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Data researcher Jean-Baptiste Michel made his first piece of art … and the Whitney Museum acquired itData researcher Jean-Baptiste Michel made his first piece of art … and the Whitney Museum acquired it

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Jean-Baptiste Michel has sold a small sculpture to the Whitney Museum of American Art. A major museum acquiring a piece—that’s a big moment for any artist. But this sculpture is the very first piece of art Michel ever created. Michel is the data researcher who showed what you can learn using Google’s Ngram Viewer at TEDxBoston in […]

Global Issues

How data constellations tell a story: MAPPing the TED Fellows network and the conflict in SyriaHow data constellations tell a story: MAPPing the TED Fellows network and the conflict in Syria

Posted By Karen Eng

What’s this galaxy-like cluster of dots and lines? It’s the TED Fellows Collaboration Network MAPP, a rich and interactive web that shows the patterns of cross-disciplinary collaboration among TED Fellows over the past four years. This rainbow visualization was created using MAPPR, a cloud-based network mapping tool that Eric Berlow demoed during TED2014. It allows anyone to make shareable, interactive network […]

Gallery

Brothers in arms: TED Fellow Ed Ou shares photos of the unrest in UkraineBrothers in arms: TED Fellow Ed Ou shares photos of the unrest in Ukraine

Posted By Karen Eng

As TED Fellows arrive from all over the world to Ed Ou’s hometown of Vancouver for TED2014, Ou himself is far away in Ukraine, where he’s been since February, documenting the civil unrest and growing political tension as a freelance photographer represented by Getty. Today, he writes in to give us an inside view, sending […]

News

Apply to be a 2014 TEDGlobal FellowApply to be a 2014 TEDGlobal Fellow

Posted By Morton Bast

Last week on TED.com, origami-folding techniques transformed a 50-cent piece of paper into a fully functioning microscope, human DNA came tumbling out of a vending machine, and we got a look at how an industry is growing to help governments conduct surveillance on citizens. These fascinating talks have something neat in common: The speakers are […]

Art

7 ways to have fun with DNA7 ways to have fun with DNA

Posted By Jessica Gross

When TED Fellow Gabriel Barcia-Colombo saw an extraction of strawberry DNA for the first time, he was smitten. “I’d never thought about DNA being a beautiful thing before I saw it in this form,” he says in today’s talk, given at the TED Fellows Retreat. Barcia-Colombo was inspired to join the public biotech lab Genspace, […]

News

The Rare Genomics Institute celebrates World Rare Disease Day 2014The Rare Genomics Institute celebrates World Rare Disease Day 2014

Posted By Karen Eng

Today is World Rare Disease Day – an event launched in 2008 to galvanize public awareness and research momentum for rare diseases. In the United States, a disease is considered rare if it affects fewer than 200,000 people. Yet there are more than 7,000 known rare diseases. This ratio means that there’s little funding for […]

Art

How to build a micronation: Fellows Friday with artist Jorge Mañes RubioHow to build a micronation: Fellows Friday with artist Jorge Mañes Rubio

Posted By Karen Eng

TED2014 Fellow Jorge Mañes Rubio is an artist and perpetual tourist who investigates invisible, forgotten places — Chinese cities submerged by the Three Gorges Dam Project, a little-known Pacific island paradise destroyed by mining. He creates art that reimagines and revives these sites as attention-worthy destinations. Here, Rubio describes to the TED Blog his latest […]

Music

Celebrating the cultural in-between: Fellows Friday with musician Meklit HaderoCelebrating the cultural in-between: Fellows Friday with musician Meklit Hadero

Posted By Karen Eng

Meklit Hadero’s voice is earthy and soulful, sinuous and untethered, and she’s about to unleash a new album on the world. She has just launched  a crowdfunding campaign for her second solo recording, We Are Alive, and is currently touring the East Coast of the United States.We caught up with her between shows to ask about her musical vision and […]

Development

Let’s talk about poo: Fellows Friday with Francis de los Reyes IIILet’s talk about poo: Fellows Friday with Francis de los Reyes III

Posted By Karen Eng

Environmental engineer Francis de los Reyes works with cutting-edge microbiological techniques to create solutions in the fields of environmental biotechnology and engineering. But his big passion, both professionally and personally, is finding ways to improve the plight of the world’s 2.5 billion people living without adequate sanitation. In this conversation, he tells the TED Blog […]

Science

Exclusive video: How to make a cocktail from strawberry DNAExclusive video: How to make a cocktail from strawberry DNA

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

DNA. It’s what encodes the genetic material of every living thing. And it also makes a yummy cocktail. This video, which stars TED Fellow synthetic biologist Oliver Medvedik, shows you how to make a delicious adult beverage out of frozen strawberries, pineapple juice and Bacardi 151. Follow the adorably animated instructions, and you’ll be able […]

Technology

A very cool new video: A brief introduction to 4D printingA very cool new video: A brief introduction to 4D printing

Posted By Tedstaff

It’s not often that you see a designer throw their creation on the ground and break it to smithereens. But that’s exactly what TED Fellow Skylar Tibbits does in the video above. Why? Because he works in the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT. When the pieces break apart, they quickly re-assemble themselves, as if the film […]

Global Issues

Awesome new video: A cell phone tool to help micro-entrepreneurs get loansAwesome new video: A cell phone tool to help micro-entrepreneurs get loans

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

In the developing world, would-be entrepreneurs are easily able to get microloans. But getting access to formal financial institutions — the kind that give large-scale loans — well, that’s much more difficult. Because 70% of those who start small businesses simply don’t have a financial identity. TED Fellow Shivani Siroya has created a tool to […]