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  • TED: Jill Shargaa: Please, please, people. Let's put the 'awe' back in 'awesome' - Jill Shargaa (2014)

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    29 Aug 2014 | 7:57 am
    Which of the following is awesome: your lunch or the Great Pyramid of Giza? Comedian Jill Shargaa sounds a hilarious call for us to save the word "awesome" for things that truly inspire awe.
  • TEDGlobal 2014: The full lineup revealed

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    Kate Torgovnick May
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:59 am
    TEDGlobal 2014 is themed “South!,” and it will be the first official TED conference held in South America. Focusing on themes emerging around the world, this conference will take a bold look at the ideas flowing from the Global South, discussing innovation as well as social and political issues, art as well as education, resources as well as technology. TEDGlobal 2014 will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from October 6-10. Below, check out the full speaker line-up, organized by discipline. To see the speakers in the order in which they will appear onstage, check out our online…
  • TED: Jim Holt: Why does the universe exist? - Jim Holt (2014)

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    2 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    Why is there something instead of nothing? In other words: Why does the universe exist (and why are we in it)? Philosopher and writer Jim Holt follows this question toward three possible answers. Or four. Or none.
  • TED: Jim Holt: Why does the universe exist? - Jim Holt (2014)

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    2 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    Why is there something instead of nothing? In other words: Why does the universe exist (and why are we in it)? Philosopher and writer Jim Holt follows this question toward three possible answers. Or four. Or none.
  • TED: Hubertus Knabe: The dark secrets of a surveillance state - Hubertus Knabe (2014)

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    6 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    Tour the deep dark world of the East German state security agency known as Stasi. Uniquely powerful at spying on its citizens, until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 the Stasi masterminded a system of surveillance and psychological pressure that kept the country under control for decades. Hubertus Knabe studies the Stasi — and was spied on by them. He shares stunning details from the fall of a surveillance state, and shows how easy it was for neighbor to turn on neighbor.
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  • TEDGlobal 2014: The full lineup revealed

    Kate Torgovnick May
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:59 am
    TEDGlobal 2014 is themed “South!,” and it will be the first official TED conference held in South America. Focusing on themes emerging around the world, this conference will take a bold look at the ideas flowing from the Global South, discussing innovation as well as social and political issues, art as well as education, resources as well as technology. TEDGlobal 2014 will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from October 6-10. Below, check out the full speaker line-up, organized by discipline. To see the speakers in the order in which they will appear onstage, check out our online…
  • Need help? Ask Aunt Bertha! Erine Gray helps people in need find social services in their area

    Karen Eng
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:20 am
    Most of us will, at some point, face a life crisis — divorce, job loss, illness, eviction. In the United States, 95% of social safety nets are provided by charity organizations and NGOs, so finding help in a crisis situation can be confusing and distressing. Erine Gray is the founder of Aunt Bertha, a free-to-use online platform that makes it easy for anyone in the US to find and apply for social services — anything from Medicare to food stamps to housing — just by typing in a ZIP code. Aunt Bertha serves people in all 50 states, with in-depth coverage in Texas, Colorado,…
  • A know-it-all gets another chance, JR quips with Stephen Colbert and a plan to give half the planet back to wildlife

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    29 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    Stephen Colbert snaps a photo with TED Prize winner JR on the set of The Colbert Report Members of the TED community sure were busy this week. Below, some highlights: Legendary biologist E.O. Wilson has come out with a bold idea: that we set aside half of Planet Earth for wildlife. If we don’t, he warns, he sees us hurtling toward a “biological holocaust” that could send us the way of the dinosaurs. (Watch his TED Prize talk: My wish: Build the Encyclopedia of Life.) Artist JR, who launched more than 100,000 black-and-white posters with his TED Prize wish, appeared on The Colbert…
  • How translation amplifies ideas: TED speakers show appreciation

    Kate Torgovnick May
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Shortly after model Geena Rocero gave the TED Talk “Why I must come out,” she was Skyping with an LGBTQ activist in Hong Kong. This activist mentioned how powerful it would be for Chinese speakers to be able to watch the talk. Rocero logged on to TED.com to find out how she could get her talk translated. To her surprise, she found that Chinese subtitles were already live—along with subtitles in Hebrew, Romanian, Thai, Vietnamese and Spanish. Today, Rocero’s talk is available in 28 languages. And as she travels the world speaking about LGBTQ issues with her organization Gender Proud,…
  • Poll: Do you understand your pet’s emotions, and do they understand yours? The TED community answers

    Kate Torgovnick May
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:39 am
    Animals clearly show emotions, says science historian Laurel Braitman in her TED Talk. Which leads to the question: do you understand your pet’s feelings? Photo: Kris Krüg/TED Pets: they are just like us. Well, maybe. In her TED Talk, “Depressed dogs, cats with OCD—what animal madness means for us humans,” Laurel Braitman shares her seven years of research on the mental health of animals. “What I discovered is that I do believe they can suffer from mental illness, and [that] trying to identify mental illness in them can help us be better friends to them,” says Braitman, a TED…
 
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  • TED: Jim Holt: Why does the universe exist? - Jim Holt (2014)

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    2 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    Why is there something instead of nothing? In other words: Why does the universe exist (and why are we in it)? Philosopher and writer Jim Holt follows this question toward three possible answers. Or four. Or none.
  • TED: Jill Shargaa: Please, please, people. Let's put the 'awe' back in 'awesome' - Jill Shargaa (2014)

    TEDTalks
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:57 am
    Which of the following is awesome: your lunch or the Great Pyramid of Giza? Comedian Jill Shargaa sounds a hilarious call for us to save the word "awesome" for things that truly inspire awe.
  • TED: Sally Kohn: Don't like clickbait? Don't click - Sally Kohn (2014)

    TEDTalks
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    Doesn't it seem like a lot of online news sites have moved beyond reporting the news to openly inciting your outrage (and your page views)? News analyst Sally Kohn suggests — don't engage with news that looks like it just wants to make you mad. Instead, give your precious clicks to the news sites you truly trust.
  • TED: Meera Vijayann: Find your voice against gender violence - Meera Vijayann (2014)

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    27 Aug 2014 | 8:19 am
    This talk begins with a personal story of sexual violence that may be difficult to listen to. But that’s the point, says citizen journalist Meera Vijayann: Speaking out on tough, taboo topics is the spark for change. Vijayann uses digital media to speak honestly about her experience of gender violence in her home country of India -- and calls on others to speak out too.
  • TED: Rose Goslinga: Crop insurance, an idea worth seeding - Rose Goslinga (2014)

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    26 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    Across sub-Saharan Africa, small farmers are the bedrock of national and regional economies—unless the weather proves unpredictable and their crops fail. The solution is insurance, at a vast, continental scale, and at a very low, affordable cost. Rose Goslinga and her team at the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture pioneered an unconventional way to give farmers whose crops fail early a second chance at a growing season.
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  • TED: Jim Holt: Why does the universe exist? - Jim Holt (2014)

    TEDTalks
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    Why is there something instead of nothing? In other words: Why does the universe exist (and why are we in it)? Philosopher and writer Jim Holt follows this question toward three possible answers. Or four. Or none.
  • TED: Jill Shargaa: Please, please, people. Let's put the 'awe' back in 'awesome' - Jill Shargaa (2014)

    TEDTalks
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:57 am
    Which of the following is awesome: your lunch or the Great Pyramid of Giza? Comedian Jill Shargaa sounds a hilarious call for us to save the word "awesome" for things that truly inspire awe.
  • TED: Sally Kohn: Don't like clickbait? Don't click - Sally Kohn (2014)

    TEDTalks
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    Doesn't it seem like a lot of online news sites have moved beyond reporting the news to openly inciting your outrage (and your page views)? News analyst Sally Kohn suggests — don't engage with news that looks like it just wants to make you mad. Instead, give your precious clicks to the news sites you truly trust.
  • TED: Meera Vijayann: Find your voice against gender violence - Meera Vijayann (2014)

    TEDTalks
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:19 am
    This talk begins with a personal story of sexual violence that may be difficult to listen to. But that’s the point, says citizen journalist Meera Vijayann: Speaking out on tough, taboo topics is the spark for change. Vijayann uses digital media to speak honestly about her experience of gender violence in her home country of India -- and calls on others to speak out too.
  • TED: Rose Goslinga: Crop insurance, an idea worth seeding - Rose Goslinga (2014)

    TEDTalks
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    Across sub-Saharan Africa, small farmers are the bedrock of national and regional economies—unless the weather proves unpredictable and their crops fail. The solution is insurance, at a vast, continental scale, and at a very low, affordable cost. Rose Goslinga and her team at the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture pioneered an unconventional way to give farmers whose crops fail early a second chance at a growing season.
 
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  • TED: Hubertus Knabe: The dark secrets of a surveillance state - Hubertus Knabe (2014)

    TEDTalks
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    Tour the deep dark world of the East German state security agency known as Stasi. Uniquely powerful at spying on its citizens, until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 the Stasi masterminded a system of surveillance and psychological pressure that kept the country under control for decades. Hubertus Knabe studies the Stasi — and was spied on by them. He shares stunning details from the fall of a surveillance state, and shows how easy it was for neighbor to turn on neighbor.
  • TED: Margaret Gould Stewart: How giant websites design for you (and a billion others, too) - Margaret Gould Stewart (2014)

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    5 Aug 2014 | 8:19 am
    Facebook’s “like” and “share” buttons are seen 22 billion times a day, making them some of the most-viewed design elements ever created. Margaret Gould Stewart, Facebook’s director of product design, outlines three rules for design at such a massive scale—one so big that the tiniest of tweaks can cause global outrage, but also so large that the subtlest of improvements can positively impact the lives of many.
  • TED: Shai Reshef: An ultra-low-cost college degree - Shai Reshef (2014)

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    4 Aug 2014 | 8:08 am
    At the online University of the People, anyone with a high school diploma can take classes toward a degree in business administration or computer science — without standard tuition fees (though exams cost money). Founder Shai Reshef hopes that higher education is changing "from being a privilege for the few to a basic right, affordable and accessible for all."
  • TED: Shih Chieh Huang: Sculptures that’d be at home in the deep sea - Shih Chieh Huang (2014)

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    16 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    When he was young, artist Shih Chieh Huang loved taking toys apart and perusing the aisles of night markets in Taiwan for unexpected objects. Today, this TED Fellow creates madcap sculptures that seem to have a life of their own—with eyes that blink, tentacles that unfurl and parts that light up like bioluminescent sea creatures.
  • TED: Nikolai Begg: A tool to fix one of the most dangerous moments in surgery - Nikolai Begg (2013)

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    15 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    Surgeons are required every day to puncture human skin before procedures — with the risk of damaging what's on the other side. In a fascinating talk, find out how mechanical engineer Nikolai Begg is using physics to update an important medical device, called the trocar, and improve one of the most dangerous moments in many common surgeries.
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