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April 2013

News

TED and TED-Ed win 11 WebbysTED and TED-Ed win 11 Webbys

Posted By Tedstaff

The 2013 Webby winners are in, and we are thoroughly humbled by the number of times we see the word “TED” in the list. For each Webby category, there are two big winners: the Webby Winner, the site picked by judges, and the People’s Voice winner, the site that won the popular vote online. In […]

Art

Camille Seaman named a Knight FellowCamille Seaman named a Knight Fellow

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Photographer Camille Seaman sees the personality in elements of nature. The TED Fellow thrilled us at TED2011 with her haunting photos of polar ice — some glaciers timid, others proud and defiant — and, at TED2013, shared stunning images of supercell clouds, which she characterizes as “lovely monsters.” We are very excited that Seaman has […]

Science

3 teenage thinkers with big ideas for energy3 teenage thinkers with big ideas for energy

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Taylor Wilson has been called “The Boy Who Played With Fusion” by Popular Science magazine. At age 9, Wilson stunned tour guides at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, with his complex understanding of rocket science. At 12, he set out to make a “star in a jar.” By 14, Wilson had become […]

Business

Walking meetings? 5 surprising thinkers who swore by themWalking meetings? 5 surprising thinkers who swore by them

Posted By Jessica Gross

In today’s talk, Nilofer Merchant gives a startling statistic: we’re sitting, on average, for 9.3 hours per day—far more than the 7.7 hours we spend sleeping. “Sitting is so incredibly prevalent, we don’t even question how much we’re doing it,” Merchant says. “In that way, sitting has become the smoking of our generation.” But there […]

Culture

A new TED playlist delivers talks on language from curious wordsmithsA new TED playlist delivers talks on language from curious wordsmiths

Posted By Shirin Samimi-Moore

Language is at the heart of all our interactions — whether you’re texting, emailing, talking, singing or heatedly debating. So of course, quite a few TED Talks are about the art of language. That’s why we created the new TED playlist, “Words, words, words.” Included in this playlist: Mark Pagel reveals how language transformed humanity, […]

Culture

TED Weekends shares the story of a once locked-in grafitti artistTED Weekends shares the story of a once locked-in grafitti artist

Posted By Shirin Samimi-Moore

Completely paralyzed except for his eyes, graffiti artist Tony “TEMPT” Quan could no longer create his art, let alone communicate with his family. When entrepreneur Mick Ebeling met Quan, he was determined to help the artist accomplish both of these things. Thus, the EyeWriter was born — a pair of glasses with hardware that allows […]

News

Your weekend reading: The wrong kind of Caucasian, the graduate school question, and how the Internet ruined everything

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

A weekly round-up of interesting, weird and useful reads from around the interwebs. In “The wrong kind of Caucasian,” Sarah Kendzior critiques the media for its tendency to demonize an entire country based on the violent acts of a few individuals. [Al Jazeera] “The Internet: A Warning from History,” or how the Internet ruined everything. […]

News

X marks the spot: This week’s TEDx TalksX marks the spot: This week’s TEDx Talks

Posted By Shirin Samimi-Moore

Designs for rethinking the toilet, how to transcend tragedy and a look at “soft,” flexible robotics — these topics are all covered in featured TEDx Talks this week. Each week, TEDx chooses four of our favorite talks, highlighting just a few of the enlightening speakers from the TEDx community and its diverse constellation of ideas worth […]

Art

Turning New York City INSIDE OUT: Volunteering at JR’s photo truckTurning New York City INSIDE OUT: Volunteering at JR’s photo truck

Posted By Jamia Wilson

On an unseasonably chilly Monday evening in Manhattan, hundreds stood in line in Times Square for up to two hours. As a city-dweller for seven years, I’ve seen queues this long for big Broadway openings or on New Year’s Eve. But this line was formed for a very different purpose — for people to have […]

Art

How soon is now?: Fellows Friday with Alicia Eggert

Posted By Karen Eng

Conceptual artist Alicia Eggert uses words as found objects in her sculptural art — a body of work that serves as an ongoing investigation of time. Here, she tells us about taking her neon piece “You are (on) an island” to various locations in the world, shares how childhood experiences in South Africa sparked her […]

Technology

25 life hacks you didn’t know you needed, but do. Probably.25 life hacks you didn’t know you needed, but do. Probably.

Posted By Helen Walters

David Pogue is a member of a very select club. As of today, he’s one of the few people with four talks featured on TED.com. (Two others who’ve reached this mark: Julian Treasure and Juan Enriquez.) Yes, we’ve shown you his talks on simplicity in tech design, cool phone tricks and the downloading wars. But […]

Culture

Last night at TED headquarters: a salon on life hacksLast night at TED headquarters: a salon on life hacks

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Last night in the TED office, we held a salon all about spring cleaning — for your life. Themed “A Better You,” the event featured four speakers with ideas on how to make a better, happier, more productive self. First to speak was The Power of Habit author Charles Duhigg, a reporter for The New York Times who […]