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Kate Torgovnick May

Kate Torgovnick May writes lots of the content you see here on TED.com and on the TED Blog. A former feature writer at Jane Magazine, pop culture editor at TheFrisky.com and online reporter at Page Six, Kate's work has also appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek and Time.com. She started the blog Kate-book.com (the only site out there for Kates, by Kates and about Kates) and wrote the narrative non-fiction book CHEER!: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders. She also bakes a mean pecan pie and can solve a Rubiks Cube in 1 minute and 50 seconds.

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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 […]

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 […]

Art

Unnumbered sparks fly through the sky, created by cellphone signalsUnnumbered sparks fly through the sky, created by cellphone signals

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

“It looks like it’s holding up the clouds.” “It’s like a sky jellyfish.” “I love how the light moves across it along with the sound.” These were some of the comments heard at TED2014 about Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks, a collaboration between sculptor Janet Echelman and data artist Aaron Koblin. This monumental sculpture stretched […]

Health

My journey to dance again: CNN report on Adrianne Haslet-DavisMy journey to dance again: CNN report on Adrianne Haslet-Davis

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Adrianne Haslet-Davis performs the rumba at the end of Hugh Herr’s talk, “The new bionics that let us run, climb, dance.” Normally, this would not be a big deal for a professional ballroom dance teacher. But Haslet-Davis lost her left foot in the Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013. This rumba was her first public […]

Live from TED2014

A TED Fellows tour of VancouverA TED Fellows tour of Vancouver

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

With 12 mainstage sessions and 5 sessions of All-Stars, there wasn’t much time for exploring Vancouver during TED2014. As a great prequel to the conference, Car2Go offered up vehicles so attendees could enjoy a spin around the city. It also provided a map of some spots to check out, featuring locations selected by five TED Fellows: Kitra Cahana, Alex Macdonald, […]

Live from TED2014

Passion and aging: Isabel Allende at TED2014Passion and aging: Isabel Allende at TED2014

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Author Isabel Allende is 71. Her husband is 76, her parents are in their late 90s and her dog, Olympia, is 16. So she’s confronting the issue of aging head-on and thinking hard about how to live passionately through the process. “Society decides when we are old, usually at 65,” says Allende. “But really, we start […]

Live from TED2014

How to embrace the near-win: Sarah Lewis at TED2014How to embrace the near-win: Sarah Lewis at TED2014

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Art historian Sarah Lewis’s first job was at the Museum of Modern Art. While there, she was entranced by an exhibit of works by the artist Elizabeth Murray. So Lewis was intrigued to hear from the painter that she felt several pieces hanging on the walls fell short. For one piece, Murray confessed that she’d found […]

Live from TED2014

10 great quotes about design10 great quotes about design

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

For years now, Target has invited designers like Isaac Mizrahi (watch his TED Talk), Diane von Furstenberg (check out her TED playlist) and, most recently, abstract pattern-master Peter Pilotto to dream up collections. So when it came to creating the Target Design Café at TED2014, we knew it was going to be cool. The space […]

Live from TED2014

A TED Talk from artificial intelligence? There’s an XPRIZE for thatA TED Talk from artificial intelligence? There’s an XPRIZE for that

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

TED invites thinkers from every walk of life to share a compelling idea onstage. And this now includes AIs. During Session 9: Signals, Chris Anderson took the stage along with Peter Diamandis, the founder of the XPRIZE. “We’re here today to join forces and announce the creation of a new XPRIZE,” says Anderson. “Here’s the concept—it will […]