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TED Blog exclusive: The continuing saga of The99, superheroes inspired by Islam

Posted By Emily McManus

Watch video >> Naif Al-Mutawa: Crossover comics: bridges or propaganda? Exclusive video from TEDGlobal 2011! Following up on his TEDTalk last year, Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, creator of comic The99, talks about what happened after his Islam-inspired superheroes met the Justice League of America in a crossover comic. In the US, a backlash against the animated […]

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Meet TEDGlobal guest host Matt Ridley: A short Q&A

Posted By Jenny Zurawell

We’re welcoming two guest hosts to TEDGlobal 2011 — Pat Mitchell, from the Paley Center for Media, who hosts Session 8, and Matt Ridley, whose 2010 TEDTalk was memorably titled “When Ideas Have Sex,” and who’ll be hosting Session 5. We asked both hosts a few questions about their plans for their session of TED. […]

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A day at the Green School in Bali

Posted By Rachel Tobias

The Green School is hiring science and physics teachers. To learn more, visit the Green School website. And watch John Hardy’s TEDTalk from TEDGlobal last summer. In the shade of the open-air bamboo warung (the Balinese equivalent of a small cafe), I listened to the buzz of the cicadas rather than the buzz of fluorescent […]

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A Taste of TED in 2010

Posted By Emily McManus

In this reel, TED recaps an amazing year of talks from three conferences, a bunch of smaller TED events — and a powerful year of TEDx. Dive in, and then follow up with talks that intrigue you … You’ll see, in order of appearance: The LXD, Chris Anderson and Julian Assange, Bill Gates, Chip Conley, […]

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Saving faces: Iain Hutchison on TED.com

Posted By Tedstaff

Facial surgeon Iain Hutchison works with people whose faces have been severely disfigured. By pushing to improve surgical techniques, he helps to improve their lives; and by commissioning their portraits, he celebrates their humanity. NOTE: This talk contains images of disfigured and badly injured faces that may be disturbing — and Hutchison provides thoughtful answers […]

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Adventures in food: Q&A with Marcel Dicke, from Design Mind

Posted By Emily McManus

The new issue of design mind has a great Q&A with today’s TEDTalks speaker, Marcel Dicke, in which he shares his first bug-eating experience: design mind: What were the first insects you ever tried? Marcel Dicke: It was dried, fried termites that Arnold van Huis brought back from Africa, where he’d been working. We were […]

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Why not eat insects? Marcel Dicke on TED.com

Posted By Tedstaff

Marcel Dicke makes an appetizing case for adding insects to everyone’s diet. His message to squeamish chefs and foodies: delicacies like locusts and caterpillars compete with meat in flavor, nutrition and eco-friendliness. (Recorded at TEDGlobal, July 2010 in Oxford, UK. Duration: 16:35) Watch Marcel Dicke’s talk on TED.com where you can download it, rate it, […]

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My green school dream: John Hardy on TED.com

Posted By Tedstaff

Join John Hardy on a tour of the Green School, his off-the-grid school in Bali that teaches kids how to build, garden, create (and get into college). The centerpiece of campus is the spiraling Heart of School, perhaps the world’s largest freestanding bamboo building. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2010, July 2010 in Oxford, UK. Duration: 13:36) […]

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Teaching kids real math with computers: Conrad Wolfram on TED.com

Posted By Matthew Trost

From rockets to stock markets, many of humanity’s most thrilling creations are powered by math. So why do kids lose interest in it? Conrad Wolfram says the part of math we teach — calculation by hand — isn’t just tedious, it’s mostly irrelevant to real mathematics and the real world. He presents his radical idea: […]

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How complexity leads to simplicity: Eric Berlow on TED.com

Posted By Shanna Carpenter

Ecologist Eric Berlow doesn’t feel overwhelmed when faced with complex systems. He knows that more information can lead to a better, simpler solution. Illustrating the tips and tricks for breaking down big issues, he distills an overwhelming infographic on U.S. strategy in Afghanistan to a few elementary points. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2010, July 2010 in […]

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The path to ending ethnic conflicts: Stefan Wolff on TED.com

Posted By Shanna Carpenter

Civil wars and ethnic conflicts have brought the world incredible suffering, but Stefan Wolff’s figures show that, in the last 20 years, their number has steadily decreased. He extracts critical lessons from Northern Ireland, Liberia, Timor and more to show that leadership, diplomacy and institutional design are our three most effective weapons in waging peace. […]

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Teaching design for change: Emily Pilloton on TED.com

Posted By Tedstaff

Designer Emily Pilloton moved to rural Bertie County, in North Carolina, to engage in a bold experiment of design-led community transformation. She’s teaching a design-build class called Studio H that engages high schoolers’ minds and bodies while bringing smart design and new opportunities to the poorest county in the state. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2010, July […]

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Re-Framing: The TEDSalon in London

Posted By Tedstaff

What does it take to make an everyday object — say, a toaster — from scratch? And does anyone know how to make it, all the way from mining for iron ore to plugging it into the electric grid? Those are the questions designer Thomas Thwaites sought to answer when he engaged in the Toaster […]

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Rengineering a brain: Gero Miesenboeck on TED.com

Posted By Shanna Carpenter

In the quest to map the brain, many scientists have attempted the incredibly daunting task of recording the activity of each neuron. Gero Miesenboeck works backward — manipulating specific neurons to figure out exactly what they do, through a series of stunning experiments that reengineer the way fruit flies percieve light. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2010, […]

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E-voting without fraud: David Bismark on TED.com

Posted By Tedstaff

David Bismark demos a new system for voting that contains a simple, verifiable way to prevent fraud and miscounting — while keeping each person’s vote secret. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2010, July 2010 in Oxford, England. Duration: 7:03) Watch David Bismark’s talk on TED.com where you can download it, rate it, comment on it and find […]