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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
Jul 13, 2017 TED.com
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Rivers are one of nature's most powerful forces — they bulldoze mountains and carve up the earth, and their courses are constantly moving. Understanding how they form and how they'll change is important for those that call their banks and deltas home. In this visual-packed talk, geoscientist Liz Hajek shows us how rocks deposited by ancient rivers can be used as a time machine to study the history of the earth, so we can figure out how to more sustainably live on it today.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TEDx, ancient world, climate change, environment, nature, rivers, science,...
TED Talks
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Satellite imaging has revolutionized our knowledge of the Earth, with detailed images of nearly every street corner readily available online. But Planet Labs' Will Marshall says we can do better and go faster — by getting smaller. He introduces his tiny satellites — no bigger than 10 by 10 by 30 centimeters — that, when launched in a cluster, provide high-res images of the entire planet, updated daily.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TED Conference, astronomy, space, technology, TED2014, 2014
TED Talks
Mar 17, 2015 TED.com
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Everybody knows that most women go a little crazy right before they get their period, that their reproductive hormones cause their emotions to fluctuate wildly. Except: There's very little scientific consensus about premenstrual syndrome. Says psychologist Robyn Stein DeLuca, science doesn't agree on the definition, cause, treatment or even existence of PMS. She explores what we know and don't know about it — and why the popular myth has persisted.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, psychology, women, TEDxSBU, 2014
TED Talks
Feb 6, 2015 TED.com
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Do you have a TED Talk inside, just bursting to come out? Take this tongue-in-cheek musical journey to “Give Your Talk.” A musical love letter to our speakers — written, directed and performed by the TED staff.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, dance, genetics, music, TED in the Field, 2014
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It sounds counterintuitive, but by 2030, many of the world's largest economies will have more jobs than adult citizens to do those jobs. In this data-filled — and quite charming — talk, human resources expert Rainer Strack suggests that countries ought to look across borders for mobile and willing job seekers. But to do that, they need to start by changing the culture in their businesses.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, business, global issues, productivity, work, TED@BCG Berlin, 2014
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Plenty of good things are done in the name of religion, and plenty of bad things too. But what is religion, exactly — is it good or bad, in and of itself? Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah offers a generous, surprising view.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, atheism, faith, global issues, philosophy, religion, TEDSalon NY2014, 2014
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Meet the “motion microscope,” a video-processing tool that plays up tiny changes in motion and color impossible to see with the naked eye. Video researcher Michael Rubinstein plays us clip after jaw-dropping clip showing how this tech can track an individual’s pulse and heartbeat simply from a piece of footage. Watch him recreate a conversation by amplifying the movements from sound waves bouncing off a bag of chips. The wow-inspiring and sinister applications of this tech you have to see...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, demo, film, online video, photography, sight, sound, technology,...
TED Talks
Dec 22, 2014 TED.com
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In this fun, short talk from TEDYouth, lexicographer Erin McKean encourages — nay, cheerleads — her audience to create new words when the existing ones won’t quite do. She lists out 6 ways to make new words in English, from compounding to “verbing,” in order to make language better at expressing what we mean, and to create more ways for us to understand one another.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, communication, creativity, language, TEDYouth 2014, 2014
TED Talks
Dec 19, 2014 TED.com
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In Brazil, "catadores" collect junk and recyclables. But while they provide a vital service that benefits all, they are nearly invisible as they roam the streets. Enter graffiti artist Mundano, a TED Fellow. In a spirited talk, he describes his project "Pimp My Carroça," which has transformed these heroic workers' carts into things of beauty and infused them with a sense of humor. It's movement that is going global.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, Brazil, TED Fellows, art, social change, TEDGlobal 2014, 2014
TED Talks
Dec 18, 2014 TED.com
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In 2011, journalist Bruno Torturra covered a protest in São Paulo which turned ugly. His experience of being teargassed had a profound effect on the way he thought about his work, and he quit his job to focus on broadcasting raw, unedited experiences online. In this fascinating talk, he shares some of the ways in which he's experimented with livestreaming on the web, and how in the process he has helped to create a very modern media network.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, activism, journalism, media, online video, politics, social media, web,...
TED Talks
Dec 17, 2014 TED.com
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Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet? A great introduction to this influential field.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, brain, business, education, intelligence, personal growth, psychology,...
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What happens when we teach a computer how to learn? Technologist Jeremy Howard shares some surprising new developments in the fast-moving field of deep learning, a technique that can give computers the ability to learn Chinese, or to recognize objects in photos, or to help think through a medical diagnosis. (One deep learning tool, after watching hours of YouTube, taught itself the concept of “cats.”) Get caught up on a field that will change the way the computers around you behave …...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, AI, algorithm, computers, health, intelligence, technology, TEDxBrussels, 2014
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Our biases can be dangerous, even deadly — as we've seen in the cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner, in Staten Island, New York. Diversity advocate Vernā Myers looks closely at some of the subconscious attitudes we hold toward out-groups. She makes a plea to all people: Acknowledge your biases. Then move toward, not away from, the groups that make you uncomfortable. In a funny, impassioned, important talk, she shows us how.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, inequality, race, social change, society, TEDxBeaconStreet, 2014
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Every city has its neighborhoods, cliques and clubs, the hidden lines that join and divide people in the same town. What can we learn about cities by looking at what people share online? Starting with his own home town of Baltimore, Dave Troy has been visualizing what the tweets of city dwellers reveal about who lives there, who they talk to — and who they don’t.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, cities, culture, social media, visualizations, TEDGlobal 2014, 2014
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A very unsexy-sounding piece of technology could mean that the police know where you go, with whom, and when: the automatic license plate reader. These cameras are innocuously placed all across small-town America to catch known criminals, but as lawyer and TED Fellow Catherine Crump shows, the data they collect in aggregate could have disastrous consequences for everyone the world over.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, data, privacy, TEDGlobal 2014, 2014
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You've heard about slow food. Now here's slow ... TV? In this funny talk, Norwegian television producer Thomas Hellum shares how he and his team began to broadcast long, boring events, often live — and found a rapt audience. Shows include a 7 hour train journey, an 18 hour fishing expedition and a 5.5 day ferry voyage from Oslo to Tunisia. The results are both beautiful and fascinating. Really.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TEDx, arts, entertainment, film, storytelling, TEDxArendal, 2014
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Colombia is a country of exceptional beauty and promise, and it’s also a country where the F.A.R.C. guerrilla movement has incited violence for 50 years. “In my lifetime, I have never lived one day of peace in my country,” says Jose Miguel Sokoloff. This ad executive and his team saw an opportunity to sway guerrillas' hearts and minds with Christmas trees and personalized messages strategically placed throughout the jungle. A look at the creative messages that have led thousands of...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, advertising, creativity, war, TEDGlobal 2014, 2014
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“Men fight wars, and women mourn them,” says documentary photographer Anastasia Taylor-Lind. With stark, arresting images from the Maidan protests in Ukraine, the TED Fellow shows us intimate faces from the revolution. A grim and beautiful talk.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TED Fellows, photography, war, TEDGlobal 2014, 2014
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Choreographer Aakash Odedra is dyslexic and has always felt that his best expression comes through movement. “Murmur” is his ode to that experience, teaming up with co-creators Lewis Major and Ars Electronica Futurelab. Watch him spin his way through the center of a storm, as pages of books take flight all around him.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, dance, music, performance, TEDGlobal 2014, 2014
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What do you call a veterinarian that can only take care of one species? A physician. In a fascinating talk, Barbara Natterson-Horowitz shares how a species-spanning approach to health can improve medical care of the human animal — particularly when it comes to mental health.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, animals, biology, evolution, medicine, mental health, TEDMED 2014, 2014
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This year, explorer Ben Saunders attempted his most ambitious trek yet. He set out to complete Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s failed 1912 polar expedition — a four-month, 1,800-mile round trip journey from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back. In the first talk given after his adventure, just five weeks after his return, Saunders offers a raw, honest look at this “hubris”-tinged mission that brought him to the most difficult decision of his life.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, adventure, exploration, extreme sports, personal growth, potential, TED2014,...
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To see is to believe, says Oren Yakobovich — which is why he helps everyday people use hidden cameras to film dangerous situations of violence, political fraud and abuse. His organization, Videre, uncovers, verifies and publicizes human-rights abuses that the world needs to witness.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, activism, film, global issues, online video, social change, TEDGlobal 2014,...
TED Talks
Nov 26, 2014 TED.com
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The place that travel writer Pico Iyer would most like to go? Nowhere. In a counterintuitive and lyrical meditation, Iyer takes a look at the incredible insight that comes with taking time for stillness. In our world of constant movement and distraction, he teases out strategies we all can use to take back a few minutes out of every day, or a few days out of every season. It’s the talk for anyone who feels overwhelmed by the demands for our world.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, happiness, meditation, mindfulness, peace, productivity, TEDSalon NY2014, 2014
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Why do some people struggle more than others to keep off the pounds? Social psychologist Emily Balcetis shows research that addresses one of the many factors: Vision. In an informative talk, she shows how when it comes to fitness, some people quite literally see the world differently from others — and offers a surprisingly simple solution to overcome these differences.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TEDx, decision-making, health, mind, psychology, TEDxNewYork, 2014
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"The greatest and most endangered species in the Amazon rainforest is not the jaguar or the harpy eagle," says Mark Plotkin, "It's the isolated and uncontacted tribes." In an energetic and sobering talk, the ethnobotanist brings us into the world of the forest's indigenous tribes and the incredible medicinal plants that their shamans use to heal. He outlines the challenges and perils that are endangering them — and their wisdom — and urges us to protect this...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, medicine, world cultures, TEDGlobal 2014, 2014
TED Talks
Nov 21, 2014 TED.com
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“People are so afraid of variety that they try to fit everything into a tiny little box with a specific label,” says 16-year-old Rosie King, who is bold, brash and autistic. She wants to know: Why is everyone so worried about being normal? She sounds a clarion call for every kid, parent, teacher and person to celebrate uniqueness. It’s a soaring testament to the potential of human diversity.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, activism, disability, mind, youth, TEDMED 2014, 2014
TED Talks
Nov 20, 2014 TED.com
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Forget stitches — there's a better way to close wounds. In this talk, TED Fellow Joe Landolina talks about his invention — a medical gel that can instantly stop traumatic bleeding without the need to apply pressure. (Contains medical images.)
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TED Fellows, invention, medicine, science, war, TEDGlobal 2014, 2014
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When 27-year-old Pete Frates injured his wrist in a baseball game, he got an unexpected diagnosis: it wasn’t a broken bone, it was ALS. Better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS causes paralysis and death—there is no cure. And still, Pete saw an opportunity to drive awareness about the disease. In a brave talk, his mom Nancy Frates tells the story of how the family developed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and took great pleasure in seeing everyone from Justin Timberlake to Bill Gates take...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, disease, family, health, philanthropy, TEDxBoston, 2014
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An epidemic of bad, inefficient, overcrowded meetings is plaguing the world’s businesses — and making workers miserable. David Grady has some ideas on how to stop it.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, business, communication, productivity, work, TED@State Street Boston, 2013
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French filmmaker Vincent Moon travels the world with just a backpack, a laptop and a camera. He’s filmed Arcade Fire in an elevator and Bon Iver in an apartment kitchen – and single-shot films of a Sufi ritual in Chechnya and an ayahuasca journey in Peru. In this talk, he explains how film and music can help people see their own cultures in a new way. Followed by a performance by jazz icon Naná Vasconcelos.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, film, live music, music, TEDGlobal 2014, 2014
TED Talks
Nov 17, 2014 TED.com
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Wouldn’t you want to know if your doctor was a paid spokesman for a drug company? Or held personal beliefs incompatible with the treatment you want? Right now, in the US at least, your doctor simply doesn’t have to tell you about that. And when physician Leana Wen asked her fellow doctors to open up, the reaction she got was … unsettling.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, business, health care, medicine, morality, TEDMED 2014, 2014
TED Talks
Nov 17, 2014 TED.com
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Is the War on Drugs doing more harm than good? In a bold talk, drug policy reformist Ethan Nadelmann makes an impassioned plea to end the "backward, heartless, disastrous" movement to stamp out the drug trade. He gives two big reasons we should focus on intelligent regulation instead.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, crime, global issues, policy, TEDGlobal 2014, 2014
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The term Gross Domestic Product is often talked about as if it were “handed down from god on tablets of stone.” But this concept was invented by an economist in the 1930s. We need a more effective measurement tool to match 21st century needs, says Michael Green: the Social Progress Index. With charm and wit, he shows how this tool measures societies across the three dimensions that actually matter. And reveals the dramatic reordering of nations that occurs when you use it.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, economics, global issues, policy, statistics, TEDGlobal 2014, 2014
TED Talks
Nov 17, 2014 TED.com
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Antibiotic drugs save lives. But we simply use them too much — and often for non-lifesaving purposes, like treating the flu and even raising cheaper chickens. The result, says researcher Ramanan Laxminarayan, is that the drugs will stop working for everyone, as the bacteria they target grow more and more resistant. He calls on all of us (patients and doctors alike) to think of antibiotics — and their ongoing effectiveness — as a finite resource, and to think twice before we tap into it....
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, economics, global issues, health, medical research, medicine, TEDMED 2014,...
TED Talks
Nov 17, 2014 TED.com
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Artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn create community art by painting entire neighborhoods, and involving those who live there — from the favelas of Rio to the streets of North Philadelphia. What's made their projects succeed? In this funny and inspiring talk, the artists explain their art-first approach — and the importance of a neighborhood barbecue.
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, art, cities, community, TEDGlobal 2014, 2014
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When asked to build housing for 100 families in Chile ten years ago, Alejandro Aravena looked to an unusual inspiration: the wisdom of favelas and slums. Rather than building a large building with small units, he built flexible half-homes that each family could expand on. It was a complex problem, but with a simple solution — one that he arrived at by working with the families themselves. With a chalkboard and beautiful images of his designs, Aravena walks us through three projects where...
Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, architecture, cities, design, TEDGlobal 2014, 2014
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In this intriguing talk, biologist Ameenah Gurib-Fakim introduces us to rare plant species from isolated islands and regions of Africa. Meet the shape-shifting benjoin; the baume de l'ile plate, which might offer a new treatment for asthma; and the iconic baobab tree, which could hold the key to the future of food. Plus: monkey apples.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, Planets, biodiversity, biology, nature, TEDGlobal 2014, 2014
TED Talks
Nov 5, 2014 TED.com
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We all want to use our talents to create something meaningful with our lives. But how to get started? (And ... what if you're shy?) Writer Kare Anderson shares her own story of chronic shyness, and how she opened up her world by helping other people use their own talents and passions.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, business, communication, creativity, relationships, work, TED@IBM, 2014
TED Talks
Nov 3, 2014 TED.com
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Too often, people feel checked out of politics — even at the level of their own city. But urban activist Alessandra Orofino thinks that can change, using a mix of tech and old-fashioned human connection. Sharing examples from her hometown of Rio, she says: "It is up to us to decide whether we want schools or parking lots, recycling projects or construction sites, cars or buses, loneliness or solidarity."
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, cities, community, politics, technology, TEDGlobal 2014, 2014
TED Talks
Nov 3, 2014 TED.com
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We can see the power of distributed, crowd-sourced business models every day — witness Uber, Kickstarter, Airbnb. But veteran online activist Jeremy Heimans asks: When does that kind of "new power" start to work in politics? His surprising answer: Sooner than you think. It’s a bold argument about the future of politics and power; watch and see if you agree.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, activism, politics, technology, TEDSalon Berlin 2014, 2014
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Debra Jarvis had worked as a hospital chaplain for nearly 30 years when she was diagnosed with cancer. And she learned quite a bit as a patient. In a witty, daring talk, she explains how the identity of “cancer survivor” can feel static. She asks us all to claim our hardest experiences, while giving ourselves room to grow and evolve.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, cancer, health care, identity, TEDMED 2014, 2014
TED Talks
Oct 29, 2014 TED.com
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Nature photographer Frans Lanting uses vibrant images to take us deep into the animal world. In this short, visual talk he calls for us to reconnect with other earthly creatures, and to shed the metaphorical skins that separate us from each other.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, animals, nature, photography, TED2014, 2014
TED Talks
Oct 28, 2014 TED.com
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Every human deserves protection under their country’s laws — even when that law is forgotten or ignored. Sharing three cases from her international legal practice, Kimberley Motley, an American litigator practicing in Afghanistan and elsewhere, shows how a country’s own laws can bring both justice and “justness”: using the law for its intended purpose, to protect.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, crime, global issues, law, women, TEDGlobal 2014, 2014
TED Talks
Oct 28, 2014 TED.com
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Let's admit it: aerial photo drones and UAVs are a little creepy, and they come with big regulatory and safety problems. But aerial photos can be a powerful way of telling the truth about the world: the size of a protest, the spread of an oil spill, the wildlife hidden in a delta. Sergei Lupashin demos Fotokite, a nifty new way to see the world from on high, safely and under control.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, drones, photography, robots, technology, TEDSalon Berlin 2014, 2014
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As founder of the Ig Nobel awards, Marc Abrahams explores the world’s most improbable research. In this thought-provoking (and occasionally side-splitting) talk, he tells stories of truly weird science -- and makes the case that silliness is critical to boosting public interest in science.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, humor, science, technology, TEDMED 2014, 2014
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Oct 23, 2014 TED.com
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Technology allows us to give cash directly to the poorest people on the planet. Should we do it? In this thought-provoking talk, veteran aid worker Joy Sun explores two ways to help the poor.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, TED Fellows, global issues, money, TED@NYC, 2014
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In 1963, Jacques Cousteau lived for 30 days in an underwater laboratory positioned on the floor of the Red Sea, and set a world record in the process. This summer, his grandson Fabien Cousteau broke that record. Cousteau the younger lived for 31 days aboard the Aquarius, an underwater research laboratory nine miles off the coast of Florida. In a charming talk he brings his wondrous adventure to life.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, adventure, biodiversity, exploration, oceans, submarine, TEDGlobal 2014, 2014
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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
Oct 20, 2014 TED.com
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Does a set of data make you feel more comfortable? More successful? Then your interpretation of it is likely wrong. In a surprisingly moving talk, Susan Etlinger explains why, as we receive more and more data, we need to deepen our critical thinking skills. Because it's hard to move beyond counting things to really understanding them.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, data, TED@IBM, 2014
TED Talks
Oct 17, 2014 TED.com
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In 2011 Ronnie Cahana suffered a severe stroke that left him with locked-in syndrome: completely paralyzed except for his eyes. While this might shatter a normal person’s mental state, Cahana found peace in “dimming down the external chatter,” and “fell in love with life and body anew.” In a somber, emotional talk, his daughter Kitra shares how she documented her father's spiritual experience, as he helped guide others even in a state of seeming helplessness.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, health, medicine, photography, religion, TEDMED 2014, 2014
TED Talks
Oct 16, 2014 TED.com
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Along with a crew of technologists and scientists, Jorge Soto is developing a simple, noninvasive, open-source test that looks for early signs of multiple forms of cancer. Onstage at TEDGlobal 2014, he demonstrates a working prototype of the mobile platform for the first time.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, biotech, cancer, health, technology, TEDGlobal 2014, 2014
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50 million people in the world today have been forcefully displaced from their home — a level not seen since WWII. Right now, more than 3 million Syrian refugees are seeking shelter in neighboring countries. In Lebanon, half of these refugees are children; only 20% are in school. Melissa Fleming of the UN's refugee agency calls on all of us to make sure that refugee camps are healing places where people can develop the skills they’ll need to rebuild their hometowns.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, global issues, poverty, war, TEDGlobal 2014, 2014
TED Talks
Oct 15, 2014 TED.com
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Myriam Sidibe is a warrior in the fight against childhood disease. Her weapon of choice? A bar of soap. For cost-effective prevention against sickness, it’s hard to beat soapy hand-washing, which cuts down risk of pneumonia, diarrhea, cholera and worse. Sidibe, a public-health expert, makes a smart case for public-private partnerships to promote clean hands — and local, sustainable entrepreneurship.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, children, global issues, health, public health, sanitation, TED@Unilever, 2014
TED Talks
Oct 13, 2014 TED.com
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The brain uses a quarter of the body's entire energy supply, yet only accounts for about two percent of the body's mass. So how does this unique organ receive and, perhaps more importantly, rid itself of vital nutrients? New research suggests it has to do with sleep.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, brain, mind, neuroscience, science, TEDMED 2014, 2014
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Oct 13, 2014 TED.com
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Glenn Greenwald was one of the first reporters to see -- and write about -- the Edward Snowden files, with their revelations about the United States' extensive surveillance of private citizens. In this searing talk, Greenwald makes the case for why you need to care about privacy, even if you’re “not doing anything you need to hide."
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, Internet, government, intelligence, journalism, privacy, TEDGlobal 2014, 2014
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In 2013, international migrants sent $413 billion home to families and friends — three times more than the total of global foreign aid (about $135 billion). This money, known as remittances, makes a significant difference in the lives of those receiving it and plays a major role in the economies of many countries. Economist Dilip Ratha describes the promise of these “dollars wrapped with love” and analyzes how they are stifled by practical and regulatory obstacles.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, business, economics, finance, TEDGlobal 2014, 2014
TED Talks
Oct 9, 2014 TED.com
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Pia Mancini and her colleagues want to upgrade democracy in Argentina and beyond. Through their open-source mobile platform they want to bring citizens inside the legislative process, and run candidates who will listen to what they say.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, government, open-source, politics, technology, TEDGlobal 2014, 2014
TED Talks
Oct 8, 2014 TED.com
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About 10,000 people a month Google the phrase, “Am I ugly?” Meaghan Ramsey of the Dove Self-Esteem Project has a feeling that many of them are young girls. In a deeply unsettling talk, she walks us through the surprising impacts of low body and image confidence—from lower grade point averages to greater risk-taking with drugs and alcohol. And then shares the key things all of us can do to disrupt this reality.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, beauty, life, women, TED@Unilever, 2014
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French economist Thomas Piketty caused a sensation in early 2014 with his book on a simple, brutal formula explaining economic inequality: r > g (meaning that return on capital is generally higher than economic growth). Here, he talks through the massive data set that led him to conclude: Economic inequality is not new, but it is getting worse, with radical possible impacts.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, economics, global issues, inequality, TEDSalon Berlin 2014, 2014
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Pianist Daria van den Bercken fell in love with the baroque keyboard music of George Frideric Handel. Now, she aims to ignite this passion in others. In this talk, she plays us through the emotional roller coaster of his music — while sailing with her piano through the air, driving it down the street, and of course playing on the stage.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, music, piano, TEDSalon Berlin 2014, 2014
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Oct 2, 2014 TED.com
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Brain imaging pioneer Nancy Kanwisher, who uses fMRI scans to see activity in brain regions (often her own), shares what she and her colleagues have learned: The brain is made up of both highly specialized components and general-purpose "machinery." Another surprise: There's so much left to learn.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, brain, neuroscience, visualizations, TED2014, 2014
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You’re doing everything right at work, taking all the right advice, but you’re just not moving up. Why? Susan Colantuono shares a simple, surprising piece of advice you might not have heard before quite so plainly. This talk, while aimed at an audience of women, has universal takeaways -- for men and women, new grads and midcareer workers.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, TEDx, business, gender, leadership, men, women, women in business,...
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Oct 1, 2014 TED.com
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Big problems need big solutions, sparked by big ideas, imagination and audacity. In this talk, journalist Gail Reed profiles one big solution worth noting: Havana’s Latin American Medical School, which trains global physicians to serve the local communities that need them most.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, global, health care, public health, TEDMED 2014, 2014
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Sep 30, 2014 TED.com
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Warning: This talk might contain much more than you’d ever want to know about the way the world poops. But as sanitation activist (and TED Fellow) Francis de los Reyes asks — doesn’t everyone deserve a safe place to go?
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, TED Fellows, global issues, health, public health, TED Fellows Retreat 2013,...
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Sep 29, 2014 TED.com
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In 1967, Moshe Safdie reimagined the monolithic apartment building, creating “Habitat ’67,” which gave each unit an unprecedented sense of openness. Nearly 50 years later, he believes the need for this type of building is greater than ever. In this short talk, Safdie surveys a range of projects that do away with the high-rise and let light permeate into densely-packed cities.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, architecture, cities, design, TED2014, 2014
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Sep 26, 2014 TED.com
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Matthew O’Reilly is a veteran emergency medical technician on Long Island, New York. In this talk, O’Reilly describes what happens next when a gravely hurt patient asks him: “Am I going to die?”
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, death, health, medicine, TED@NYC, 2014
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Sep 24, 2014 TED.com
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Self-driving cars were just the start. What's the future of big data-driven technology and design? In a thrilling science talk, Kenneth Cukier looks at what's next for machine learning -- and human knowledge.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, data, future, technology, TEDSalon Berlin 2014, 2014
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Sep 24, 2014 TED.com
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Eman Mohammed is one of the few female photojournalists in the Gaza Strip. Though openly shunned by many of her male colleagues, she is given unprecedented access to areas denied to men. In this short, visual talk, she critiques gender norms in her community by bringing light to hidden stories.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, Middle East, TED Fellows, gender, global issues, journalism, photography,...
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Today, the UN begins its Climate Summit, enlisting the world to work together on a problem that’s too big for any one country to solve. Lord Nicholas Stern helped write the delegates’ report that outlines where we are now — and what we could do next. It’s a big vision for cooperation, with a payoff that goes far beyond averting disaster. He asks: How can we use this crisis to spur better lives for all?
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, business, climate change, economics, global issues, TED@Unilever, 2014
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Sep 19, 2014 TED.com
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Just like his beloved grandfather, Avi Reichental is a maker of things. The difference is, now he can use 3D printers to make almost anything, out of almost any material. Reichental tours us through the possibilities of 3D printing, for everything from printed candy to highly custom sneakers.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, technology, TED2014, 2014
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The Amazon River is like a heart, pumping water from the seas through it, and up into the atmosphere through 600 billion trees, which act like lungs. Clouds form, rain falls and the forest thrives. In a lyrical talk, Antonio Donato Nobre talks us through the interconnected systems of this region, and how they provide environmental services to the entire world. A parable for the extraordinary symphony that is nature. 
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, climate change, nature, trees, TEDxAmazonia, 2010
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Sep 18, 2014 TED.com
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Childhood is surreal. Why shouldn't children's books be? In this whimsical talk, award-winning author Mac Barnett speaks about writing that escapes the page, art as a doorway to wonder -- and what real kids say to a fictional whale.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, books, children, creativity, TEDxSonomaCounty, 2014
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Sep 17, 2014 TED.com
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Big Data is everywhere — even the skies. In an informative talk, astronomer Andrew Connolly shows how large amounts of data are being collected about our universe, recording it in its ever-changing moods. Just how do scientists capture so many images at scale? It starts with a giant telescope …
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, astronomy, space, technology, universe, TED2014, 2014
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Sep 17, 2014 TED.com
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Rishi Manchanda has worked as a doctor in South Central Los Angeles for a decade, where he’s come to realize: His job isn’t just about treating a patient’s symptoms, but about getting to the root cause of what is making them ill—the “upstream" factors like a poor diet, a stressful job, a lack of fresh air. It’s a powerful call for doctors to pay attention to a patient's life outside the exam room.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, health, health care, TEDSalon NY2014, 2014
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Sep 15, 2014 TED.com
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How much do you know about the world? Hans Rosling, with his famous charts of global population, health and income data (and an extra-extra-long pointer), demonstrates that you have a high statistical chance of being quite wrong about what you think you know. Play along with his audience quiz — then, from Hans’ son Ola, learn 4 ways to quickly get less ignorant.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, global, health, statistics, TEDSalon Berlin 2014, 2014