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Karen Eng

Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Karen Eng is a contributing writer to TED.com, dedicated to covering the feats of the wondrous TED Fellows. Her launchpad is located in Cambridge, UK.

Stories by Karen Eng:

Signs of friendship: A conversation between Christine Sun Kim & Renée Hlozek

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Signs of friendship: A conversation between Christine Sun Kim & Renée Hlozek

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Above, Christine Sun Kim and Renée Hlozek share a snippet of conversation using American Sign Language and the Big Words app. Christine has been teaching Renée American Sign Language so they can communicate more directly. Renée Hlozek is a cosmologist from South Africa who studies the cosmic microwave background, radiation left over from the Big Bang. Christine Sun Kim is []

On blazars, quantum computers, and looking for life on Mars: A recap of TEDFellows Session 1 at TED2015

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On blazars, quantum computers, and looking for life on Mars: A recap of TEDFellows Session 1 at TED2015

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TED Fellows and Senior Fellows have just opened TED2015 with a bang in the beautiful Kay Meek theatre in Vancouver. In the first session, discover: how bacteria can be programmed to detect and treat cancer, a yellow legal pad that smuggles transgressive data into the halls of power, what makes non-state armed groups tick, hyperactive supermassive black []

Why I chose to stand up, alone: TED Fellow Boniface Mwangi on risking his life for justice in Kenya

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Why I chose to stand up, alone: TED Fellow Boniface Mwangi on risking his life for justice in Kenya

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Award-winning photojournalist Boniface Mwangi captured the 2007-2008 post-election violence in Kenya unflinchingly through the lens of his camera. But the horrors he witnessed propelled him into a new career as an activist and artist. Here, Mwangi talks to the TED Blog about the events that led him to stand up against injustice, literally, rather than simply document it. Tell us about your experience on []

Octopus’s garden: A TED Fellow with a radical approach to saving fisheries

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Octopus’s garden: A TED Fellow with a radical approach to saving fisheries

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Eco-entrepreneur Alasdair Harris is passionate about conserving marine biodiversity, and he’s doing it in unusual ways. While most marine conservationists focus on what’s in the water, Harris’ company Blue Ventures works with people in poverty-stricken coastal communities to engage them in rebuilding tropical fisheries and in the process of protecting both their ecosystems and livelihoods. The company’s approach: eco-tourism. We spoke []

Design for dying: Alison Killing on the architecture of death

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Design for dying: Alison Killing on the architecture of death

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Alison Killing thinks a lot about death … and specifically, how its ubiquitous, hidden presence shapes our cities. In Death in Venice, her June 2014 exhibition on the topic, Killing mapped London’s death-associated architectural features — hospitals, cemeteries, crematoria, and so on — making visible the invisible mechanics of death and dying. She asks us to consider: What might []

How a TED Fellow’s mobile triage app could save lives around the world

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How a TED Fellow’s mobile triage app could save lives around the world

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Every day, emergency room workers use triage to prioritize patient care — but exhausted personnel in under-resourced hospitals can easily make deadly errors in diagnostic tests and symptom scoring. South African emergency room doctor Mohammed Dalwai witnessed such avoidable tragedy firsthand while working with Médicins sans Frontières in Pakistan. He resolved never to let it happen again. Dalwai urged MSF to []

Could you build your own house, car or tractor? A TED Fellow on his adventures in extreme manufacturing

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Could you build your own house, car or tractor? A TED Fellow on his adventures in extreme manufacturing

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What if you could build a civilization from scratch, using tools that could also be built from scratch? In his talk “Open-sourced blueprints for civilization” at TED2011, Marcin Jakubowski introduced the Global Village Construction Set, open-source blueprints that would essentially allow anyone with a heap of scrap metal — and a few production tools — to make []

Are you being tracked? A TED Fellow on how law enforcement follows your movements, and why you should care

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Are you being tracked? A TED Fellow on how law enforcement follows your movements, and why you should care

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Did you know that across the United States, cameras are automatically taking pictures of your car’s license plate as you drive by, recording your plate number and your locations over time? In a chilling talk given at TEDGlobal 2014, civil liberties lawyer and TED Fellow Catherine Crump called attention to the ubiquity of mass surveillance technology []

Eye phone: How a TED Fellow’s new app could help restore sight to millions

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Eye phone: How a TED Fellow’s new app could help restore sight to millions

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Around 39 million people in the world are affected by blindness — 80% of which could be avoided if people had timely access to diagnosis and proper treatment. The problem is that in many developing countries, most eye care providers are in cities, while the majority of patients live in hard-to-reach rural areas. To bridge this gap, London-based opthalmologist Andrew Bastawrous created Peek — an app []

How mega-landscaping might reshape the world, according to one TED Fellow

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How mega-landscaping might reshape the world, according to one TED Fellow

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Picture a spillway gate that doesn’t just release water from an overflowing river, but manipulates sediments to create new streams, islands and wetlands. And imagine that the gate does this autonomously, guided by ecological data and shifting needs — essentially allowing nature to “evolve.” Computational landscape architect Bradley Cantrell is figuring how to do this by applying []

Brave new weird: Inside the funhouse art experiences of TED Fellow Gabriel Barcia-Colombo

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Brave new weird: Inside the funhouse art experiences of TED Fellow Gabriel Barcia-Colombo

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Vending machines that sell human DNA. People trapped in jars and blenders. Bottles of perfume that smell like burning books. You have to expect the unexpected with Gabriel Barcia-Colombo, a New York–based artist who works with film, electronics, performance, biomaterials and more to create mind-bending interactive artworks. His latest piece, “New York Minute,” confronts commuters in []

10 things you need to know about tapirs (psst: there’s a baby tapir named TED)

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10 things you need to know about tapirs (psst: there’s a baby tapir named TED)

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If you want to call someone a “jackass” in Brazil, you call them a “tapir.” These large, forest-dwelling mammals look a bit like a cross between a wild boar and an anteater. And while they’re often derided, they are truly amazing animals. Brazilian conservation biologist Patricia Medici is utterly devoted to tapirs. When this TED Fellow first started working with []