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  • 11:54 New The surprising solution to ocean plastic | David Katz

    The surprising solution to ocean plastic | David Katz

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    Can we solve the problem of ocean plastic pollution and end extreme poverty at the same time? That's the ambitious goal of The Plastic Bank: a worldwide chain of stores where everything from school tuition to cooking fuel and more is available for purchas

  • 12:56 New What's it like to be a robot? | Leila Takayama

    What's it like to be a robot? | Leila Takayama

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    We already live among robots: tools and machines like dishwashers and thermostats so integrated into our lives that we'd never think to call them that. What will a future with even more robots look like? Social scientist Leila Takayama shares some unique

  • 15:36 New The business benefits of doing good | Wendy Woods

    The business benefits of doing good | Wendy Woods

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    "The only way we're going to make substantial progress on the challenging problems of our time is for business to drive the solutions," says social impact strategist Wendy Woods. In a data-packed talk, Woods shares a fresh way to assess the impact all par

  • 04:45 New The dangerous evolution of HIV | Edsel Salvaña

    The dangerous evolution of HIV | Edsel Salvaña

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    Think we're winning the battle against HIV? Maybe not, as the next wave of drug-resistant viruses arrives. In an eye-opening talk, TED Fellow Edsel Salvana describes the aggressive HIV subtype AE that's currently plaguing his home of the Philippines -- an

  • 14:15 New An economic case for protecting the planet | Naoko Ishii

    An economic case for protecting the planet | Naoko Ishii

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    We all share one planet -- we breathe the same air, drink the same water and depend on the same oceans, forests and biodiversity. Economist Naoko Ishii is on a mission to protect these shared resources, known as the global commons, that are vital for our

  • 13:07 New What comes after tragedy? Forgiveness | Azim Khamisa and Ples Felix

    What comes after tragedy? Forgiveness | Azim Khamisa and Ples Felix

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    On one awful night in 1995, Ples Felix's 14-year-old grandson murdered Azim Khamisa's son in a gang initiation fueled by drugs, alcohol and a false sense of belonging. The deadly encounter sent Khamisa and Felix down paths of deep meditation, to forgive a

  • 11:01 New Want to change the world? Start by being brave enough to care | Cleo Wade

    Want to change the world? Start by being brave enough to care | Cleo Wade

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    Artist and poet Cleo Wade recites a moving poem about being an advocate for love and acceptance in a time when both seem in short supply. Woven between stories of people at the beginning and end of their lives, she shares some truths about growing up (and

  • 09:31 New The hidden role informal caregivers play in health care | Scott Williams

    The hidden role informal caregivers play in health care | Scott Williams

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    Once a cared-for patient and now a caregiver himself, Scott Williams highlights the invaluable role of informal caregivers -- those friends and relatives who, out of love, go the extra mile for patients in need. From personal care to advocacy to emotional

  • 10:49 American bipartisan politics can be saved -- here's how | Bob Inglis

    American bipartisan politics can be saved -- here's how | Bob Inglis

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    Former Republican member of the U.S. Congress Bob Inglis shares an optimistic message about how conservatives can lead on climate change and other pressing problems -- and how free enterprise (and working together across ideologies) hold the solutions. "T

  • 14:12 The search for "aha!" moments | Matt Goldman

    The search for "aha!" moments | Matt Goldman

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    In 1988, Matt Goldman co-founded Blue Man Group, an off-Broadway production that became a sensation known for its humor, blue body paint and wild stunts. The show works on the premise that certain conditions can create "aha moments" -- moments of surprise

  • 13:46 Talk about your death while you're still healthy | Michelle Knox

    Talk about your death while you're still healthy | Michelle Knox

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    Do you know what you want when you die? Do you know how you want to be remembered? In a candid, heartfelt talk about a subject most of us would rather not discuss, Michelle Knox asks each of us to reflect on our core values around death and share them wit

  • 15:15 A one-man musical phenomenon | Jacob Collier

    A one-man musical phenomenon | Jacob Collier

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    Jacob Collier is a one-man band and force of nature. In a dynamic, colorful performance, he recreates the magical room at his home in London where he produces music, performing three songs in which he sings every part and plays every instrument -- accompa

  • 19:44 How to put the power of law in people's hands | Vivek Maru

    How to put the power of law in people's hands | Vivek Maru

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    What can you do when the wheels of justice don't turn fast enough? Or when they don't turn at all? Vivek Maru is working to transform the relationship between people and law, turning law from an abstraction or threat into something that everyone can under

  • 08:36 How we can stop Africa's scientific brain drain | Kevin Njabo

    How we can stop Africa's scientific brain drain | Kevin Njabo

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    How can Africans find solutions to Africa's problems? Conservation biologist Kevin Njabo tells his personal story of how he nearly became part of the group of African scientists who seek an education abroad and never return -- and why he's now building a

  • 05:26 Want to be more creative? Go for a walk | Marily Oppezzo

    Want to be more creative? Go for a walk | Marily Oppezzo

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    When trying to come up with a new idea, we all have times when we get stuck. But according to research by behavioral and learning scientist Marily Oppezzo, getting up and going for a walk might be all it takes to get your creative juices flowing. In this

  • 14:30 How record collectors find lost music and preserve our cultural heritage | Alexis Charpentier

    How record collectors find lost music and preserve our cultural heritage | Alexis Charpentier

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    For generations, record collectors have played a vital role in the preservation of musical and cultural heritage by "digging" for obscure music created by overlooked artists. Alexis Charpentier shares his love of records -- and stories of how collectors h

  • 05:44 Medical tech designed to meet Africa's needs | Soyapi Mumba

    Medical tech designed to meet Africa's needs | Soyapi Mumba

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    In sub-Saharan Africa, power outages, low technology penetration, slow internet and understaffed hospitals plague health care systems. To make progress on these problems in Malwai, TED Fellow Soyapi Mumba and his team created a new system from scratch --

  • 13:41 How adaptive clothing empowers people with disabilities | Mindy Scheier

    How adaptive clothing empowers people with disabilities | Mindy Scheier

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    Do you have a favorite T-shirt or pair of jeans that transforms you and makes you feel confident -- makes you feel like you? That's because what you wear can affect your mood, your health and your self-esteem, says fashion designer Mindy Scheier. Inspired

  • 08:18 A vehicle built in Africa, for Africa | Joel Jackson

    A vehicle built in Africa, for Africa | Joel Jackson

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    Joel Jackson wants to reimagine transportation around the needs of the African consumer. He's designed an SUV that's rugged enough for long stretches of uneven terrain and affordable enough to be within reach of those who need it most. Learn more about th

  • 12:31 The power of citizen video to create undeniable truths | Yvette Alberdingk Thijm

    The power of citizen video to create undeniable truths | Yvette Alberdingk Thijm

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    Could smartphones and cameras be our most powerful weapon for social justice? Through her organization Witness, Yvette Alberdingk Thijm is developing strategies and technologies to help activists use video to protect and defend human rights. She shares st

  • 14:21 The history of human emotions | Tiffany Watt Smith

    The history of human emotions | Tiffany Watt Smith

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    The words we use to describe our emotions affect how we feel, says historian Tiffany Watt Smith, and they've often changed (sometimes very dramatically) in response to new cultural expectations and ideas. Take nostalgia, for instance: first defined in 168

  • 13:39 How China is changing the future of shopping | Angela Wang

    How China is changing the future of shopping | Angela Wang

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    China is a huge laboratory of innovation, says retail expert Angela Wang, and in this lab, everything takes place on people's phones. Five hundred million Chinese consumers -- the equivalent of the combined populations of the US, UK and Germany -- regular

  • 16:47 Want to get great at something? Get a coach | Atul Gawande

    Want to get great at something? Get a coach | Atul Gawande

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    How do we improve in the face of complexity? Atul Gawande has studied this question with a surgeon's precision. He shares what he's found to be the key: having a good coach to provide a more accurate picture of our reality, to instill positive habits of t

  • 07:58 Inside Africa's thriving art scene | Touria El Glaoui

    Inside Africa's thriving art scene | Touria El Glaoui

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    Art fair curator Touria El Glaoui is on a mission to showcase vital new art from African nations and the diaspora. She shares beautiful, inspiring, thrilling contemporary art that tells powerful stories of African identity and history -- including works b

  • 30:32 Mammoths resurrected and other thoughts from a futurist | Stewart Brand and Chris Anderson

    Mammoths resurrected and other thoughts from a futurist | Stewart Brand and Chris Anderson

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    Stewart Brand is a futurist, counterculturist and visionary with a very wide-ranging mind. In conversation with TED Curator Chris Anderson, Brand discusses ... just about everything: human nature, bringing back the wooly mammoth, geoengineering, rewilding

  • 17:07 Our treatment of HIV has advanced. Why hasn't the stigma changed? | Arik Hartmann

    Our treatment of HIV has advanced. Why hasn't the stigma changed? | Arik Hartmann

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    The treatment of HIV has significantly advanced over the past three decades -- why hasn't our perception of people with the disease advanced along with it? After being diagnosed with HIV, Arik Hartmann chose to live transparently, being open about his sta

  • 07:20 What we don't teach kids about sex | Sue Jaye Johnson

    What we don't teach kids about sex | Sue Jaye Johnson

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    As parents, it's our job to teach our kids about sex. But beyond "the talk," which covers biology and reproduction, there's so much more we can say about the human experience of being in our bodies. Introducing "The Talk 2.0," Sue Jaye Johnson shows us ho

  • 11:23 3 thoughtful ways to conserve water | Lana Mazahreh

    3 thoughtful ways to conserve water | Lana Mazahreh

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    According to the UN, nearly one in three people worldwide live in a country facing a water crisis, and less than five percent of the world lives in a country that has more water today than it did 20 years ago. Lana Mazahreh grew up in Jordan, a state that

  • 10:45 Photos of Africa, taken from a flying lawn chair | George Steinmetz

    Photos of Africa, taken from a flying lawn chair | George Steinmetz

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    George Steinmetz's spectacular photos show Africa from the air, taken from the world's slowest, lightest aircraft. Join Steinmetz to discover the surprising historical, ecological and sociopolitical patterns that emerge when you go low and slow in a flyin

  • 18:29 You aren't at the mercy of your emotions -- your brain creates them | Lisa Feldman Barrett

    You aren't at the mercy of your emotions -- your brain creates them | Lisa Feldman Barrett

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    Can you look at someone's face and know what they're feeling? Does everyone experience happiness, sadness and anxiety the same way? What are emotions anyway? For the past 25 years, psychology professor Lisa Feldman Barrett has mapped facial expressions, s

  • 07:58 How adoption worked for me | Christopher Ategeka

    How adoption worked for me | Christopher Ategeka

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    Talent is universal, but opportunity isn't, says TED Fellow Christopher Ategeka. In this charming, hopeful talk, Ategeka tells his story of being orphaned at a young age -- and how being adopted gave him the chance to experience a new culture, acquire an

  • 12:58 The next generation of African architects and designers | Christian Benimana

    The next generation of African architects and designers | Christian Benimana

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    Christian Benimana wants to build a network of architects who can help Africa's booming cities flourish in sustainable, equitable ways -- balancing growth with values that are uniquely African. From Nigeria to Burkina Faso and beyond, he shares examples o

  • 13:37 "Good" and "bad" are incomplete stories we tell ourselves | Heather Lanier

    "Good" and "bad" are incomplete stories we tell ourselves | Heather Lanier

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    Heather Lanier's daughter Fiona has Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome, a genetic condition that results in developmental delays -- but that doesn't make her tragic, angelic or any of the other stereotypes about kids like her. In this talk about the beautiful, comp

  • 10:14 A new weapon in the fight against superbugs | David Brenner

    A new weapon in the fight against superbugs | David Brenner

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    Since the widespread use of antibiotics began in the 1940s, we've tried to develop new drugs faster than bacteria can evolve -- but this strategy isn't working. Drug-resistant bacteria known as superbugs killed nearly 700,000 people last year, and by 2050

  • 11:42 See how the rest of the world lives, organized by income | Anna Rosling Rönnlund

    See how the rest of the world lives, organized by income | Anna Rosling Rönnlund

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    What does it look like when someone in Sweden brushes their teeth or when someone in Rwanda makes their bed? Anna Rosling Rönnlund wants all of us to find out, so she sent photographers to 264 homes in 50 countries (and counting!) to document the stoves,

  • 13:20 Success stories from Kenya's first makerspace | Kamau Gachigi

    Success stories from Kenya's first makerspace | Kamau Gachigi

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    Africa needs engineers, but its engineering students often end up working at auditing firms and banks. Why? Kamau Gachigi suspects it's because they don't have the spaces and materials needed to test their ideas and start businesses. To solve this problem

  • 05:35 Lessons from a solar storm chaser | Miho Janvier

    Lessons from a solar storm chaser | Miho Janvier

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    Space physicist Miho Janvier studies solar storms: giant clouds of particles that escape from the Sun and can disrupt life on Earth (while also producing amazing auroras). How do you study the atmosphere on the Sun, which burns at temperatures of up to ar

  • 10:35 A mother and son united by love and art | Deborah Willis and Hank Willis Thomas

    A mother and son united by love and art | Deborah Willis and Hank Willis Thomas

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    An art school professor once told Deborah Willis that she, as a woman, was taking a place from a good man -- but the storied photographer says she instead made a space for a good man, her son Hank Willis Thomas. In this moving talk, the mother and son art

  • 09:19 Free yourself from your filter bubbles | Joan Blades and John Gable

    Free yourself from your filter bubbles | Joan Blades and John Gable

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    Joan Blades and John Gable want you to make friends with people who vote differently than you do. A pair of political opposites, the two longtime pals know the value of engaging in honest conversations with people you don't immediately agree with. Join th

  • 12:45 Adventures of an interplanetary architect | Xavier De Kestelier

    Adventures of an interplanetary architect | Xavier De Kestelier

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    How will we live elsewhere in the galaxy? On Earth, natural resources for creating structures are abundant, but sending these materials up with us to the Moon or Mars is clunky and cost-prohibitive. Enter architect Xavier De Kestelier, who has a radical p

  • 11:05 How augmented reality could change the future of surgery | Nadine Hachach-Haram

    How augmented reality could change the future of surgery | Nadine Hachach-Haram

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    If you're undergoing surgery, you want the best surgical team to collaborate on your case, no matter where they are. Surgeon and entrepreneur Nadine Hachach-Haram is developing a new system that helps surgeons operate together and train one another on new

  • 12:23 How urban agriculture is transforming Detroit | Devita Davison

    How urban agriculture is transforming Detroit | Devita Davison

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    There's something amazing growing in the city of Detroit: healthy, accessible, delicious, fresh food. In a spirited talk, fearless farmer Devita Davison explains how features of Detroit's decay actually make it an ideal spot for urban agriculture. Join Da

  • 10:29 What makes something go viral? | Dao Nguyen

    What makes something go viral? | Dao Nguyen

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    What's the secret to making content people love? Join BuzzFeed's Publisher Dao Nguyen for a glimpse at how her team creates their tempting quizzes, lists and videos -- and learn more about how they've developed a system to understand how people use conten

  • 12:16 The secret language of letter design (with English subtitles) | Martina Flor

    The secret language of letter design (with English subtitles) | Martina Flor

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    Look at the letters around you: on street signs, stores, restaurant menus, the covers of books. Whether you realize it or not, the letters are speaking to you, telling you something beyond the literal text -- that whatever they represent is modern or fine

  • 06:38 The brain benefits of deep sleep -- and how to get more of it |  Dan Gartenberg

    The brain benefits of deep sleep -- and how to get more of it | Dan Gartenberg

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    There's nothing quite like a good night's sleep. What if technology could help us get more out of it? Dan Gartenberg is working on tech that stimulates deep sleep, the most regenerative stage which (among other wonderful things) might help us consolidate

  • 18:32 Why I'm done trying to be "man enough" | Justin Baldoni

    Why I'm done trying to be "man enough" | Justin Baldoni

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    Justin Baldoni wants to start a dialogue with men about redefining masculinity -- to figure out ways to be not just good men but good humans. In a warm, personal talk, he shares his effort to reconcile who he is with who the world tells him a man should b

  • 12:03 How fake handbags fund terrorism and organized crime | Alastair Gray

    How fake handbags fund terrorism and organized crime | Alastair Gray

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    What's the harm in buying a knock-off purse or a fake designer watch? According to counterfeit investigator Alastair Gray, fakes like these fund terrorism and organized crime. Learn more about the trillion-dollar underground economy of counterfeiting -- f

  • 10:55 Get comfortable with being uncomfortable | Luvvie Ajayi

    Get comfortable with being uncomfortable | Luvvie Ajayi

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    Luvvie Ajayi isn't afraid to speak her mind or to be the one dissenting voice in a crowd, and neither should you. "Your silence serves no one," says the writer, activist and self-proclaimed professional troublemaker. In this bright, uplifting talk, Ajayi

  • 13:34 A Republican mayor's plan to replace partisanship with policy | G.T. Bynum

    A Republican mayor's plan to replace partisanship with policy | G.T. Bynum

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    Conventional wisdom says that to win an election, you need to play to your constituencies' basest, most divisive instincts. But as a candidate for mayor of Tulsa, Oklahoma, G.T. Bynum decided to skip the smear campaigns, tell voters what he wanted to acco

  • 24:22 What AI is -- and isn't | Sebastian Thrun and Chris Anderson

    What AI is -- and isn't | Sebastian Thrun and Chris Anderson

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    Educator and entrepreneur Sebastian Thrun wants us to use AI to free humanity of repetitive work and unleash our creativity. In an inspiring, informative conversation with TED Curator Chris Anderson, Thrun discusses the progress of deep learning, why we s