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A prosthetic eye to treat blindness: Sheila Nirenberg on TED.com

Posted By Ben Lillie

At TEDMED, Sheila Nirenberg shows a bold way to create sight in people with certain kinds of blindness: by hooking into the optic nerve and sending signals from a camera direct to the brain. (Recorded at TEDMED 2011, October 2011, in San Diego, California. Duration: 16:00) Watch Sheila Nirenberg‘s talk on TED.com, where you can download […]

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Color-coded surgery: Quyen Nguyen on TED.com

Posted By Ben Lillie

Surgeons are taught from textbooks which conveniently color-code the types of tissues, but that’s not what it looks like in real life — until now. At TEDMED Quyen Nguyen demonstrates how a molecular marker can make tumors light up in neon green, showing surgeons exactly where to cut. (Recorded at TEDMED, October 2011, in San Diego, […]

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Building the musical muscle: Charles Limb on TED.com

Posted By Emily McManus

Charles Limb performs cochlear implantation, a surgery that treats hearing loss and can restore the ability to hear speech. But as a musician too, Limb thinks about what the implants lack: They don’t let you fully experience music yet. (There’s a hair-raising example.) At TEDMED 2011, Limb reviews the state of the art and the […]

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@TEDMED: Catching up with A.J. Jacobs, the “healthiest person alive”

Posted By Nafissa

At the TEDMED conference, TED’s own Nafissa caught up with writer AJ Jacobs, whose TEDTalk describes his “year of living biblically” … What are the new projects you’ve been working on since your latest TEDtalk? I just finished my book Drop Dead Healthy, about my quest to be the healthiest person alive. Also continuing to […]

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@TEDMED: Catching up with Paul Stamets, mushroom innovator

Posted By Nafissa

Yesterday at TEDMED, TEDTalks favorite Paul Stamets gave an emotional talk about new medical uses for mushrooms — including a variety that, he says, helped treat his mother’s cancer. Stamets spoke about powerful medical uses for mushrooms and their extracts, from anti-tuberculosis effects (Agarikon) to Cordyceps, a treasure trove of potential medicines, such as cyclosporine, […]

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@TEDMED: Catching up with Catherine Mohr, robotic surgery expert

Posted By Nafissa

Our content partner conference, TEDMED, is happening now in California. (Look for TEDMED video fresh from stage in the coming weeks!) TED’s own Nafissa Yakubova, is reporting from the conference; she caught a few minutes with TEDTalks star Catherine Mohr, who brings us up to date on robotic surgical innovations and her very green house […]

Music

@TEDMED: Catching up with Charles Limb, hip-hop creativity researcher

Posted By Nafissa

The TED team is eagerly watching our content partner conference, TEDMED, happening now in California. (Look for TEDMED video fresh from stage in the coming weeks!) TED’s own Nafissa, is reporting from the conference; this morning, she caught a few minutes with TEDTalks favorite Charles Limb, who studies what creativity looks like in the brains […]

Biology

Understanding cancer through proteomics: Danny Hillis on TED.com

Posted By Tedstaff

At TEDMED, Danny Hills makes a case for the next frontier of cancer research: proteomics, the study of proteins in the body. As Hillis explains it, genomics shows us a list of the ingredients of the body — while proteomics shows us what those ingredients produce. Understanding what’s going on in your body at the […]

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Fellows Friday with Andriankoto Ratozamanana

Posted By Alana Herro

Andriankoto Ratozamanana is reforesting his native Madagascar with endemic species, helping people produce essential oils and other sustainable products. A long-time ex-pat in France blogging about the beauties of his homeland, Andriankoto was so inspired by TEDAfrica 2007 that a month later he packed his bags and moved home. He’s now growing a group of […]

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Hip-hop, creativity and the brain: Q&A with Dr. Charles Limb

Posted By Emily McManus

In his TEDTalk (watch now), Charles Limb reviews his groundbreaking work studying creativity and the brain — by putting musicians inside an fMRI and watching as they improvise. For the past decade, he’s been working with jazz piano players, revealing astonishing new data about the way the brain creates art. And his research has recently […]

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Surgery that saved my life and my voice: Charity Tillemann-Dick on TED.com

Posted By Emily McManus

You’ll never sing again, said her doctor. But in a story from the very edge of medical possibility, operatic soprano Charity Tillemann-Dick tells a double story of survival — of her body, from a double lung transplant, and of her spirit, fueled by an unwavering will to sing. A powerful story from TEDMED 2010. (Recorded […]

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Risk and reward: Today’s TEDTalks playlist

Posted By Tedstaff

TED’s on its annual two-week vacation; during the break, we’re posting new playlists from the TEDTalks archive. Today’s playlist weighs the risks and rewards of adventure. What would it take for you to bury yourself alive or ski through the Arctic — and what would you say when the world asks, “Why?” Ben Saunders is […]

Technology

The emotion behind invention: Dean Kamen on TED.com

Posted By Matthew Trost

Soldiers who’ve lost limbs in service face a daily struggle unimaginable to most of us. At TEDMED, Dean Kamen talks about the profound people and stories that motivated his work to give parts of their lives back with his design for a remarkable prosthetic arm. (Recorded at TEDMED 2009, February 2010 in San Diego, CA. […]

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Medical miracle on Everest: Ken Kamler on TED.com

Posted By Shanna Carpenter

When the worst disaster in the history of Mount Everest climbs occurred, Ken Kamler was the only doctor on the mountain. At TEDMED, he shares the incredible story of the climbers’ battle against extreme conditions and uses brain imaging technology to map the medical miracle of one man who survived roughly 36 hours buried in […]

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The magic of the placebo: Eric Mead on TED.com

Posted By Shanna Carpenter

Sugar pills, injections of nothing — studies show that, more often than you’d expect, placebos really work. At TEDMED, magician Eric Mead does a trick to prove that, even when you know something’s not real, you can still react as powerfully as if it is. (Warning: This talk is not suitable for viewers who are […]