Bite-sized doodles, big ideas: Visualizing TED2016

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Bite-sized doodles, big ideas: Visualizing TED2016

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Doodles are more than just idle scribbles; they can distill complex ideas into useful packets of knowledge. During TED2016, artist Mia W. McNary translated 18-minute talks — on topics like what it means to be a global citizen, the psychology of introverts vs. extroverts and a prosecutor’s case for justice reform — into playful and []

Autism awareness at the UN, drones that deliver medicine, and cartoons in the classroom.

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Autism awareness at the UN, drones that deliver medicine, and cartoons in the classroom.

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Lots of happenings in the TED community this week. Below, some highlights. Autism awareness at the UN. April 1 is World Autism Awareness Day, and to formally commemorate it, Steve Silberman will give the keynote address at the United Nations Headquarters. Looking ahead to 2030, the UN Department of Public Information and Department of Economic []

An encrypted email service, a 3D printer that uses molten glass, and a mural in “Garbage City”.

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An encrypted email service, a 3D printer that uses molten glass, and a mural in “Garbage City”.

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The TED community has been very busy over the past few weeks. Below, some newsy highlights. An app for safer email.  On March 17, Andy Yen’s company ProtonMail publicly released their mobile app for making secure email accessible, after almost two years of private beta testing. The app is available for iOS and Android. ProtonMail []

Video: Three views of tech innovation in Africa

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Video: Three views of tech innovation in Africa

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These three fascinating videos made by TED and IBM show how technology is helping solve problems in three case studies across Africa, filmed on location in Nairobi, Kenya; Cape Town, South Africa; and Lagos, Nigeria. They showcase three innovative projects that use technology for everyday problem-solving in local conditions.

An ultra-low-cost online MBA launches today … and more news from TED speakers

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An ultra-low-cost online MBA launches today … and more news from TED speakers

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  Shai Reshef’s nonprofit University of the People — which offers nearly tuition-free, accredited degrees online — today launches its first graduate degree, an MBA program in 12 courses. Although there are no tuition or textbook fees, there is a $200 testing fee per course, which means students can expect to pay $2,400 for their MBA (compare this to the average cost []

The Next Einstein Forum begins

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The Next Einstein Forum begins

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Why did Albert Einstein have such a unique scientific mind? Because he came from a disadvantaged background, says TED Prize winner Neil Turok. “When new cultures enter science, especially disadvantaged cultures, transformation can happen,” he said today in his opening remarks at the Next Einstein Forum Global Gathering 2016. “I believe that the entrance of []

Italy’s Education Ministry rolls out TED-Ed Clubs nationally

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Italy’s Education Ministry rolls out TED-Ed Clubs nationally

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TED-Ed Clubs are about to get a lot of visibility in Italian high schools. On Thursday, March 3, in Rome, the Italian Minister of Education, University and Research, Stefania Giannini, and the European Director of TED, Bruno Giussani, signed a 3-year memorandum of understanding on cooperation regarding the spread of the TED-Ed Clubs curriculum across Italian high []

The TED2016 film festival: Conference shorts

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The TED2016 film festival: Conference shorts

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Thought-provoking, silly and sometimes somber, the interstitials shown at TED2016 provide a needed moment for a breath between talks. The videos are meant to “light up different parts of the brain,” says Anyssa Samari, who scours the internet year-round alongside Jonathan Wells to curate this kindling that keeps the intellectual fires burning. “They create balance.” []