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Karen Eng

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

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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

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How mega-landscaping might reshape the world

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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 Gabriel Barcia-Colombo

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Brave new weird: Inside the funhouse art experiences of 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 []

A rugged, mobile wifi device brings the web to schools in Africa and beyond

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A rugged, mobile wifi device brings the web to schools in Africa and beyond

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BRCK is best described as a “backup generator for the internet.” When it was announced, the idea of a rugged, rechargeable, mobile wifi device captured imaginations as a good way to bring robust connectivity to people in places with spotty infrastructure – particularly in developing countries. The device is the brainchild of Nairobi-based technology company Ushahidi, and was created partly out of []

Ordinary people in an extraordinary moment: Portraits of the men + women caught up in revolution in Ukraine

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Ordinary people in an extraordinary moment: Portraits of the men + women caught up in revolution in Ukraine

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When Anastasia Taylor-Lind found herself in Kiev at the height of violence during Ukraine’s Independence Square protests, the documentary photographer decided to record not the fighting itself, but the human beings involved. Setting up a makeshift photo studio in an alleyway inside the barricaded square, she beckoned passers-by — the protesters themselves, and later the women who came []

Art that floats: A TED Fellow plans an immersive experience on a boat

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Art that floats: A TED Fellow plans an immersive experience on a boat

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Constance Hockaday makes large-scale installations on open water. Identifying as a Chilean-American queer artist, Hockaday creates spaces that celebrate creative freedom and counterculture communities while defying gentrification. Take the Floating Peep Show — in which out-of-work drag queens and exotic dancers performed in the hulls of sailboats in the middle of San Francisco Bay. Now, Hockaday plans to turn a []

Data becomes art in Julie Freeman’s “We Need Us”

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Data becomes art in Julie Freeman’s “We Need Us”

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. Artist Julie Freeman creates kinetic sculptures, compositions and animations from nature-generated data. Think: the motion of fish swimming, or the quiver of moths’ wings. This week, Freeman revealed a new piece of work from the TED Fellows stage. Called “We Need Us,” it’s an online, data-driven artwork that explores the nature of metadata. It’s now []

From a floating peepshow to a jaw-dropping medical demo: A recap of Fellows Session 2 at TEDGlobal 2014

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From a floating peepshow to a jaw-dropping medical demo: A recap of Fellows Session 2 at TEDGlobal 2014

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In Session 2 of today’s Fellows Talks: a waterborne peep show in San Francisco, a triage app that saves lives, the architecture of death, and more! The session starts with Bill “Blinky” Sellanga performing “Usinibore” solo on acoustic guitar. “It was a song I wrote in 2008 in response to the post-election violence,” he says, []

Save the whales (and the humans too): A recap of TED Fellows Session 1 at TEDGlobal 2014

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Save the whales (and the humans too): A recap of TED Fellows Session 1 at TEDGlobal 2014

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It’s time for TED Fellows Talks, the Rio edition! Twenty TED Fellows and Senior Fellows opened the conference in the stunning Golden Room of the Copacabana Palace Hotel. In Session 1, learn more about a grassroots marine conservation movement in Madagascar, a vending machine that dispenses food staples in Chile and a new database of African genetics. []

Street art from election waste in Rio de Janeiro

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Street art from election waste in Rio de Janeiro

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Yesterday, while our staff finished last-minute preparations for TEDGlobal 2014, a kind of hush fell over the streets of Rio de Janeiro as Brazilians voted in their presidential election. In a race between more than 10 candidates, President Dilma Rousseff emerged as the front-runner, taking 41.5% of the vote, with runner-up Aécio Neves capturing 33.7% of the vote. The two are []

Invasion of the golden mussel: A TED Fellow wields genes to protect the Amazon

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Invasion of the golden mussel: A TED Fellow wields genes to protect the Amazon

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Back in the ’90s, the golden mussel (Limnoperna fortunei) hitched a ride on ships traveling from Asia to South America. In the past decade and a half, the mussel has proliferated through South America’s river systems, destroying the native habitat and disrupting the operation of power plants and water treatment facilities. This invasive species now threatens the delicate []

Imagination in health and medicine? 11 fresh ideas from the TEDMED stage

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Imagination in health and medicine? 11 fresh ideas from the TEDMED stage

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Prosthetics as sculpture, the maternal benefits of breast milk, Cuba’s radical approach to free medical education. These are just a few of the subjects tackled at TEDMED 2014: Unlocking Imagination, hosted last week simultaneously in San Francisco and Washington, DC, with a stage program directed by TED Fellow, physician, novelist and activist Nassim Assefi. On two stages []