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Of masks & magic: Uldus Bakhtiozina makes images that poke fun at stereotypesOf masks & magic: Uldus Bakhtiozina makes images that poke fun at stereotypes

Posted By Karen Eng

A 12-year-old boy in a Stormtrooper helmet – and a tutu. A hulking man wearing a pre-Raphaelite collar of Barbie dolls. A bride standing wistfully in a garden, her face obscured by a wrestling mask. Russian photo-based artist Uldus Bakhtiozina’s whimsical and surreal images — which feature models as well as herself — raise an eyebrow at identity, gender and cultural stereotypes […]

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 […]

Fellows Friday

A jewel of the city: Aziza Chaouni on restoring the Fez RiverA jewel of the city: Aziza Chaouni on restoring the Fez River

Posted By Karen Eng

The Fez River winds through the city’s medina – Fez’s historic medieval center and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Heavily contaminated, almost an open sewer, it was covered over with concrete to contain the smell; it was all but forgotten in recent decades. For much of the past 20 years, architect and engineer Aziza Chaouni has been battling to restore it. […]

Live from TED2014

A TED Fellows tour of VancouverA TED Fellows tour of Vancouver

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

With 12 mainstage sessions and 5 sessions of All-Stars, there wasn’t much time for exploring Vancouver during TED2014. As a great prequel to the conference, Car2Go offered up vehicles so attendees could enjoy a spin around the city. It also provided a map of some spots to check out, featuring locations selected by five TED Fellows: Kitra Cahana, Alex Macdonald, […]

Live from TED2014

We Are Many: Filmmaker Taghi Amirani talks about his new documentary, 7 years in the making, about the largest protest in historyWe Are Many: Filmmaker Taghi Amirani talks about his new documentary, 7 years in the making, about the largest protest in history

Posted By Karen Eng

As the Fellows program turns five, we catch up with Iranian filmmaker Taghi Amirani – a member of the Fellows inaugural class and the first recipient of the TED Fellows Hero award – to get the scoop on the premiere of Amirani Media’s latest film, We Are Many (see the trailer, above) – a documentary on the February 15, 2003, global […]

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 […]

Fellows Friday

Working for the health of the many: How Asher Hasan is bringing insurance coverage to Pakistan’s low-income workersWorking for the health of the many: How Asher Hasan is bringing insurance coverage to Pakistan’s low-income workers

Posted By Karen Eng

Growing up in the UK and coming of age in Pakistan, TEDIndia Fellow Asher Hasan observed a vast discrepancy: those with and without access to basic healthcare, and the devastating social consequences of this disparity. He tells TED Blog the story of how he witnessed a single health disaster ruin the hopes of his childhood […]

Fellows Friday

Biohacker meets Willy Wonka: Lucy McRae on the making of the incredible edible music video for Architecture in HelsinkiBiohacker meets Willy Wonka: Lucy McRae on the making of the incredible edible music video for Architecture in Helsinki

Posted By Karen Eng

TED Fellow Lucy McRae (watch her TED Talk) is a body architect — an artist who explores how technology and the body may someday meet and merge. Her latest project is a fantastical and frothy music video for “Dream a Little Crazy” by Australian band Architecture in Helsinki. Watch the mouth-watering video above, and then read all […]

Design

When science meets sartorial: the skirt and shoe made from kombuchaWhen science meets sartorial: the skirt and shoe made from kombucha

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

What might our clothes look like in 50 years? When textile designer Suzanne Lee was researching her book, Fashioning the Future, she found the most interesting answers to that question when she looked beyond the traditional borders of fashion design. Beyond cut, color and cloth, our style in 50 years will be driven by new materials from […]