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7 ways to have fun with DNA7 ways to have fun with DNA

Posted By Jessica Gross

When TED Fellow Gabriel Barcia-Colombo saw an extraction of strawberry DNA for the first time, he was smitten. “I’d never thought about DNA being a beautiful thing before I saw it in this form,” he says in today’s talk, given at the TED Fellows Retreat. Barcia-Colombo was inspired to join the public biotech lab Genspace, […]

Science

Exclusive video: How to make a cocktail from strawberry DNAExclusive video: How to make a cocktail from strawberry DNA

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

DNA. It’s what encodes the genetic material of every living thing. And it also makes a yummy cocktail. This video, which stars TED Fellow synthetic biologist Oliver Medvedik, shows you how to make a delicious adult beverage out of frozen strawberries, pineapple juice and Bacardi 151. Follow the adorably animated instructions, and you’ll be able […]

Art

A portrait of you from a single hair: The work of Heather Dewey-HagborgA portrait of you from a single hair: The work of Heather Dewey-Hagborg

Posted By Helen Walters

The video “DNA Portrait,” above, is a lovely short documentary shot by TED’s own Kari Mulholland. It features the work of the artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg, who spent time collecting hairs shed in public spaces… and then sequencing the DNA therein to print 3D sculptures of what those hairs’ owners might look like. Whoa. The film […]

Science

What I learned at TEDxDeExtinctionWhat I learned at TEDxDeExtinction

Posted By Becky Chung

How amazing would it be to see a wooly mammoth, raised from the dead, walking the permafrost of the North again? Or to look up at the sky and see a flock of passenger pigeons fly by? Or to witness a gastric-brooding frog hiccup tadpoles out the mouth from an embryo located in its stomach? […]

Science

Everything you need to know about TEDxDeExtinctionEverything you need to know about TEDxDeExtinction

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Stewart Brand begins today’s TED Talk with an elegy for Martha of Cincinnati, who died in 1914. No, Martha is not a person. She was the very last passenger pigeon. “Extinction is a different kind of death — it’s bigger,” says Brand in this talk, given at TED2013. “This had been the most abundant bird […]

Science

Video: Fly to Alaska to “barcode” plants with Ellen JorgensenVideo: Fly to Alaska to “barcode” plants with Ellen Jorgensen

Posted By Tedstaff

What is DNA barcoding, you ask? It’s a precise way of identifying plant species using their DNA (as opposed to external characteristics that might vary from plant to plant). In this video, Ellen Jorgensen — who gave today’s TED Talk “Biohacking, you can do it too”  – heads to a remote region of Alaska to collect […]

 

TED2008: What is life?

Posted By Bgiussani

(Unedited running notes from the TED2008 conference in Monterey, California. Third session.) Alisa Miller, head of Public Radio International, introduces the session with a 3-minutes talk on how America perceives the rest of the world and how the news shape the way the US sees the world. She pulls up a map of the number […]

Biology

Reading the books of Craig and Jim

Posted By Bgiussani

A few days ago TED2005 speaker Craig Venter (watch his talk) announced that his lab has finished sequencing a single human’s genome — his own. At his old company, Celera, Venter worked on sequencing his genome and four other genomes all mixed together, creating an anonymous composite. He told Newsweek: What we got this time […]