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Can we deflect meteors and asteroids? A TEDx talk that describes howCan we deflect meteors and asteroids? A TEDx talk that describes how

Posted By Dan Powell

It’s a humbling day to be an Earthling. Just sixteen hours before the highly-anticipated flyby of the asteroid 2012 DA14, the skies above the Chelyabinsk region of Russia were shattered by the explosion of an incoming meteor. Although fortunately nobody appears to have been killed by the blast, more than 1,000 people reported injuries, mostly from flying glass and […]

Culture

Defusing political conflicts: A Q&A with Jonathan Haidt about how liberals and conservatives can band togetherDefusing political conflicts: A Q&A with Jonathan Haidt about how liberals and conservatives can band together

Posted By Morton Bast

In the final days of 2012, as Congress worked to hammer out a last-minute deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, it was difficult to turn on any American news source and not see political finger-pointing. Words like “extremist,” “angry” and “sharply divided” floated in the ether. Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has long been interested in […]

Science

TED Weekends: A meditation on asteroidsTED Weekends: A meditation on asteroids

Posted By Shirin Samimi-Moore

In Phil Plait’s talk from TEDxBoulder, “How to defend earth from asteroids,” he astonishes the audience, sharing how a single rock hurtling through space could damage our civilization as we know it. This weekend, TED Weekends on the Huffington Post features Plait’s spine-tingling talk. Below, some of our favorite essays from this edition, about those big […]

Global Issues

And the countdown to Armageddon continues…And the countdown to Armageddon continues…

Posted By TED Guest Author

By Stephen Petranek So, the world hasn’t come to an end yet. But the insecurities and fears about the so-called Mayan Calendar prediction that Earth as we know it will cease to exist today has created such a ruckus that Michigan officials closed 33 schools in preparation and NASA has devoted many web pages to […]