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TED Weekends calls us to embrace nature’s wrathTED Weekends calls us to embrace nature’s wrath

Posted By Emmie Le Marchand

“That is a part of you up there. That’s your water that helps to make the cloud, that becomes the rain, that feeds the plants, that feeds the animals.” These were the words Camlile Seaman’s grandfather said to her on a hot summer day when she was young. Inspired by her Shinnecock Indian heritage, and […]

Science

8 illuminating facts about clouds8 illuminating facts about clouds

Posted By Elizabeth Jacobs

The Cloud Appreciation Society may be the first official organization to celebrate the beauty of clouds, but these fluffy pillows in the sky have been a source of fascination since 3,000 B.C., when they were first discussed in the Upanishads. Aristotle poetically described cloud formation in his 350 B.C. work Meteorology as the process by […]

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The joy of cloudspotting: 10 incredible visions in cloudsThe joy of cloudspotting: 10 incredible visions in clouds

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

A “cloud on the horizon” means that something bad is about to happen. Meanwhile, someone with their “head in the clouds” is thoroughly out to lunch. As Gavin Pretor-Pinney points out in today’s talk, clouds get a bad rep when it comes to language. “But I think they’re beautiful, don’t you?” he says. “It’s just […]

Art

Gallery: Chasing storms with Camille SeamanGallery: Chasing storms with Camille Seaman

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

A Shinnecock Indian, Camille Seaman has spent her career as a photographer illustrating the interconnectedness of all life. When she was a child, her grandfather took her outside to play on a hot summer day. He pointed to the sky and said, “Look, do you see that? That’s part of you up there. That’s your […]

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Live with your head in the clouds: Gavin Pretor-Pinney at TEDGlobal 2013Live with your head in the clouds: Gavin Pretor-Pinney at TEDGlobal 2013

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Why do clouds get such a bad rap? In English, when someone’s sad or depressed, they’re “under a cloud.” When there’s bad news in store, there’s “a cloud on the horizon.” It’s everyone’s default doom-and-gloom metaphor. But, Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society, has one message for you: Clouds are awesome. Whatever happened […]

Art

Clouds as ‘lovely monsters’: Camille Seaman at TED2013Clouds as ‘lovely monsters’: Camille Seaman at TED2013

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Clouds. We think of them as light and fluffy, sometimes a touch menacing. But TED Fellow Camille Seaman sees something even deeper in the clouds above her. Seaman, who is known for her stunning images that give personality to icebergs, was raised as a Shinnecock Indian, in a culture that taught her that everything is interconnected. “When I […]