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Timelapse of a disappearance: Talking with Liu Bolin

Timelapse of a disappearance: Talking with Liu Bolin

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On Thursday at TED2013, Chinese artist Liu Bolin talked about his remarkable photographic installations, in which he paints himself (and sometimes other people) with perfect camouflage to disappear into a busy background. His talk closed with a photo of Liu in the theater at Long Beach, disappearing himself into the stage with paint and pattern []

Gallery: The second half of TED2013, in comic form

Gallery: The second half of TED2013, in comic form

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A TED Talk is generally an auditory experience. But Fever Picture, a collective of graphic mavens who translate the ideas expressed at conferences into graphic form, have changed that. Earlier this week, they thrilled us with their comic versions of the first half of TED2013. Here, their renderings of the second half of the conference.

A new way to judge nonprofits: Dan Pallotta at TED2013

A new way to judge nonprofits: Dan Pallotta at TED2013

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Dan Pallotta created two huge charity initiatives — AIDS Rides bicycle journeys and Breast Cancer 3-Day events. These initiatives raised $108 million for HIV/AIDS and $194 million for breast cancer. Both had their best years in 2002 … and then Pallotta’s nonprofit went out of business. In the final session of TED2013, Pallotta shares why []

A choir live and online: Eric Whitacre at TED2013

A choir live and online: Eric Whitacre at TED2013

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In an extraordinary finale for TED2013, Eric Whitacre stages a type of performance that has never been seen before, with a choir assembled to sing his composition, “Cloudburst.” It’s not just any choir. He’s joined on stage by 100 live singers formed from choirs from California State University, Long Beach Campus, California State University, Fullerton []

The magic of kindness: Orly Wahba at TED2013

The magic of kindness: Orly Wahba at TED2013

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Orly Wahba is here to talk to us about the magic of kindness. As a middle-school teacher, she wanted to make a difference in the life of her students, so she designed “Act of Kindness” cards. These super-simple cards contained directions such as “open the door for someone” or “invite someone to have lunch with []

Effective altruism: Peter Singer at TED2013

Effective altruism: Peter Singer at TED2013

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Moral philosopher Peter Singer starts the last session of TED2013, “A Ripple Effect?” with a shocking video of a 2-year-old girl in China who was hit by a van — and then a second van — and ignored by passers-by as she lay dying in an alley. He asks of the audience: Would you have []

A Ripple Effect: Speakers in Session 12 of TED2013

A Ripple Effect: Speakers in Session 12 of TED2013

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TED2013 has come to an end. Here, the final session — about the doers and givers who never stop spreading their ideas. In session 12, these speakers shared their bold words and even bolder actions. And it all built to a riveting finale. Here, the speakers who appeared in this session. Click on their name []

How societies grow old: Jared Diamond at TED2013

How societies grow old: Jared Diamond at TED2013

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Growing old in traditional societies Jared Diamond is the author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, which was a provocative answer to the question of why Europe dominated the world for much of recent history. More recently, he has written The World Before Yesterday, an investigation of traditional societies, and what the modern world might learn from []

Are we getting more intelligent? Jim Flynn at TED2013

Are we getting more intelligent? Jim Flynn at TED2013

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Watch James Flynn’s TED Talk: “Why our IQ levels are higher than our grandparents’ Jim Flynn is an expert in intelligence famous for his research on the Flynn effect, the phenomenon that humanity’s IQ has been dramatically increasing since the 1930s. He opens Session 11 today on the last day of TED2013 to help answer []

Who Are We?: The speakers in Session 11 of TED2013

Who Are We?: The speakers in Session 11 of TED2013

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The name says it all: this session took a look at everything that human beings do, think and know. From thoughts on what makes a civilization decline to the roots of our morality, these speakers shared some of the stats and stories that point to our collective identity. Here, the speakers who appeared in this []