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  • You found a planet!: Robert Simpson crowdsources scientific research and accelerates discovery at Zooniverse

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    Karen Eng
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
      Scientific research is generating far more data than the average researcher can get through. Meanwhile, modern computing has yet to catch up with the superior discernment of the human eye. The solution? Enlist the help of citizen scientists. British astronomer and web developer Robert Simpson is part of the online platform Zooniverse, which lets more than one million volunteers from around the world lend a hand to a variety of projects — everything from mapping the Milky Way to hunting for exoplanets to counting elephants to identifying cancer cells — accelerating…
  • TED: Matthew Carter: My life in typefaces - Matthew Carter (2014)

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    TEDTalks
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:59 am
    Pick up a book, magazine or screen, and more than likely you'll come across some typography designed by Matthew Carter. In this charming talk, the man behind typefaces such as Verdana, Georgia and Bell Centennial (designed just for phone books -- remember them?), takes us on a spin through a career focused on the very last pixel of each letter of a font.
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  • You found a planet!: Robert Simpson crowdsources scientific research and accelerates discovery at Zooniverse

    Karen Eng
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
      Scientific research is generating far more data than the average researcher can get through. Meanwhile, modern computing has yet to catch up with the superior discernment of the human eye. The solution? Enlist the help of citizen scientists. British astronomer and web developer Robert Simpson is part of the online platform Zooniverse, which lets more than one million volunteers from around the world lend a hand to a variety of projects — everything from mapping the Milky Way to hunting for exoplanets to counting elephants to identifying cancer cells — accelerating…
  • Data researcher Jean-Baptiste Michel made his first piece of art … and the Whitney Museum acquired it

    Kate Torgovnick
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Jean-Baptiste Michel’s “I wish I could be exactly what you’re looking for” (2014). The words that appear in it are tweets that start with “I wish.” Photo: Courtesy of Jean-Baptiste Michel Jean-Baptiste Michel has sold a small sculpture to the Whitney Museum of American Art. A major museum acquiring a piece—that’s a big moment for any artist. But this sculpture is the very first piece of art Michel ever created. Jean-Baptiste Michel + Erez Lieberman Aiden: What we learned from 5 million booksMichel is the data researcher who showed what you can…
  • Is math the language of the universe? A bilingual TED-Ed Club explores

    Emilie Soffe
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Student Pierre Hirschler gives a TED-Ed Club presentation, exploring math as a universal language. In New York City, it’s common to hear ten different languages just on your walk to work in the morning. For the students at Lycée Français de New York, that kind of multicultural exposure doesn’t stop at the schoolhouse doors. With a combination French-English curriculum, this PreK-12 school educates students who represent more than 50 nationalities. And when the LFNY TED-Ed Club chose a topic for their final presentation, the students were drawn to language — more specifically,…
  • A $5 million challenge to help community college students graduate

    Kate Torgovnick
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Ani Okkasian was the first in her family to go to college. “My parents escaped a communist country and got to the States with $700 in their pocket,” she says. And so, when she joined a TEDActive 2014 workshop held by the Robin Hood Foundation to brainstorm ways to help community college students graduate, she offered an insight from her own college experience: These students may feel like they’re floating on their own. Community colleges offer access to higher education for more than 8 million students a year in the United States, many of them from low-income backgrounds and, like…
  • Webby Award nominations: Vote for TED, and find hundreds more sites to explore

    Emily McManus
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:09 pm
    The 2014 Webby Award nominations were announced this week, and one particular nomination stood out. Because once again, in the Online Film & Video: Variety category, TED is pitted against Kid President. And once again, we’re so conflicted. If you are too, vote for TED where you can; we’ll understand. Here are all of TED’s nominations in the People’s Voice ballot. Sign in to vote in support of TED.com, TED-Ed or one of the other amazing nominees: TED.com is nominated in Social: Education & Discovery and in Online Film & Video: Events & Live Webcasts, as…
 
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  • TED: Matthew Carter: My life in typefaces - Matthew Carter (2014)

    TEDTalks
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:59 am
    Pick up a book, magazine or screen, and more than likely you'll come across some typography designed by Matthew Carter. In this charming talk, the man behind typefaces such as Verdana, Georgia and Bell Centennial (designed just for phone books -- remember them?), takes us on a spin through a career focused on the very last pixel of each letter of a font.
  • TED: Jeremy Kasdin: The flower-shaped starshade that might help us detect Earth-like planets - Jeremy Kasdin (2014)

    TEDTalks
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    Astronomers believe that every star in the galaxy has a planet, one fifth of which might harbor life. Only we haven't seen any of them -- yet. Jeremy Kasdin and his team are looking to change that with the design and engineering of an extraordinary piece of equipment: a flower petal-shaped "starshade" that allows a telescope to photograph planets from 50,000 kilometers away. It is, he says, the "coolest possible science."
  • TED: Norman Spack: How I help transgender teens become who they want to be - Norman Spack (2013)

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    16 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    Puberty is an awkward time for just about everybody, but for transgender teens it can be a nightmare, as they grow overnight into bodies they aren't comfortable with. In a heartfelt talk, endocrinologist Norman Spack tells a personal story of how he became one of the few doctors in the US to treat minors with hormone replacement therapy. By staving off the effects of puberty, Spack gives trans teens the time they need. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)
  • TED: Jennifer Senior: For parents, happiness is a very high bar - Jennifer Senior (2014)

    TEDTalks
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:59 am
    The parenting section of the bookstore is overwhelming—it's "a giant, candy-colored monument to our collective panic," as writer Jennifer Senior puts it. Why is parenthood filled with so much anxiety? Because the goal of modern, middle-class parents—to raise happy children—is so elusive. In this honest talk, she offers some kinder and more achievable aims.
  • TED: David Brooks: Should you live for your résumé ... or your eulogy? - David Brooks (2014)

    TEDTalks
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    Within each of us are two selves, suggests David Brooks in this meditative short talk: the self who craves success, who builds a résumé, and the self who seeks connection, community, love -- the values that make for a great eulogy. (Joseph Soloveitchik has called these selves "Adam I" and "Adam II.") Brooks asks: Can we balance these two selves?
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