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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
Mar 13, 2014 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. Now, Dishman puts his experience and his expertise as a medical tech specialist together to suggest a bold idea for reinventing health care -- by putting the patient at the center of a treatment team. (<em>Filmed at TED@Intel</em>)
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, health care, technology, TED@Intel, 2013
TED Talks
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Diébédo Francis Kéré knew exactly what he wanted to do when he got his degree in architecture… He wanted to go home to Gando in Burkina Faso, to help his neighbors reap the benefit of his education. In this charming talk, Kéré shows off some of the beautiful structures he's helped to build in his small village in the years since then, including an award-winning primary school made from clay by the entire community.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, Africa, architecture, sustainability, TEDCity2.0, 2013
TED Talks
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When we drive, we get into a glass bubble, lock the doors and press the accelerator, relying on our eyes to guide us -- even though we can only see the few cars ahead of and behind us. But what if cars could share data with each other about their position and velocity, and use predictive models to calculate the safest routes for everyone on the road? Jennifer Healey imagines a world without accidents. (<em>Filmed at TED@Intel.</em>)
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, cars, technology, TED@Intel, 2013
TED Talks
Mar 13, 2014 TED.com
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For the young and unemployed in the world's big cities, dreams of opportunity and wealth do come true -- but too often because they're heavily recruited by terrorist groups and other violent organizations. Human rights advocate Mohamed Ali draws on stories from his native Mogadishu to make a powerful case for innovation incubators for our cities' young and ambitious.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, Africa, entrepreneur, global issues, innovation, peace, violence, TEDCity2.0,...
TED Talks
Mar 12, 2014 TED.com
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A spinal cord injury can sever the communication between your brain and your body, leading to paralysis. Fresh from his lab, Grégoire Courtine shows a new method -- combining drugs, electrical stimulation and a robot -- that could re-awaken the neural pathways and help the body learn again to move on its own. See how it works, as a paralyzed rat becomes able to run and navigate stairs.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, biotech, health care, neuroscience, science, technology, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
Mar 12, 2014 TED.com
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When TED Fellow Xavier Vilalta was commissioned to create a multistory shopping mall in Addis Ababa, he panicked. Other centers represented everything he hated about contemporary architecture: wasteful, glass towers requiring tons of energy whose design had absolutely nothing to do with Africa. In this charming talk, Vilalta shows how he champions an alternative approach: to harness nature, reference design tradition and create beautiful, modern, iconic buildings fit for a community.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, Africa, TED Fellows, architecture, design, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
Mar 12, 2014 TED.com
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Designer Bastian Schaefer shows off a speculative design for the future of jet planes, with a skeleton inspired by strong, flexible, natural forms and by the needs of the world's, ahem, growing population. Imagine an airplane that's full of light and space -- and built up from generative parts in a 3D printer.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, design, flight, industrial design, transportation, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
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Animal behavior isn't complicated, but it is complex. Nicolas Perony studies how individual animals -- be they Scottish Terriers, bats or meerkats -- follow simple rules that, collectively, create larger patterns of behavior. And how this complexity born of simplicity can help them adapt to new circumstances, as they arise.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, animals, complexity, TEDxZurich 2013, 2013
TED Talks
Jan 23, 2014 TED.com
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Why do people feel so miserable and disengaged at work? Because today's businesses are increasingly and dizzyingly complex -- and traditional pillars of management are obsolete, says Yves Morieux. So, he says, it falls to individual employees to navigate the rabbit's warren of interdependencies. In this energetic talk, Morieux offers six rules for "smart simplicity." (Rule One: Understand what your colleagues actually do.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, leadership, productivity, work, TED@BCG San Francisco, 2013
TED Talks
Dec 23, 2013 TED.com
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In the pitch-black night, stung by jellyfish, choking on salt water, singing to herself, hallucinating … Diana Nyad just kept on swimming. And that's how she finally achieved her lifetime goal as an athlete: an extreme 100-mile swim from Cuba to Florida -- at age 64. Hear her story.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, aging, culture, extreme sports, TEDWomen 2013, 2013
TED Talks
Dec 20, 2013 TED.com
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It's amazing what a rigged game of Monopoly can reveal. In this entertaining but sobering talk, social psychologist Paul Piff shares his research into how people behave when they feel wealthy. (Hint: badly.) But while the problem of inequality is a complex and daunting challenge, there's good news too. (Filmed at TEDxMarin.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, behavioral economics, psychology, TEDxMarin, 2013
TED Talks
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We've made incredible advances in technology in recent years, but too often it seems only certain fortunate people can benefit. Engineer Krista Donaldson introduces the ReMotion knee, a prosthetic device for above-knee amputees, many of whom earn less than $4 a day. The design contains best-in-class technology and yet is far cheaper than other prosthetics on the market.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, design, innovation, TEDWomen 2013, 2013
TED Talks
Dec 18, 2013 TED.com
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"The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality, and it was vitality that seemed to seep away from me in that moment." In a talk equal parts eloquent and devastating, writer Andrew Solomon takes you to the darkest corners of his mind during the years he battled depression. That led him to an eye-opening journey across the world to interview others with depression -- only to discover that, to his surprise, the more he talked, the more people wanted to tell their own stories....
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, depression, medicine, mental health, TEDxMet, 2013
TED Talks
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Everyone's talking about the "Internet of Things," but what exactly does that mean for our future? In this thoughtful talk, economist Marco Annunziata looks at how technology is transforming the industrial sector, creating machines that can see, feel, sense and react -- so they can be operated far more efficiently. Think: airplane parts that send an alert when they need to be serviced, or wind turbines that communicate with one another to generate more electricity. It's a future with...
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, economics, technology, TED@BCG San Francisco, 2013
TED Talks
Dec 16, 2013 TED.com
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Once the powerhouse of America's industrial might, Detroit is more recently known in the popular imagination as a fabulous ruin, crumbling and bankrupt. But city planner Toni Griffin asks us to look again -- and to imagine an entrepreneurial future for the city's 700,000 residents.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, cities, culture, TEDCity2.0, 2013
TED Talks
Dec 12, 2013 TED.com
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Philosopher Stephen Cave begins with a dark but compelling question: When did you first realize you were going to die? And even more interestingly: Why do we humans so often resist the inevitability of death? In a fascinating talk Cave explores four narratives -- common across civilizations -- that we tell ourselves "in order to help us manage the terror of death."
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, death, history, humanity, philosophy, TEDxBratislava, 2013
TED Talks
Dec 11, 2013 TED.com
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Snow Dragon. Pure Imagination. Frozen Minotaur. These are the names Eddy Cartaya and his climbing partner Brent McGregor gave three glacier caves that they were the first to explore. As the Sandy Glacier slowly slides down Mount Hood in Oregon, the caves and tunnels inside it morph annually thanks to warm water from above and warm air from below. At TEDYouth, Cartaya takes us inside these magical spaces where the ice glows in bright blues and greens, and where artifacts rain from the ceiling.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, exploration, TEDYouth 2013, 2013
TED Talks
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Diébédo Francis Kéré knew exactly what he wanted to do when he got his degree in architecture… He wanted to go home to Gando in Burkina Faso, to help his neighbors reap the benefit of his education. In this charming talk, Kéré shows off some of the beautiful structures he's helped to build in his small village in the years since then, including an award-winning primary school made from clay by the entire community.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Africa, architecture, sustainability, TEDCity2.0, 2013
TED Talks
Dec 9, 2013 TED.com
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"In the cathedral of the wild, we get to see the best parts of ourselves reflected back to us." Boyd Varty, a wildlife activist, shares stories of animals, humans and their interrelatedness, or "ubuntu" -- defined as, "I am, because of you." And he dedicates the talk to South African leader Nelson Mandela, the human embodiment of that same great-hearted, generous spirit.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Africa, culture, nature, TEDWomen 2013, 2013
TED Talks
Dec 6, 2013 TED.com
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"An advanced city is not one where even the poor use cars, but rather one where even the rich use public transport," argues Enrique Peñalosa. In this spirited talk, the former mayor of Bogotá shares some of the tactics he used to change the transportation dynamic in the Colombian capital... and suggests ways to think about building smart cities of the future.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, cities, design, sustainability, TEDCity2.0, 2013
TED Talks
Dec 5, 2013 TED.com
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David Lang is a maker who taught himself to become an amateur oceanographer -- or, he taught a robot to be one for him. In a charming talk Lang, a TED Fellow, shows how he and a network of ocean lovers teamed up to build open-sourced, low-cost underwater explorers.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, adventure, exploration, oceans, open-source, robots, technology, TED2013, 2013
TED Talks
Dec 4, 2013 TED.com
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It's time for liberals and conservatives to put aside their political differences and really listen to each other, says political pundit Sally Kohn. In this optimistic talk, Kohn shares what she learned as a progressive lesbian talking head on Fox News. It’s not about political correctness, she says, but rather, emotional correctness.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, entertainment, journalism, media, news, politics, TED@NYC, 2013
TED Talks
Dec 3, 2013 TED.com
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It's relatively easy to imagine a new medicine, a better cure for some disease. The hard part, though, is testing it, and that can delay promising new cures for years. In this well-explained talk, Geraldine Hamilton shows how her lab creates organs and body parts on a chip, simple structures with all the pieces essential to testing new medications -- even custom cures for one specific person. (Filmed at TEDxBoston)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biology, illness, medical research, TEDxBoston 2013, 2013
TED Talks
Dec 2, 2013 TED.com
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Here's a stat worth knowing: In the UK, 63% of men who finish short-term prison sentences are back inside within a year for another crime. Helping them stay outside involves job training, classes, therapy. And it would pay off handsomely -- but the government can't find the funds. Toby Eccles shares an idea for how to change that: the Social Impact Bond. It's an unusual bond that helps fund new social services -- especially those where a small investment could create a much larger societal...
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, economics, social change, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
Nov 27, 2013 TED.com
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The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude. An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you’re going, and above all, being grateful.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, faith, happiness, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
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The human brain is puzzling -- it is curiously large given the size of our bodies, uses a tremendous amount of energy for its weight and has a bizarrely dense cerebral cortex. But: why? Neuroscientist Suzana Herculano-Houzel puts on her detective's cap and leads us through this mystery. By making "brain soup," she arrives at a startling conclusi
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, evolution, neuroscience, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
Nov 25, 2013 TED.com
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There's an irony behind the latest efforts to extend human life: It's no picnic to be an old person in a youth-oriented society. Older people can become isolated, lacking meaningful work and low on funds. In this intriguing talk, Jared Diamond looks at how many different societies treat their elders -- some better, some worse -- and suggests we all take advantage of experience.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, aging, culture, social change, TED2013, 2013
TED Talks
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"Life comes at us very quickly, and what we need to do is take that amorphous flow of experience and somehow extract meaning from it." In this funny, enlightening talk, educational psychologist Peter Doolittle details the importance -- and limitations -- of your "working memory," that part of the brain that allows us to make sense of what's happening right now.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, education, memory, science, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
Nov 20, 2013 TED.com
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Paralyzed by a stroke, Henry Evans uses a telepresence robot to take the stage -- and show how new robotics, tweaked and personalized by a group called Robots for Humanity, help him live his life. He shows off a nimble little quadrotor drone, created by a team led by Chad Jenkins, that gives him the ability to navigate space -- to once again look around a garden, stroll a campus … (Filmed at TEDxMidAtlantic.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, disability, technology, TEDxMidAtlantic, 2013
TED Talks
Nov 19, 2013 TED.com
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What are our forests really made of? From the air, ecologist Greg Asner uses a spectrometer and high-powered lasers to map nature in meticulous kaleidoscopic 3D detail -- what he calls “a very high-tech accounting system” of carbon. In this fascinating talk, Asner gives a clear message: To save our ecosystems, we need more data, gathered in new ways.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biodiversity, drones, nature, science, technology, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
Nov 18, 2013 TED.com
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Ecologist Lian Pin Koh makes a persuasive case for using drones to protect the world's forests and wildlife. These lightweight autonomous flying vehicles can track animals in their natural habitat, monitor the health of rainforests, even combat crime by detecting poachers via thermal imaging. Added bonus? They're also entirely affordable.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, animals, drones, global issues, sustainability, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
Nov 15, 2013 TED.com
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What happens when you get an entire audience to stand up and connect with one another? Chaos, that's what. At least, that's what happened when Jane McGonigal tried to teach TED to play her favorite game. Then again, when the game is "massively multiplayer thumb-wrestling," what else would you expect?
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, entertainment, gaming, performance, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
Nov 14, 2013 TED.com
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Different hospitals produce different results on different procedures. Only, patients don’t know that data, making choosing a surgeon a high-stakes guessing game. Stefan Larsson looks at what happens when doctors measure and share their outcomes on hip replacement surgery, for example, to see which techniques are proving the most effective. Could health care get better -- and cheaper -- if doctors learn from each other in a continuous feedback loop? (Filmed at TED@BCG.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, health, health care, medical research, TED@BCG Singapore, 2013
TED Talks
Nov 13, 2013 TED.com
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For the young and unemployed in the world's big cities, dreams of opportunity and wealth do come true -- but too often because they're heavily recruited by terrorist groups and other violent organizations. Human rights advocate Mohamed Ali draws on stories from his native Mogadishu to make a powerful case for innovation incubators for our cities' young and ambitious.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Africa, business, entrepreneur, global issues, innovation, peace, violence,...
TED Talks
Nov 12, 2013 TED.com
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What would a city designed for the blind be like? Chris Downey is an architect who went suddenly blind in 2008; he contrasts life in his beloved San Francisco before and after -- and shows how the thoughtful designs that enhance his life now might actually make everyone's life better, sighted or not.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, agriculture, design, urban planning, TEDCity2.0, 2013
TED Talks
Nov 11, 2013 TED.com
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The developed world holds up the ideals of capitalism, democracy and political rights for all. Those in emerging markets often don't have that luxury. In this powerful talk, economist Dambisa Moyo makes the case that the west can't afford to rest on its laurels and imagine others will blindly follow. Instead, a different model, embodied by China, is increasingly appealing. A call for open-minded political and economic cooperation in the name of transforming the world.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Africa, china, economics, global issues, politics, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
Nov 8, 2013 TED.com
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Math is logical, functional and just ... awesome. Mathemagician Arthur Benjamin explores hidden properties of that weird and wonderful set of numbers, the Fibonacci series. (And reminds you that mathematics can be inspiring, too!)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, entertainment, magic, math, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
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Recent events have highlighted, underlined and bolded the fact that the United States is performing blanket surveillance on any foreigner whose data passes through an American entity -- whether they are suspected of wrongdoing or not. This means that, essentially, every international user of the internet is being watched, says Mikko Hypponen. An important rant, wrapped with a plea: to find alternative solutions to using American companies for the world's information nee
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Internet, computers, global issues, security, technology, TEDxBrussels, 2013
TED Talks
Nov 5, 2013 TED.com
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New York City residents produce 11,000 tons of garbage every day. Every day! This astonishing statistic is just one of the reasons Robin Nagle started a research project with the city's Department of Sanitation. She walked the routes, operated mechanical brooms, even drove a garbage truck herself--all so she could answer a simple-sounding but complicated question: who cleans up after us?
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, anthropology, business, culture, TEDCity2.0, 2013
TED Talks
Nov 4, 2013 TED.com
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Up to 100,000 people died in drug-related violence in Mexico in the last 6 years. We might think this has nothing to do with us, but in fact we are all complicit, says Yale professor Rodrigo Canales in this unflinching talk that turns conventional wisdom about drug cartels on its head. The carnage is not about faceless, ignorant goons mindlessly killing each other but is rather the result of some seriously sophisticated brand management.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, global issues, innovation, TEDSalon NY2013, 2013
TED Talks
Oct 31, 2013 TED.com
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Chernobyl was the site of the world's worst nuclear accident and, for the past 27 years, the area around the plant has been known as the Exclusion Zone. And yet, a community of about 200 people live there -- almost all of them elderly women. These proud grandmas defied orders to relocate because their connection to their homeland and to their community are "forces that rival even radiation."
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, adventure, disaster relief, nuclear energy, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
Oct 30, 2013 TED.com
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One year ago, Abha Dawesar was living in blacked-out Manhattan post-Sandy, scrounging for power to connect. As a novelist, she was struck by this metaphor: Have our lives now become fixated on the drive to digitally connect, while we miss out on what's real?
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, communication, culture, entertainment, storytelling, technology, TEDGlobal...
TED Talks
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Biologist Mohamed Hijri brings to light a farming crisis no one is talking about: We are running out of phosphorus, an essential element that's a key component of DNA and the basis of cellular communication. All roads of this crisis lead back to how we farm -- with chemical fertilizers chock-full of the element, which plants are not efficient at absorbing. One solution? Perhaps … a microscopic mushroom. (Filmed at TEDxUdeM.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, agriculture, biology, food, TEDxUdeM, 2013
TED Talks
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Why doesn’t the government just get out of the way and let the private sector -- the “real revolutionaries” -- innovate? It’s rhetoric you hear everywhere, and Mariana Mazzucato wants to dispel it. In an energetic talk, she shows how the state -- which many see as a slow, hunkering behemoth -- is really one of our most exciting risk-takers and market-shapers.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, economics, finance, government, innovation, investment, technology,...
TED Talks
Oct 24, 2013 TED.com
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The biggest surprise of discovering the Higgs boson? That there were no surprises. Gian Giudice talks us through a problem in theoretical physics: what if the Higgs field exists in an ultra-dense state that could mean the collapse of all atomic matter? With wit and charm, Giudice outlines a grim fate -- and why we shouldn't start worrying just yet. (Filmed at TEDxCERN.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, physics, science, universe, TEDxCERN, 2013
TED Talks
Oct 23, 2013 TED.com
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What is jealousy? What drives it, and why do we secretly love it? No study has ever been able to capture its “loneliness, longevity, grim thrill” -- that is, says Parul Sehgal, except for fiction. In an eloquent meditation she scours pages from literature to show how jealousy is not so different from a quest for knowledge.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, book, culture, literature, love, relationships, sex, writing, TEDSalon...
TED Talks
Oct 21, 2013 TED.com
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The big blue buildings of Ikea have sprouted solar panels and wind turbines; inside, shelves are stocked with LED lighting and recycled cotton. Why? Because as Steve Howard puts it: “Sustainability has gone from a nice-to-do to a must-do.” Howard, the chief sustainability officer at the furniture megastore, talks about his quest to sell eco-friendly materials and practices -- both internally and to worldwide customers -- and lays a challenge for other global giants.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, culture, design, global issues, sustainability, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
Oct 18, 2013 TED.com
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How do we decide who we are? Hetain Patel's surprising performance plays with identity, language and accent -- and challenges you to think deeper than surface appearances. A delightful meditation on self, with performer Yuyu Rau, and inspired by Bruce Lee.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, culture, dance, performance art, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
Oct 17, 2013 TED.com
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The line between public and private has blurred in the past decade, both online and in real life, and Alessandro Acquisti is here to explain what this means and why it matters. In this thought-provoking, slightly chilling talk, he shares details of recent and ongoing research -- including a project that shows how easy it is to match a photograph of a stranger with their sensitive personal information.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, policy, social media, technology, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
Oct 16, 2013 TED.com
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In the center of Caracas, Venezuela, stands the 45-story "Tower of David," an unfinished, abandoned skyscraper. But about eight years ago, people started moving in. Photographer Iwan Baan shows how people build homes in unlikely places, touring us through the family apartments of Torre David, a city on the water in Nigeria, and an underground village in China. Glorious images celebrate humanity's ability to survive and make a home -- anywhere.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, cities, creativity, culture, design, photography, TEDCity2.0, 2013
TED Talks
Oct 15, 2013 TED.com
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Amanda Bennett and her husband were passionate and full of life all throughout their lives together -- and up until the final days, too. Bennett gives a sweet yet powerful talk on why, for the loved ones of the dying, having hope for a happy ending shouldn't warrant a diagnosis of "denial." She calls for a more heroic narrative for death -- to match the ones we have in life.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, death, health care, life, TEDMED 2013, 2013
TED Talks
Oct 14, 2013 TED.com
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How do we solve the problem of the suburbs? Urbanist Jeff Speck shows how we can free ourselves from dependence on the car -- which he calls "a gas-belching, time-wasting, life-threatening prosthetic device" -- by making our cities more walkable and more pleasant for more people.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, cities, culture, design, transportation, TEDCity2.0, 2013
TED Talks
Oct 11, 2013 TED.com
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In the 1930s, broadcast radio introduced an entirely new form of storytelling; today, micro-blogging platforms like Twitter are changing the scene again. Andrew Fitzgerald takes a look at the (aptly) short but fascinating history of new forms of creative experimentation in fiction and storytelling.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, literature, social media, storytelling, technology, writing,...
TED Talks
Oct 10, 2013 TED.com
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Physician Gary Slutkin spent a decade fighting tuberculosis, cholera and AIDS epidemics in Africa. When he returned to the United States, he thought he'd escape brutal epidemic deaths. But then he began to look more carefully at gun violence, noting that its spread followed the patterns of infectious diseases. A mind-flipping look at a problem that too many communities have accepted as a given. We've reversed the impact of so many diseases, says Slutkin, and we can do the same with violence....
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, disease, health, medicine, violence, TEDMED 2013, 2013
TED Talks
Oct 9, 2013 TED.com
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Iran and Israel: two nations with tense relations that seem existentially at odds. But for all their antagonistic rhetoric, there is a recent hidden history of collaboration, even friendship. In an informative talk, Trita Parsi shows how an unlikely strategic alliance in the past could mean peace in the future for these two feuding countries.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Foreign Policy, Iran, Middle East, global issues, government, peace,...
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"The work of a transport commissioner isn't just about stop signs and traffic signals," explains Janette Sadik-Khan, who was appointed to that role in New York City in 2007. In this funny and thought-provoking talk, she details the thinking behind successful initiatives to reshape street life in the 5 boroughs, including the addition of pedestrian zones in Times Square and the arrival of Citi Bikes. Watch for the special cameo at the end of the talk.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, architecture, cities, design, transportation, TEDCity2.0, 2013
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In the past three decades, says Michael Sandel, the US has drifted from a market economy to a market society; it's fair to say that an American's experience of shared civic life depends on how much money they have. (Three key examples: access to education, access to justice, political influence.) In a talk and audience discussion, Sandel asks us to think honestly on this question: In our current democracy, is too much for sale?
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Debate, business, politics, social change, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
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Why do we turn to nonprofits, NGOs and governments to solve society's biggest problems? Michael Porter admits he's biased, as a business school professor, but he wants you to hear his case for letting business try to solve massive problems like climate change and access to water. Why? Because when business solves a problem, it makes a profit -- which lets that solution grow.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, social change, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
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Oct 4, 2013 TED.com
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In 1969, Buzz Aldrin’s historical step onto the moon leapt mankind into an era of technological possibility. The awesome power of technology was to be used to solve all of our big problems. Fast forward to present day, and what's happened? Are mobile apps all we have to show for ourselves? Journalist Jason Pontin looks closely at the challenges we face to using technology effectively ... for problems that really matter.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, NASA, astronomy, space, technology, TED2013, 2013
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Oct 3, 2013 TED.com
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Swiss artist and photographer Fabian Oefner is on a mission to make eye-catching art from everyday science. In this charming talk, he shows off some recent psychedelic images, including photographs of crystals as they interact with soundwaves. And, in a live demo, he shows what really happens when you mix paint with magnetic liquid--or when you set fire to whiskey.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, arts, photography, science, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
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Oct 2, 2013 TED.com
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Amy Webb was having no luck with online dating. The dates she liked didn't write her back, and her own profile attracted crickets (and worse). So, as any fan of data would do: she started making a spreadsheet. Hear the story of how she went on to hack her online dating life -- with frustrating, funny and life-changing results.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, algorithm, culture, data, love, technology, TEDSalon NY2013, 2013
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Oct 1, 2013 TED.com
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In Tana Toraja, weddings and births aren’t the social gatherings that knit society together. In this part of Indonesia, big, raucous funerals form the center of social life. Anthropologist Kelli Swazey takes a look at this culture, in which the bodies of dead relatives are cared for even years after they have passed. While it sounds strange to Western sensibilities, she says, this could actually be a truer reflection of the fact that relationships with loved ones don’t simply end when...
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, death, world cultures, TEDMED 2013, 2013
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Sep 30, 2013 TED.com
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It's a classic underdog tale: David, a young shepherd armed only with a sling, beats Goliath, the mighty warrior. The story has transcended its biblical origins to become a common shorthand for unlikely victory. But, asks Malcolm Gladwell, is that really what the David and Goliath story is about?
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, entertainment, history, storytelling, war, TEDSalon NY2013, 2013
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Sep 27, 2013 TED.com
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Kevin Breel didn't look like a depressed kid: team captain, at every party, funny and confident. But he tells the story of the night he realized that -- to save his own life -- he needed to say four simple words.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, depression, mental health, youth, TEDxYouth@Manchester, 2013
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In 1900, only 3% of Americans practiced professions that were deemed "cognitively demanding." Today, 35% of us do, and we have all learned to be flexible in the way that we think about problems. In this fascinating and fast-paced spin through the cognitive history of the 20th century, moral philosopher James Flynn makes the case that changes in the way we think have had surprising (and not always positive) consequences.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, education, learning, TED2013, 2013
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Sep 25, 2013 TED.com
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Trust is on the decline, and we need to rebuild it. That’s a commonly heard suggestion for making a better world … but, says philosopher Onora O’Neill, we don’t really understand what we're suggesting. She flips the question, showing us that our three most common ideas about trust are actually misdirected. (Filmed at TEDxHousesofParliament .)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, global issues, government, philosophy, politics, TEDxHousesofParliament, 2013
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Sep 24, 2013 TED.com
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What does real scientific work look like? As neuroscientist Stuart Firestein jokes: It looks a lot less like the scientific method and a lot more like "farting around … in the dark." In this witty talk, Firestein gets to the heart of science as it is really practiced and suggests that we should value what we don’t know -- or “high-quality ignorance” -- just as much as what we know.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, education, humor, neuroscience, science, TED2013, 2013
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Sep 23, 2013 TED.com
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Psychologist Elizabeth Loftus studies memories. More precisely, she studies false memories, when people either remember things that didn't happen or remember them differently from the way they really were. It's more common than you might think, and Loftus shares some startling stories and statistics, and raises some important ethical questions we should all remember to consider.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, memory, psychology, science, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
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Sep 20, 2013 TED.com
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It often seems like federal-level politicians care more about creating gridlock than solving the world's problems. So who's actually getting bold things done? City mayors. So, political theorist Benjamin Barber suggests: Let's give them more control over global policy. Barber shows how these "urban homeboys" are solving pressing problems on their own turf -- and maybe in the world.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, cities, global issues, politics, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
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Sep 19, 2013 TED.com
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By 2050, it will take 100 billion land animals to provide the world's population with meat, dairy, eggs and leather goods. Maintaining this herd will take a huge, potentially unsustainable toll on the planet. What if there were a different way? In this eye-opening talk, tissue engineering advocate Andras Forgacs argues that biofabricating meat and leather is a civilized way to move past killing animals for hamburgers and handbags.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, food, global issues, science, sustainability, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
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Sep 18, 2013 TED.com
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What do 24,000 ideas look like? Ecologist Eric Berlow and physicist Sean Gourley apply algorithms to the entire archive of TEDxTalks, taking us on a stimulating visual tour to show how ideas connect globally.
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Sep 17, 2013 TED.com
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Honeybees have thrived for 50 million years, each colony 40 to 50,000 individuals coordinated in amazing harmony. So why, seven years ago, did colonies start dying en masse? Marla Spivak reveals four reasons which are interacting with tragic consequences. This is not simply a problem because bees pollinate a third of the world’s crops. Could this incredible species be holding up a mirror for
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, bee, food, insects, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
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Sep 13, 2013 TED.com
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Months after he was born, in 1948, Ron McCallum became blind. In this charming, moving talk, he shows how he is able to read -- and celebrates the progression of clever tools and adaptive computer technologies that make it possible. With their help, and that of generous volunteers, he's become a lawyer, an academic, and, most of all, a voracious reader. Welcome to the blind reading revolution. (Filmed at TEDxSydney.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, book, choice, design, disability, technology, TEDxSydney, 2013
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Sep 13, 2013 TED.com
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Hailed as the greatest pickpocket in the world, Apollo Robbins studies the quirks of human behavior as he steals your watch. In a hilarious demonstration, Robbins samples the buffet of the TEDGlobal 2013 audience, showing how the flaws in our perception make it possible to swipe a wallet and leave it on its owner’s shoulder while they remain clueless.
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Sep 12, 2013 TED.com
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We’ve known how to cure malaria since the 1600s, so why does the disease still kill hundreds of thousands every year? It’s more than just a problem of medicine, says journalist Sonia Shah. A look into the history of malaria reveals three big-picture challenges to its eradication.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, disease, global issues, history, insects, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013