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

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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 []

Color-coded surgery: Quyen Nguyen on TED.com

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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, []

Building the musical muscle: Charles Limb on TED.com

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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 []

@TEDMED: Catching up with Paul Stamets, mushroom innovator

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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, []

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

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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 []

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

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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 []

Understanding cancer through proteomics: Danny Hillis on TED.com

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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 []

Fellows Friday with Andriankoto Ratozamanana

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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 []

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

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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 []

Risk and reward: Today’s TEDTalks playlist

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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 []

The emotion behind invention: Dean Kamen on TED.com

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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. []

Medical miracle on Everest: Ken Kamler on TED.com

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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 []

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

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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 []

The wireless future of medicine: Eric Topol on TED.com

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Eric Topol says we’ll soon use our smartphones to monitor our vital signs and chronic conditions. At TEDMED, he highlights several of the most important wireless devices in medicine’s future — all helping to keep more of us out of hospital beds. (Recorded at TEDMED, October 2009, in San Diego, CA. Duration: 16:59) Watch Eric []