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How pandemics spread – Mark Honigsbaum

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In our increasingly globalized world, a single infected person can board a plane and spread a virus across continents. Mark Honigsbaum describes the history of pandemics and how that knowledge can help halt future out...

RSA Animate – Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us

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This lively RSA Animate, adapted from Dan Pink's talk at the RSA, illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace.

The uncertain location of electrons – George Zaidan and Charles Morton

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The tiny atoms that make up our world are made up of even tinier protons, neutrons and electrons. Though the number of protons determines an atom's identity, it's the electrons -- specifically, their exact location ou...

Ramesh Raskar: Imaging at a trillion frames per second

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Ramesh Raskar presents femto-photography, a new type of imaging so fast it visualizes the world one trillion frames per second, so detailed it shows light itself in motion. This technology may someday be used to build...

Luis von Ahn: Massive-scale online collaboration

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After re-purposing CAPTCHA so each human-typed response helps digitize books, Luis von Ahn wondered how else to use small contributions by many on the Internet for greater good. At TEDxCMU, he shares how his ambitious...

History of English

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A look at the history of the English language.

Bill Nye: Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children

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Evolution is the fundamental idea in all of life science, in all of biology. According to Bill Nye, aka "the science guy," if grownups want to "deny evolution and live in your world that's completely inconsistent with...

Franz Harary ideaCity06

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Magician Franz Harary demonstrates magic tricks and explains the logic and the fundamental techniques of the illusions he produces.

Harrison Ford: Advice to Young Actors

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Harrison Ford: The only advice I have ever offered young actors is to try and figure our how to do it yourself. Never be caught with the idea that you can imitate someone else's success. As much as you might admire wh...

Why Everything Shouldn’t Happen in the Cloud

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Cloud computing shouldn't be an either/or decision. We should definitely make use of the tremendous collaborative possibilities of the Web for some tasks but utilize "the awesome local, graphical power and computing p...

Robert Thurman: Think You’ve Found Happiness? Then You Haven’t

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Robert Thurman contends that true happiness occurs when we're least aware of it.

Michio Kaku: The Dark Side of Technology

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Dr. Michio Kaku addresses this question: What is the most dangerous technology?

Noam Chomsky on The Imperial Presidency

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American author and political activist, Noam Chomsky, speking at a benefit for Canadian Dimension Magazine, delivers a talk entitled The Imperial Presidency. Recorded at University of Toronto on Nov 21/04.

Michelle Rainey ideaCity09

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Suffering from Crohn's Disease since 1988, Michelle Rainey resigned from a 10 year bank career in 2000 to form the British Columbia Marijuana Party. She has spent the last decade advocating marijuana legalization. Mic...

Kepler Worlds – Jon Jenkins (Science Shorts)

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This is a "Science Shorts" version of Jon Jenkins talk on the Kepler Mission. The Kepler Mission began its science observations just one year ago on March 12, 2009, initiating NASA's first search for Earth-like planet...

History of Multiple Sclerosis

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The second program in the Multiple Scleroses From A to Z series is presented by the distinguished MS researcher and clinician, Dr. Jock Murray. Dr. Murray is acknowledged as the world's leading expert on the history o...

Zach Lieberman: Interactive Art

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Artist Zach Lieberman uses interactive media to inspire - and explore the relationship between technology, performance, and the body. His recent projects include an open-source eye-tracking system that allows disabled...

Brian Greene: Making sense of string theory

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In clear, nontechnical language, string theorist Brian Greene explains how our understanding of the universe has evolved from Einstein's notions of gravity and space-time to superstring theory, where minuscule strands...

Aging of the Other Genome: A Decisive but Ambitious Solution

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The DNA in our cells consists of not only the well-known 46 chromosomes currently receiving such avid attention from specialists in sequencing technology, but also a large number of copies of a relatively tiny, circul...

Caroll Spinney: The Beginning of Sesame Street

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Caroll Spinney, Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, speaks to the Wittenberg University.

Michio Kaku: Telepathy Is Easier Than You Think

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Some have proposed using quantum entanglement (the invisible umbilical cord that exists between objects) as a form of telepathy. But there are much more practical ways of achieving telepathy that already exist.

How pandemics spread – Mark Honigsbaum

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In our increasingly globalized world, a single infected person can board a plane and spread a virus across continents. Mark Honigsbaum describes the history of pandemics and how that knowledge can help halt future out...

Cindy Gallop: Make love, not porn (Adult content)

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At TED2009, audience member Cindy Gallop gave a 4-minute presentation that became one of the event's most talked about. Speaking from her personal experience, she argued that hardcore pornography had distorted the way...

Neri Oxman: On Designing Form

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Architect Neri Oxman is the founder of MATERIALECOLOGY, an interdisciplinary design initiative expanding the boundaries of computational form-generation and material engineering. Named one of Fast Company's "100 Most ...