Tag Archives: TED

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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Amanda Palmer: The Art Of Asking

“Don’t make people pay for music, says Amanda Palmer: Let them. In a passionate talk that begins in her days as a street performer (drop a dollar in the hat for the Eight-Foot Bride!), she examines the new relationship between … Continue reading

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7 TED Talks On The Benefits Of Gaming

Gamers often get a bad rep for one reason or another. But there are actual benefits to being a gamer. TED has collected together seven talks on the benefits of gaming (in moderation), and they’re rather interesting. Some of the benefits include … Continue reading

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1,000,000,000,000 Frames/Second Photography

I’ve already posted about how new technology is enabling us to see around corners, and the above video is a TED talk given by the lead researcher, Ramesh Raskar, where he talks about femto-photography; the ability to capture light in motion. … Continue reading

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The Secret Life Of Plankton

“New videography techniques have opened up the oceans’ microscopic ecosystem, revealing it to be both mesmerizingly beautiful and astoundingly complex. Marine biologist Tierney Thys teamed with Christian Sardet (CNRS/Tara Oceans), Noé Sardet and Sharif Mirshak to use footage from the … Continue reading

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Rob Reid – Copyright Math (TM)

Yet another TED talk, this time by Rob Reid. He gives a funny, insightful, and important talk on Copyright Math (TM), and explains how an iPod is worth $8 billion dollars. The importance of the talk is that he uses … Continue reading

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