Life and logistics: The speakers at TED@UPS move things, in space and in theory

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Life and logistics: The speakers at TED@UPS move things, in space and in theory

How exactly do you ship fragile dinosaur bones? Or move a 12.5-ton locomotive through the air? And what are all the little things that have to happen to get relief supplies delivered when and where they’re needed? Employees at UPS think about these kinds of challenges all the time. It’s why the theme, “Think. Solve, Do.,” []

A “living fossil” spotted in the South Pacific, a machine that vomits + poetry that rethinks assumptions about inmates

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A “living fossil” spotted in the South Pacific, a machine that vomits + poetry that rethinks assumptions about inmates

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The TED community has news to share. Read on for highlights. The rarest animal on Earth, spotted once again. Peter Ward hadn’t seen his “old friend,” the Allonautilus scrobiculatus, since 1984. But he recognized its hairy, slimy, golden shell instantly. Ward wrote about his rediscovery of this creature — alongside its more-common relative, the nautilus, []

Remembering Oliver Sacks

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Remembering Oliver Sacks

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Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks died on Sunday, August 30, at age 82. He’d announced in February that he was in the final stages of terminal cancer, and wrote a beautiful essay in the New York Times about what that meant to him: Over the last few days, I have been able to see my life []

The music of sign language, a computer of water drops: 21 TED Fellows share ideas that swim against the tide

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The music of sign language, a computer of water drops: 21 TED Fellows share ideas that swim against the tide

Tides are strong. They move swiftly, sweeping all toward the shore. But TED Fellows refuse to simply drift with the water. They are innovators, advocates and artists who challenge the status quo and work in the spaces between disciplines. At the second TED Fellows Retreat — held from August 25-28, 2015, and themed “Swimming Against the Tide” — about []

The Great Thanksgiving Listen, a new “Goldilocks” planet, and the White House Demo Day

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The Great Thanksgiving Listen, a new “Goldilocks” planet, and the White House Demo Day

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The TED community has been doing some big things over the past few weeks. Below, some newsy highlights. Let’s interview our elders. This Thanksgiving, high school students across the United States will have an important assignment: Interview a grandparent or elder using the StoryCorps app. The Great Thanksgiving Listen — a partnership of StoryCorps, TED, []