Musician Gotye posted this video over the weekend, titled “Somebodies: A YouTube Orchestra.” It’s a remix of his song “Somebody That I Used To Know” crafted by bringing together the many individuals who’ve posted themselves playing the song. [YouTube] Perhaps Gotye took a note from Erik Whitacre, who gave the amazing TEDTalk “A virtual choir 2,000 voices strong” at TED2011. .
UCLA scientists report that they are a step closer to creating a blood test for cancer. How would it work? Ultra-fast cameras would snap images of the blood sample, looking for CTCs — cells that have broken away from cancerous tumors. The test would allow for early detection of the devastating disease. [Popular Science] And if that has you excited, you will want to check out our playlist “8 diagnostic tests we could have at our disposal in the near future.” [TED Blog] .
In this video “An unruly look at the English language,” writer Mark Forsyth gives a fun take-down of English grammar myths. [Vimeo] Over the weekend, he explained what a “snollygoster” is in the brilliant talk, “A short lesson on political speak.” .
TED is passionate about sharing ideas with you, no matter what language you speak — thus we are so thankful for our 8,006 translators who volunteer their time to translate TEDTalks into 89 languages. And we were also thrilled to read that Google, Mozilla and Wikimedia brought together 20 native speakers of Yucatec — Mexico’s most widely spoken Mayan tongue — last week for a one day Translathon, part of Google’s Endangered Languages Project. [Engadget] .
According to this website, the new trailer for the video game “Assassin’s Creed III” sounds like a TEDTalk. Thoughts? [Venture Beat]
Jack Andraka is not your typical teenager. The soon-to-be high school junior spends his free time in the science lab concocting better, cheaper ways to spot disease. One such project — a test for the early detection of pancreatic cancer — won Andraka first place in the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. As […]
When Brittany Wenger was a sophomore in high school, her cousin was diagnosed with breast cancer. She saw firsthand how the disease strikes a woman and her family, and she wanted to help. While some of us might offer to bake a casserole or lend a listening ear, Brittany went the extra mile: She created […]