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  • A sci-fi film with its eyes on reality: Watch the deleted scene from “I Origins” that features a TEDx Talk

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    Kate Torgovnick May
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Molecular biologist Ian (played by Michael Pitt) stares at a billboard of a pair of green eyes in Mike Cahill’s “I Origins.” The film explores iris recognition technology, and a TEDx talk helped Cahill do research. Photo: Fox Searchlight Mike Cahill’s new film I Origins is technically science fiction. But the technology in it is firmly rooted in reality. A mind-twister of the highest order, I Origins tells the story of a molecular biologist, Ian (played by Michael Pitt), who studies the iris of the eye, a part that is unique for every individual. His lab partner makes a…
  • TED: Ze Frank: Are you human? - Ze Frank (2014)

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    TEDTalks
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    Have you ever wondered: Am I a human being? Ze Frank suggests a series of simple questions that will determine this. Please relax and follow the prompts. Let's begin …
  • TED: Ze Frank: Are you human? - Ze Frank (2014)

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    18 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    Have you ever wondered: Am I a human being? Ze Frank suggests a series of simple questions that will determine this. Please relax and follow the prompts. Let's begin …
  • TED: Karima Bennoune: When people of Muslim heritage challenge fundamentalism - Karima Bennoune (2014)

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    TEDTalks
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:19 am
    Karima Bennoune shares four powerful stories of real people fighting against fundamentalism in their own communities — refusing to allow the faith they love to become a tool for crime, attacks and murder. These personal stories humanize one of the most overlooked human-rights struggles in the world.
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  • A sci-fi film with its eyes on reality: Watch the deleted scene from “I Origins” that features a TEDx Talk

    Kate Torgovnick May
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Molecular biologist Ian (played by Michael Pitt) stares at a billboard of a pair of green eyes in Mike Cahill’s “I Origins.” The film explores iris recognition technology, and a TEDx talk helped Cahill do research. Photo: Fox Searchlight Mike Cahill’s new film I Origins is technically science fiction. But the technology in it is firmly rooted in reality. A mind-twister of the highest order, I Origins tells the story of a molecular biologist, Ian (played by Michael Pitt), who studies the iris of the eye, a part that is unique for every individual. His lab partner makes a…
  • A perpetual tourist who makes his own souvenirs: The intriguing work of artist Jorge Mañes Rubio

    Karen Eng
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    Jorge Mañes Rubio makes his own souvenirs—to have a reminder of his travels and create interactions with locals. Photo: Ryan Lash From China’s underwater cities to Amsterdam’s neglected neighborhoods to Italy’s looted ruins, Jorge Mañes Rubio seeks out forsaken places and makes art that memorializes, reimagines and reengages them with the world. His project “Normal Pool Level” — which emerged from his exploration of the cities, towns and villages submerged by China’s Three Gorges Dam Project — is on exhibition at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art in…
  • Why TED takes two weeks off every summer

    Emily McManus
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    TED.com is has gone dark for two weeks. No new TED Talks will be posted until August 4, while most of the TED staff takes a two-week holiday. Yes, we all go on break at the same time (mostly). We’ve been doing it this way now for five years, and it works for us. Here’s why. In the pre-video days of TED, the company built its schedule around the conferences. If you’ve ever run a big event, you know: the week afterward, all you want to do is lie on a beach. So the conference would end, the office would close, and everyone would disappear for a week, recover, and come back…
  • 5 things you think about Fargo, North Dakota — that you shouldn’t

    TED Guest Author
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Fargo: the fiction. Billy Bob Thornton stars in the FX television show Fargo, which is based on the Coen Brothers movie. Both give the absolute wrong impression of my city. Photo: FX/Matthias Clamer By Greg Tehven Fargo, North Dakota, has a skewed reputation. This city, which happens to be my hometown, rocketed to infamy thanks to the 1996 dark comedy by the Coen Brothers about a down-on-his-luck car salesman (William H. Macy) who plans to have his wife kidnapped, and the sheriff (Frances McDormand) who investigates what happens when the plan goes terribly awry. Fargo is a great film—I…
  • 10 tips on how to make slides that communicate your idea, from TED’s in-house expert

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    15 Jul 2014 | 12:57 pm
    When your slides rock, your whole presentation pops to life. At TED2014, David Epstein created a clean, informative slide deck to support his talk on the changing bodies of athletes. Photo: James Duncan Davidson   Aaron Weyenberg is the master of slide decks. Our UX Lead creates Keynote presentations that are both slick and charming—the kind that pull you in and keep you captivated, but in an understated way that helps you focus on what’s actually being said. He does this for his own presentations and for lots of other folks in the office. Yes, his coworkers ask him to design their…
 
 
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  • TED: Karima Bennoune: When people of Muslim heritage challenge fundamentalism - Karima Bennoune (2014)

    TEDTalks
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:19 am
    Karima Bennoune shares four powerful stories of real people fighting against fundamentalism in their own communities — refusing to allow the faith they love to become a tool for crime, attacks and murder. These personal stories humanize one of the most overlooked human-rights struggles in the world.
  • TED: Ge Wang: The DIY orchestra of the future - Ge Wang (2014)

    TEDTalks
    26 Jun 2014 | 7:47 am
    Ge Wang makes computer music, but it isn’t all about coded bleeps and blips. With the Stanford Laptop Orchestra, he creates new instruments out of unexpected materials—like an Ikea bowl—that allow musicians to play music that’s both beautiful and expressive.
  • TED: Billy Collins: Two poems about what dogs think (probably) - Billy Collins (2014)

    TEDTalks
    20 Jun 2014 | 8:12 am
    What must our dogs be thinking when they look at us? Poet Billy Collins imagines the inner lives of two very different companions. It’s a charming short talk, perfect for taking a break and dreaming …
  • TED: Jamila Lyiscott: 3 ways to speak English - Jamila Lyiscott (2014)

    TEDTalks
    19 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    Jamila Lyiscott is a “tri-tongued orator;” in her powerful spoken-word essay “Broken English,” she celebrates — and challenges — the three distinct flavors of English she speaks with her friends, in the classroom and with her parents. As she explores the complicated history and present-day identity that each language represents, she unpacks what it means to be “articulate.”
  • TED: Ruth Chang: How to make hard choices - Ruth Chang (2014)

    TEDTalks
    18 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    Here's a talk that could literally change your life. Which career should I pursue? Should I break up -- or get married?! Where should I live? Big decisions like these can be agonizingly difficult. But that's because we think about them the wrong way, says philosopher Ruth Chang. She offers a powerful new framework for shaping who we truly are.
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