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The changing face of explorationThe changing face of exploration

Posted By David Lang

To explore is human. It’s as basic as cooking and bathing, and as essential as song and dance. It’s not something that needs a lengthy explanation — whether you’re 3 or 103, it’s the tingly feeling you get in the bottom of your stomach when you venture into unknown terrain. Across ages and cultures, there […]

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Learn more about ocean filmmaker Mike deGruyLearn more about ocean filmmaker Mike deGruy

Posted By Emily McManus

On February 4, 2012, ocean filmmaker and educator Mike deGruy was killed in a helicopter crash while on assignment in Australia, along with pilot and filmmaker Andrew Wright. DeGruy (pronounced “degree”) was an Emmy-winning science documentarian and a mainstay of Shark Week; he also worked on James Cameron documentaries about the Titanic and Bismarck and […]

Biology

Can we make things that make themselves? Skylar Tibbits on TED.com

Posted By Emily McManus

MIT researcher Skylar Tibbits works on self-assembly — the idea that instead of building something (a chair, a skyscraper), we can create materials that build themselves, much the way a strand of DNA zips itself together. It’s a big concept at early stages; TED Fellow Tibbits shows us three in-the-lab projects that hint at what […]

Environment

Happy birthday, Sylvia Earle!

Posted By Tedstaff

“As the ocean gives us life, we must give back — an enduring gift from us to the future.” — Sylvia Earle Today we celebrate 2009 TED Prize winner Sylvia Earle‘s birthday by celebrating the many successes in ocean protection that took place in 2011. Sylvia recently told us the good news: “[This year there […]

Biology

The great penguin rescue: Dyan deNapoli on TED.com

Posted By Emily McManus

A personal story, a collective triumph: Dyan deNapoli tells the story of the world’s largest volunteer animal rescue, which saved more than 40,000 penguins after an oil spill off the coast of South Africa. How does a job this big get done? Penguin by penguin by penguin … (Recorded at TEDxBoston, June 2011, in Boston, […]

Film

The weird and wonderful world of bioluminescence: Edith Widder on TED.com

Posted By Tedstaff

In the deep, dark ocean, many sea creatures make their own light for hunting, mating and self-defense. Bioluminescence expert Edith Widder was one of the first to film this glimmering world. At TED2011, she brings some of her glowing friends onstage, and shows more astonishing footage of glowing undersea life. (Recorded at TED2011, March 2011, […]

Oceans

Saving the ocean, one island at a time: Greg Stone on TED.com

Posted By Tedstaff

Oceanographer Greg Stone tells the story of how he helped the Republic of Kiribati create an enormous protected area in the middle of the Pacific — protecting fish, sealife and the island nation itself. (Recorded aboard Mission Blue Voyage, April 2010 in Galapagos, Ecuador. Duration: 17:15) While TED.com is down today — find this talk […]

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Sustainable seafood? Let’s get smart: Barton Seaver on TED.com

Posted By Shanna Carpenter

Chef Barton Seaver presents a modern dilemma: Seafood is one of our healthier protein options, but overfishing is desperately harming our oceans. He suggests a simple way to keep fish on the dinner table that includes every mom’s favorite adage — “Eat your vegetables!” (Recorded on the Mission Blue Voyage, April 2010 on the National […]

Oceans

TIME magazine on Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue and the quest to save the ocean

Posted By Emily McManus

TIME magazine’s Bryan Walsh has posted a beautiful, in-depth story about Sylvia Earle and Mission Blue. Traveling from the Galapagos to the Sargasso Sea, and through oceans around the world, the profile tells Sylvia’s story as a pioneering ocean scientist — and details her lifelong quest to protect the ocean, one “hope spot” at a […]

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Discovering ancient climates in oceans and ice: Rob Dunbar on TED.com

Posted By Tedstaff

Rob Dunbar hunts for data on our climate from 12,000 years ago, finding clues inside ancient seabeds and corals and inside ice sheets. His work is vital in setting baselines for fixing our current climate — and in tracking the rise of deadly ocean acidification. (Recorded on Mission Blue Voyage, April 2010 in the Galapagos […]

Oceans

The oil spill’s toxic trade-off: Susan Shaw on TED.com

Posted By Matthew Trost

Break down the oil slick, keep it off the shores: that’s grounds for pumping toxic dispersant into the Gulf, say clean-up overseers. Susan Shaw shows evidence it’s sparing some beaches only at devastating cost to the health of the deep sea. (Recorded at TEDxOilSpill, June 2010 in Washington, DC. Duration: 16:43) Watch Susan Shaw’s talk […]

Oceans

The oil spill's unseen culprits, victims: Carl Safina on TED.com

Posted By Matthew Trost

The Gulf oil spill dwarfs comprehension, but we know this much: it’s bad. Carl Safina scrapes out the facts in this blood-boiling cross-examination, arguing that the consequences will stretch far beyond the Gulf — and many so-called solutions are making the situation worse. (Recorded at TEDxOilSpill, June 2010 in Washington, DC. Duration: 19:56) Watch Carl […]