The neuro-revolution is coming: Greg Gage’s neuroscience kits put research in the hands of the curious

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The neuro-revolution is coming: Greg Gage’s neuroscience kits put research in the hands of the curious

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Greg Gage is a reliable source of both shock and awe at TED. Onstage over the years, this TED Fellow has demonstrated his low-cost DIY teaching kits by amputating a cockroach leg to show how neurons fire, remote-controlling a cyborg cockroach to demonstrate how electrical stimulation guides behavior, and taking away an audience member’s free will to show how one person’s brain can control the arm movements of []

9 TED Talks to inspire smart conversation

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9 TED Talks to inspire smart conversation

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No one really wants to talk about the weather. Inspired by TED Talks, here are some questions to start a better conversation in any situation.   “So, what’s your favorite word?” Who to ask: The chatty person who’s sharing an outlet with you at the coffee shop The basic idea: Dictionaries don’t compile themselves — linguistic sleuths []

An organic computer of connected rat brains, what the American South can learn from post-WWII Germany and much more

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An organic computer of connected rat brains, what the American South can learn from post-WWII Germany and much more

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The TED community always has lots of news to share. Below, some highlights from the past two weeks. Lessons for the South — from Germany. “Can the American South, still grappling with the legacy of slavery and segregation, learn something from Germany’s grappling with Nazism?” Anand Giridharadas asked this question of four scholars who study []

Astronomer, actor, role model: TED Fellow Aomawa Shields looks for life on other planets

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Astronomer, actor, role model: TED Fellow Aomawa Shields looks for life on other planets

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Aomawa Shields is a woman of “contradictions.” An astronomer and astrobiologist, she searches for exoplanets where life might exist by using computer models to calculate the kind of atmosphere they’d need to support it. And she’s also a classically trained actor, who — through her organization Rising Stargirls — teaches astronomy to middle school girls of color using theater, writing and visual art to []

At TEDxTeen, a gathering of young minds in New York City

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At TEDxTeen, a gathering of young minds in New York City

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“If you’re a teen, you’ve been called apathetic, narcissistic and social-media obsessed,” said Taylor Trudon, the youth editor at Huffington Post. Standing tall in a crisp white blazer, the 25-year-old shared how she went from keeping a high school diary — decorated with stickers and magazine clippings of John Mayer and Uggs — to becoming []

One mother’s nightly learning ritual with her son

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One mother’s nightly learning ritual with her son

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Erin Freschi, a California mom who has worked in education for nearly 25 years, has a nightly ritual with her 8-year-old son, Sawyer. Instead of bedtime stories or songs, Freschi and her son wind down by watching TED Talks. The name of their unique ritual? TED Before Bed. “It started when Sawyer was in first []

Career advice for millennials (and really, anyone) from Margaret Heffernan

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Career advice for millennials (and really, anyone) from Margaret Heffernan

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It’s a month after graduation, which means the luckiest new college grads are a month deep into internships and entry-level jobs. How to stand out? Business writer Margaret Heffernan suggests: Start by taking a coffee break with your coworkers. Companies grow best, she suggests, when workers are connected by social bonds. Heffernan’s TED Book, Beyond []