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  • 13:02 New The warmth and wisdom of mud buildings | Anna Heringer

    The warmth and wisdom of mud buildings | Anna Heringer

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    "There are a lot of resources given by nature for free -- all we need is our sensitivity to see them and our creativity to use them," says architect Anna Heringer. Heringer uses low-tech materials like mud and bamboo to create structures from China to Swi

  • 11:08 New Future tech will give you the benefits of city life anywhere | Julio Gil

    Future tech will give you the benefits of city life anywhere | Julio Gil

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    Don't believe predictions that say the future is trending towards city living. Urbanization is actually reaching the end of its cycle, says logistics expert Julio Gil, and soon more people will be choosing to live (and work) in the countryside, thanks to

  • 11:52 New Why people of different faiths are painting their houses of worship yellow | Nabila Alibhai

    Why people of different faiths are painting their houses of worship yellow | Nabila Alibhai

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    Divisions along religious lines are deepening, and we're doubting more and more how much we have in common. How can we stand boldly and visibly together? Inspired by an idea from her collaborator Yazmany Arboleda, place-maker Nabila Alibhai and her collea

  • 05:28 New The fascinating secret lives of giant clams | Mei Lin Neo

    The fascinating secret lives of giant clams | Mei Lin Neo

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    When you think about the deep blue sea, you might instantly think of whales or coral reefs. But spare a thought for giant clams, the world's largest living shellfish. These incredible creatures can live to 100, grow up to four and a half feet long and wei

  • 07:06 The boost students need to overcome obstacles | Anindya Kundu

    The boost students need to overcome obstacles | Anindya Kundu

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    How can disadvantaged students succeed in school? For sociologist Anindya Kundu, grit and stick-to-itiveness aren't enough; students also need to develop their agency, or their capacity to overcome obstacles and navigate the system. He shares hopeful stor

  • 08:40 How a video game might help us build better cities | Karoliina Korppoo

    How a video game might help us build better cities | Karoliina Korppoo

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    With more than half of the world population living in cities, one thing is undeniable: we are an urban species. Part game, part urban planning sketching tool, "Cities: Skylines" encourages people to use their creativity and self-expression to rethink the

  • 18:21 A black man goes undercover in the alt-right | Theo E.J. Wilson

    A black man goes undercover in the alt-right | Theo E.J. Wilson

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    In an unmissable talk about race and politics in America, Theo E.J. Wilson tells the story of becoming Lucius25, white supremacist lurker, and the unexpected compassion and surprising perspective he found from engaging with people he disagrees with. He en

  • 10:52 What intelligent machines can learn from a school of fish | Radhika Nagpal

    What intelligent machines can learn from a school of fish | Radhika Nagpal

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    Science fiction visions of the future show us AI built to replicate our way of thinking -- but what if we modeled it instead on the other kinds of intelligence found in nature? Robotics engineer Radhika Nagpal studies the collective intelligence displayed

  • 04:51 The most Martian place on Earth | Armando Azua-Bustos

    The most Martian place on Earth | Armando Azua-Bustos

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    How can you study Mars without a spaceship? Head to the most Martian place on Earth -- the Atacama Desert in Chile. Astrobiologist Armando Azua-Bustos grew up in this vast, arid landscape and now studies the rare life forms that have adapted to survive th

  • 07:57 What we're missing in the debate about immigration | Duarte Geraldino

    What we're missing in the debate about immigration | Duarte Geraldino

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    Between 2008 and 2016, the United States deported more than three million people. What happens to those left behind? Journalist Duarte Geraldino picks up the story of deportation where the state leaves off. Learn more about the wider impact of forced remo

  • 13:31 Why Africa must become a center of knowledge again | Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò

    Why Africa must become a center of knowledge again | Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò

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    How can Africa, the home to some of the largest bodies of water in the world, be said to have a water crisis? It doesn't, says Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò -- it has a knowledge crisis. Táíwò suggests that lack of knowledge on important topics like water and fo

  • 14:55 How digital DNA could help you make better health choices | Jun Wang

    How digital DNA could help you make better health choices | Jun Wang

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    What if you could know exactly how food or medication would impact your health -- before you put it in your body? Genomics researcher Jun Wang is working to develop digital doppelgangers for real people; they start with genetic code, but they'll also fact

  • 15:58 The fascinating physics of everyday life | Helen Czerski

    The fascinating physics of everyday life | Helen Czerski

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    Physics doesn't just happen in a fancy lab -- it happens when you push a piece of buttered toast off the table or drop a couple of raisins in a fizzy drink or watch a coffee spill dry. Become a more interesting dinner guest as physicist Helen Czerski pres

  • 13:16 Living sculptures that stand for history's truths | Sethembile Msezane

    Living sculptures that stand for history's truths | Sethembile Msezane

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    In the century-old statues that dotted Cape Town, Sethembile Mzesane didn't see anything that looked like her own reality. So she became a living sculpture herself, standing for hours on end in public spaces dressed in symbolic costumes, to reclaim the ci

  • 12:06 The real reason manufacturing jobs are disappearing | Augie Picado

    The real reason manufacturing jobs are disappearing | Augie Picado

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    We've heard a lot of rhetoric lately suggesting that countries like the US are losing valuable manufacturing jobs to lower-cost markets like China, Mexico and Vietnam -- and that protectionism is the best way forward. But those jobs haven't disappeared fo

  • 13:29 What really motivates people to be honest in business | Alexander Wagner

    What really motivates people to be honest in business | Alexander Wagner

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    Each year, one in seven large corporations commits fraud. Why? To find out, Alexander Wagner takes us inside the economics, ethics and psychology of doing the right thing. Join him for an introspective journey down the slippery slopes of deception as he h

  • 15:35 A forgotten ancient grain that could help Africa prosper | Pierre Thiam

    A forgotten ancient grain that could help Africa prosper | Pierre Thiam

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    Forget quinoa. Meet fonio, an ancient "miracle grain" native to Senegal that's versatile, nutritious and gluten-free. In this passionate talk, chef Pierre Thiam shares his obsession with the hardy crop and explains why he believes that its industrial-scal

  • 12:19 There's more to life than being happy | Emily Esfahani Smith

    There's more to life than being happy | Emily Esfahani Smith

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    Our culture is obsessed with happiness, but what if there's a more fulfilling path? Happiness comes and goes, says writer Emily Esfahani Smith, but having meaning in life -- serving something beyond yourself and developing the best within you -- gives you

  • 14:26 How our friendship survives our opposing politics | Caitlin Quattromani and Lauran Arledge

    How our friendship survives our opposing politics | Caitlin Quattromani and Lauran Arledge

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    Can you still be friends with someone who doesn't vote the same way as you? For Caitlin Quattromani and Lauran Arledge, two best friends who think very differently about politics, the outcome of the 2016 US presidential election could have resulted in hos

  • 12:04 Who belongs in a city? |  OluTimehin Adegbeye

    Who belongs in a city? | OluTimehin Adegbeye

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    Underneath every shiny new megacity, there's often a story of communities displaced. In this moving, poetic talk, OluTimehin Adegbeye details how government land grabs are destroying the lives of thousands who live in the coastal communities of Lagos, Nig

  • 11:55 What it feels like to see Earth from space | Benjamin Grant

    What it feels like to see Earth from space | Benjamin Grant

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    What the astronauts felt when they saw Earth from space changed them forever. Author and artist Benjamin Grant aims to provoke this same feeling of overwhelming scale and beauty in each of us through a series of stunning satellite images that show the eff

  • 11:04 Would you live in a floating city in the sky? (with English subtitles) | Tomás Saraceno

    Would you live in a floating city in the sky? (with English subtitles) | Tomás Saraceno

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    (Full English subtitles are available for this talk -- click the CC button in the bottom right of your screen to turn subtitles on.) In a mind-bending talk that blurs the line between science and art, Tomás Saraceno exhibits a series of air-inspired sculp

  • 12:19 A smog vacuum cleaner and other magical city designs | Daan Roosegaarde

    A smog vacuum cleaner and other magical city designs | Daan Roosegaarde

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    Daan Roosegaarde uses technology and creative thinking to produce imaginative, earth-friendly designs. He presents his latest projects -- from the sidewalks of Amsterdam, where he reinterpreted "The Starry Night" to get people thinking about green energy,

  • 11:39 How young people join violent extremist groups -- and how to stop them | Erin Marie Saltman

    How young people join violent extremist groups -- and how to stop them | Erin Marie Saltman

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    Terrorists and extremists aren't all naturally violent sociopaths -- they're deliberately recruited and radicalized in a process that doesn't fit into a neat pattern. Erin Marie Saltman discusses the push and pull factors that cause people to join extremi

  • 19:16 Dare to refuse the origin myths that claim who you are | Chetan Bhatt

    Dare to refuse the origin myths that claim who you are | Chetan Bhatt

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    We all have origin stories and identity myths, our tribal narratives that give us a sense of security and belonging. But sometimes our small-group identities can keep us from connecting with humanity as a whole -- and even keep us even from seeing others

  • 14:26 How the US government spies on people who protest -- including you | Jennifer Granick

    How the US government spies on people who protest -- including you | Jennifer Granick

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    What's stopping the American government from recording your phone calls, reading your emails and monitoring your location? Very little, says surveillance and cybersecurity counsel Jennifer Granick. The government collects all kinds of information about yo

  • 11:58 How your pictures can help reclaim lost history | Chance Coughenour

    How your pictures can help reclaim lost history | Chance Coughenour

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    Digital archaeologist Chance Coughenour is using pictures -- your pictures -- to reclaim antiquities that have been lost to conflict and disaster. After crowdsourcing photographs of destroyed monuments, museums and artifacts, Coughenour uses advanced tech

  • 13:38 Can a robot pass a university entrance exam? | Noriko Arai

    Can a robot pass a university entrance exam? | Noriko Arai

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    Meet Todai Robot, an AI project that performed in the top 20 percent of students on the entrance exam for the University of Tokyo -- without actually understanding a thing. While it's not matriculating anytime soon, Todai Robot's success raises alarming q

  • 13:12 Why we need to end the era of orphanages | Tara Winkler

    Why we need to end the era of orphanages | Tara Winkler

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    Could it be wrong to help children in need by starting an orphanage? In this eye-opening talk about the bad consequences of good intentions, Tara Winkler speaks out against the spread of orphanages in developing countries, caused in part by foreign donors

  • 08:51 "The Sacred Art of the Ori" | Laolu Senbanjo

    "The Sacred Art of the Ori" | Laolu Senbanjo

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    The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus scien

  • 12:28 When workers own companies, the economy is more resilient | Niki Okuk

    When workers own companies, the economy is more resilient | Niki Okuk

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    Another economic reality is possible -- one that values community, sustainability and resiliency instead of profit by any means necessary. Niki Okuk shares her case for cooperative economics and a vision for how working-class people can organize and own t

  • 05:11 Fun, fierce and fantastical African art | Wanuri Kahiu

    Fun, fierce and fantastical African art | Wanuri Kahiu

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    We're so used to narratives out of Africa being about war, poverty and devastation, says TED Fellow Wanuri Kahiu. Where's the fun? Introducing "AfroBubbleGum" -- African art that's vibrant, lighthearted and without a political agenda. Rethink the value of

  • 11:26 What the sugar coating on your cells is trying to tell you | Carolyn Bertozzi

    What the sugar coating on your cells is trying to tell you | Carolyn Bertozzi

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    Your cells are coated with sugars that store information and speak a secret language. What are they trying to tell us? Your blood type, for one -- and, potentially, that you have cancer. Chemical biologist Carolyn Bertozzi researches how sugars on cancero

  • 12:17 What would happen if we upload our brains to computers? | Robin Hanson

    What would happen if we upload our brains to computers? | Robin Hanson

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    Meet the "ems" -- machines that emulate human brains and can think, feel and work just like the brains they're copied from. Economist and social scientist Robin Hanson describes a possible future when ems take over the global economy, running on superfast

  • 13:36 What moral decisions should driverless cars make? | Iyad Rahwan

    What moral decisions should driverless cars make? | Iyad Rahwan

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    Should a driverless car kill you if it means saving five pedestrians? In this primer on the social dilemmas of driverless cars, Iyad Rahwan explores how the technology will challenge our morality and explains his work collecting data from real people on t

  • 20:16 A lyrical bridge between past, present and future | David Whyte

    A lyrical bridge between past, present and future | David Whyte

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    With his signature charm and searching insight, David Whyte meditates on the frontiers of the past, present and future, sharing two poems inspired by his niece's hike along El Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain. The TED Talks channel features the b

  • 13:19 The era of blind faith in big data must end | Cathy O'Neil

    The era of blind faith in big data must end | Cathy O'Neil

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    Algorithms decide who gets a loan, who gets a job interview, who gets insurance and much more -- but they don't automatically make things fair. Mathematician and data scientist Cathy O'Neil coined a term for algorithms that are secret, important and harmf

  • 16:34 How to build a company where the best ideas win | Ray Dalio

    How to build a company where the best ideas win | Ray Dalio

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    What if you knew what your coworkers really thought about you and what they were really like? Ray Dalio makes the business case for using radical transparency and algorithmic decision-making to create an idea meritocracy where people can speak up and say

  • 09:19 How I found myself through music | Anika Paulson

    How I found myself through music | Anika Paulson

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    "Music is everywhere, and it is in everything," says musician, student and TED-Ed Clubs star Anika Paulson. Guitar in hand, she plays through the beats of her life in an exploration of how music connects us and makes us what we are. Check out more TED Tal

  • 16:03 The secret to living longer may be your social life | Susan Pinker

    The secret to living longer may be your social life | Susan Pinker

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    The Italian island of Sardinia has more than six times as many centenarians as the mainland and ten times as many as North America. Why? According to longevity researcher Susan Pinker, it's not a sunny disposition or a low-fat, gluten-free diet that keeps

  • 12:22 A practical way to help the homeless find work and safety | Richard J. Berry

    A practical way to help the homeless find work and safety | Richard J. Berry

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    When Richard J. Berry, the mayor of Albuquerque, saw a man on a street corner holding a cardboard sign that read "Want a job," he decided to take him (and others in his situation) up on it. He and his staff started a citywide initiative to help the homele

  • 14:21 7 principles for building better cities | Peter Calthorpe

    7 principles for building better cities | Peter Calthorpe

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    More than half of the world's population already lives in cities, and another 2.5 billion people are projected to move to urban areas by 2050. The way we build new cities will be at the heart of so much that matters, from climate change to economic vitali

  • 11:55 How I help free innocent people from prison | Ronald Sullivan

    How I help free innocent people from prison | Ronald Sullivan

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    Harvard Law professor Ronald Sullivan fights to free wrongfully convicted people from jail -- in fact, he has freed some 6,000 innocent people over the course of his career. He shares heartbreaking stories of how (and why) people end up being put in jail

  • 10:32 How artists can (finally) get paid in the digital age | Jack Conte

    How artists can (finally) get paid in the digital age | Jack Conte

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    It's been a weird 100 years for artists and creators, says musician and entrepreneur Jack Conte. The traditional ways we've turned art into money (like record sales) have been broken by the internet, leaving musicians, writers and artists wondering how to

  • 16:14 How boredom can lead to your most brilliant ideas | Manoush Zomorodi

    How boredom can lead to your most brilliant ideas | Manoush Zomorodi

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    Do you sometimes have your most creative ideas while folding laundry, washing dishes or doing nothing in particular? It's because when your body goes on autopilot, your brain gets busy forming new neural connections that connect ideas and solve problems.

  • 05:26 Courage is contagious | Damon Davis

    Courage is contagious | Damon Davis

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    When artist Damon Davis went to join the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, after police killed Michael Brown in 2014, he found not only anger but also a sense of love for self and community. His documentary "Whose Streets?" tells the story of the protests f

  • 09:36 A dance to honor Mother Earth | Jon Boogz and Lil Buck

    A dance to honor Mother Earth | Jon Boogz and Lil Buck

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    Movement artists Jon Boogz and Lil Buck debut "Honor thy mother," a delicate, powerful performance of spoken word, violin and dance that draws on the tormented relationship between nature and humanity. The TED Talks channel features the best talks and per

  • 10:08 Meet the microscopic life in your home -- and on your face | Anne Madden

    Meet the microscopic life in your home -- and on your face | Anne Madden

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    Behold the microscopic jungle in and around you: tiny organisms living on your cheeks, under your sofa and in the soil in your backyard. We have an adversarial relationship with these microbes -- we sanitize, exterminate and disinfect them -- but accordin

  • 11:38 Let's end ageism | Ashton Applewhite

    Let's end ageism | Ashton Applewhite

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    It's not the passage of time that makes it so hard to get older. It's ageism, a prejudice that pits us against our future selves -- and each other. Ashton Applewhite urges us to dismantle the dread and mobilize against the last socially acceptable prejudi

  • 14:48 How your brain decides what is beautiful | Anjan Chatterjee

    How your brain decides what is beautiful | Anjan Chatterjee

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    Anjan Chatterjee uses tools from evolutionary psychology and cognitive neuroscience to study one of nature's most captivating concepts: beauty. Learn more about the science behind why certain configurations of line, color and form excite us in this fascin