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The beautiful future of solar power | Marjan van Aubel [Video]The beautiful future of solar power | Marjan van Aubel

The sun delivers more energy to earth in one hour than all of humanity uses in an entire year. How can we make this power more accessible to everyone, everywhere? Solar designer Marjan van Aubel shows how she's turning everyday objects like tabletops..

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What's killing bees -- and how to save them | Noah Wilson-Rich [Video]What's killing bees -- and how to save them | Noah Wilson-Rich

Bees are dying off in record numbers, but ecologist Noah Wilson-Rich is interested in something else: Where are bees healthy and thriving? To find out, he recruited citizen scientists across the US to set up beehives in their backyards, gardens and..

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The secret to scientific discoveries? Making mistakes | Phil Plait [Video]The secret to scientific discoveries? Making mistakes | Phil Plait

Phil Plait was on the Hubble Space Telescope team that discovered the first exoplanet ever detected -- until they realized they'd made a mistake. What happened next? Follow along as Plait shows how science progresses -- through a robust amount of..

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How to keep human bias out of AI | Kriti Sharma [Video]How to keep human bias out of AI | Kriti Sharma

AI algorithms make important decisions about you all the time -- like how much you should pay for car insurance or whether or not you get that job interview. But what happens when these machines are built with human bias coded into their systems?..

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Where did the Moon come from? A new theory | Sarah T. Stewart [Video]Where did the Moon come from? A new theory | Sarah T. Stewart

The Earth and the Moon are like identical twins, made up of the exact same materials -- which is really strange, since no other celestial bodies we know of share this kind of chemical relationship. What's responsible for this special connection?..

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Creative ways to get kids to thrive in school | Olympia Della Flora [Video]Creative ways to get kids to thrive in school | Olympia Della Flora

To get young kids to thrive in school, we need to do more than teach them how to read and write -- we need to teach them how to manage their emotions, says educator Olympia Della Flora. In this practical talk, she shares creative tactics she used to..

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Our dangerous quest to perfect ourselves | Thomas Curran [Video]Our dangerous quest to perfect ourselves | Thomas Curran

Social psychologist Thomas Curran explores how the pressure to be perfect -- in our social media feeds, in school, at work -- is driving a rise in mental illness, especially among young people. Learn more about the causes of this phenomenon and how we..

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An unexpected tool for understanding inequality: abstract math | Eugenia Cheng [Video]An unexpected tool for understanding inequality: abstract math | Eugenia Cheng

How do we make sense of a world that doesn't? By looking in unexpected places, says mathematician Eugenia Cheng. She explains how applying concepts from abstract mathematics to daily life can lead us to a deeper understanding of things like the root..

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"My Man" / "Bohanna" / "We Dance" | Crush Club

Indie pop duo Crush Club and singer Nicki B bring their blend of funk, house and Latin styles to the TED stage, performing three songs: "My Man," "Bohanna" and "We Dance."

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How we can store digital data in DNA | Dina Zielinski [Video]How we can store digital data in DNA | Dina Zielinski

From floppy disks to thumb drives, every method of storing data eventually becomes obsolete. What if we could find a way to store all the world's data forever? Bioinformatician Dina Zielinski shares the science behind a solution that's been around for..

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How I'm making bricks out of ashes and rubble in Gaza | Majd Mashharawi [Video]How I'm making bricks out of ashes and rubble in Gaza | Majd Mashharawi

Majd Mashharawi was walking through her war-torn neighborhood in Gaza when an idea flashed in her mind: What if she could take the rubble and transform it into building materials? See how she designed a brick made out of ashes that's helping people..

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Is your country at risk of becoming a dictatorship? Here's how to know | Farida Nabourema [Video]Is your country at risk of becoming a dictatorship? Here's how to know | Farida Nabourema

Farida Nabourema has dedicated her life to fighting the military regime in Togo, Africa's oldest autocracy. She's learned two truths along the way: no country is destined to be oppressed -- and no country is immune to dictatorship. But how can you..

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How to teach kids to talk about taboo topics | Liz Kleinrock [Video]How to teach kids to talk about taboo topics | Liz Kleinrock

When one of Liz Kleinrock's fourth-grade students said the unthinkable at the start of a class on race, she knew it was far too important a teachable moment to miss. But where to start? Learn how Kleinrock teaches kids to discuss taboo topics without..

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An architect's subversive reimagining of the US-Mexico border wall | Ronald Rael [Video]An architect's subversive reimagining of the US-Mexico border wall | Ronald Rael

What is a border? It's a line on a map, a place where cultures mix and merge in beautiful, sometimes violent and occasionally ridiculous ways. And a border wall? An overly simplistic response to that complexity, says architect Ronald Rael. In a..

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The The "dementia village" that's redefining elder care | Yvonne van Amerongen

How would you prefer to spend the last years of your life: in a sterile, hospital-like institution or in a village with a supermarket, pub, theater and park within easy walking distance? The answer seems obvious now, but when Yvonne van Amerongen..

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How a new species of ancestors is changing our theory of human evolution | Juliet Brophy [Video]How a new species of ancestors is changing our theory of human evolution | Juliet Brophy

In 2013, a treasure trove of unusual fossils were uncovered in a cave in South Africa, and researchers soon realized: these were the remains of a new species of ancient humans. Paleoanthropologist Juliet Brophy takes us inside the discovery of Homo..

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How to overcome apathy and find your power | Dolores Huerta [Video]How to overcome apathy and find your power | Dolores Huerta

"Sí, se puede!" -- "Yes, we can!" It's the rallying cry Dolores Huerta came up with as a young activist in the 1970s, and she's lived by it in her tireless pursuit of civil rights ever since. With her signature wit and humor, Huerta reflects on her..

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What if all US health care costs were transparent? | Jeanne Pinder [Video]What if all US health care costs were transparent? | Jeanne Pinder

In the US, the very same blood test can cost $19 at one clinic and $522 at another clinic just blocks away -- and nobody knows the difference until they get a bill weeks later. Journalist Jeanne Pinder says it doesn't have to be this way. She's built..

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3 ways to practice civility | Steven Petrow [Video]3 ways to practice civility | Steven Petrow

What does it mean to be civil? Journalist Steven Petrow looks for answers in the original meaning of the word, showing why civility shouldn't be dismissed as conversation-stifling political correctness or censorship. Learn three ways we can each work..

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The age of genetic wonder | Juan Enriquez [Video]The age of genetic wonder | Juan Enriquez

Gene-editing tools like CRISPR enable us to program life at its most fundamental level. But this raises some pressing questions: If we can generate new species from scratch, what should we build? Should we redesign humanity as we know it? Juan..

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How education helped me rewrite my life | Ashweetha Shetty [Video]How education helped me rewrite my life | Ashweetha Shetty

There's no greater freedom than finding your purpose, says education advocate Ashweetha Shetty. Born to a poor family in rural India, Shetty didn't let the social norms of her community stifle her dreams and silence her voice. In this personal talk,..

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What is the meaning of work? | Roy Bahat and Bryn Freedman [Video]What is the meaning of work? | Roy Bahat and Bryn Freedman

Roy Bahat was worried. His company invests in new technology like AI to make businesses more efficient -- but, he wondered, what was AI doing to the people whose jobs might change, go away or become less fulfilling? The question sent him on a two-year..

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Why noise is bad for your health -- and what you can do about it | Mathias Basner [Video]Why noise is bad for your health -- and what you can do about it | Mathias Basner

Silence is a rare commodity these days. There's traffic, construction, air-conditioning, your neighbor's lawnmower ... and all this unwanted sound can have a surprising impact on your health, says noise researcher Mathias Basner. Discover the science..

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8 lessons on building a company people enjoy working for | Patty McCord [Video]8 lessons on building a company people enjoy working for | Patty McCord

Most companies operate on a set of policies: mandated vacation days, travel guidelines, standard work hours, annual goals. But what happens when a company looks less to control and more to trust? Patty McCord, the iconic former chief talent officer at..

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The disarming case to act right now on climate change | Greta Thunberg [Video]The disarming case to act right now on climate change | Greta Thunberg

In this passionate call to action, 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg explains why, in August 2018, she walked out of school and organized a strike to raise awareness of global warming, protesting outside the Swedish parliament and grabbing..

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A love story about the power of art as organizing | Aja Monet and phillip agnew [Video]A love story about the power of art as organizing | Aja Monet and phillip agnew

In a lyrical talk full of radical imagination, poet Aja Monet and community organizer phillip agnew share the story of how they fell in love and what they've learned about the powerful connection between great social movements and meaningful art...

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How doctors can help low-income patients (and still make a profit) | P.J. Parmar [Video]How doctors can help low-income patients (and still make a profit) | P.J. Parmar

Modern American health care is defined by its high costs, high overhead and inaccessibility -- especially for low-income patients. What if we could redesign the system to serve the poor and still have doctors make money? In an eye-opening (and..

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How we can help the How we can help the "forgotten middle" reach their full potential | Danielle R. Moss

You know the "forgotten middle": they're the students, coworkers and regular people who are often overlooked because they're seen as neither exceptional nor problematic. How can we empower them to reach their full potential? Sharing her work helping..

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This is the side hustle revolution | Nicaila Matthews Okome [Video]This is the side hustle revolution | Nicaila Matthews Okome

Past generations found a company to work for and then stayed there for decades. But today, we rarely stay in the same job (let alone on the same career path) and we don't rely on a single income stream. The tools and resources are out there for us to..

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The uncomplicated truth about women's sexuality | Sarah Barmak [Video]The uncomplicated truth about women's sexuality | Sarah Barmak

Is women's sexuality actually more complicated than men's? The answer is no, says author Sarah Barmak. In an eye-opening talk, she shows how a flawed understanding of the female body has shaped our culture for centuries, debunking some age-old myths..

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A bold idea to replace politicians | César Hidalgo [Video]A bold idea to replace politicians | César Hidalgo

César Hidalgo has a radical suggestion for fixing our broken political system: automate it! In this provocative talk, he outlines a bold idea to bypass politicians by empowering citizens to create personalized AI representatives that participate..

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A juror's reflections on the death penalty | Lindy Lou Isonhood [Video]A juror's reflections on the death penalty | Lindy Lou Isonhood

Lindy Lou Isonhood grew up in a town where the death penalty was a fact of life, part of the unspoken culture. But after she served as a juror in a capital murder trial -- and voted "yes" to sentencing a guilty man to death -- something inside her..

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How do we learn to work with intelligent machines? | Matt Beane [Video]How do we learn to work with intelligent machines? | Matt Beane

The path to skill around the globe has been the same for thousands of years: train under an expert and take on small, easy tasks before progressing to riskier, harder ones. But right now, we're handling AI in a way that blocks that path -- and..

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What a beatboxer's vocal cords look like in action | Tom Thum and Matthew Broadhurst [Video]What a beatboxer's vocal cords look like in action | Tom Thum and Matthew Broadhurst

Beatboxer Tom Thum has an orchestra in his mouth, but how does he make all those sounds? Get an up-close-and-personal look as laryngeal surgeon Matthew Broadhurst sticks a camera down Thum's throat while he creates a mind-boggling array of noises...

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How to make applying for jobs less painful | Priyanka Jain [Video]How to make applying for jobs less painful | Priyanka Jain

Finding a job used to start with submitting your résumé to a million listings and never hearing back from most of them. But more and more companies are using tech-forward methods to identify candidates. If AI is the future of hiring, what does that..

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The self-assembling computer chips of the future | Karl Skjonnemand [Video]The self-assembling computer chips of the future | Karl Skjonnemand

The transistors that power the phone in your pocket are unimaginably small: you can fit more than 3,000 of them across the width of a human hair. But to keep up with innovations in fields like facial recognition and augmented reality, we need to pack..

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An astronaut's story of curiosity, perspective and change | Leland Melvin [Video]An astronaut's story of curiosity, perspective and change | Leland Melvin

What job is best for a young man who's been a tennis ace, a cross-country traveler, a chemistry nerd and an NFL draftee? How about ... astronaut? Leland Melvin tells the story of the challenges he's accepted and the opportunities he's seized -- and..

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Stunning buildings made from raw, imperfect materials | Débora Mesa Molina [Video]Stunning buildings made from raw, imperfect materials | Débora Mesa Molina

What would it take to reimagine the limits of architecture? Débora Mesa Molina offers some answers in this breathtaking, visual tour of her work, showing how structures can be made with overlooked materials and unconventional methods -- or even..

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What sticky sea creatures can teach us about making glue | Jonathan Wilker [Video]What sticky sea creatures can teach us about making glue | Jonathan Wilker

What if we could harness the sticking powers of sea creatures like mussels, oysters and barnacles, which refuse to budge even on wet, stormy coastlines? Dive into the wonderful world of animals that make their own glue and cement with scientist..

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The way we think about biological sex is wrong | Emily Quinn [Video]The way we think about biological sex is wrong | Emily Quinn

Did you know that almost 150 million people worldwide are born intersex -- with biology that doesn't fit the standard definition of male or female? (That's as many as the population of Russia.) At age 10, Emily Quinn found out she was intersex, and in..

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Reflections from a lifetime fighting to end child poverty | Marian Wright Edelman [Video]Reflections from a lifetime fighting to end child poverty | Marian Wright Edelman

What does it take to build a national movement? In a captivating conversation with TEDWomen curator Pat Mitchell, Marian Wright Edelman reflects on her path to founding the Children's Defense Fund in 1973 -- from the early influence of growing up in..

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What your breath could reveal about your health | Julian Burschka [Video]What your breath could reveal about your health | Julian Burschka

There's no better way to stop a disease than to catch and treat it early, before symptoms occur. That's the whole point of medical screening techniques like radiography, MRIs and blood tests. But there's one medium with overlooked potential for..

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How women in Pakistan are creating political change | Shad Begum [Video]How women in Pakistan are creating political change | Shad Begum

Activist Shad Begum has spent her life empowering women to live up to their full potential. In a personal talk, she shares her determined struggle to improve the lives of women in her deeply religious and conservative community in northwest Pakistan..

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The power of women's anger | Soraya Chemaly [Video]The power of women's anger | Soraya Chemaly

Anger is a powerful emotion -- it warns us of threat, insult, indignity and harm. But across the world, girls and women are taught that their anger is better left unvoiced, says author Soraya Chemaly. Why is that, and what might we lose in this..

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A powerful way to unleash your natural creativity | Tim Harford [Video]A powerful way to unleash your natural creativity | Tim Harford

What can we learn from the world's most enduringly creative people? They "slow-motion multitask," actively juggling multiple projects and moving between topics as the mood strikes -- without feeling hurried. Author Tim Harford shares how innovators..

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"Autopilote" / "Pumper" | Mai Lan

Singing in French and English, Mai Lan brings her cool charisma to the TED stage in a performance of her songs "Autopilote" and "Pumper."

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How to transform sinking cities into landscapes that fight floods | Kotchakorn Voraakhom [Video]How to transform sinking cities into landscapes that fight floods | Kotchakorn Voraakhom

From London to Tokyo, climate change is causing cities to sink -- and our modern concrete infrastructure is making us even more vulnerable to severe flooding, says landscape architect and TED Fellow Kotchakorn Voraakhom. But what if we could design..

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Embrace your raw, strange magic | Casey Gerald [Video]Embrace your raw, strange magic | Casey Gerald

The way we're taught to live has got to change, says author Casey Gerald. Too often, we hide parts of ourselves in order to fit in, win praise, be accepted. But at what cost? In this inspiring talk, Gerald shares the personal sacrifices he made to..

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How empowering women and girls can help stop global warming | Katharine Wilkinson [Video]How empowering women and girls can help stop global warming | Katharine Wilkinson

If we really want to address climate change, we need to make gender equity a reality, says writer and environmentalist Katharine Wilkinson. As part of Project Drawdown, Wilkinson has helped scour humanity's wisdom for solutions to draw down..

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Why black girls are targeted for punishment at school -- and how to change that | Monique W. Morris [Video]Why black girls are targeted for punishment at school -- and how to change that | Monique W. Morris

Around the world, black girls are being pushed out of schools because of policies that target them for punishment, says author and social justice scholar Monique W. Morris. The result: countless girls are forced into unsafe futures with restricted..

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