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Remembering Jok Church, 1949-2016

Remembering Jok Church, 1949-2016

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In March 2007, a handsome iron-haired man stepped onto the low stage at Monterey dressed in full leathers, and gave what might be the most beautiful 3-minute TED Talk of all time. Jok Church told a story from his childhood: I was the class queer. I was the guy beaten up bloody every week in the boys’ room, []

Meet our first class of TED Residents

Meet our first class of TED Residents

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An idea worth spreading doesn’t just magically appear out of thin air. Instead, it needs a long incubation period, a sometimes frustrating — and often exciting — trial and error of creation, failure and innovation. On April 18, TED welcomed its first-ever class of the TED Residency program, an in-house community of 28 bright minds []

The Panama Papers highlight how anonymity fuels corruption

The Panama Papers highlight how anonymity fuels corruption

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A trail of $2 billion in offshore deals that traces to Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. The Prime Minister of Iceland, accused of hiding millions of dollars in investments. The Prime Minister of Pakistan’s family, linked to six luxury real estate deals in London. The Panama Papers, revealed yesterday, represent the largest data leak in history []

Italy’s Education Ministry rolls out TED-Ed Clubs nationally

Italy’s Education Ministry rolls out TED-Ed Clubs nationally

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TED-Ed Clubs are about to get a lot of visibility in Italian high schools. On Thursday, March 3, in Rome, the Italian Minister of Education, University and Research, Stefania Giannini, and the European Director of TED, Bruno Giussani, signed a 3-year memorandum of understanding on cooperation regarding the spread of the TED-Ed Clubs curriculum across Italian high []

What happens in the brain when we hear stories? Uri Hasson at TED2016

What happens in the brain when we hear stories? Uri Hasson at TED2016

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We may, as Joan Didion once wrote, tell ourselves stories in order to live—but Uri Hasson is looking for a few more reasons. The neuroscientist based at Princeton University researches the neurological basis of human communication and storytelling, and in session 11 at TED2016, he shows off some surprising findings. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) []

Are we gods now? Jennifer Kahn talks CRISPR at TED2016

Are we gods now? Jennifer Kahn talks CRISPR at TED2016

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Something huge is coming, and it sounds like an ad for a bag of potato chips. CRISPR, which makes gene editing so cheap and easy a talented high schooler could do it, is the latest technology that promises to radically change the world. But what exactly can it do, and what are the potential dangers? []

The quotable Linus Torvalds, live onstage at TED

The quotable Linus Torvalds, live onstage at TED

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I am not a visionary. I’m an engineer. [As a kid] I was into computers, I was into math, I was into physics. I don’t think I was particularly exceptional. My sister said my biggest exceptional quality was that I would not let go. Q. During the development of Linux itself, that stubbornness brought you []

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence: Tabetha Boyajian at TED2016

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence: Tabetha Boyajian at TED2016

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Exploring space generates tons of data — so much data that most of it is studied using algorithms, not human eyes. But algorithms are not very good at being creative. What happens when we let humans look at data? Sometimes, even amateurs find things that are surprising, remarkable and weird. Astronomer Tabetha Boyajian came to TED2016 with a story about one of those weird things. The story []

The intersection of haircuts and health: Joseph Ravenell at TED2016

The intersection of haircuts and health: Joseph Ravenell at TED2016

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When physician and men’s health advocate Dr. Joseph Ravenell was a young boy, he would go with his father to the barbershop. It was a safe haven for black men, where they don’t have to worry about how they’re perceived by the outside world. “It’s a place where we don’t feel threatened — or threatening,” Ravenell says. []