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Andrew Mwenda on progress in AfricaAndrew Mwenda on progress in Africa

Posted By Helen Walters

In 2007, journalist Andrew Mwenda took the stage at TEDGlobal in Arusha, Tanzania, and decried the symptomatic disease affecting his home continent: aid. The surprising take certainly got the goat of some members of the audience, including U2 frontman Bono, who has devoted so much time to promoting the need for African aid and who […]

Culture

TED Weekends asks: What if your life were to end today …

Posted By Tedstaff

On January 17, 2009, at 3:24pm, Flight 1549 took off from New York’s LaGuardia Airport as normal. Five minutes later, it had crash-landed in the Hudson River. While the heroic landing of Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger has become the stuff of aviation legend, during the white-knuckle landing his passengers had no idea whether they would […]

Science

On our reading list: The Particle at the End of the Universe

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Sean Caroll gives an unusual disclaimer for his new book, The Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads to the Edge of a New World, out yesterday: ”You should have no trouble reading and understanding it, no matter what your physics background may be.” Carroll has long […]

Culture

Bono, Bobak Ferdowsi, Isaac Mizrahi and Wang Lifen curate their own TED Talks playlistsBono, Bobak Ferdowsi, Isaac Mizrahi and Wang Lifen curate their own TED Talks playlists

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

To celebrate our billionth video view, we reached out to 24 top personalities in the fields of technology, entertainment and design, asking them to curate a playlist of the TED Talks they just can’t get out of their head. Yesterday, Bill Gates, Glenn Close, Reggie Watts, Ben Affleck and Jill Bolte Taylor gave their selections. Today […]

TEDTalks

What talks have resonated most with you? Tweet TED’s billionth video viewWhat talks have resonated most with you? Tweet TED’s billionth video view

Posted By Tedstaff

One billion. That’s a thousand millions. In other words, the number of seconds contained in 31 and a half years. The population of the continent of Africa, as of 2011. The number of inches that would stretch halfway across the Earth. And the number of users of Facebook hit in October. Our curator Chris Anderson says […]

TEDTalks

TED reaches its billionth video view!TED reaches its billionth video view!

Posted By Tedstaff

According to our best estimates, TED has surpassed a billion video views! Our most recent metrics show that TED Talks are being viewed at a rate of 1.5 million times a day — which means that a new viewing commences 17 times a second. We in the TED office cannot thank you enough for helping us […]

Culture

New: TEDWeekends on Huffington Post, a place to explore ideas

Posted By Emily McManus

Imagine a book club for TED Talks … and you’ll know why we’re excited to launch TEDWeekends, a new way to explore ideas on the Huffington Post. Each weekend, we’ll take one great TED Talk and surround it with a range of reactions. Look for essays from the speakers themselves, Huffington Post bloggers — and […]

TEDTalks

Countdown: 18 ideas that will change the world in 2012

Posted By Emily McManus

All month on the Huffington Post, we’ve been counting down 18 great ideas from 2011 that we think will change the world in 2012 and beyond. Today’s post ends the countdown with a powerful idea: Kids save the world! Watch John Hunter’s TEDTalk on his World Peace Game and read his essay on the Huffington […]

Global Issues

How to stop torture: Karen Tse on TED.com

Posted By Ben Lillie

Political prisoners aren’t the only ones being tortured — the vast majority of judicial torture happens in ordinary cases, even in ‘functioning’ legal systems. Social activist Karen Tse shows how we can, and should, stand up and end the use of routine torture. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2011, July 2011, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Duration: 14:20.) Watch Karen […]

Health

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 […]

TED Books

TED Live: Get the TED Conference experience at your home, school or officeTED Live: Get the TED Conference experience at your home, school or office

Posted By Tedstaff

Announcing TED Live, a year-long membership that offers individuals, schools and small businesses remote access to TED, including “virtual seats” at both the TED and TED Global conferences. “TEDsters have asked us for a convenient and affordable way to enjoy TED all year long. By watching both conferences at their home, work or office; receiving […]

Entertainment

There are no mistakes on the bandstand: Stefon Harris on TED.com

Posted By Ben Lillie

What is a mistake? By talking through examples with his improvisational Jazz quartet, Stefon Harris walks us to a profound truth: many actions are perceived as mistakes only because we don’t react to them appropriately. (Recorded at TEDSalon NY 2011, November 2011, in New York, New York. Duration: 13:11) Watch Stefon Harris’s talk on TED.com, where you […]

Art

Flesh-eating mushrooms: Fellows Friday with Jae Rhim LeeFlesh-eating mushrooms: Fellows Friday with Jae Rhim Lee

Posted By Karen Eng

Artist Jae Rhim Lee (watch her TED Talk) is asking us to rethink our relationship with death and the planet — with the help of flesh-eating mushrooms, she’s making human decomposition clean and green. You’re an artist and designer primarily concerned with how our bodies interact with the world. I’m concerned with finding alternatives that […]