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A biologist, an engineer, a designer and a musical robot builder walk into a room. Not a joke; it’s their office
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It doesn’t look like much, but 33 Flatbush Avenue, in a drab part of downtown Brooklyn, is a hotbed of creativity and collaboration. Really. Listen to too much talk about innovation, and before long you’re bound to hear someone utter the “cross” word. It might be followed by “fertilization,” maybe “pollination,” perhaps even “disciplinary,” but […]

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Gallery: Beautiful words from TEDxMet, immortalized as art
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Click to zoom into this detailed image. Alice Attie, TEDxMet: Andrew Solomon, 2013 When the lights went down at TEDxMet, a TEDx event hosted by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in October, anyone looking very closely could see a tiny light in the first row, casting a dim glow on a lucite desk. The desk […]

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The inventors, trailblazers and performers of TEDWomen 2013, “Invented Here”
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Invented here. There. And, well, everywhere. This year’s TEDWomen is dedicated to out-of-the-box thinking from women around the globe. TEDWomen 2013 will take place on December 4th through 6th in San Francisco — but the whole world will be watching. There are 220 TEDxWomen events being held in 58 countries, each tuning into the webcast of the […]

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What I’d tell my teenage self: Life and career advice from the TED staff
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The scene at TEDYouth in 2012. The theme this year is “The Spark.” Photo: Ryan Lash Four hundred middle and high school students will fill the TEDYouth auditorium this Saturday – and many of them will be put straight to work. Students who’ve expressed interest in cinematography will shadow our video production team, students who want […]

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How to tell a great story, visualized
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A good story can make a campfire that much eerier. A good story can flip a conversation at a party from completely awkward to wonderful. Andrew Stanton: The clues to a great storyA good story can glue your nose to a book. And, on screen, a good story can rivet generation after generation. So, uh, […]

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The moon’s path is full of thorns: Fellows Friday with Johnson Urama
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Nigerian astronomer Johnson Urama wants to promote the future of astronomy in Africa by looking deep into the past. With his African Cultural Astronomy Project, he is gathering the lost ancient astronomical traditions and stories of indigenous Africa, hoping to show modern Africans that the science of the skies is relevant to their past, present and […]

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Required watching for any TED speaker: The science of stage fright
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One thing can strike fear into the heart of the fiercest warrior, the most powerful CEO and the smartest person in any given room: having to speak in public. The thought of it makes the palms sweat, the heart beat faster and the limbs start to shake. An estimated 75% of people have a fear […]

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5 unconventional maps to get lost in
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From the earliest days of human exploration we’ve made progressively more accurate and sophisticated maps. Maps help us find our way around the world we live in. Maps help us get to our destination. Maps keep us from becoming lost. But what if you have no destination? What if becoming lost is the point? Well, […]

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How technology is changing blindness: 6 talks on how those who can’t see can drive cars, take photographs and more
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When Ron McCallum was a child, he loved story time. But he was sad not to be able to read a book on his own. It was the 1940s, and McCallum was blind since birth. As his mom told him, “You can’t feel the pictures, and you can’t feel the print on the page.” “Little […]

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Further reading (and watching) on autism
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Pianist Derek Paravicini, who has severe autism, processes music in fascinating ways. Here, resources for learning more. Photo: TEDxWarwick Derek Paravicini is many things: an incredible piano player, a blind man, an excited talker, a musical savant, and a 30-something with severe autism. Derek Paravicini and Adam Ockelford: In the key of geniusIn today’s TED […]

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Meet the translator: Katja Tongucer, who translates TED Talks into German
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TED Talks are available in 102 languages, from Albanian to Vietnamese, thanks to the tireless work of our volunteer translators. So far, more than 10,000 volunteers have created upwards of 44,000 talk translations — and today, the TED Blog brings you a Q&A with one of them. Here, meet German translator Katja Tongucer. 1. Where […]

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