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Why TED takes two weeks off every summer
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TED.com is about to go dark for two weeks. No new TED Talks will be posted until Monday, August 8, 2016, while most of the TED staff takes a two-week vacation. Yes, we all (or almost all) go on vacation at the same time. No, we don’t all go to the same place. We’ve been doing it this way now for seven years. Our summer break is […]

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4 TED Talks that make the case for open science in health care
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Dr. Ben Goldacre asks why medical researchers seem to publish only positive results of pharmaceutical testing, instead of openly sharing both good and bad results. (Wouldn’t you want to know everything possible about a drug you’re about to take?) Photo: James Duncan Davidson Sometimes it seems as if the Internet has created a bold new era of openness. […]

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An advanced prosthetic arm, an underground park, and the case for taking a vacation
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The TED community has been very busy over the past few weeks. Below, some newsy highlights. A major upgrade for prosthetics. After nearly a decade in development, Dean Kamen’s prosthetic arm is finally nearing its commercial launch two years after its approval by the FDA. Developed for wounded soldiers at the behest of the United […]

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Thinking differently about the election at TEDNYC: The Election Edition
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TED curators Kelly Stoetzel and Helen Walters host the very first TEDNYC event in New York, NY, on September 7, 2016. (Photo: Ryan Lash / TED) The conversation around the upcoming US presidential election is full of frenzy, headache and noise. But elections are about more than divisiveness and disagreement — they’re civic events worthy of celebration, and, […]

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A TED Talk from a war zone
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A view over the Old Square of Homs, looking towards the Old Souk, taken from the remains of Marwa and Ghassan’s destroyed architecture studio. Photo: Marwa Al-Sabouni, 2016. At TEDSummit in June, we featured a talk by a young Syrian architect, Marwa Al-Sabouni. In it, she shares an important and original insight about how the […]

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Giant Olympic athletes take flight over Rio in JR’s latest work
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Sudanese high jumper Mohamed Younes Idriss had to miss the Olympics this year because of an injury. But he towers over Rio de Janeiro, his back curving atop a high-rise building, in JR’s latest large-scale work. Photo: Courtesy of JR A Sudanese high jumper towers over Rio de Janeiro, arching over a 25-story building in the Flamengo district. […]

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A TEDWomen update: Hanna Rosin on the ‘End of Men’
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Cross-posted from TEDWomen curator Pat Mitchell’s blog on the Huffington Post. When Hanna Rosin, the first speaker at the very first TEDWomen conference in 2010, delivered her talk she had titled “The End of Men,” she had only just begun the research for what became her bestselling 2012 book by the same name. And as the […]

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Sylvia Earle introduces President Obama to a newly discovered fish named after him
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The United States has long been known for its national parks. But last month, Barack Obama created a single marine reserve that covers significantly more area than all of them, combined. On August 26, 2016, Obama expanded the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to 582,578 square miles around the northwestern islands of Hawaii. The monument was […]

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Forecasting crime in Rio de Janeiro, a new Marvel comic, and an Airbnb to rejuvenate a rural community
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The TED community has been very busy over the past few weeks. Below, some newsy highlights. Crime forecasting in Rio. Before the 2016 Olympic Games, worries ran high that crime in Rio might affect the mega-event; one reported attack at the Games (which actually might not have happened) grabbed headlines around the world during the […]

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5 talks for Women’s Equality Day
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Today marks the 45th anniversary of Women’s Equality Day, which was designated in 1971 to celebrate the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote in 1920. In commemoration of that milestone, and the miles we still have to go, here are five TEDTalks from past TEDWomen conferences about the state of […]

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Have an anonymous TED Talk? We want to hear it.
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Cross-posted from Chris Anderson on Medium Today you may have heard that TED announced a rather unusual experiment with Audible. I’m pretty excited about what we’re doing here and want to share some thoughts. Broadcast journalist Jad Abumrad once said that the most powerful thing about audio is what it lacks … that is: pictures. When […]

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