Environment

The misunderstood grizzly: A TED-Ed conversation on why brown bears deserve respect, not fearThe misunderstood grizzly: A TED-Ed conversation on why brown bears deserve respect, not fear

Posted By Jordan Reeves

In the 1800s, around 50,000 brown bears — or grizzlies — roamed much of the Western United States. Today, those bears can be seen in less than 2 percent of their former range. TED-Ed Educator David Laskin uses NASA satellites to track the shifting, interrelated patterns of today’s grizzlies and the plants they live among. In […]

News

What makes a TED Fellow? Tom Rielly tells allWhat makes a TED Fellow? Tom Rielly tells all

Posted By Karen Eng

Twice a year, we select 20 unconventional change-makers to join the TED Fellows program, a global network of innovators from a wide spectrum of disciplines. Last year’s TED Fellows class included an eye surgeon using low-cost mobile phone technology to make eye care more accessible across Kenya; photojournalists documenting conflicts in Palestine and Bosnia; a biological anthropologist researching cancer […]

Fellows Friday

You found a planet!: Robert Simpson crowdsources scientific research and accelerates discovery at ZooniverseYou found a planet!: Robert Simpson crowdsources scientific research and accelerates discovery at Zooniverse

Posted By Karen Eng

  Scientific research is generating far more data than the average researcher can get through. Meanwhile, modern computing has yet to catch up with the superior discernment of the human eye. The solution? Enlist the help of citizen scientists. British astronomer and web developer Robert Simpson is part of the online platform Zooniverse, which lets more than one […]

Art

Data researcher Jean-Baptiste Michel made his first piece of art … and the Whitney Museum acquired itData researcher Jean-Baptiste Michel made his first piece of art … and the Whitney Museum acquired it

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Jean-Baptiste Michel has sold a small sculpture to the Whitney Museum of American Art. A major museum acquiring a piece—that’s a big moment for any artist. But this sculpture is the very first piece of art Michel ever created. Michel is the data researcher who showed what you can learn using Google’s Ngram Viewer at TEDxBoston in […]

Language

Is math the language of the universe? A bilingual TED-Ed Club exploresIs math the language of the universe? A bilingual TED-Ed Club explores

Posted By Emilie Soffe

In New York City, it’s common to hear ten different languages just on your walk to work in the morning. For the students at Lycée Français de New York, that kind of multicultural exposure doesn’t stop at the schoolhouse doors. With a combination French-English curriculum, this PreK-12 school educates students who represent more than 50 nationalities. And when […]

Fellows Friday

Of masks & magic: Uldus Bakhtiozina makes images that poke fun at stereotypesOf masks & magic: Uldus Bakhtiozina makes images that poke fun at stereotypes

Posted By Karen Eng

A 12-year-old boy in a Stormtrooper helmet – and a tutu. A hulking man wearing a pre-Raphaelite collar of Barbie dolls. A bride standing wistfully in a garden, her face obscured by a wrestling mask. Russian photo-based artist Uldus Bakhtiozina’s whimsical and surreal images — which feature models as well as herself — raise an eyebrow at identity, gender and cultural stereotypes […]

Global Issues

How data constellations tell a story: MAPPing the TED Fellows network and the conflict in SyriaHow data constellations tell a story: MAPPing the TED Fellows network and the conflict in Syria

Posted By Karen Eng

What’s this galaxy-like cluster of dots and lines? It’s the TED Fellows Collaboration Network MAPP, a rich and interactive web that shows the patterns of cross-disciplinary collaboration among TED Fellows over the past four years. This rainbow visualization was created using MAPPR, a cloud-based network mapping tool that Eric Berlow demoed during TED2014. It allows anyone to make shareable, interactive network […]

Art

Not a bug splat: This massive portrait is a message to drone operatorsNot a bug splat: This massive portrait is a message to drone operators

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

This portrait of a girl tells a story larger than the massive piece of vinyl it is printed on. Unfurled in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region of Pakistan, “#NotABugSplat” was created by a collection of artists and activists, using TED Prize winner JR’s Inside Out campaign, to send a message to drone operators, who reportedly call their kills “bug splats” because they […]

Fellows Friday

A jewel of the city: Aziza Chaouni on restoring the Fez RiverA jewel of the city: Aziza Chaouni on restoring the Fez River

Posted By Karen Eng

The Fez River winds through the city’s medina – Fez’s historic medieval center and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Heavily contaminated, almost an open sewer, it was covered over with concrete to contain the smell; it was all but forgotten in recent decades. For much of the past 20 years, architect and engineer Aziza Chaouni has been battling to restore it. […]

Design

Note-taking, doodles and sketches from TED2014Note-taking, doodles and sketches from TED2014

Posted By Tedstaff

Do you think in pictures? These TED fans do — and they capture their thoughts in an idiosyncratic mix of words and text that parallels the way their thoughts flow. Sharon Hwang posted this adorable video on Instagram, showing her thumbing through her notes from TED2014. She writes, “What an amazing week at TED! Leaving […]

Design

5 days of TED in one page5 days of TED in one page

Posted By Emily McManus

What does 5 days of TED feel like? As Lucy Farey-Jones says: “Upon my re-entry to the real world, friends, clients and folks at my firm say: ‘How was TED?’ And there is a big pause from me as my brain tries and fails to sum it up. It’s an impossible question to answer. It’s like […]

Q&A

Internet access is a basic human right: A Q&A with Keren ElazariInternet access is a basic human right: A Q&A with Keren Elazari

Posted By Nadia Goodman

Two weeks ago, hours after Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed to “wipe out” Twitter, his government blocked access to the platform across the country. It was just weeks before a hotly contended election, and Erdoğan was upset about tweets accusing him of corruption. A judicial ruling in Turkey called for Twitter to take […]