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The fascinating places scientists aren't exploring | Ella Al-Shamahi [Video]The fascinating places scientists aren't exploring | Ella Al-Shamahi

We're not doing frontline exploratory science in a huge portion of the world -- the places governments deem too hostile or disputed. What might we be missing because we're not looking? In this fearless, unexpectedly funny talk, paleoanthropologist..

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A new way to get every child ready for kindergarten | Claudia Miner [Video]A new way to get every child ready for kindergarten | Claudia Miner

Early education is critical to children's success -- but millions of kids in the United States still don't have access to programs that prepare them to thrive in kindergarten and beyond. Enter the UPSTART Project, a plan to bring early learning into..

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How we're honoring people overlooked by history | Amy Padnani [Video]How we're honoring people overlooked by history | Amy Padnani

Since its founding in 1851, the "New York Times" has published thousands of obituaries -- for heads of state, famous celebrities, even the inventor of the sock puppet. But only a small percentage of them chronicle the lives of women and people of..

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How a typeface helped launch Apollo | Douglas Thomas [Video]How a typeface helped launch Apollo | Douglas Thomas

In 1969, when humanity first landed on the surface of the moon, the typeface Futura was right there with them. In this fascinating history of typography, designer Douglas Thomas shares Futura's role in launching the Apollo 11 spacecraft -- and how it..

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The fundamental right to seek asylum | Melanie Nezer [Video]The fundamental right to seek asylum | Melanie Nezer

Refugee and immigrants rights attorney Melanie Nezer shares an urgently needed historical perspective on the crisis at the southern US border, showing how citizens can hold their governments accountable for protecting the vulnerable. "A country shows..

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The architectural wonder of impermanent cities | Rahul Mehrotra [Video]The architectural wonder of impermanent cities | Rahul Mehrotra

Every 12 years, a megacity springs up in India for the Kumbh Mela religious festival -- what's built in ten weeks is completely disassembled in one. What can we learn from this fully functioning, temporary settlement? In a visionary talk, urban..

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How we can improve maternal healthcare -- before, during and after pregnancy | Elizabeth Howell [Video]How we can improve maternal healthcare -- before, during and after pregnancy | Elizabeth Howell

Shocking, but true: the United States has the highest rate of deaths for new mothers of any developed country -- and 60 percent of them are preventable. With clarity and urgency, physician Elizabeth Howell explains the causes of maternal mortality and..

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How I'm using film to end honor killings in Pakistan | Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy [Video]How I'm using film to end honor killings in Pakistan | Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Film has the power to change the way we think about ourselves and our culture. Documentarian and TED Fellow Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy uses it to fight violence against women, turning her camera on the tradition of honor killings in Pakistan. In a stirring..

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Mentalism, mind reading and the art of getting inside your head | Derren Brown [Video]Mentalism, mind reading and the art of getting inside your head | Derren Brown

"Magic is a great analogy for how we edit reality and form a story -- and then mistake that story for the truth," says psychological illusionist Derren Brown. In a clever talk wrapped around a dazzling mind-reading performance, Brown explores the..

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Origami robots that reshape and transform themselves | Jamie Paik [Video]Origami robots that reshape and transform themselves | Jamie Paik

Taking design cues from origami, robotician Jamie Paik and her team created "robogamis": folding robots made out super-thin materials that can reshape and transform themselves. In this talk and tech demo, Paik shows how robogamis could adapt to..

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You are not alone in your loneliness | Jonny Sun [Video]You are not alone in your loneliness | Jonny Sun

Being open and vulnerable with your loneliness, sadness and fear can help you find comfort and feel less alone, says writer and artist Jonny Sun. In an honest talk filled with his signature illustrations, Sun shares how telling stories about feeling..

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The future of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy | Rick Doblin [Video]The future of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy | Rick Doblin

Could psychedelics help us heal from trauma and mental illnesses? Researcher Rick Doblin has spent the past three decades investigating this question, and the results are promising. In this fascinating dive into the science of psychedelics, he..

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How to ask for help -- and get a How to ask for help -- and get a "yes" | Heidi Grant

Asking for help is tough. But to get through life, you have to do it all the time. So how do you get comfortable asking? In this actionable talk, social psychologist Heidi Grant shares four simple rules for asking for help and getting it -- while..

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Space traffic is our next wicked environmental problem | Moriba Jah [Video]Space traffic is our next wicked environmental problem | Moriba Jah

"Most of what we send into outer space never comes back," says astrodynamicist and TED Fellow Moriba Jah. In this forward-thinking talk, Jah describes the space highways orbiting earth and how they're mostly populated by space junk. Learn more about..

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The next big thing is coming from the Bronx, again | Jon Gray [Video]The next big thing is coming from the Bronx, again | Jon Gray

"The hood is good," says Jon Gray of the Bronx, New York-based creative collective Ghetto Gastro. Working at the intersection of food, design and art, Gray and his team work to honor the soul and history of their community, while also applying their..

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3 ways to measure your adaptability -- and how to improve it | Natalie Fratto [Video]3 ways to measure your adaptability -- and how to improve it | Natalie Fratto

When venture investor Natalie Fratto is determining which start-up founder to support, she doesn't just look for intelligence or charisma; she looks for adaptability. In this insightful talk, Fratto shares three ways to measure your "adaptability..

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A vision for the future of Sierra Leone | Julius Maada Bio [Video]A vision for the future of Sierra Leone | Julius Maada Bio

When Julius Maada Bio first seized political power in Sierra Leone in 1996, he did so to improve the lives of its citizens. But he soon realized that for democracy to flourish, its foundation needs to be built on the will of the people. After..

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Grief and love in the animal kingdom | Barbara J. King [Video]Grief and love in the animal kingdom | Barbara J. King

From mourning orcas to distressed elephants, biological anthropologist Barbara J. King has witnessed grief and love across the animal kingdom. In this eye-opening talk, she explains the evidence behind her belief that many animals experience complex..

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What almost dying taught me about living | Suleika Jaouad [Video]What almost dying taught me about living | Suleika Jaouad

"The hardest part of my cancer experience began once the cancer was gone," says author Suleika Jaouad. In this fierce, funny, wisdom-packed talk, she challenges us to think beyond the divide between "sick" and "well," asking: How do you begin again..

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The living tech we need to support human life on other planets | Lynn Rothschild [Video]The living tech we need to support human life on other planets | Lynn Rothschild

What would it take to settle Mars? In a talk about the future of space exploration, Lynn Rothschild reviews the immense challenges to living elsewhere in the universe and proposes some bold, creative solutions to making a home off planet Earth -- like..

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"You Are Not Alone" / "Extraordinary Being" / "Shine" | Emeli Sandé

"We are intricately connected by the most glorious of energies," says singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé. Accompanied by Ray Angry on piano, Sandé sings three soaring ballads: "You Are Not Alone," "Extraordinary Being" and "Shine."

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5 challenges we could solve by designing new proteins | David Baker [Video]5 challenges we could solve by designing new proteins | David Baker

Proteins are remarkable molecular machines: they digest your food, fire your neurons, power your immune system and so much more. What if we could design new ones, with functions never before seen in nature? In this remarkable glimpse of the future,..

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Why we need to fight misinformation about vaccines | Ethan Lindenberger [Video]Why we need to fight misinformation about vaccines | Ethan Lindenberger

Ethan Lindenberger never got vaccinated as a kid. So one day, he went on Reddit and asked a simple question: "Where do I go to get vaccinated?" The post went viral, landing Lindenberger in the middle of a heated debate about vaccination and,..

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"A Bird Made of Birds" | Sarah Kay

"The universe has already written the poem you were planning on writing," says Sarah Kay, quoting her friend, poet Kaveh Akbar. Performing "A Bird Made of Birds," she shares how and where she finds poetry. (Kay is also the host of TED's podcast..

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The political power of being a good neighbor | Michael Tubbs [Video]The political power of being a good neighbor | Michael Tubbs

Michael Tubbs is the youngest mayor in American history to represent a city with more than 100,000 people -- and his policies are sparking national conversations. In this rousing talk, he shares how growing up amid poverty and violence in Stockton,..

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The healing power of reading | Michelle Kuo [Video]The healing power of reading | Michelle Kuo

Reading and writing can be acts of courage that bring us closer to others and ourselves. Author Michelle Kuo shares how teaching reading skills to her students in the Mississippi Delta revealed the bridging power of the written word -- as well as the..

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Why kids need to learn about gender and sexuality | Lindsay Amer [Video]Why kids need to learn about gender and sexuality | Lindsay Amer

Lindsay Amer is the creator of "Queer Kid Stuff," an educational video series that breaks down complex ideas around gender and sexuality through songs and metaphors. By giving kids and their families a vocabulary to express themselves, Amer is helping..

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The architectural secrets of the world's ancient wonders | Brandon Clifford [Video]The architectural secrets of the world's ancient wonders | Brandon Clifford

How did ancient civilizations move massive stones to build Stonehenge, the Pyramids and the Easter Island statues? In this quick, delightful talk, TED Fellow Brandon Clifford reveals some architectural secrets of the past and shows how we can use..

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My life as a work of art | Daniel Lismore [Video]My life as a work of art | Daniel Lismore

Daniel Lismore's closet is probably a bit different than yours -- his clothes are constructed out of materials ranging from beer cans and plastic crystals to diamonds, royal silks and 2,000-year-old Roman rings. In this striking talk, Lismore shares..

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How synthetic biology could wipe out humanity -- and how we can stop it | Rob Reid [Video]How synthetic biology could wipe out humanity -- and how we can stop it | Rob Reid

The world-changing promise of synthetic biology and gene editing has a dark side. In this far-seeing talk, author and entrepreneur Rob Reid reviews the risks of a world where more and more people have access to the tools and tech needed to create a..

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An ingenious proposal for scaling up marine protection | Mark Tercek [Video]An ingenious proposal for scaling up marine protection | Mark Tercek

Island and coastal nations need to protect their waters in order for our oceans to stay healthy. But they often have lots of debt and aren't able to prioritize ocean protection over other needs. Mark Tercek and his team at The Nature Conservancy see a..

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The mysterious microbes living deep inside the earth -- and how they could help humanity | Karen Lloyd [Video]The mysterious microbes living deep inside the earth -- and how they could help humanity | Karen Lloyd

The ground beneath your feet is home to a massive, mysterious world of microbes -- some of which have been in the earth's crust for hundreds of thousands of years. What's it like down there? Take a trip to the volcanoes and hot springs of Costa Rica..

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Floating cities, the LEGO House and other architectural forms of the future | Bjarke Ingels [Video]Floating cities, the LEGO House and other architectural forms of the future | Bjarke Ingels

Design gives form to the future, says architect Bjarke Ingels. In this worldwide tour of his team's projects, journey to a waste-to-energy power plant (that doubles as an alpine ski slope) and the LEGO Home of the Brick in Denmark -- and catch a..

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"Everything happens for a reason" -- and other lies I've loved | Kate Bowler

In life's toughest moments, how do you go on living? Kate Bowler has been exploring this question ever since she was diagnosed with stage IV cancer at age 35. In a profound, heartbreaking and unexpectedly funny talk, she offers some answers --..

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3 steps to turn everyday get-togethers into transformative gatherings | Priya Parker [Video]3 steps to turn everyday get-togethers into transformative gatherings | Priya Parker

Why do some gatherings take off and others don't? Author Priya Parker shares three easy steps to turn your parties, dinners, meetings and holidays into meaningful, transformative gatherings.

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Why we get mad -- and why it's healthy | Ryan Martin [Video]Why we get mad -- and why it's healthy | Ryan Martin

Anger researcher Ryan Martin draws from a career studying what makes people mad to explain some of the cognitive processes behind anger -- and why a healthy dose of it can actually be useful. "Your anger exists in you ... because it offered your..

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The amazing brains and morphing skin of octopuses and other cephalopods | Roger Hanlon [Video]The amazing brains and morphing skin of octopuses and other cephalopods | Roger Hanlon

Octopus, squid and cuttlefish -- collectively known as cephalopods -- have strange, massive, distributed brains. What do they do with all that neural power? Dive into the ocean with marine biologist Roger Hanlon, who shares astonishing footage of the..

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How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time | Baratunde Thurston [Video]How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time | Baratunde Thurston

Baratunde Thurston explores the phenomenon of white Americans calling the police on black Americans who have committed the crime of ... eating, walking or generally "living while black." In this profound, thought-provoking and often hilarious talk, he..

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The next global agricultural revolution | Bruce Friedrich [Video]The next global agricultural revolution | Bruce Friedrich

Conventional meat production causes harm to our environment and presents risks to global health, but people aren't going to eat less meat unless we give them alternatives that cost the same (or less) and that taste the same (or better). In an..

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This bacteria eats plastic | Morgan Vague [Video]This bacteria eats plastic | Morgan Vague

Humans produce 300 million tons of new plastic each year -- yet, despite our best efforts, less than 10 percent of it ends up being recycled. Is there a better way to deal with all this waste? Microbiologist Morgan Vague studies bacteria that, through..

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How to build your confidence -- and spark it in others | Brittany Packnett [Video]How to build your confidence -- and spark it in others | Brittany Packnett

"Confidence is the necessary spark before everything that follows," says educator and activist Brittany Packnett. In an inspiring talk, she shares three ways to crack the code of confidence -- and her dream for a world where revolutionary confidence..

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What it takes to launch a telescope | Erika Hamden [Video]What it takes to launch a telescope | Erika Hamden

TED Fellow and astronomer Erika Hamden leads the team building FIREBall, a telescope that hangs from a giant balloon at the very edge of space and looks for clues about how stars are created. She takes us inside the roller-coaster, decade-long journey..

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My identity is a superpower -- not an obstacle | America Ferrera [Video]My identity is a superpower -- not an obstacle | America Ferrera

Hollywood needs to stop resisting what the world actually looks like, says actor, director and activist America Ferrera. Tracing the contours of her career, she calls for more authentic representation of different cultures in media -- and a shift in..

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The difference between healthy and unhealthy love | Katie Hood [Video]The difference between healthy and unhealthy love | Katie Hood

In a talk about understanding and practicing the art of healthy relationships, Katie Hood reveals the five signs you might be in an unhealthy relationship -- with a romantic partner, a friend, a family member -- and shares the things you can do every..

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The anti-CEO playbook | Hamdi Ulukaya [Video]The anti-CEO playbook | Hamdi Ulukaya

Profit, money, shareholders: these are the priorities of most companies today. But at what cost? In an appeal to corporate leaders worldwide, Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya calls for an end to the business playbook of the past -- and shares his vision..

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Digital humans that look just like us | Doug Roble [Video]Digital humans that look just like us | Doug Roble

In an astonishing talk and tech demo, software researcher Doug Roble debuts "DigiDoug": a real-time, 3-D, digital rendering of his likeness that's accurate down to the scale of pores and wrinkles. Powered by an inertial motion capture suit, deep..

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Sleep is your superpower | Matt Walker [Video]Sleep is your superpower | Matt Walker

Sleep is your life-support system and Mother Nature's best effort yet at immortality, says sleep scientist Matt Walker. In this deep dive into the science of slumber, Walker shares the wonderfully good things that happen when you get sleep -- and the..

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The most detailed map of galaxies, black holes and stars ever made | Juna Kollmeier [Video]The most detailed map of galaxies, black holes and stars ever made | Juna Kollmeier

Humans have been studying the stars for thousands of years, but astrophysicist Juna Kollmeier is on a special mission: creating the most detailed 3-D maps of the universe ever made. Journey across the cosmos as she shares her team's work on the Sloan..

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Could a tattoo help you stay healthy? | Carson Bruns [Video]Could a tattoo help you stay healthy? | Carson Bruns

Can we make tattoos both beautiful and functional? Nanotechnologist Carson Bruns shares his work creating high-tech tattoos that react to their environment -- like color-changing ink that can tell you when you're getting a sunburn -- and shows..

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The lies our culture tells us about what matters -- and a better way to live | David Brooks [Video]The lies our culture tells us about what matters -- and a better way to live | David Brooks

Our society is in the midst of a social crisis, says op-ed columnist and author David Brooks: we're trapped in a valley of isolation and fragmentation. How do we find our way out? Based on his travels across the United States -- and his meetings with..

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