A voyage to our closest star, the surprising paradox of an elephant’s brain, and rethinking college rankings

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A voyage to our closest star, the surprising paradox of an elephant’s brain, and rethinking college rankings

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As usual, the TED community has lots of news to share this week. Below, some highlights. A 4.37-lightyear starshot. Humanity has sent people to the moon and rovers to Mars. It might be about time we embark on interstellar travel. Russian philanthropist Yuri Milner, along with board member Stephen Hawking, unveiled a plan on Tuesday []

The Panama Papers highlight how anonymity fuels corruption

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The Panama Papers highlight how anonymity fuels corruption

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A trail of $2 billion in offshore deals that traces to Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. The Prime Minister of Iceland, accused of hiding millions of dollars in investments. The Prime Minister of Pakistan’s family, linked to six luxury real estate deals in London. The Panama Papers, revealed yesterday, represent the largest data leak in history []

Bite-sized doodles, big ideas: Visualizing TED2016

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Bite-sized doodles, big ideas: Visualizing TED2016

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Doodles are more than just idle scribbles; they can distill complex ideas into useful packets of knowledge. During TED2016, artist Mia W. McNary translated 18-minute talks — on topics like what it means to be a global citizen, the psychology of introverts vs. extroverts and a prosecutor’s case for justice reform — into playful and []

Autism awareness at the UN, drones that deliver medicine, and cartoons in the classroom.

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Autism awareness at the UN, drones that deliver medicine, and cartoons in the classroom.

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Lots of happenings in the TED community this week. Below, some highlights. Autism awareness at the UN. April 1 is World Autism Awareness Day, and to formally commemorate it, Steve Silberman will give the keynote address at the United Nations Headquarters. Looking ahead to 2030, the UN Department of Public Information and Department of Economic []

An encrypted email service, a 3D printer that uses molten glass, and a mural in “Garbage City”.

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An encrypted email service, a 3D printer that uses molten glass, and a mural in “Garbage City”.

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The TED community has been very busy over the past few weeks. Below, some newsy highlights. An app for safer email.  On March 17, Andy Yen’s company ProtonMail publicly released their mobile app for making secure email accessible, after almost two years of private beta testing. The app is available for iOS and Android. ProtonMail []