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A voyage to our closest star, the surprising paradox of an elephant’s brain, and rethinking college rankings

A voyage to our closest star, the surprising paradox of an elephant’s brain, and rethinking college rankings

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As usual, the TED community has lots of news to share this week. Below, some highlights. A 4.37-lightyear starshot. Humanity has sent people to the moon and rovers to Mars. It might be about time we embark on interstellar travel. Russian philanthropist Yuri Milner, along with board member Stephen Hawking, unveiled a plan on Tuesday []

An ultra-low-cost online MBA launches today … and more news from TED speakers

An ultra-low-cost online MBA launches today … and more news from TED speakers

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  Shai Reshef’s nonprofit University of the People — which offers nearly tuition-free, accredited degrees online — today launches its first graduate degree, an MBA program in 12 courses. Although there are no tuition or textbook fees, there is a $200 testing fee per course, which means students can expect to pay $2,400 for their MBA (compare this to the average cost []

A “living fossil” spotted in the South Pacific, a machine that vomits + poetry that rethinks assumptions about inmates

A “living fossil” spotted in the South Pacific, a machine that vomits + poetry that rethinks assumptions about inmates

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The TED community has news to share. Read on for highlights. The rarest animal on Earth, spotted once again. Peter Ward hadn’t seen his “old friend,” the Allonautilus scrobiculatus, since 1984. But he recognized its hairy, slimy, golden shell instantly. Ward wrote about his rediscovery of this creature — alongside its more-common relative, the nautilus, []

An organic computer of connected rat brains, what the American South can learn from post-WWII Germany and much more

An organic computer of connected rat brains, what the American South can learn from post-WWII Germany and much more

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The TED community always has lots of news to share. Below, some highlights from the past two weeks. Lessons for the South — from Germany. “Can the American South, still grappling with the legacy of slavery and segregation, learn something from Germany’s grappling with Nazism?” Anand Giridharadas asked this question of four scholars who study []

The legacy of slavery echoed in the Charleston shooting, why we feel awe, the happy memories of mice + more

The legacy of slavery echoed in the Charleston shooting, why we feel awe, the happy memories of mice + more

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The TED community has been very busy over the past few weeks. Below, some newsy highlights. Powerful thoughts on slavery’s legacy. Last week, Bryan Stevenson spoke with The Marshall Project about the shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. In a Q&A, Stevenson shared his thoughts on the deeply entrenched legacy []

The TED Talk that inspired Caitlyn Jenner, a water-drop computer, reflections on the early days of the Internet and more

The TED Talk that inspired Caitlyn Jenner, a water-drop computer, reflections on the early days of the Internet and more

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There’s a lot of news to share from the TEDizens of the world in the past month. Just a few highlights: Monica Lewinsky inspires Caitlyn Jenner. As Caitlyn Jenner introduces herself to the world, and navigates the media frenzy surrounding her new life, she has Monica Lewinsky’s TED Talk in the back of her mind. []

A professor shaves her head to explain the brain, a documentary highlights Afghan soldiers, + more news from the TED community

A professor shaves her head to explain the brain, a documentary highlights Afghan soldiers, + more news from the TED community

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This week as usual, the TED community has lots of news to share. From an unusual neuroscience explainer to a heart-pounding documentary to a book cover reveal, some newsy highlights below. Shave your head for science? Neuroscientist Nancy Kanwisher has created a very cool video to explain where the regions of the brain actually are []