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The plot of ‘Interstellar,’ in 10 TED Talks

The plot of ‘Interstellar,’ in 10 TED Talks

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Since the first teaser in late 2013, we’ve been in countdown mode for Interstellar, Christopher Nolan’s new outer-space epic that promises to blast us through space and time and wormholes. If you’re as excited as we are but can’t clear three hours to go see the whole movie, here’s the plot we could figure out []

How I fell in love with the drums

How I fell in love with the drums

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By Clayton Cameron As a 5-year-old kid, I barely knew what the word rhythm meant. At least no one told me what banging on inanimate objects and creating my own little beats might be called. It was like rhythm chose me and I really had no say in the matter. My favorite elementary school pastime was tabletop []

Remembering Sherwin Nuland

Remembering Sherwin Nuland

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Surgeon, author and speaker Sherwin Nuland died on March 3, 2014, at age 83. The author of a dozen books — including the award-winning How We Die, a clear-eyed look at life’s last chapter — Nuland came to TED in 2001 to tell a story he’d never told before. The world-renowned surgeon, clinical professor of []

Questions you may have about Mary Lou Jepsen’s TED Talk

Questions you may have about Mary Lou Jepsen’s TED Talk

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Mary Lou Jepsen’s talk about the future of brain-reading devices was widely discussed at TED2013 and, after the conference, we received a few very specific technical and scientific questions from attendees who watched it live. Jepsen’s is the kind of talk that tests the limit of TED’s short-talk format — it’s full of technical information []

6 unexpected historical figures with the civic hacker mindset

6 unexpected historical figures with the civic hacker mindset

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By Catherine Bracy Hacking has always been an important component of healthy democracies. Despite the bad connotation the word often has these days — indicating rogue criminals breaking into computer systems, stealing identities, spying or worse — hacking is really just any amateur innovation on an existing system. And that “system” doesn’t have to be []

Can you design a phone that’ll be used longer? A refrigerator that discourages food waste? Play the sustainability card game

Can you design a phone that’ll be used longer? A refrigerator that discourages food waste? Play the sustainability card game

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Leyla Acaroglu aims to make people think about how the choices they make on a daily basis affect the environment. And she aims to make thinking about this fun. In today’s TED Talk, Acaroglu turns her attention to four bits of “environmental folklore,” like the idea that it’s more environmentally sound to opt for the paper []

Further reading (and watching) on women and the workplace

Further reading (and watching) on women and the workplace

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During an interview at TEDWomen 2013, host Pat Mitchell asked Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to explain how her 2010 TED Talk evolved. “I asked myself the question that Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook and my boss, asks all of us, which is: What would I do if I wasn’t afraid?” Sandberg said. Her answer: “I []