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Live from TED2014

Celebrate the sacred cave: Frans Lanting at TED2014Celebrate the sacred cave: Frans Lanting at TED2014

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Photographer Frans Lanting returns to TED for a short reminder of what’s happening outside the walls of our beautiful glass box. “Humanity,” he says, “takes center stage at TED, but I’d like to add a voice for the animals.” Lanting retells a story he once heard from a tribal elder not far from Vancouver, about […]

Live from TED2014

The strange story of the teddy bear: Jon Mooallem at TED2014The strange story of the teddy bear: Jon Mooallem at TED2014

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

In 1902, bears in the United States were symbols of all the dangers of the frontier. Bears were called “murderers” for their tendency to attack livestock, and they were being systematically killed by the federal government. That was, until President Theodore Roosevelt traveled to Mississippi on a hunting trip. Roosevelt had finished for the day, […]

Biology

Kinky bonobos and the Magnum P.I. hypothesis: A Q&A with Carin BondarKinky bonobos and the Magnum P.I. hypothesis: A Q&A with Carin Bondar

Posted By Alison Prato

There’s wild sex. And then there’s sex in the wild — a topic that biologist and animal sex expert Carin Bondar has been talking about for years, spawning not only a book, The Nature of Human Nature, but also a popular web series, “Wild Sex,” all about the evolution of sexual behavior. In her funny and […]

News

X Marks the Spot: Flying snakes, plus this week’s TEDx TalksX Marks the Spot: Flying snakes, plus this week’s TEDx Talks

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Snakes slither along the ground, right? Well, not always. In this talk from TEDxVirginiaTech, snake expert Jake Socha introduces us to five species of snakes with the ability to fly — no plane or Samuel L. Jackson needed. It’s a fascinating look at how these creatures create lift, even though they are essentially cylinders, and […]

Technology

10 animals who’ve ruled the internet10 animals who’ve ruled the internet

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

“I make noises for a living, and on a good day it’s music,” says Peter Gabriel in today’s talk. “I work with a lot of musicians from around the world. Often, we don’t have any common language at all. But we sit behind our instruments and suddenly there’s a way to connect and emote.” This […]

Live from TEDGlobal 2013

Wild sex: Carin Bondar at TEDGlobal 2013Wild sex: Carin Bondar at TEDGlobal 2013

Posted By Karen Eng

When humans think about sex, we tend to categorise into male and female forms, says biologist and animal sex expert Carin Bondar. But for millions of years, it used to be a fusion of bodies, a “trickle of DNA shared between two or more beings,” she says. It wasn’t until about 500 million years ago […]

Science

Talking with animals: 7 examples of interspecies communicationTalking with animals: 7 examples of interspecies communication

Posted By Brooke Borel

Dolphins are “natural acousticians,” according to marine mammal behavioral biologist Denise Herzing. Individuals have signature whistles, just as we have names, and they can also send buzzes and tickles across long distances to physically signal one another. Echolocation clicks help them navigate in the water, and they erupt in bursts of squawks during fights. They […]

Science

TED Weekends dives into the deep seaTED Weekends dives into the deep sea

Posted By Shirin Samimi-Moore

Underwater, there’s a world full of the bioluminescent and colorfully firework-like creatures. This is what David Gallo showed us in his classic talk from TED2007, “Underwater astonsihments.” The most interesting part: We have only explored about 3% of the world’s oceans, Gallo explains and, in this talk, he shares some views of that fascinating fraction […]

Science

10 fascinating facts about woolly mammoths10 fascinating facts about woolly mammoths

Posted By Becky Chung

Sequencing an extinct genome is no longer a pipe dream, says evolutionary biologist and ancient DNA specialist Hendrik Poinar in today’s talk. It’s a modern reality, and we’re not too far from seeing a revived extinct species walking the Earth again — maybe even a woolly mammoth. In this talk from TEDxDeExtinction, Poinar talks about how […]

News

In short: Dragonflies that amaze, the secret of your unique breathprint

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Some staff picks of smart, funny, bizarre and cool stuff on the interwebs this week: First: Dragonflies are beautiful, deadly and have weird sex. [NY Times] While you’re at it, check out our playlist Insects are awesome!, above. The clap-o-meter was yesterday’s Big Data. [The Atlantic] Scientists now estimate the number of Earth-like, habitable planets in […]

Science

Not just for April Fools’ Day: 8 winners of the Ig Nobel Prize, whose scientific works sounds funny but is actually perfectly serious, mostlyNot just for April Fools’ Day: 8 winners of the Ig Nobel Prize, whose scientific works sounds funny but is actually perfectly serious, mostly

Posted By Brooke Borel

In 1995, Kees Moeliker heard a loud bang coming from the Natural History Museum Rotterdam’s new wing. He knew exactly what it was. A curator at the museum, Moeliker had gotten used to the sound of birds hitting the glass exterior of the new wing, and had even taken to stuffing the dead birds for […]

Science

How a dead duck changed the TED audience’s lifeHow a dead duck changed the TED audience’s life

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

In the days leading up to TED2013, we at the TED Blog revealed the best props at TEDs past and showed you the speakers who’d brought animals on stage with them. Little did we know that, on the day two of the conference, we’d meet a speaker who’d combine both. In today’s talk, given at […]