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9/11 healing: The mothers who found forgiveness, friendship

TED.com - Mon, 05/02/2011 - 18:51
Phyllis Rodriguez and Aicha el-Wafi have a powerful friendship born of unthinkable loss. Rodriguez' son was killed in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001; el-Wafi's son Zacarias Moussaoui was convicted of a role in those attacks and is serving a life sentence. In hoping to find peace, these two moms have come to understand and respect one another.

Arvind Gupta: Turning trash into toys for learning

TED.com - Fri, 04/29/2011 - 14:51
At the INK Conference, Arvind Gupta shares simple yet stunning plans for turning trash into seriously entertaining, well-designed toys that kids can build themselves -- while learning basic principles of science and design.

Mike Matas: A next-generation digital book

TED.com - Thu, 04/28/2011 - 14:34
Software developer Mike Matas demos the first full-length interactive book for the iPad -- with clever, swipeable video and graphics and some very cool data visualizations to play with. The book is "Our Choice," Al Gore's sequel to "An Inconvenient Truth."

Bruce Schneier: The security mirage

TED.com - Tue, 04/26/2011 - 13:54
The feeling of security and the reality of security don't always match, says computer-security expert Bruce Schneier. At TEDxPSU, he explains why we spend billions addressing news story risks, like the "security theater" now playing at your local airport, while neglecting more probable risks -- and how we can break this pattern.

Harvey Fineberg: Are we ready for neo-evolution?

TED.com - Mon, 04/25/2011 - 13:58
Medical ethicist Harvey Fineberg shows us three paths forward for the ever-evolving human species: to stop evolving completely, to evolve naturally -- or to control the next steps of human evolution, using genetic modification, to make ourselves smarter, faster, better. Neo-evolution is within our grasp. What will we do with it?

Ric Elias: 3 things I learned while my plane crashed

TED.com - Fri, 04/22/2011 - 14:36
Ric Elias had a front-row seat on Flight 1549, the plane that crash-landed in the Hudson River in New York in January 2009. What went through his mind as the doomed plane went down? At TED, he tells his story publicly for the first time.

Anil Ananthaswamy: What it takes to do extreme astrophysics

TED.com - Thu, 04/21/2011 - 14:51
All over the planet, giant telescopes and detectors are looking (and listening) for clues to the workings of the universe. At the INK Conference, science writer Anil Ananthaswamy tours us around these amazing installations, taking us to some of the most remote and silent places on Earth.

Kathryn Schulz: On being wrong

TED.com - Tue, 04/19/2011 - 13:53
Most of us will do anything to avoid being wrong. But what if we're wrong about that? "Wrongologist" Kathryn Schulz makes a compelling case for not just admitting but embracing our fallibility.

Sam Richards: A radical experiment in empathy

TED.com - Mon, 04/18/2011 - 14:00
By leading the Americans in his audience at TEDxPSU step by step through the thought process, sociologist Sam Richards sets an extraordinary challenge: can they understand -- not approve of, but understand -- the motivations of an Iraqi insurgent? And by extension, can anyone truly understand and empathize with another?

Susan Lim: Transplant cells, not organs

TED.com - Fri, 04/15/2011 - 18:47
Pioneering surgeon Susan Lim performed the first liver transplant in Asia. But a moral concern with transplants (where do donor livers come from ...) led her to look further, and to ask: Could we be transplanting cells, not whole organs? At the INK Conference, she talks through her new research, discovering healing cells in some surprising places.

Marcin Jakubowski: Open-sourced blueprints for civilization

TED.com - Thu, 04/14/2011 - 14:00
Using wikis and digital fabrication tools, TED Fellow Marcin Jakubowski is open-sourcing the blueprints for 50 farm machines, allowing anyone to build their own tractor or harvester from scratch. And that's only the first step in a project to write an instruction set for an entire self-sustaining village (starting cost: $10,000).

Roger Ebert: Remaking my voice

TED.com - Wed, 04/13/2011 - 14:37
When film critic Roger Ebert lost his lower jaw to cancer, he lost the ability to eat and speak. But he did not lose his voice. In a moving talk from TED2011, Ebert and his wife, Chaz, with friends Dean Ornish and John Hunter, come together to tell his remarkable story.

Dave Meslin: The antidote to apathy

TED.com - Tue, 04/12/2011 - 14:30
Local politics -- schools, zoning, council elections -- hit us where we live. So why don't more of us actually get involved? Is it apathy? Dave Meslin says no. He identifies 7 barriers that keep us from taking part in our communities, even when we truly care.

Jackson Browne: "If I Could Be Anywhere"

TED.com - Fri, 04/08/2011 - 22:28
At TEDxGPGP, Jackson Browne plays a song he started writing last April aboard Mission Blue Voyage, the Sylvia Earle-inspired trip to brainstorm ways to save the ocean. "If I could be anywhere," he sings, "anywhere right now, I would be here."

Caroline Casey: Looking past limits

TED.com - Fri, 04/08/2011 - 14:33
Activist Caroline Casey tells the story of her extraordinary life, starting with a revelation (no spoilers). In a talk that challenges perceptions, Casey asks us all to move beyond the limits we may think we have.

Morgan Spurlock: The greatest TED Talk ever sold

TED.com - Wed, 04/06/2011 - 15:00
With humor and persistence, filmmaker Morgan Spurlock dives into the hidden but influential world of brand marketing, on his quest to make a completely sponsored film about sponsorship. (And yes, onstage naming rights for this talk were sponsored too. By whom and for how much? He'll tell you.)

Chade-Meng Tan: Everyday compassion at Google

TED.com - Tue, 04/05/2011 - 21:51
Google's "Jolly Good Fellow," Chade-Meng Tan, talks about how the company practices compassion in its everyday business -- and its bold side projects.

An Idiot Abroad 2 - Phonecall

Ricky Gervais - Tue, 04/05/2011 - 20:05
A phonecall from Karl gives a hint of what to expect from 'An Idiot Abroad 2 - The Bucket List' Autumn 2011

Stanley McChrystal: Listen, learn ... then lead

TED.com - Tue, 04/05/2011 - 14:43
Four-star general Stanley McChrystal shares what he learned about leadership over his decades in the military. How can you build a sense of shared purpose among people of many ages and skill sets? By listening and learning -- and addressing the possibility of failure.

AnnMarie Thomas: Hands-on science with squishy circuits

TED.com - Mon, 04/04/2011 - 02:16
In a zippy demo at TED U, AnnMarie Thomas shows how two different kinds of homemade play dough can be used to demonstrate electrical properties -- by lighting up LEDs, spinning motors, and turning little kids into circuit designers.