After designing “the iPod of toilets” this fall, Ross Lovegrove (TED05) introduced in Milan this week a solar-powered concept car, shimmering with Swarovski crystals, but lacking an engine … or wheels. “It’s a provocation,” he told the Washington Post. And to the Western Mail: “It is only the future if it can’t be made.”
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The glowing, neon green lamp you see above is the invention of French biochemist Pierre Calleja, who had the crazy idea of using algae to power otherworldly, tube-shaped streetlamps that double as homes for this growing gloop. In a talk at TEDxLausanneChange, he explains the process behind the invention. You may remember photosynthesis from biology class — if not, Wikipedia will […]
A Hans Rosling quiz, a newly-discovered “Godzilla of Earths,” a new doc from Sebastian Junger, and why octopus arms don’t tangle
Members of the TED community saturated the news in the past two weeks. Below, just a few of these headline-makers: Eight years ago, Hans Rosling shared “The best stats you’ve ever seen” at TED2006, flipping our thinking on global health. BigThink.com is marking the anniversary of that talk. Take their very fun quiz that tests […]