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Karen Eng

Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Karen Eng is a writer and photographer from California, now living in Cambridge, UK.

Stories by Karen Eng:

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Live from TED2014

We Are Many: Filmmaker Taghi Amirani talks about his new documentary, 7 years in the making, about the largest protest in historyWe Are Many: Filmmaker Taghi Amirani talks about his new documentary, 7 years in the making, about the largest protest in history

Posted By Karen Eng

As the Fellows program turns five, we catch up with Iranian filmmaker Taghi Amirani – a member of the Fellows inaugural class and the first recipient of the TED Fellows Hero award – to get the scoop on the premiere of Amirani Media’s latest film, We Are Many (see the trailer, above) – a documentary on the February 15, 2003, global […]

Live from TED2014

From an eye exam on your phone to bioluminescent sculpture that looks alive: A recap of the TED2014 Fellows Talks, Session 2From an eye exam on your phone to bioluminescent sculpture that looks alive: A recap of the TED2014 Fellows Talks, Session 2

Posted By Karen Eng

Session 2 of Fellows talks at TED2014 was just as unexpected as Session 1. Here, read a recap of each talk in the session. Somi, singer + cultural activist East African songstress Somi brings her smoky voice to the TED Fellows stage, with “Brown, RoundThings for Sale” from her album The Lagos Music Salon. Often […]

Live from TED2014

From 3D animated molecules to tethered kite-copters: A recap of the TED2014 Fellows Talks, Session 1From 3D animated molecules to tethered kite-copters: A recap of the TED2014 Fellows Talks, Session 1

Posted By Karen Eng

With the TED Fellows, expect the unexpected: 3D animated molecules, tethered quadcopter cameras, death row inmates turned lawyers, quantum chaos. It’s the fifth-anniversary edition of TED Fellows talks, live from Vancouver, and here’s what happened in Session 1. Usman Riaz, musician + artist The Fellows stage comes to life quietly with the melodic strains of […]

Gallery

Brothers in arms: TED Fellow Ed Ou shares photos of the unrest in UkraineBrothers in arms: TED Fellow Ed Ou shares photos of the unrest in Ukraine

Posted By Karen Eng

As TED Fellows arrive from all over the world to Ed Ou’s hometown of Vancouver for TED2014, Ou himself is far away in Ukraine, where he’s been since February, documenting the civil unrest and growing political tension as a freelance photographer represented by Getty. Today, he writes in to give us an inside view, sending […]

News

The Rare Genomics Institute celebrates World Rare Disease Day 2014The Rare Genomics Institute celebrates World Rare Disease Day 2014

Posted By Karen Eng

Today is World Rare Disease Day – an event launched in 2008 to galvanize public awareness and research momentum for rare diseases. In the United States, a disease is considered rare if it affects fewer than 200,000 people. Yet there are more than 7,000 known rare diseases. This ratio means that there’s little funding for […]

Fellows Friday

Working for the health of the many: How Asher Hasan is bringing insurance coverage to Pakistan’s low-income workersWorking for the health of the many: How Asher Hasan is bringing insurance coverage to Pakistan’s low-income workers

Posted By Karen Eng

Growing up in the UK and coming of age in Pakistan, TEDIndia Fellow Asher Hasan observed a vast discrepancy: those with and without access to basic healthcare, and the devastating social consequences of this disparity. He tells TED Blog the story of how he witnessed a single health disaster ruin the hopes of his childhood […]

Design

Today, the Bionic Woman can just go ahead and print her own partsToday, the Bionic Woman can just go ahead and print her own parts

Posted By Karen Eng

A persistent sight in David Sengeh‘s childhood, growing up in Sierra Leone: amputees. Losing a limb was an all-too-common fact in the civil-war-torn region. But as if the loss of a limb weren’t enough, the aftermath was almost worse, Sengeh saw, as he watched family members and friends struggle with ill-fitting, uncomfortable prosthetics that hurt […]

Fellows Friday

Biohacker meets Willy Wonka: Lucy McRae on the making of the incredible edible music video for Architecture in HelsinkiBiohacker meets Willy Wonka: Lucy McRae on the making of the incredible edible music video for Architecture in Helsinki

Posted By Karen Eng

TED Fellow Lucy McRae (watch her TED Talk) is a body architect — an artist who explores how technology and the body may someday meet and merge. Her latest project is a fantastical and frothy music video for “Dream a Little Crazy” by Australian band Architecture in Helsinki. Watch the mouth-watering video above, and then read all […]