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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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Gerard Arthus - NASA Images, Videos, and Documents; A Collection
Jun 27, 2015 NAS
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Martian Dust Devil, imaged by Mars Reconnaissance orbiter; 04 April 2012. By National Aeronautics and Space Laboratory (NASA); Public Domain as Published and Funded by the United States Government. The digital text was created by Gerard Arthus and is in the Public Domain under the Creative Commons License; there is no copyright notice or registration filed for this document. http://OpenEducation.org Go to the above site to find out more about the digitization of this item and the on-going...
Topics: garthus, garthus1, astronomy, hubble telescope, nasa, andromeda galaxy, 2012
A Year At The Wheel
Apr 25, 2014 shane and amy bugbee
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The Suffering and Celebration of Life in America By Shane and Amy Bugbee, 2012 This 534 page epic is the culmination of a year's travel and interviews with a rich variety of Americans - Every stop between the Christian right and the liberal left, with anarchists, nihilists, and beyond questioned in more than 40 interviews. The subjects covered in the interviews are Politics, Religion, Art and Revolution, including questions on voting and capitalism. This book is a true slice of life, and a deep...
Topics: shane bugbee, creatives, scholars, individuality, freedom, artistic expression, speech, the soul of...
A Year At The Wheel
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Politics, Art, Religion, Revolution By Shane and Amy Bugbee This is the full length experimental film produced from the A Year At The Wheel Project by Shane and Amy Bugbee. It offers a compelling look of a large cross section of the American people from coast to coast during the year leading up to the 2008 election. The film features clips from Craig Newmark founder of Craigslist, Ian MacKaye of Fugazi, Minor Threat and founder of Dischord Records, revolutionary and poet John Sinclair,...
Topics: A Year At The Wheel, bugbees, shane bugbee, creatives, scholars, madmen, individuality, freedom,...
TED Talks
Mar 13, 2014 TED.com
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Filmmaker Andrew Stanton ("Toy Story," "WALL-E") shares what he knows about storytelling -- starting at the end and working back to the beginning. Contains graphic language ...
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, arts, entertainment, film, storytelling, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
Mar 13, 2014 TED.com
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TED Fellow Abigail Washburn wanted to be a lawyer improving US-China relations -- until she picked up a banjo. She tells a moving story of the remarkable connections she's formed touring across the United States and China while playing that banjo and singing in Chinese.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, china, culture, entertainment, music, world cultures, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
Mar 13, 2014 TED.com
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You use paper towels to dry your hands every day, but chances are, you're doing it wrong. In this enlightening and funny short talk, Joe Smith reveals the trick to perfect paper towel technique.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, TEDxFeatured, entertainment, green, hack, humor, materials, simplicity, tedx,...
TED Talks
Mar 12, 2014 TED.com
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Five great revolutions have shaped political culture over the past 50 years, says theorist Ivan Krastev. He shows how each step forward -- from the cultural revolution of the ‘60s to recent revelations in the field of neuroscience -- has also helped erode trust in the tools of democracy. As he says, "What went right is also what went wrong." Can democracy survive?
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, culture, global issues, politics, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
Mar 12, 2014 TED.com
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Prompted by the Encyclopaedia Britannica ending its print publication, performance poet Rives resurrects a game from his childhood. Speaking at the TEDxSummit in Doha, Rives takes us on a charming tour through random (and less random) bits of human knowledge: from Chimborazo, the farthest point from the center of the Earth, to Ham the Astrochimp, the first chimpanzee in outer space.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, Internet, entertainment, science, web, wikipedia, TEDxSummit, 2012
TED Talks
Mar 12, 2014 TED.com
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For the past two years, photographer Lisa Kristine has traveled the world, documenting the unbearably harsh realities of modern-day slavery. She shares hauntingly beautiful images -- miners in the Congo, brick layers in Nepal -- illuminating the plight of the 27 million souls enslaved worldwide. <i>(Filmed at TEDxMaui)</i>
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, Slavery, global issues, photography, tedx, TEDxMaui, 2012
TED Talks
Mar 12, 2014 TED.com
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Call it fuel without fossils: Jonathan Trent is working on a plan to grow new biofuel by farming micro-algae in floating offshore pods that eat wastewater from cities. Hear his team's bold vision for Project OMEGA (Offshore Membrane Enclosures for Growing Algae) and how it might power the future.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, agriculture, alternative energy, business, energy, oceans, science,...
TED Talks
Dec 21, 2012 TED.com
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When war between Israel and Iran seemed imminent, Israeli graphic designer Ronny Edry shared a poster on Facebook of himself and his daughter with a bold message: "Iranians ... we [heart] you." Other Israelis quickly created their own posters with the same message -- and Iranians responded in kind. The simple act of communication inspired surprising Facebook communities like "Israel loves Iran," "Iran loves Israel" and even "Palestine loves Israel."
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, design, global issues, peace, TEDxJaffa, 2012
TED Talks
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It's the end of 2012, and the US political system is tied in knots over next year's "fiscal cliff" -- a budget impasse that can only be solved with bipartisan agreement. (And the world is watching.) Adam Davidson, cohost of "Planet Money," shares surprising data that shows how it might just be solved.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, economics, global issues, politics, TEDSalon NY2012, 2012
TED Talks
Dec 19, 2012 TED.com
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A long time ago in New York City, Steve Addis stood on a corner holding his 1-year-old daughter in his arms; his wife snapped a photo. The image has inspired an annual father-daughter ritual, where Addis and his daughter pose for the same picture, on the same corner, each year. Addis shares 15 treasured photographs from the series, and explores why this small, repeated ritual means so much.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, parenting, photography, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
Dec 14, 2012 TED.com
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Explorer Ben Saunders wants you to go outside! Not because it’s always pleasant and happy, but because that’s where the meat of life is, “the juice that we can suck out of our hours and days.” Saunders’ next outdoor excursion? To try to be the first in the world to walk from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back again.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, extreme sports, personal growth, potential, sports, TEDSalon London...
TED Talks
Dec 13, 2012 TED.com
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A dung beetle has a brain the size of a grain of rice, and yet shows a tremendous amount of intelligence when it comes to rolling its food source -- animal excrement -- home. How? It all comes down to a dance. (Filmed at TEDxWitsUniversity.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, animals, insects, science, TEDxWitsUniversity, 2012
TED Talks
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Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani takes to the TEDxSummit stage in Doha, Qatar to take on serious issues in the Middle East -- like how many kisses to give when saying “Hi,” and what not to say on an American airplane.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, comedy, culture, entertainment, humor, performance, TEDxSummit, 2012
TED Talks
Dec 11, 2012 TED.com
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By the end of this talk, there will be 864 more hours of video on YouTube and 2.5 million more photos on Facebook and Instagram. So how do we sort through the deluge? At the TEDSalon in London, Markham Nolan shares the investigative techniques he and his team use to verify information in real-time, to let you know if that Statue of Liberty image has been doctored or if that video leaked from Syria is legitimate.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Internet, culture, journalism, TEDSalon London 2012, 2012
TED Talks
Dec 10, 2012 TED.com
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Patenting a new drug helps finance its immense cost to develop -- but that same patent can put advanced treatments out of reach for sick people in developing nations, at deadly cost. Ellen 't Hoen talks about an elegant, working solution to the problem: the Medicines Patent Pool. (Filmed at TEDxZurich.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TEDxZurich, 2012
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Each of our bodies is utterly unique, which is a lovely thought until it comes to treating an illness -- when every body reacts differently, often unpredictably, to standard treatment. Tissue engineer Nina Tandon talks about a possible solution: Using pluripotent stem cells to make personalized models of organs on which to test new drugs and treatments, and storing them on computer chips. (Call it extremely personalized medicine.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biology, engineering, health care, medical research, medicine, science,...
TED Talks
Dec 5, 2012 TED.com
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Jeff Smith spent a year in prison. But what he discovered inside wasn’t what he expected -- he saw in his fellow inmates boundless ingenuity and business savvy. He asks: Why don't we tap this entrepreneurial potential to help ex-prisoners contribute to society once they're back outside? (From the TED Talent Search event TED@NewYork.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, prison, TED@New York, 2012
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
Dec 3, 2012 TED.com
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Throughout the history of Islam, says journalist Bobby Ghosh, there have been two sides to jihad: one, internal, a personal struggle to be better, the other external. A small minority (most recently Osama bin Laden) has appropriated the second, using it as an excuse for deadly global violence against "the West." Ghosh suggests that, now that bin Laden's worldwide organization has fragmented, it's time to reclaim the word. (Filmed at TEDxGeorgetown.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, faith, global issues, politics, religion, war, TEDxGeorgetown, 2012
TED Talks
Nov 30, 2012 TED.com
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People aren’t just cooking anymore -- they’re cooking, texting, talking on the phone, watching YouTube and uploading photos of the awesome meal they just made. Designer Paolo Cardini questions the efficiency of our multitasking world and makes the case for -- gasp -- "monotasking." His  charming 3D-printed smartphone covers just might help.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, design, humor, product design, technology, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
Nov 29, 2012 TED.com
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As natural garbage collectors, vultures are vital to our ecosystem -- so why all the bad press? Why are so many in danger of extinction? Raptor biologist Munir Virani says we need to pay more attention to these unique and misunderstood creatures, to change our perception and save the vultures.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, adventure, animals, biology, birds, nature, science, TED@Nairobi, 2012
TED Talks
Nov 28, 2012 TED.com
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Cross-country skier Janine Shepherd hoped for an Olympic medal -- until she was hit by a truck during a training bike ride. She shares a powerful story about the human potential for recovery. Her message: you are not your body, and giving up old dreams can allow new ones to soar.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, health, health care, storytelling, TEDxKC, 2012
TED Talks
Nov 27, 2012 TED.com
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It’s an unfortunate reality in nearly every major city—road congestion, especially during rush hours. Jonas Eliasson reveals how subtly nudging just a small percentage of drivers to stay off major roads can make traffic jams a thing of the past. (Filmed at TEDxHelvetia.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, cars, transportation, TEDxHelvetia, 2012
TED Talks
Nov 26, 2012 TED.com
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When most well-intentioned aid workers hear of a problem they think they can fix, they go to work. This, Ernesto Sirolli suggests, is naïve. In this funny and impassioned talk, he proposes that the first step is to listen to the people you're trying to help, and tap into their own entrepreneurial spirit. His advice on what works will help any entrepreneur.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, development, global issues, TEDxEQChCh, 2012
TED Talks
Nov 21, 2012 TED.com
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Brothers Jonny, Robbie and Tommy Mizzone are The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, a trio of virtuoso bluegrass musicians who play with dazzling vivacity. Did we mention they're all under 16?
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, entertainment, live music, performance, wunderkind, youth, TED@New...
TED Talks
Nov 20, 2012 TED.com
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How do you build a wheelchair ready to blaze through mud and sand, all for under $200? MIT engineer Amos Winter guides us through the mechanics of an all-terrain wheelchair that’s cheap and easy to build -- for true accessibility -- and gives us some lessons he learned along the road.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, design, development, disability, engineering, 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
Nov 14, 2012 TED.com
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Hannah Brencher's mother always wrote her letters. So when she felt herself bottom into depression after college, she did what felt natural -- she wrote love letters and left them for strangers to find. The act has become a global initiative, The World Needs More Love Letters, which rushes handwritten letters to those in need of a boost.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, communication, culture, TED@New York, 2012
TED Talks
Nov 14, 2012 TED.com
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We can use a mosquito's own instincts against her. At TEDxMaastricht speaker Bart Knols demos the imaginative solutions his team is developing to fight malaria -- including limburger cheese and a deadly pi
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TEDxFeatured, global issues, health, insects, medicine, tedx, TEDxMaastricht,...
TED Talks
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When he realized his wife had to choose between buying family meals and buying her monthly "supplies," Arunachalam Muruganantham vowed to help her solve the problem of the sanitary pad. His research got very very personal -- and led him to a powerful business model. (Filmed in Bangalore as part of the TED Global Talent Search.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TED@Bangalore, 2012
TED Talks
Nov 12, 2012 TED.com
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Radio host Julie Burstein talks with creative people for a living -- and shares four lessons about how to create in the face of challenge, self-doubt and loss. Hear insights from filmmaker Mira Nair, writer Richard Ford, sculptor Richard Serra and photographer Joel Meyerowitz.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, arts, creativity, entertainment, photography, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
Nov 9, 2012 TED.com
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Who hasn’t sent a text message saying “I’m on my way” when it wasn’t true or fudged the truth a touch in their online dating profile? But Jeff Hancock doesn’t believe that the anonymity of the internet encourages dishonesty. In fact, he says the searchability and permanence of information online may even keep us honest.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, communication, technology, TEDxWinnipeg, 2012
TED Talks
Nov 8, 2012 TED.com
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Orphanages are costly and can cause irreparable damage both mentally and physically for its charges -- so why are they still so ubiquitous? Georgette Mulheir gravely describes the tragedy of orphanages and urges us to end our reliance on them, by finding alternate ways of supporting children in need.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, activism, children, culture, parenting, psychology, social change, youth,...
TED Talks
Nov 7, 2012 TED.com
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In Western society, bats are often characterized as creepy, even evil. Zoologist Emma Teeling encourages us to rethink our attitude toward bats, whose unique and fascinating biology gives us insight into our own genetic makeup. (Filmed at TEDxDublin.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, advertising, animals, biology, evolution, genetics, science, TEDxDublin, 2012
TED Talks
Nov 7, 2012 TED.com
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When photographed under a 3D microscope, grains of sand appear like colorful pieces of candy and the stamens in a flower become like fantastical spires at an amusement park. Gary Greenberg reveals the thrilling details of the micro world. (Filmed at TEDxMaui.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, nature, photography, TEDxMaui, 2012
TED Talks
Nov 2, 2012 TED.com
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Faith Jegede tells the moving and funny story of growing up with her two brothers, both autistic -- and both extraordinary. In this talk from the TED Talent Search, she reminds us to pursue a life beyond what is normal.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, culture, mental health, storytelling, TED@London, 2012
TED Talks
Oct 29, 2012 TED.com
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The public is losing faith in democracy, says British MP Rory Stewart. Iraq and Afghanistan’s new democracies are deeply corrupt; meanwhile, 84 percent of people in Britain say politics is broken. In this important talk, Stewart sounds a call to action to rebuild democracy, starting with recognizing why democracy is important -- not as a tool, but as an ideal.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, corruption, global issues, government, politics, society, state-building,...
TED Talks
Oct 25, 2012 TED.com
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Modern buildings with floor-to-ceiling windows give spectacular views, but they require a lot of energy to cool. Doris Kim Sung works with thermo-bimetals, smart materials that act more like human skin, dynamically and responsively, and can shade a room from sun and self-ventilate.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, architecture, art, climate change, design, invention, materials,...
TED Talks
Oct 24, 2012 TED.com
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Literature has long been fascinated with fostered, adopted and orphaned children, from Moses to Cinderella to Oliver Twist to Harry Potter. So why do many parentless children feel compelled to hide their pasts? Poet and playwright Lemn Sissay tells his own moving story. (Filmed at TEDxHousesofParliament.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, culture, spoken word, TEDxHousesofParliament, 2012
TED Talks
Oct 23, 2012 TED.com
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What does a disgusting image have to do with how you vote? Equipped with surveys and experiments, psychologist David Pizarro demonstrates a correlation between sensitivity to disgusting cues -- a photo of feces, an unpleasant odor -- and moral and political conservatism. (Filmed at TEDxEast.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, choice, cognitive science, morality, politics, psychology, science,...
TED Talks
Oct 22, 2012 TED.com
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It may seem that we're living in a borderless world where ideas, goods and people flow freely from nation to nation. We're not even close, says Pankaj Ghemawat. With great data (and an eye-opening survey), he argues that there's a delta between perception and reality in a world that's maybe not so hyperconnected after all.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, economics, global issues, social change, social media, TEDGlobal...
TED Talks
Oct 18, 2012 TED.com
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Our leaders need to be held accountable, says journalist Heather Brooke. And she should know: Brooke uncovered the British Parliamentary financial expenses that led to a major political scandal in 2009. She urges us to ask our leaders questions through platforms like Freedom of Information requests -- and to finally get some answers.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, corruption, culture, journalism, news, politics, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
Oct 16, 2012 TED.com
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When you're getting medical treatment, or taking part in medical testing, privacy is important; strict laws limit what researchers can see and know about you. But what if your medical data could be used -- anonymously -- by anyone seeking to test a hypothesis? John Wilbanks wonders if the desire to protect our privacy is slowing research, and if opening up medical data could lead to a wave of health care innovation.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, health, health care, medical research, open-source, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
Oct 15, 2012 TED.com
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The world is changing much more rapidly than most people realize, says business educator Eddie Obeng -- and creative output cannot keep up. In this spirited talk, he highlights three important changes we should understand for better productivity, and calls for a stronger culture of “smart failure."
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, creativity, education, failure, productivity, success, technology,...
TED Talks
Oct 11, 2012 TED.com
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Melissa Marshall brings a message to all scientists (from non-scientists): We're fascinated by what you're doing. So tell us about it -- in a way we can understand. In just 4 minutes, she shares powerful tips on presenting complex scientific ideas to a general audien
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, communication, engineering, science, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
Oct 10, 2012 TED.com
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Diseases of the body garner sympathy, says comedian Ruby Wax -- except those of the brain. Why is that? With dazzling energy and humor, Wax, diagnosed a decade ago with clinical depression, urges us to put an end to the stigma of mental illness.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, activism, brain, comedy, culture, entertainment, evolution, humor, mental...
TED Talks
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John Maeda, President of the Rhode Island School of Design, delivers a funny and charming talk that spans a lifetime of work in art, design and technology, concluding with a picture of creative leadership in the future. Watch for demos of Maeda’s earliest work -- and even a computer made of people.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Internet, art, arts, computers, creativity, design, humor, leadership,...
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The days are past (if they ever existed) when a person, company or brand could tightly control their reputation -- online chatter and spin mean that if you're relevant, there's a constant, free-form conversation happening about you that you have no control over. Tim Leberecht offers three big ideas about accepting that loss of control, even designing for it -- and using it as an impetus to recommit to your values.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, design, social media, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
Oct 5, 2012 TED.com
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As the director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Thomas P. Campbell thinks deeply about curating—not just selecting art objects, but placing them in a setting where the public can learn their stories. With glorious images, he shows how his curation philosophy works for displaying medieval tapestries—and for the over-the-top fashion/art of Alexander McQueen. (From The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, museums, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
Oct 4, 2012 TED.com
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Shimon Schocken and Noam Nisan developed a curriculum for their students to build a computer, piece by piece. When they put the course online -- giving away the tools, simulators, chip specifications and other building blocks -- they were surprised that thousands jumped at the opportunity to learn, working independently as well as organizing their own classes in the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). A call to forget about grades and tap into the self-motivation to learn.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, computers, education, open-source, technology, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
Oct 3, 2012 TED.com
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In this gripping talk, lawyer Jason McCue urges for a new way to attack terrorism, to weaken its credibility with those who are buying the product -- the recruits. He shares stories of real cases where he and other activists used this approach to engage and create change.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, crime, global issues, law, marketing, violence, war, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
Oct 2, 2012 TED.com
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When Robert Gupta was caught between a career as a doctor and as a violinist, he realized his place was in the middle, with a bow in his hand and a sense of social justice in his heart. He tells a moving story of society’s marginalized and the power of music therapy, which can succeed where conventional medicine fails.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TED Fellows, activism, live music, medicine, music, performance, violin,...
TED Talks
Oct 1, 2012 TED.com
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Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” -- standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident -- can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, business, psychology, self, success, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
Oct 1, 2012 TED.com
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Set aside the politics: Data shows that climate change is happening, measurably, now. And as Vicki Arroyo says, it's time to prepare our homes and cities for the new climate, with its increased risk of flooding, drought and uncertainty. She illustrates this inspiring talk with bold projects from cities all over the world -- local examples of thinking ahead.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, cities, climate change, global issues, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
Sep 29, 2012 TED.com
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Map designer Aris Venetikidis is fascinated by the maps we draw in our minds as we move around a city -- less like street maps, more like schematics or wiring diagrams, abstract images of relationships between places. How can we learn from these mental maps to make better real ones? As a test case, he remakes the notorious Dublin bus map. (Filmed at TEDxDublin)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, design, interface design, map, TEDxDublin, 2012
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Sep 28, 2012 TED.com
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Art historian Bahia Shehab has long been fascinated with the Arabic script for ‘no.’ When revolution swept through Egypt in 2011, she began spraying the image in the streets saying no to dictators, no to military rule and no to violence.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, arts, world cultures, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
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When a new drug gets tested, the results of the trials should be published for the rest of the medical world -- except much of the time, negative or inconclusive findings go unreported, leaving doctors and researchers in the dark. In this impassioned talk, Ben Goldacre explains why these unreported instances of negative data are especially misleading and dangerous.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, cancer, medicine, science, TEDMED 2012, 2012
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The open-source world has learned to deal with a flood of new, oftentimes divergent, ideas using hosting services like GitHub -- so why can’t governments? In this rousing talk Clay Shirky shows how democracies can take a lesson from the Internet, to be not just transparent but also to draw on the knowledge of all their citizens.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Internet, collaboration, future, government, law, open-source, politics,...
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Sep 24, 2012 TED.com
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Mice, bugs and hamsters are no longer the only way to study the brain. Functional MRI (fMRI) allows scientists to map brain activity in living, breathing, decision-making human beings. Read Montague gives an overview of how this technology is helping us understand the complicated ways in which we interact with each other.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, neuroscience, science, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
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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
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Sep 22, 2012 TED.com
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There's been an explosion of collaborative consumption -- web-powered sharing of cars, apartments, skills. Rachel Botsman explores the currency that makes systems like Airbnb and Taskrabbit work: trust, influence, and what she calls "reputation capital."
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, collaboration, community, web, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
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Sep 21, 2012 TED.com
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One day, Ed Gavagan was sitting on the subway, watching two young med students practicing their knots. And a powerful memory washed over him -- of one shocking moment that changed his life forever. An unforgettable story of crime, skill and gratitude.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, New York, crime, medicine, storytelling, violence, TEDMED 2012, 2012
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Sep 20, 2012 TED.com
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Your mobile phone, computer and game console have a bloody past — tied to tantalum mining, which funds the war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Drawing on his personal story, activist and refugee Bandi Mbubi gives a stirring call to action. (Filmed at TEDxExete
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Africa, technology, war, TEDxExeter, 2012
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Sep 19, 2012 TED.com
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When a squirrel chewed through a cable and knocked him offline, journalist Andrew Blum started wondering what the Internet was really made of. So he set out to go see it -- the underwater cables, secret switches and other physical bits that make up the net.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Internet, business, exploration, technology, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
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Sep 18, 2012 TED.com
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Because of poor acoustics, students in classrooms miss 50 percent of what their teachers say and patients in hospitals have trouble sleeping because they continually feel stressed. Julian Treasure sounds a call to action for designers to pay attention to the “invisible architecture” of sound.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, architecture, design, sound, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
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Why do teenagers seem so much more impulsive, so much less self-aware than grown-ups? Cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore compares the prefrontal cortex in adolescents to that of adults, to show us how typically “teenage” behavior is caused by the growing and developing brain.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, cognitive science, neuroscience, science, youth, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
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Sep 16, 2012 TED.com
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Western countries throw out nearly half of their food, not because it’s inedible -- but because it doesn’t look appealing. Tristram Stuart delves into the shocking data of wasted food, calling for a more responsible use of global resources.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, environment, food, TEDSalon London Spring 2012, 2012
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Sep 15, 2012 TED.com
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What can governments learn from the open-data revolution? In this stirring talk, Beth Noveck, the former deputy CTO at the White House, shares a vision of practical openness -- connecting bureaucracies to citizens, sharing data, creating a truly participatory democracy. Imagine the "writable society" ...
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, data, global issues, government, politics, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
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We all use our body on a daily basis, and yet few of us think about our physicality the way Wayne McGregor does. He demonstrates how a choreographer communicates ideas to an audience, working with two dancers to build phrases of dance, live and unscripted, on the TEDGlobal stage.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, dance, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
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Sep 13, 2012 TED.com
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Calling them "our bodies' own repair kits," Susan Solomon advocates research using lab-grown stem cells. By growing individual pluripotent stem cell lines, her team creates testbeds that could accelerate research into curing diseases -- and perhaps lead to individualized treatment, targeted not just to a particular disease but a particular person.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, health care, medical research, science, technology, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
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Sep 10, 2012 TED.com
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Scott Fraser studies how humans remember crimes -- and bear witness to them. In this powerful talk, which focuses on a deadly shooting at sunset, he suggests that even close-up eyewitnesses to a crime can create "memories" they could not have seen. Why? Because the brain abhors a vacuum.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, crime, global issues, government, law, memory, mind, prison, science,...