell women’s stories? Ask women to tell them. At TEDxABQ, Megan Kamerick shows how the news media underrepresents women as reporters and news sources, and because of that tells an incomplete story.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TEDxFeatured, global issues, journalism, media, tedx, women, TEDxABQ, 2011
TED Talks
Jul 31, 2012 TED.com
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How much land mass would renewables need to power a nation like the UK? An entire country's worth. In this pragmatic talk from TEDxWarwick, David MacKay tours the basic mathematics that show worrying limitations on our sustainable energy options and explains why we should pursue them anyway.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TEDxFeatured, alternative energy, climate change, data, global issues, math,...
TED Talks
Jul 30, 2012 TED.com
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Michael Anti (aka Jing Zhao) has been blogging from China for 12 years. Despite the control the central government has over the Internet -- "All the servers are in Beijing" -- he says that hundreds of millions of microbloggers are in fact creating the first national public sphere in the country's history, and shifting the balance of power in unexpected ways.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, china, global issues, journalism, social media, technology, TEDGlobal 2012,...
TED Talks
Jul 26, 2012 TED.com
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A skyrocketing demand for food means that agriculture has become the largest driver of climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental destruction. At TEDxTC Jonathan Foley shows why we desperately need to begin "terraculture" -- farming for the whole planet.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TEDxFeatured, agriculture, environment, global issues, tedx, TEDxTC, 2010
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
Jul 25, 2012 TED.com
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What does environmental devastation actually look like? At TEDxVictoria, photographer Garth Lenz shares shocking photos of the Alberta Tar Sands mining project -- and the beautiful (and vital) ecosystems under threat.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TEDxFeatured, environment, global issues, oil, photography, TEDxVictoria, 2011
TED Talks
Jul 24, 2012 TED.com
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What kind of data is your cell phone company collecting? Malte Spitz wasn’t too worried when he asked his operator in Germany to share information stored about him. Multiple unanswered requests and a lawsuit later, Spitz received 35,830 lines of code -- a detailed, nearly minute-by-minute account of half a year of his life.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, data, technology, telecom, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
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When game designer Jane McGonigal found herself bedridden and suicidal following a severe concussion, she had a fascinating idea for how to get better. She dove into the scientific research and created the healing game, SuperBetter. In this moving talk, McGonigal explains how a game can boost resilience -- and promises to add 7.5 minutes to your life.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, entertainment, gaming, medicine, science, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
Jun 29, 2012 TED.com
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Convince just 100 key companies to go sustainable, and WWF's Jason Clay says global markets will shift to protect the planet our consumption has already outgrown. Hear how his extraordinary roundtables are getting big brand rivals to agree on green practices first -- before their products duke it out on store shelves.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, environment, green, sustainability, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
TED Talks
Jun 29, 2012 TED.com
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The US consumes 25% of the world's oil -- but as energy tycoon T. Boone Pickens points out onstage, the country has no energy policy to prepare for the inevitable. Is alternative energy our bridge to an oil-free future? After losing $150 million investing in wind energy, Pickens suggests it isn't, not yet. What might get us there? Natural gas. After the talk, watch for a lively Q and A with TED Curator Chris Anderson.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, alternative energy, culture, economics, energy, technology, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
Jun 29, 2012 TED.com
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Plants behave in some oddly intelligent ways: fighting predators, maximizing food opportunities ... But can we think of them as actually having a form of intelligence of their own? Italian botanist Stefano Mancuso presents intriguing evidence.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biology, collaboration, science, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
TED Talks
Jun 29, 2012 TED.com
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What would happen if we could generate power from our windowpanes? In this moving talk, entrepreneur Justin Hall-Tipping shows the materials that could make that possible, and how questioning our notion of 'normal' can lead to extraordinary breakthroughs.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, energy, entrepreneur, environment, science, technology, TEDGlobal 2011, 2011
TED Talks
Jun 29, 2012 TED.com
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They've been called the "saints of Somalia." Doctor Hawa Abdi and her daughter Deqo Mohamed discuss their medical clinic in Somalia, where -- in the face of civil war and open oppression of women -- they've built a hospital, a school and a community of peace.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, community, global issues, health, medicine, politics, science, women,...
TED Talks
Jun 29, 2012 TED.com
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Marcel Dicke makes an appetizing case for adding insects to everyone's diet. His message to squeamish chefs and foodies: delicacies like locusts and caterpillars compete with meat in flavor, nutrition and eco-friendliness.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, agriculture, environment, food, health, insects, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
TED Talks
Jun 29, 2012 TED.com
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In war we often see only the frontline stories of soldiers and combat. AT TEDGlobal 2010, Zainab Salbi tells powerful "backline" stories of women who keep everyday life going during conflicts, and calls for women to have a place at the negotiating table once fighting is over.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, global issues, iraq, politics, war, women, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
TED Talks
Jun 29, 2012 TED.com
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In Rajasthan, India, an extraordinary school teaches rural women and men -- many of them illiterate -- to become solar engineers, artisans, dentists and doctors in their own villages. It's called the Barefoot College, and its founder, Bunker Roy, explains how it works.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, development, education, global issues, invention, women, TEDGlobal...
TED Talks
Jun 29, 2012 TED.com
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When Nancy Lublin started texting teenagers to help with her social advocacy organization, what she found was shocking -- they started texting back about their own problems, from bullying to depression to abuse. So she's setting up a text-only crisis line, and the results might be even more important than she expected.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, activism, culture, global issues, health, youth, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
Jun 29, 2012 TED.com
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Product designer Eben Bayer reveals his recipe for a new, fungus-based packaging material that protects fragile stuff like furniture, plasma screens -- and the environment.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, environment, green, nature, plastic, product design, technology, TEDGlobal...
TED Talks
Jun 29, 2012 TED.com
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Peter Molyneux demos Milo, a hotly anticipated video game for Microsoft's Kinect controller. Perceptive and impressionable like a real 11-year-old, the virtual boy watches, listens and learns -- recognizing and responding to you.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, AI, children, computers, design, gaming, psychology, technology, TEDGlobal...
TED Talks
Jun 22, 2012 TED.com
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At TEDxNASA, Dennis Hong introduces seven award-winnning, all-terrain robots -- like the humanoid, soccer-playing DARwIn and the cliff-gripping CLIMBeR -- all built by his team at RoMeLa, Virginia Tech. Watch to the end to hear the five creative secrets to his lab's incredible technical success.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, AI, engineering, robots, science, technology, TEDxNASA, 2009
TED Talks
Jun 21, 2012 TED.com
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Can the interests of an individual nation be reconciled with humanity's greater good? Can a patriotic, nationally elected politician really give people in other countries equal consideration? Following his TEDTalk calling for a global ethic, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown fields questions from TED Curator Chris Anderson.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, environment, global issues, government, interview, politics, war, TEDGlobal...
TED Talks
Jun 21, 2012 TED.com
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In this passionate talk, Eve Ensler declares that there is a girl cell in us all -- a cell that we have all been taught to suppress. She tells heartfelt stories of girls around the world who have overcome shocking adversity and violence to reveal the astonishing strength of being a girl.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, gender, self, social change, women, TEDIndia 2009, 2009
TED Talks
Jun 20, 2012 TED.com
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Nuclear power: the energy crisis has even die-hard environmentalists reconsidering it. In this first-ever TED debate, Stewart Brand and Mark Z. Jacobson square off over the pros and cons. A discussion that'll make you think -- and might even change your mind.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, climate change, economics, energy, environment, green, law, nuclear weapons,...
TED Talks
Jun 20, 2012 TED.com
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The varieties of wheat, corn and rice we grow today may not thrive in a future threatened by climate change. Cary Fowler takes us inside a vast global seed bank, buried within a frozen mountain in Norway, that stores a diverse group of food-crop for whatever tomorrow may bring.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, agriculture, biodiversity, biosphere, climate change, disaster relief,...
TED Talks
Jun 20, 2012 TED.com
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Building sophisticated educational tools out of cheap parts, Johnny Lee demos his cool Wii Remote hacks, which turn the $40 video game controller into a digital whiteboard, a touchscreen and a head-mounted 3-D viewer.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, demo, design, education, entertainment, gaming, hack, short talk,...
TED Talks
Jun 20, 2012 TED.com
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To find the path to long life and health, Dan Buettner and team study the world's "Blue Zones," communities whose elders live with vim and vigor to record-setting age. At TEDxTC, he shares the 9 common diet and lifestyle habits that keep them spry past age 100.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biology, culture, exploration, food, health, life, science, TEDxTC, 2009
TED Talks
Jun 20, 2012 TED.com
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Rob Hopkins reminds us that the oil our world depends on is steadily running out. He proposes a unique solution to this problem -- the Transition response, where we prepare ourselves for life without oil and sacrifice our luxuries to build systems and communities that are completely independent of fossil fuels.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, energy, environment, future, green, pollution, sustainability, technology,...
TED Talks
Jun 20, 2012 TED.com
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Pollen goes unnoticed by most of us, except when hay fever strikes. But microscopes reveal it comes in stunning colors and shapes -- and travels remarkably well. Jonathan Drori gives an up-close glimpse of these fascinating flecks of plant courtship.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biology, botany, environment, life, sex, TED2010, 2010
TED Talks
Jun 20, 2012 TED.com
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Mycologist Paul Stamets lists 6 ways the mycelium fungus can help save the universe: cleaning polluted soil, making insecticides, treating smallpox and even flu ... Read more .
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biology, design, food, global issues, pollution, science, technology,...
TED Talks
Jun 20, 2012 TED.com
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In this energizing talk, Amory Lovins lays out his simple plan for weaning the US off oil and revitalizing the economy.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, MacArthur grant, business, economics, energy, environment, green, science,...
TED Talks
Jun 20, 2012 TED.com
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Lego blocks: playtime mainstay for industrious kids, obsession for many (ahem!) mature adults. Hillel Cooperman takes us on a trip through the beloved bricks' colorful, sometimes oddball grownup subculture, featuring CAD, open-source robotics and a little adult behavior.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, design, entertainment, entrepreneur, gaming, TED2010, 2010
TED Talks
Jun 20, 2012 TED.com
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With the same humor and humanity he exuded in An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore spells out 15 ways that individuals can address climate change immediately, from buying a hybrid to inventing a new, hotter "brand name" for global warming.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, alternative energy, cars, climate change, culture, environment, global...
TED Talks
Jun 20, 2012 TED.com
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"I don't think we're going to make it," John Doerr says in an emotional talk about climate change and investment. To create a world fit for his daughter to live in, he says, we need to invest now in clean, green energy.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, climate change, environment, global issues, green, investment,...
TED Talks
Jun 20, 2012 TED.com
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In an emotionally charged talk, MacArthur-winning activist Majora Carter details her fight for environmental justice in the South Bronx -- and shows how minority neighborhoods suffer most from flawed urban policy.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Featured, MacArthur grant, New York, activism, business, cities, environment,...
TED Talks
Jun 13, 2012 TED.com
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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
Jun 13, 2012 TED.com
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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
Jun 13, 2012 TED.com
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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
Jun 13, 2012 TED.com
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How do you read a two-thousand-year-old manuscript that has been erased, cut up, written on and painted over? With a powerful particle accelerator, of course! Ancient books curator William Noel tells the fascinating story behind the Archimedes palimpsest, a Byzantine prayer book containing previously-unknown original writings from ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes and others.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Internet, art, arts, book, history, museums, open-source, TEDxSummit, 2012
TED Talks
May 13, 2012 TED.com
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Hanna Rosin reviews startling new data that shows women actually surpassing men in several important measures, such as college graduation rates. Do these trends, both US-centric and global, signal the "end of men"? Probably not -- but they point toward an important societal shift worth deep discussi
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDWomen, TED, Talks, culture, economics, education, global issues, women, 2010
TED Talks
May 13, 2012 TED.com
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Chef Barton Seaver presents a modern dilemma: Seafood is one of our healthier protein options, but overfishing is desperately harming our oceans. He suggests a simple way to keep fish on the dinner table that includes every mom's favorite adage -- "Eat your vegetables!"
Topics: TEDTalks, Mission Blue Voyage, TED, Talks, environment, fish, food, oceans, sustainability, 2010
TED Talks
May 13, 2012 TED.com
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Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright talks bluntly about politics and diplomacy, making the case that women's issues deserve a place at the center of foreign policy. Far from being a "soft" issue, she says, women's issues are often the very hardest ones, dealing directly with life and death. A frank and funny Q and A with Pat Mitchell from the Paley Center.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDWomen, TED, Talks, Foreign Policy, business, iraq, 2010
TED Talks
May 13, 2012 TED.com
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11-year-old Birke Baehr presents his take on a major source of our food -- far-away and less-than-picturesque industrial farms. Keeping farms out of sight promotes a rosy, unreal picture of big-box agriculture, he argues, as he outlines the case to green and localize food production.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxNextGenerationAsheville, TED, Talks, agriculture, business, environment, food, green,...
TED Talks
May 13, 2012 TED.com
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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions -- and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDWomen, TED, Talks, business, education, leadership, technology, women, 2010
TED Talks
May 13, 2012 TED.com
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At TEDWomen, Tony Porter makes a call to men everywhere: Don't "act like a man." Telling powerful stories from his own life, he shows how this mentality, drummed into so many men and boys, can lead men to disrespect, mistreat and abuse women and each other. His solution: Break free of the "man box."
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May 13, 2012 TED.com
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Days before this talk, journalist Naomi Klein was on a boat in the Gulf of Mexico, looking at the catastrophic results of BP's risky pursuit of oil. Our societies have become addicted to extreme risk in finding new energy, new financial instruments and more ... and too often, we're left to clean up a mess afterward. Klein's question: What's the backup plan?
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDWomen, TED, Talks, activism, business, culture, economics, science, social change, 2010
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Apr 29, 2012 TED.com
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British MP Rory Stewart walked across Afghanistan after 9/11, talking with citizens and warlords alike. Now, a decade later, he asks: Why are Western and coalition forces still fighting there? He shares lessons from past military interventions that worked -- Bosnia, for instance -- and shows that humility and local expertise are the keys to success.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2011, TED, Talks, Foreign Policy, global issues, military, peace, politics,...
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Apr 29, 2012 TED.com
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Inspired by an abalone shell, Angela Belcher programs viruses to make elegant nanoscale structures that humans can use. Selecting for high-performing genes through directed evolution, she's produced viruses that can construct powerful new batteries, clean hydrogen fuels and record-breaking solar cells. At TEDxCaltech, she shows us how it's done.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxCaltech, TED, Talks, DNA, alternative energy, biology, evolution, genetics, nature,...
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Apr 29, 2012 TED.com
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Iranian-born artist Shirin Neshat explores the paradox of being an artist in exile: a voice for her people, but unable to go home. In her work, she explores Iran pre- and post-Islamic Revolution, tracing political and societal change through powerful images of women.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDWomen, TED, Talks, arts, film, global issues, photography, politics, women, 2010
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Apr 29, 2012 TED.com
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Paddy Ashdown claims that we are living in a moment in history where power is changing in ways it never has before. In a spellbinding talk at TEDxBrussels he outlines the three major global shifts that he sees coming.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxBrussels, TED, Talks, Foreign Policy, global issues, politics, world cultures, 2011
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Apr 29, 2012 TED.com
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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
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Apr 29, 2012 TED.com
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As political turmoil in Yemen continues, the editor of the Yemen Times, Nadia Al-Sakkaf, talks at TEDGlobal with host Pat Mitchell. Al-Sakkaf's independent, English-language paper is vital for sharing news -- and for sharing a new vision of Yemen and of that country's women as equal partners in work and change.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2011, TED, Talks, communication, global issues, journalism, politics, war,...
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Apr 29, 2012 TED.com
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Have we used up all our resources? Have we filled up all the livable space on Earth? Paul Gilding suggests we have, and the possibility of devastating consequences, in a talk that's equal parts terrifying and, oddly, hopeful.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2012, TED, Talks, science, sustainability, technology, 2012
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Apr 29, 2012 TED.com
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Using sleight-of-hand techniques and charming storytelling, illusionist Marco Tempest brings a jaunty stick figure to life onstage at TEDGlobal.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2011, TED, Talks, entertainment, magic, technology, 2011
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Apr 29, 2012 TED.com
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After re-purposing CAPTCHA so each human-typed response helps digitize books, Luis von Ahn wondered how else to use small contributions by many on the Internet for greater good. At TEDxCMU, he shares how his ambitious new project, Duolingo, will help millions learn a new language while translating the Web quickly and accurately -- all for free.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxCMU, TED, Talks, Internet, collaboration, computers, language, technology, 2011
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Apr 29, 2012 TED.com
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Can government be run like the Internet, permissionless and open? Coder and activist Jennifer Pahlka believes it can -- and that apps, built quickly and cheaply, are a powerful new way to connect citizens to their governments -- and their neighbors.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2012, TED, Talks, activism, city, government, technology, 2012
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Apr 29, 2012 TED.com
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Psychologist Philip Zimbardo asks, "Why are boys struggling?" He shares some stats (lower graduation rates, greater worries about intimacy and relationships) and suggests a few reasons -- and challenges the TED community to think about solutions.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, culture, education, gaming, gender, sex, 2011
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Apr 29, 2012 TED.com
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Onstage at TED2012, Peter Diamandis makes a case for optimism -- that we'll invent, innovate and create ways to solve the challenges that loom over us. "I’m not saying we don’t have our set of problems; we surely do. But ultimately, we knock them down.”
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2012, TED, Talks, invention, sustainability, technology, 2012