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How to create universes and (literally) shatter the Earth

How to create universes and (literally) shatter the Earth

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If you haven’t seen the TED-Ed Lesson “A rare, spectacular total eclipse of the sun,” you should really check it out. Not only will you learn a good deal about the science behind these extraordinary events, you’ll also get to soak in some beautiful and detailed artistry from animator Bevan Lynch. We caught up with Lynch for a []

The math behind the movies: An interview with Tony DeRose of Pixar

The math behind the movies: An interview with Tony DeRose of Pixar

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Pixar films are known for their thoughtful storytelling and groundbreaking animation. One of the coolest things about these movies: the math that Pixar’s team is actually inventing to improve the audience experience and the look of the characters. We caught up with Pixar’s Research Lead, Tony DeRose—who gave the TED-Ed Lesson, “The math behind the movies,” about how arithmetic, trigonometry []

The daily battles of life, cut from paper and animated in 3D

The daily battles of life, cut from paper and animated in 3D

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Béatrice Coron doesn’t so much tell stories, as cut them. At TED2011, the French-born artist shared how she creates intricate, fantastical worlds by slashing paper into beautiful silhouettes. During a party at TED, held in the rotunda of Long Beach’s Aquarium of the Pacific, Coron ran into James Stewart, the Canadian film director who pioneered digital []

How the TED Machine was built

How the TED Machine was built

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When illustrator/storyteller Oliver Jeffers and animator/woodworker Mac Premo get together, sketchbooks travel 60,000 miles, suitcases wander the streets of Brooklyn and sandwiches are skewered with bows and arrows. Jeffers and Premo created the opening video for TED2013 — and its star,  the TED Machine. The TED Machine works like a schedule board in an old []

10 adorable animated characters from the first year of TED-Ed

10 adorable animated characters from the first year of TED-Ed

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A year ago today, the TED-Ed website launched. Since then, the site has published 175 original animated lessons, ranging from “How simple ideas lead to scientific discoveries” to “Insults by Shakespeare,” with visits from more than 2,750,000 people. Teachers have used the site to create roughly 2,000 lessons per month around YouTube videos. (Here’s how.) For []

The 10 most popular TED-Ed lessons so far

The 10 most popular TED-Ed lessons so far

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The TED-Ed team is excited to have just passed our one-year mark — we launched our YouTube Channel on March 12, 2012. And what a year it has been! In 365 days, we have published more than 100 TED-Ed Originals plus nearly 100 TED Talks, totaling more than 16 million views. And we have almost 100 additional []

A Scrabble board of TED Fellows

A Scrabble board of TED Fellows

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While the majority of the TED Fellows headed to TED2013 to give talks on their incredible work, a smaller group headed to TEDActive, representing the program while embedded in the Palm Springs action. Artist Colleen Flanigan was among them, and created this adorable, Scrabble-themed animation to represent the Fellows there with her. Here’s what she []

Can bologna be educational? Absolutely. TED-Ed shows how.

Can bologna be educational? Absolutely. TED-Ed shows how.

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In the TED-Ed lesson “Magical metals, how shape memory alloys work,” animator Andy London had a creative idea for how to bring a science lesson from Ainissa Ramirez to life — by putting faces and matchstick limbs on bologna to create walking, talking atoms. This materials science lesson teaches that, in certain metals, atoms are []

Public Sphere: Opening animation from TEDGlobal 2012 Session 12

Public Sphere: Opening animation from TEDGlobal 2012 Session 12

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Mission: Radical spreading from a uniform block to a more freeform organic experimental shape. Director’s statement: “I wanted to create an explosion of vector abstract pop and colored animation. Organic and geometric shapes, characters growing around the central information.” — Superdeux Direction and design: Superdeux http://www.superdeux.com Animation and sound design: Friends Of Mine http://www.friendsofmine.tv Agency: []

Public Sphere: Session 12 at TEDGlobal2012

Public Sphere: Session 12 at TEDGlobal2012

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Click to watch the session-opening animation. We end TEDGlobal2012 with a session that steps back and asks, “How do we, as a society, communicate with each other?” The public sphere, the place where we engage with society at large, has undergone tremendous change — driven and empowered by the digital revolution, but also, perhaps, by a deeper []