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Choose your own TEDTalk: Sebastian Wernicke at TED2012

Choose your own TEDTalk: Sebastian Wernicke at TED2012

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Photos: James Duncan Davidson Sebastian Wernicke thinks there’s something missing from the Full Spectrum of TED2012: The audience has had no influence over the talks. This is in the vein of the old Choose Your Own Adventure books, invented by accident by Edward Packard. Wernicke is going to tell us that story, but he needs some []

The Symphony of TED: John Boswell wraps up TED2012

The Symphony of TED: John Boswell wraps up TED2012

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John Boswell is the musician and producer behind the Symphony of Science. The goal of the project is to bring scientific knowledge and philosophy to the public through music. So far in the series, he’s mixed together insights on topics such as the earth’s place on the cosmos, the quantum world and, as shown below []

Filming one second every day: Cesar Kuriyama at TED2012

Filming one second every day: Cesar Kuriyama at TED2012

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Photo: James Duncan Davidson On his 30th birthday, Cesar Kuriyama quit his job in advertising. At the same time, he started a project: “One Second Every Day” for which he cuts together one second of footage from every day of his life into an ever-expanding project. We’ve seen these daily-picture kind of projects before, but []

The Moment: Session 12 at TED2012

The Moment: Session 12 at TED2012

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So this is it, our final hurrah of TED2012. Well, you didn’t think we’d go out with a whimper, did you? In this session: Sebastian Wernicke, who motivates and manages multidimensional projects, and is also known for his entertaining summaries of TEDTalks. Cesar Kuriyama has been selecting one second of video from every day of his []

Will-power! Rafe Esquith and the Hobart Shakespeareans at TED2012

Will-power! Rafe Esquith and the Hobart Shakespeareans at TED2012

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Photos: James Duncan Davidson Rafe Esquith has spent 30 years teaching public school at Hobart School. It’s a difficult school, he says. The children do not speak English as a first language, and many come from poverty. Less than 40% finish high school. But in one room, the story is different. The Hobart Shakespeareans graduate []

Why haven’t we seen aliens? Chris Anderson at TED2012

Why haven’t we seen aliens? Chris Anderson at TED2012

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Photo: James Duncan Davidson TED Curator Chris Anderson talks about the TED-Ed project — a major initiative to bring TED to school and education outside of the classroom. As part of that, he tries his own talk. With a pre-recorded animation (by Andrew Park) playing behind him, he asks a question that has bugged him ever []

Be the change we want to see: Awele Makeba at TED2012

Be the change we want to see: Awele Makeba at TED2012

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Photo: James Duncan Davidson Awele Makeba is here not simply to tell us a story. She’s here to act one. Her story takes place in Montgomery, Alabama, on March 2, 1955, and her hero is the courageous teenager Claudette Colvin, who stayed seated on a segregated bus even when instructed by the driver to make []

Put your stuff in a box: Angie Miller at TED2012

Put your stuff in a box: Angie Miller at TED2012

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Photo: James Duncan Davidson Angie Miller was the New Hampshire Teacher of the Year in 2011. She has three children, and she shares a box in which she keeps all her teaching paraphernalia. It’s filled with the thank-you notes you might expect, but it also includes some of her less savored moments, including letters of reprimand []

Let’s talk about sex — and pizza: Al Vernacchio at TED2012

Let’s talk about sex — and pizza: Al Vernacchio at TED2012

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Photos: James Duncan Davidson Al Vernacchio is here to talk about sex. In particular, he wants to talk about reframing the ways we talk about sex. In short, he says, “we need to stop talking baseball.” “Baseball is the dominant cultural metaphor that Americans use to think about and talk about sexual activity,” he continues. []

A Sputnik moment for STEM education: Ainissa Ramirez at TED2012

A Sputnik moment for STEM education: Ainissa Ramirez at TED2012

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Photos: James Duncan Davidson Ainissa Ramirez comes on stage armed with a blowtorch. Well, that sure got everyone’s attention. She promptly uses said blowtorch to straighten a piece of bent piece of wire. Her point: atoms often rearrange usefully to create entirely different types of structures. The Yale associate professor goes on to explain why this []