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UV light for gene editing, the unfinished business of gender equality, and a new method for producing metals
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As usual, the TED community has lots of news to share this week. Below, some highlights. Flip the switch. Sangeeta Bhatia is the senior author on a paper that makes the genome editing power of CRISPR responsive to ultraviolet light. As detailed in academic journal Angewandte Chemie, the researchers developed a system where gene editing […]

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World Lion Day: A visit to big-cat filmmakers Beverly & Dereck Joubert
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Wildlife filmmakers Beverly and Dereck Joubert spoke at TEDWomen 2010 about their commitment to saving Africa’s big cats from extinction. The biggest factor that threatens these majestic animals: trophy hunters. Dereck and Beverly Joubert have been living in the bush in Botswana, making wildlife and conservation films together, for more than 30 years. Their films have shaped […]

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A solar-powered plane, our skewed perception of reality, and a robot that reads you to sleep.
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Just a few of the intriguing headlines involving members of the TED community this week: Around the globe without a drop of fuel. What has the wingspan of a Boeing 747 but weighs only about as much as an SUV? The answer is Bertrand Piccard’s Solar Impulse 2, an airplane fueled entirely by solar energy […]

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Life hacks you’ll appreciate: The helpful talks in Session 4 of TED2016
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speaks at TED2016 – Dream, February 15-19, 2016, Vancouver Convention Center, Vancouver, Canada. Photo: Bret Hartman / TED Pay attention. The talks in Session 4 offer takeaways you’ll find yourself using in everyday life — from a new way to end an argument, to how to talk about gravitational waves at a party, to the hidden […]

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What speakers can learn from 11 of the funniest TED Talk spoofs
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RejectTED Talks. Onion Talks. DED Talks. Here in the TED office, you often hear chuckles as someone watches one of the quickly growing crop of TED spoofs floating in the ether. And surprisingly, there are some pretty good lessons for speakers embedded in these spoofs. See what I mean below. The spoof: Stephen Colbert’s RejecTED Talks […]

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Love triumphs against the odds: StoryCorps celebrates the 46th anniversary of Stonewall
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More than 40 years after the Stonewall Riots, even as Caitlyn Jenner dominates pop culture, coming out as gay or transgender remains deeply difficult. In some cases, it’s downright dangerous; in others, it’s enough to tear families apart. But as you’ll discover in these six StoryCorps interviews, love — of each other, and of oneself […]

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Tradition or travesty? A TED Fellow’s documentary investigates the complexities of whale hunting in the Faroe Islands
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For the 50,000 people of the Faroe Islands, a self-governing country within the Kingdom of Denmark, hunting long-finned pilot whales — a dark gray species found in their waters — is a tradition that stretches back centuries. These whales are a food source, and hunting them is considered an important part of Faroese culture. Today, […]

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The red TED letters go out to play: Building TED2015’s logo photobooth (now with tech details)
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Six hard-working registration desk staffers take a break to play with the TED letters, at a photo op built by our in-house tech team. A funny thing happens at the end of every TED — after the show wraps, first one brave person, and then duos and groups, rush the stage to get their picture taken with the red TED letters. […]

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“Love brings self-confidence”: 7 quotes from His Holiness the Dalai Lama at TED2015
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Dalai Lama in conversation with Chris Anderson. On the final day of TED2015, Curator Chris Anderson reveals an exclusive video conversation between him and his Holiness the Dalai Lama, filmed in Vancouver in October 2014. In their talk, the Dalai Lama speaks about two kinds of happiness, how all humans can coexist, and the cooperation between […]

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Behind-the-scenes at TED2015: The midway point
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The Truth and Dare stairs at the entrance of TED2015. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED Bill Gates talks about what we learned from the Ebola epidemic — and how we can actually be prepared for the next one. Read about this session. Photo: Bret Hartman/TED TED Fellow Camille Seaman signs her book Melting Away, about the personality of […]

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The story of TEDConnect, a conference app for real-life interaction
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The TEDConnect app is built to inspire real-life interactions. At TEDGlobal 2014, two attendees share their contact information using the Badge Scanner feature. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED The goal of our conference app, TEDConnect? To get you to put down your phone and talk to people. “The idea is to foster in-person connection — to allow attendees […]

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