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  • A filmmaker dives into Sylvia Earle’s underwater world in the doc Mission Blue

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    Natasha Scripture
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:03 pm
    The new documentary Mission Blue charts the life of oceanographer Sylvia Earle. Director Fisher Stevens set out to make a film about her work, and ended up being fascinated by the person. Photo: Mission Blue Fisher Stevens produced The Cove, the 2009 Oscar-winning documentary about dubious Japanese dolphin-hunting practices, and his latest film takes him back into familiar waters. Stevens co-directed the newly-released doc Mission Blue, spending the last four years trekking around the world—from the Galapagos Islands to the Chesapeake Bay to the Great Barrier Reef—with unstoppable…
  • TED: Aziza Chaouni: How I brought a river, and my city, back to life - Aziza Chaouni (2014)

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    TEDTalks
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    The Fez River winds through the medina of Fez, Morocco—a mazelike medieval city that’s a World Heritage site. Once considered the “soul” of this celebrated city, the river succumbed to sewage and pollution, and in the 1950s was covered over bit by bit until nothing remained. TED Fellow Aziza Chaouni recounts her 20 year effort to restore this river to its former glory, and to transform her city in the process.
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    19 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    The Fez River winds through the medina of Fez, Morocco—a mazelike medieval city that’s a World Heritage site. Once considered the “soul” of this celebrated city, the river succumbed to sewage and pollution, and in the 1950s was covered over bit by bit until nothing remained. TED Fellow Aziza Chaouni recounts her 20 year effort to restore this river to its former glory, and to transform her city in the process.
  • TED: Margaret Gould Stewart: How giant websites design for you (and a billion others, too) - Margaret Gould Stewart (2014)

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    TEDTalks
    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.
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  • A filmmaker dives into Sylvia Earle’s underwater world in the doc Mission Blue

    Natasha Scripture
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:03 pm
    The new documentary Mission Blue charts the life of oceanographer Sylvia Earle. Director Fisher Stevens set out to make a film about her work, and ended up being fascinated by the person. Photo: Mission Blue Fisher Stevens produced The Cove, the 2009 Oscar-winning documentary about dubious Japanese dolphin-hunting practices, and his latest film takes him back into familiar waters. Stevens co-directed the newly-released doc Mission Blue, spending the last four years trekking around the world—from the Galapagos Islands to the Chesapeake Bay to the Great Barrier Reef—with unstoppable…
  • How to take care of pet jellyfish

    asialindsay
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Meet the TED jellyfish: Jellius Caesar, Jelvis Presley and Sting. Photo: Dian Lofton Last year, we in the TED office successfully raised an ant farm. So this year, we thought we were ready for a more ambitious project—taking care of three pet jellyfish. They may not look like it, but jellyfish can be real divas. Still, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and the jellies (and the snails that live with them) are now a part of the TED family. Allow us to take you on a journey into the wonderful world of jellyfish care … 1. Get a round tank with an air pump. Jellyfish have to have…
  • TED Ideas in Business aims to shake up the same old thinking on professional development

    Kate Torgovnick May
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
    TED Ideas in Business are playlists that bring together talks of interest to professional audiences. Here, the art for “Hidden Trends and Systems” and “Skillful Presentation.” For many, the words “professional development” conjure up memories of sitting in a human resources office, watching a series of awkward training videos and then taking a mandatory quiz. The TED Distribution Team realized: it doesn’t need to be this way. Earlier this year, they started to think about how companies could use TED Talks to get people thinking about their professional lives. The…
  • On origami, Alzheimer’s & kindness: Global health expert Alanna Shaikh rethinks preparing for dementia

    Karen Eng
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Alanna Shaikh at TED2013, about six months after giving a powerful talk about Alzheimer’s disease and the three strategies she was putting in place in case she should ever get it. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED Global health expert Alanna Shaikh gave an unexpected and moving talk at TEDGlobal 2012, called “How I’m preparing to get Alzheimer’s.” In it, she told the story of her father’s struggle with the disease, and outlined some strategies she’d devised in case dementia struck her later in life, too. The TED Blog was curious: How is her experiment going? While most of…
  • Mission Blue chronicles the life, loves and calling of ocean champion Sylvia Earle

    Natasha Scripture
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Sylvia Earle is a fearless 78-year-old woman. In the new documentary Mission Bluewe watch her dive with sharks in the deep blue sea and fearlessly dodge fishing nets as she swims through the middle of a major fishing operation. The film offers a bold new view of the famed oceanographer whose relentless pursuit of saving the ocean takes her from the mythical expanse of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to the swirling schools of the Chesapeake Bay menhaden fishery to the bustling fish markets of Tokyo. Mission Blue is now available on Netflix. Watch it here » Directed by Fisher Stevens (The…
 
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  • TED: Aziza Chaouni: How I brought a river, and my city, back to life - Aziza Chaouni (2014)

    TEDTalks
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    The Fez River winds through the medina of Fez, Morocco—a mazelike medieval city that’s a World Heritage site. Once considered the “soul” of this celebrated city, the river succumbed to sewage and pollution, and in the 1950s was covered over bit by bit until nothing remained. TED Fellow Aziza Chaouni recounts her 20 year effort to restore this river to its former glory, and to transform her city in the process.
  • TED: Tim Berners-Lee: A Magna Carta for the web - Tim Berners-Lee (2014)

    TEDTalks
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:18 am
    Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web 25 years ago. So it’s worth a listen when he warns us: There’s a battle ahead. Eroding net neutrality, filter bubbles and centralizing corporate control all threaten the web’s wide-open spaces. It’s up to users to fight for the right to access and openness. The question is, What kind of Internet do we want?
  • TED: Clint Smith: The danger of silence - Clint Smith (2014)

    TEDTalks
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:46 am
    "We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don't," says slam poet and teacher Clint Smith. A short, powerful piece from the heart, about finding the courage to speak up against ignorance and injustice.
  • TED: Eric Liu: Why ordinary people need to understand power - Eric Liu (2013)

    TEDTalks
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    Far too many Americans are illiterate in power — what it is, how it operates and why some people have it. As a result, those few who do understand power wield disproportionate influence over everyone else. “We need to make civics sexy again,” says civics educator Eric Liu. “As sexy as it was during the American Revolution or the Civil Rights Movement.”
  • TED: Dan Pacholke: How prisons can help inmates live meaningful lives - Dan Pacholke (2014)

    TEDTalks
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    In the United States, the agencies that govern prisons are often called ‘Department of Corrections.’ And yet, their focus is on containing and controlling inmates. Dan Pacholke, Deputy Secretary for the Washington State Department of Corrections, shares a different vision: of prisons that provide humane living conditions as well as opportunities for meaningful work and learning.
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  • TED: Aziza Chaouni: How I brought a river, and my city, back to life - Aziza Chaouni (2014)

    TEDTalks
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    The Fez River winds through the medina of Fez, Morocco—a mazelike medieval city that’s a World Heritage site. Once considered the “soul” of this celebrated city, the river succumbed to sewage and pollution, and in the 1950s was covered over bit by bit until nothing remained. TED Fellow Aziza Chaouni recounts her 20 year effort to restore this river to its former glory, and to transform her city in the process.
  • TED: Tim Berners-Lee: A Magna Carta for the web - Tim Berners-Lee (2014)

    TEDTalks
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:18 am
    Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web 25 years ago. So it’s worth a listen when he warns us: There’s a battle ahead. Eroding net neutrality, filter bubbles and centralizing corporate control all threaten the web’s wide-open spaces. It’s up to users to fight for the right to access and openness. The question is, What kind of Internet do we want?
  • TED: Clint Smith: The danger of silence - Clint Smith (2014)

    TEDTalks
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:46 am
    "We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don't," says slam poet and teacher Clint Smith. A short, powerful piece from the heart, about finding the courage to speak up against ignorance and injustice.
  • TED: Eric Liu: Why ordinary people need to understand power - Eric Liu (2013)

    TEDTalks
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    Far too many Americans are illiterate in power — what it is, how it operates and why some people have it. As a result, those few who do understand power wield disproportionate influence over everyone else. “We need to make civics sexy again,” says civics educator Eric Liu. “As sexy as it was during the American Revolution or the Civil Rights Movement.”
  • TED: Dan Pacholke: How prisons can help inmates live meaningful lives - Dan Pacholke (2014)

    TEDTalks
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    In the United States, the agencies that govern prisons are often called ‘Department of Corrections.’ And yet, their focus is on containing and controlling inmates. Dan Pacholke, Deputy Secretary for the Washington State Department of Corrections, shares a different vision: of prisons that provide humane living conditions as well as opportunities for meaningful work and learning.
 
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  • TED: Margaret Gould Stewart: How giant websites design for you (and a billion others, too) - Margaret Gould Stewart (2014)

    TEDTalks
    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)

    TEDTalks
    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)

    TEDTalks
    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)

    TEDTalks
    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.
  • TED: David Chalmers: How do you explain consciousness? - David Chalmers (2014)

    TEDTalks
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    Our consciousness is a fundamental aspect of our existence, says philosopher David Chalmers: “There’s nothing we know about more directly…. but at the same time it’s the most mysterious phenomenon in the universe.” He shares some ways to think about the movie playing in our heads.
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