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Morton Bast

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Morton Bast comments, proofreads, fact-checks, moderates, reads, writes and reasons for TED.com. She has a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, a thirst for knowledge, and a medium-sized collection of Hello Kitty paraphernalia. This is her third draft of her "About me," but it probably won't be her last. She is also a New Yorker, for which there is no known cure.

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Live from TED2014

You’ve given me my body back: A Q&A with Hugh HerrYou’ve given me my body back: A Q&A with Hugh Herr

Posted By Morton Bast

Bionics designer Hugh Herr spoke today on the TED stage about a future in which disability is a mere memory – a future he believes is both imminent and imperative. With pant legs cropped to reveal his own two bionic legs (“I made sure to shave today,” he joked), he explained the fascinating details of […]

News

Apply to be a 2014 TEDGlobal FellowApply to be a 2014 TEDGlobal Fellow

Posted By Morton Bast

Last week on TED.com, origami-folding techniques transformed a 50-cent piece of paper into a fully functioning microscope, human DNA came tumbling out of a vending machine, and we got a look at how an industry is growing to help governments conduct surveillance on citizens. These fascinating talks have something neat in common: The speakers are […]

Q&A

This scientist has three patents pending. He also happens to be 12.This scientist has three patents pending. He also happens to be 12.

Posted By Morton Bast

When 12-year-old Peyton Robertson sees a problem, he is going to fix it. So when the young scientist noticed a perennial problem in his hometown of Fort Lauderdale, Florida –flooding during the region’s nasty hurricane season – he set to work building a better sandbag. Peyton’s sandbag contains an expandable polymer that’s lightweight and easy […]

Health

The gamification of weight lossThe gamification of weight loss

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In 2007, Mayor Mick Cornett put Oklahoma City on a diet, after the city made a less-than-flattering appearance on a list of the most obese cities in the United States. In today’s talk, Cornett shares the aha moments that led him to create This City Is Going on a Diet, a somewhat unusual mayoral initiative. […]

News

Sally Kohn’s talk, the “clean” versionSally Kohn’s talk, the “clean” version

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Sally Kohn had a point to make in her TED Talk. During her career as a progressive lesbian talking head at Fox News, she’d get letters from people who really, really didn’t like what she said, or objected to her very existence. To make this attitude crystal-clear, onstage at TED@NYC Kohn read out the kind […]

News

Time’s 30 Under 30 list includes many familiar facesTime’s 30 Under 30 list includes many familiar faces

Posted By Morton Bast

Last week, the editors of Time magazine published a list of 30 people under 30 who are changing the world, with the help of a panel of millennials. On the list: six teenagers and twenty-somethings with TED connections. We at TED have had youth on the brain recently. TED2013 was themed “The Young. The Wise. […]

Gallery

The art of science: Stunning, psychedelic images from Fabian OefnerThe art of science: Stunning, psychedelic images from Fabian Oefner

Posted By Morton Bast

In today’s TED Talk, Fabian Oefner shares breathtaking images at the nexus of art and science, which beautifully capture unique moments of physical and chemical drama. Formally trained in art and design, Oefner says that he has always been interested in science. Though he can’t pinpoint the exact moment when he became interested in pairing […]

Culture

Befriending foes: Talks on setting aside traditional hostilitiesBefriending foes: Talks on setting aside traditional hostilities

Posted By Morton Bast

In today’s talk, Eli Beer explains how United Hatzalah, his organization of ambucycle-riding volunteer emergency medical responders, has shaved critical minutes off of the average emergency response time — first in Jerusalem, then throughout Israel, and now in several countries around the world. The core mission of United Hatzalah (which is Hebrew for “rescue”) is […]

Culture

Beyond where babies come from: Talks for asking tough questions about sexBeyond where babies come from: Talks for asking tough questions about sex

Posted By Morton Bast

Today’s talk, which posits a fascinating metaphor for sex beyond baseball, comes from a passionate and dedicated sexuality educator. Al Vernacchio teaches his students that it’s not just getting the facts right that counts, but understanding the nuances of human sexuality and its place in society. Inspired by the teaching philosophy that Vernacchio brings to […]

News

TED News in Brief: A quadcopter cam, love from Will Smith, and moreTED News in Brief: A quadcopter cam, love from Will Smith, and more

Posted By Morton Bast

The past few weeks have seen some extraordinary TED-relevant news items, both happy and sad. Below are some highlights. This year’s TEDGlobal included a new simulcast event, TEDxVilniusLive, which featured a livestream of the conference, a TEDxYouShare audience session, and a Maker Fair that showed off plenty of innovative local work. Lithuania’s youngest quadcopter constructor, […]

News

5 reasons to nominate someone else for the TED Prize5 reasons to nominate someone else for the TED Prize

Posted By Morton Bast

With less than a week to go until nominations for the 2014 TED Prize close on June 16, we would like to ask you a question: Is there someone in your life who’s inspired you with a large-scale vision to change the world? To put it another way: Do you know a capable leader – perhaps a teacher, […]

Live from TEDGlobal 2013

Recommended reading to get you ready for TEDGlobal 2013Recommended reading to get you ready for TEDGlobal 2013

Posted By Morton Bast

TEDGlobal 2013: Think Again is right around the corner — and the program is packed with illustrious speakers addressing some of the most challenging and fascinating questions we face today. So how should you prepare for this influx of ideas from politics, science, the arts and beyond? To familiarize you with our speakers’ past work […]