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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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An in-office TED all about fiction
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TED’s own Thu-Huong Ha hosts a miniature TED, themed “The Fiction Issue.” Photo: Ryan Lash Reading fiction is an escape, something transportative that pulls you out of everyday life. But don’t we also read fiction to learn more about ourselves — to see our hopes, aspirations and fears reflected in the pages, to gain insight […]

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What are mirror neurons? Further reading on the neurotherapy described in today’s talk
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When Roberto  D’Angelo and Francesca Fideli discovered that their 10-day-old son, Mario, had suffered a stroke, they were shocked. Maria was unable to control the left side of his body and, to help their son, they opted to participate in a pilot program for mirror neuron rehabilitation. As they explain in the talkRoberto D'Angelo + […]

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Pawan Sinha shares the moment that inspired his cutting-edge research into how the brain learns to see
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Pawan Sinha explains how the brain learns to see at TEDIndia 2009. Now, he’s given the backstory to his area of research. Photo: James Duncan Davidson In the most recent issue of Scientific American, Pawan Sinha shares the eye-opening experience that shook his worldview. When riding through the streets of New Delhi one night in […]

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Playlist: Embrace your inner nerd
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Vive les nerds! While the term used to be something of a put-down, meant to mock an excessive interest in math or science, it’s now often used in an almost prideful way to signify a passion for pretty much anything. And that applies to pretty much all of those who end up on the TED […]

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Behind-the-scenes gallery: Setting up for TEDGlobal 2013
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A stack of program guides at the TEDGlobal 2013 registration booth, where attendees are streaming in. Check out the full lineup here. Photo: Ryan Lash TEDGlobal 2013, themed “Think Again,” begins today — June 10 — in Edinburgh, Scotland. After an impressive buildout over the weekend, attendees have started streaming in. The first session of […]

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When self-identity can change: Q&A with Charles Limb
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Andrew Solomon: Love, no matter what This morning’s TED Talk from Andrew Solomon asks a deep question about parents and children. Inspired by his own upbringing, Solomon wondered how parents form bonds with extraordinary children — or, in his words, when the “vertical culture” passed from parent to child is different from the “horizontal culture” […]

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Your mega summer reading list: 200 books recommended by TEDsters
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A look at the famous TED Bookstore at TED2013. Photo: Michael Brands Books can entertain, sucking you like a tornado into incredible new worlds. Books can teach, giving you a richer understanding of time periods, people and ideas you’ve never been exposed to. But books can do so much more. Lisa Bu: How books can […]

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