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A perpetual tourist who makes his own souvenirs: The intriguing work of artist Jorge Mañes Rubio

A perpetual tourist who makes his own souvenirs: The intriguing work of artist Jorge Mañes Rubio

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From China’s underwater cities to Amsterdam’s neglected neighborhoods to Italy’s looted ruins, Jorge Mañes Rubio seeks out forsaken places and makes art that memorializes, reimagines and reengages them with the world. His project “Normal Pool Level” — which emerged from his exploration of the cities, towns and villages submerged by China’s Three Gorges Dam Project []

An overgrown asylum, an abandoned power plant and a handmade village on a river: TED Fellows create popup experiences in Berlin’s secret spaces

An overgrown asylum, an abandoned power plant and a handmade village on a river: TED Fellows create popup experiences in Berlin’s secret spaces

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A crumbling former asylum, a massive brick power station, and an alternative community built by hand by a river. In the hours before TEDBerlin Salon kicked off, three TED Fellows led conference attendees on a treasure hunt through the sprawling streets of sunny Berlin to these locations. Guided by the mobility app Moovel — which recommends the most effective []

A filmmaker/butcher, an opera singer and a pair of computational biologists: Meet the latest class of TED Fellows

A filmmaker/butcher, an opera singer and a pair of computational biologists: Meet the latest class of TED Fellows

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In the video above, get to know the 20 newest TED Fellows, who are joining our global network of 300+ innovators who color far outside the lines. This class of Fellows, who will be attending TEDGlobal 2014, represents 16 countries as well as bold ideas in photography, healthcare, food distribution, conservation, street art and, well, you name []

Freebird: Juliana Machado Ferreira leads the charge against Brazil’s illegal wildlife trade

Freebird: Juliana Machado Ferreira leads the charge against Brazil’s illegal wildlife trade

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Conservation biologist Juliana Machado Ferreira uses genetic data to fight illegal wildlife trafficking in Brazil—a $2 billion-a-year business that affects 38 million animals. In 2012, Ferreira founded FREELAND Brasil to raise awareness of the devastating effects of keeping wild-caught songbirds, parrots and macaws—as well as to release rehabilitated animals and support rural communities vulnerable to wildlife traffickers. This []

What makes a TED Fellow? Tom Rielly tells all

What makes a TED Fellow? Tom Rielly tells all

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Twice a year, we select 20 unconventional change-makers to join the TED Fellows program, a global network of innovators from a wide spectrum of disciplines. Last year’s TED Fellows class included an eye surgeon using low-cost mobile phone technology to make eye care more accessible across Kenya; photojournalists documenting conflicts in Palestine and Bosnia; a biological anthropologist researching cancer []

You found a planet!: Robert Simpson crowdsources scientific research and accelerates discovery at Zooniverse

You found a planet!: Robert Simpson crowdsources scientific research and accelerates discovery at Zooniverse

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  Scientific research is generating far more data than the average researcher can get through. Meanwhile, modern computing has yet to catch up with the superior discernment of the human eye. The solution? Enlist the help of citizen scientists. British astronomer and web developer Robert Simpson is part of the online platform Zooniverse, which lets more than one []

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

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

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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 []

Apply to be a 2014 TEDGlobal Fellow

Apply to be a 2014 TEDGlobal Fellow

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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 []

7 ways to have fun with DNA

7 ways to have fun with DNA

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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, []

The Rare Genomics Institute celebrates World Rare Disease Day 2014

The Rare Genomics Institute celebrates World Rare Disease Day 2014

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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 []