Tag Archives: TED

Genie, You’re Free

I woke up this morning to some very sad news. The legendary stand-up comedian and actor Robin Williams has passed away, aged 63. He was found dead in his home from apparent suicide (The Guardian, BBC). Tributes have been pouring … Continue reading

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What Makes Tattoos Permanent?

“The earliest recorded tattoo was found on a Peruvian mummy in 6,000 BC. That’s some old ink! And considering humans lose roughly 40,000 skin cells per hour, how do these markings last? Claudia Aguirre details the different methods, machines and … Continue reading

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Comics That Ask “What If?”

“Web cartoonist Randall Munroe answers simple what-if questions (“what if you hit a baseball moving at the speed of light?”) using math, physics, logic and deadpan humor. In this charming talk, a reader’s question about Google’s data warehouse leads Munroe … Continue reading

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David Kwong – Magic Crosswords (TED)

In this TED talk, David Kwong talks about the intersection between crosswords and illusions. The trick he pulls off at the end is rather neat, and the build up seems obvious once you know it, but first time watching, it’s very … Continue reading

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Chris Hadfield: What I Learned From Going Blind In Space

An interesting TED talk by Colonel Chris Hadfield about his time as an astronaut, and how to confront and overcome your fears. He ends his talk with his beautiful rendition of Space Oddity. “There’s an astronaut saying: In space, “there … Continue reading

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Apollo Robbins: The Art Of Misdirection

“Hailed as the greatest pickpocket in the world, Apollo Robbins studies the quirks of human behaviour as he steals your watch. In a hilarious demonstration, Robbins samples the buffet of the TEDGlobal 2013 audience, showing how the flaws in our … Continue reading

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24 Hours Of Reality

Happening right now is The Climate Reality Project‘s 24 Hours of Reality. “Join us as we go around the world, identifying the costs of carbon pollution and the solution that can change the course of our future.” (24hoursofreality.org) What follows … Continue reading

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