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Staff picks: 2016’s best, from our editors and curators
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Amanda Palmer performs a tribute to David Bowie at TED2016. Photo: Bret Hartman / TED Looking for a few great talks to inspire you for a great year ahead? TED’s content+editorial team staffers pick their favorites — including some don’t-miss talks you might have passed by in this busy year. To spark your curiosity …  Fawn Qiu: Easy […]

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Comment(s) of the week, Dec. 21, 2016: You write, speakers respond
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Some wonderful comments to choose from this week … so I chose two: Amy Cox writes: “Experiencing the full range of emotions, including sadness and grief, can be good, inspiring, motivating, in balance with the self. Please do not confuse sadness with Major Depressive Disorder. Medication that works well for a person is a tool […]

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This holiday season, have that conversation
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Celeste Headlee offers four insights for better political conversations. Yes, even this year. Screengrab courtesy TEDxSeattle Is there someone in your life with whom you disagree? Has something gone unspoken for a long time that you would like to address? Or maybe you want to have a conversation about the future of our country or […]

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JD Vance moves to Ohio, the underwater caves of the Bahamas, and the search for ancient lost sites in Peru
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Fabian Oefner’s new work plays with the color properties of bismuth. Photo: Fabian Oefner End-of-the year news from our busy TED speakers: Let’s start with something gorgeous. The newest series of prints produced by Fabian Oefner, Photographic Paintings, highlights the process by which color comes into being. The images merge his signature science-based photography with the […]

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Live in cinemas around the world: Watch talks from TED2017
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Photo: Asa Mathat It’s one thing to watch a TED Talk online; it’s another experience altogether to be in a cinema together with your friends and fellow TED enthusiasts, watching speakers deliver the talks of their lives in real time. Last year, we shared the opening night of our annual sold-out TED Conference with more than 1,000 […]

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Comment of the week, Dec. 14, 2016: Meet the Galloping Goose Trail
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This week’s featured comment comes from Katie Pirquet, who comments on Ryan Gravel‘s TED Talk: How an old loop of railroads is changing the face of a city. Katie’s comment was the perfect follow-up to watching Ryan’s talk, and a great travel tip for anyone who was really interested in Ryan’s idea! It makes me long to visit […]

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An exercise-powered boat on the Seine, a young eagle hunter, and a test of global education
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As usual, the TED community has lots of news to share this week. Below, some highlights. Bike on the Seine … literally. Carlo Ratti Associati unveiled a concept for the Paris Navigating Gym, a boat that would use the energy from passengers’ stationary-bike workouts to propel itself through Paris along the Seine. Aboard the 20-meter-long […]

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Announcing our 2017 TED Prize winner: Healthcare warrior Raj Panjabi
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Raj Panjabi was born in Liberia, but his family fled civil war when he was nine. He returned as a medical student — and went on to found Last Mile Health. Photo: Courtesy of Last Mile Health It sounds simple enough: If you’re sick, you make an appointment with a doctor, and if it’s an […]

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Have a TED Talk idea? Apply to our Idea Search events in Africa
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Saki Mafundikwa prepares to speak at the TED@Nairobi auditions in 2013, aiming for a slot on the TED mainstage. (Spoiler: He made it.) Photo: whattookyousolong.org Do you have a TED Talk you’ve always wanted to try out in front of an audience? We’re thrilled to announce that applications are open for two new events in […]

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8 insider tips: Make an audition video for TED’s Idea Search 2017
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Tania Luna auditions for the TED stage. (Spoiler: She got there.) Photo: James Duncan Davidson Here are 8 insider tips to creating a great audition video for the TEDNYC Idea Search 2017. (Remember, the deadline to apply is Monday, Nov. 28, at 6pm Eastern.) 1. Distill your idea. In a 1-minute video, you have about […]

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Wireless advances in treating spinal cord damage, morphing wings for aircraft, and the world’s tallest tropical trees
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Just a few of the intriguing headlines involving members of the TED community this week: Advances in treating spinal cord damage. In Nature, Grégoire Courtine and a team of scientists announced that they had successfully used a wireless brain-spine interface to help monkeys with spinal cord damage paralyzing one leg regain the ability to walk. […]

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