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Lighting up the world of fireflies: Sara Lewis at TED2014Lighting up the world of fireflies: Sara Lewis at TED2014

Posted By Ben Lillie

Sara Lewis has managed to put herself in the center of a world of wonder by becoming a world expert on fireflies. Her obsession began in grad school, sitting in a backyard in North Carolina and watching the sparks light up around her. She wondered, “How do these creatures make light? Are they talking to each […]

Live from TED2014

The hierarchy in your brain: Ray Kurzweil at TED2014The hierarchy in your brain: Ray Kurzweil at TED2014

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Ray Kurzweil returns to the TED stage to explain his new (kind of old) theory of the mind. He first wrote his theory as a paper 50 years ago, but today there’s a plethora of new evidence to support it. First, a refresher on the story of the neocortex, which means “new rind.” Two hundred […]

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How parasites turn our thinking sideways: Ed Yong at TED2014How parasites turn our thinking sideways: Ed Yong at TED2014

Posted By Ben Lillie

Ed Yong begins by showing us beautiful images of animals gathering in large groups. And the reasons for them are fascinating and many. But Yong, an award-winning science writer, points out that most explanations “make an assumption about animal behavior — that they are in charge of their actions.” But many animals gather in groups, […]

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 […]

Biology

Forget paint and canvas. These artists use cells, proteins, tissues and DNA as their raw materialsForget paint and canvas. These artists use cells, proteins, tissues and DNA as their raw materials

Posted By TED Guest Author

  Super Cells is the new TED Book by Nina Tandon and Mitchell Joachim, who take us on an eye-popping tour of the tantalizing array of inventions already being created with nature’s elemental building block, the cell. They argue that we’re entering a new technological revolution, one in which we can create smarter technologies by making […]

Biology

9 ways mushrooms could drastically improve the world9 ways mushrooms could drastically improve the world

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

In today’s TED Talk, biologist Mohamed Hijri directs our attention to an incredible biotechnology — not one he invented, but one that’s been around for 450 million years. They are: mycorrhiza, microscopic mushrooms that grow in a symbiotic relationship with the roots of plants. These mushrooms are incredible at helping plants find phosphorous, an essential […]

Science

More to life than DNA: Fellows Friday with Sheref MansyMore to life than DNA: Fellows Friday with Sheref Mansy

Posted By Karen Eng

American synthetic biologist Sheref Mansy is working on constructing artificial cells that mimic — and “talk” to — biological cells. In this fascinating conversation, Mansy weaves through the question of what does and does not constitute “life,” the possible practical applications for his work, and how conversations with artists have opened up concepts that feed […]

Playlist

6 mind-bending talks about biologically inspired art6 mind-bending talks about biologically inspired art

Posted By Larissa Green

Art so often seeks to capture the beauty of the natural world — from cave drawings of animals, to paintings of landscapes, to sculptures of the human form in marble, bronze or wood. But in this playlist, find artists and designers who take this to the next level, making art based on the laws of […]

Science

New playlist: Plantastic!New playlist: Plantastic!

Posted By Tedstaff

Anyone who lives in a major city, where pollen-thick summer air seems incompatible with the dearth of trees, it can be easy to forget the fact that plants make the world go round. Here to remind you is a playlist of 10 TED Talks on the majesty and awesomeness of plants. Hear from not one […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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How a dead duck changed my life: Kees Moeliker at TED2013How a dead duck changed my life: Kees Moeliker at TED2013

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

In 1995, the Natural History Museum Rotterdam got a new wing made of glass. It was beautiful for humans — but not so much for birds. Many of them lost their lives flying into the invisible walls. “I developed an ear for identifying birds just by the sound of the bang they made on the glass,” says Kees […]

Art

The butterfly effect: Fellows Friday with Julie FreemanThe butterfly effect: Fellows Friday with Julie Freeman

Posted By Karen Eng

Artist Julie Freeman uses data as a source material to make biologically inspired artworks — giving musicality to the movement of fish and expressing city lights in the quiver of moths’ wings. Now she’s finding ways to translate data so that we may gain new perspectives on what it’s trying to tell us. What do […]