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New playlists: “Ancient clues,” “Planes, trains and automobiles” and “Are we alone in the universe?”

New playlists: “Ancient clues,” “Planes, trains and automobiles” and “Are we alone in the universe?”

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TED playlists are collections of talks around a topic, built for you in a thoughtful sequence to illuminate ideas in context. This weekend, three new playlists are available: “Ancient clues,” “Planes, trains and automobiles” and “Are we alone in the universe?” Ancient clues Five fascinating talks by archaeologists and evolutionary biologists about humanity’s beginnings and []

Talks to celebrate Charles Darwin’s birthday

Talks to celebrate Charles Darwin’s birthday

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The day was February 12, 1809. The place was Shrewsbury, England. The person born there: Charles Darwin. With the publication of his classic, On the Origins of Species, Darwin set the wheels in motion for a dramatic transformation of the way human beings understand the world and how we came to exist in it . []

How we know about evolution: Aaron Reedy at TED2012

How we know about evolution: Aaron Reedy at TED2012

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Photo: Duncan Davidson Aaron Reedy starts by taking us on a quick tour of evolution, natural selection and Darwin. But what’s more interesting than what we know, he adds, and the question all curious students ask him: How do we know all this? The best way to answer this question is to give examples: Fossils: []

Living and diving: An exclusive interview with Richard Pyle

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To say that Richard Pyle is a multifaceted personality is an understatement. He is a world-renowned diver, evolutionary biologist, dive technology pioneer, database developer and author. But all his talents have grown to facilitate one love — fish. His 2004 TEDTalk shows how he pushes the boundaries of diving in his endeavor to document new species. In []