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Art

Data researcher Jean-Baptiste Michel made his first piece of art … and the Whitney Museum acquired itData researcher Jean-Baptiste Michel made his first piece of art … and the Whitney Museum acquired it

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Jean-Baptiste Michel has sold a small sculpture to the Whitney Museum of American Art. A major museum acquiring a piece—that’s a big moment for any artist. But this sculpture is the very first piece of art Michel ever created. Michel is the data researcher who showed what you can learn using Google’s Ngram Viewer at TEDxBoston in […]

Impact of Ideas

Strangers with cookies: How a TED Talk inspired college students to do a highly altruistic act during finals weekStrangers with cookies: How a TED Talk inspired college students to do a highly altruistic act during finals week

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

The McGregor Reading Room at the University of Virginia is sometimes referred to as the “Harry Potter Room.” All  bookshelves, oriental carpets and chandeliers, the room earned its nickname for its posh look and the fact that it’s a favorite spot for studying. But last December, this room filled with a little real-life magic: the […]

Ideas

Two giants of online learning discuss the future of educationTwo giants of online learning discuss the future of education

Posted By Helen Walters

Scratch the surface of online education, and you’re destined to run into the names of two men. The first, Salman Khan, never intended to be an education icon. Instead, he simply watched with increased interest as videos he had uploaded to YouTube to help his cousin learn math were seized upon by a world apparently […]

Q&A

Larry Lessig completes 185-mile walk across New Hampshire, spreading the word that the U.S. electoral system can be fixedLarry Lessig completes 185-mile walk across New Hampshire, spreading the word that the U.S. electoral system can be fixed

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Larry Lessig is about to complete a 185-mile walk across the state of New Hampshire. He began this journey on January 11 and has walked despite rain, sleet, snow, ice and freezing cold, as the temperature in this state ranges anywhere from the lower thirties to the negative teens in the month of January. Lessig […]

Business

Further reading (and watching) on women and the workplaceFurther reading (and watching) on women and the workplace

Posted By Jessica Gross

During an interview at TEDWomen 2013, host Pat Mitchell asked Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to explain how her 2010 TED Talk evolved. “I asked myself the question that Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook and my boss, asks all of us, which is: What would I do if I wasn’t afraid?” Sandberg said. Her answer: “I […]

Music

Beyoncé samples Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TEDx message on surprise albumBeyoncé samples Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TEDx message on surprise album

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Beyoncé must love surprises. Because late last night, she unexpectedly dropped her fifth studio album, Beyoncé, on iTunes. It’s what she’s calling a “visual album,” and it features 14 songs and 17 music videos — including a song about her daughter, Blue Ivy, and guest appearances from husband Jay-Z, pals Justin Timberlake and Frank Ocean […]

Since the Talk

David Christian’s Big History gets much, much … biggerDavid Christian’s Big History gets much, much … bigger

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

David Christian had little idea what was in store when he stepped on the set of The Colbert Report last month. Having lived in Australia for years, Christian wasn’t familiar with the show and its special brand of political satire. And yet, sitting across the table from Stephen Colbert — a perfectly placed Colbert Nation […]

Art

Everything You Are Looking For: TED Fellows Ryan Holladay and Alicia Eggert have a conversation about their new exhibitEverything You Are Looking For: TED Fellows Ryan Holladay and Alicia Eggert have a conversation about their new exhibit

Posted By Karen Eng

Alicia Eggert makes kinetic sculptures that investigate the nature of language and time. Meanwhile, Ryan Holladay is a musical artist who creates sound-specific installations and GPS compositions as part of the duo BLUEBRAIN. Just a week before TED2013, Eggert and Holladay made contact for the very first time. See, Holloday is a curator of new media at Artisphere. And he was […]

Entertainment

The daily battles of life, cut from paper and animated in 3DThe daily battles of life, cut from paper and animated in 3D

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Béatrice Coron doesn’t so much tell stories, as cut them. At TED2011, the French-born artist shared how she creates intricate, fantastical worlds by slashing paper into beautiful silhouettes. During a party at TED, held in the rotunda of Long Beach’s Aquarium of the Pacific, Coron ran into James Stewart, the Canadian film director who pioneered digital […]

Culture

Silesian, the 103rd language on TED.com, and the story behind itSilesian, the 103rd language on TED.com, and the story behind it

Posted By TED Guest Author

By Krystian Aparta, as told to Kate Torgovnick Silesian is a Slavic language spoken by about 500,000 people in a region of Poland known as Silesia. Because the region had been home to a large German population until World War II, and because in neighbors the Czech Republic, it consists largely of German and Czech […]