Musician Gotye posted this video over the weekend, titled “Somebodies: A YouTube Orchestra.” It’s a remix of his song “Somebody That I Used To Know” crafted by bringing together the many individuals who’ve posted themselves playing the song. [YouTube] Perhaps Gotye took a note from Erik Whitacre, who gave the amazing TEDTalk “A virtual choir 2,000 voices strong” at TED2011. .
UCLA scientists report that they are a step closer to creating a blood test for cancer. How would it work? Ultra-fast cameras would snap images of the blood sample, looking for CTCs — cells that have broken away from cancerous tumors. The test would allow for early detection of the devastating disease. [Popular Science] And if that has you excited, you will want to check out our playlist “8 diagnostic tests we could have at our disposal in the near future.” [TED Blog] .
In this video “An unruly look at the English language,” writer Mark Forsyth gives a fun take-down of English grammar myths. [Vimeo] Over the weekend, he explained what a “snollygoster” is in the brilliant talk, “A short lesson on political speak.” .
TED is passionate about sharing ideas with you, no matter what language you speak — thus we are so thankful for our 8,006 translators who volunteer their time to translate TEDTalks into 89 languages. And we were also thrilled to read that Google, Mozilla and Wikimedia brought together 20 native speakers of Yucatec — Mexico’s most widely spoken Mayan tongue — last week for a one day Translathon, part of Google’s Endangered Languages Project. [Engadget] .
According to this website, the new trailer for the video game “Assassin’s Creed III” sounds like a TEDTalk. Thoughts? [Venture Beat]
Last spring, Robyn Grobler shared a fascinating theory at TED@Johannesburg, one of the 14 stops on our worldwide talent search to find untold stories for TED2013. Her idea: that if she smiled, her patients felt less pain. She brought a PowerPoint presentation, but Grobler also tried illustrating her talk using Prezi, the cloud-based presentation software. (TED’s […]
Here, some staff picks of smart, funny, bizarre and cool stuff on the interwebs this week: In case you haven’t seen it yet, To This Day is a beautiful collaborative project that combines spoken word poetry and a flurry of eclectic animations to raise awareness about bullying. Soon you, too, will turn out to be […]