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Looking forward, looking back: TEDGlobal 2012 recap

Looking forward, looking back: TEDGlobal 2012 recap

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When it comes to time, there is the past, the present and the future. But during day four of TEDGlobal, speakers seemed especially concerned with the former and the latter. Kicking off session 11, the first of day four, art diagnostician Maurizio Seracini shared his 30-year quest to find Leonardo da Vinci’s missing fresco “The []

Conflict as thinking: Margaret Heffernan at TEDGlobal 2012

Conflict as thinking: Margaret Heffernan at TEDGlobal 2012

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An epidemic hidden in plain view Margaret Heffernan begins her TEDGlobal talk by telling us a story: In Oxford in the 1950s, there was physician named Alice Stewart who was fascinated with the new science of epidemiology. She realized, as a scientist does, that the way to prove herself was to find a hard problem []

Everything is a remix: Kirby Ferguson at TEDGlobal 2012

Everything is a remix: Kirby Ferguson at TEDGlobal 2012

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In 1964 Bob Dylan was near the pinnacle of his career, pouring out now-classic songs at a near-miraculous pace. But a few critics claim that he is stealing other people’s songs. Could it be true? Ferguson plays “Nottamun Town,” a traditional folks song, then Bob Dylan’s “Masters of War,” and asks us to hear the []

Public Sphere: Opening animation from TEDGlobal 2012 Session 12

Public Sphere: Opening animation from TEDGlobal 2012 Session 12

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Mission: Radical spreading from a uniform block to a more freeform organic experimental shape. Director’s statement: “I wanted to create an explosion of vector abstract pop and colored animation. Organic and geometric shapes, characters growing around the central information.” — Superdeux Direction and design: Superdeux http://www.superdeux.com Animation and sound design: Friends Of Mine http://www.friendsofmine.tv Agency: []

Public Sphere: Session 12 at TEDGlobal2012

Public Sphere: Session 12 at TEDGlobal2012

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Click to watch the session-opening animation. We end TEDGlobal2012 with a session that steps back and asks, “How do we, as a society, communicate with each other?” The public sphere, the place where we engage with society at large, has undergone tremendous change — driven and empowered by the digital revolution, but also, perhaps, by a deeper []

Cancer in context: Mina Bissell at TEDGlobal 2012

Cancer in context: Mina Bissell at TEDGlobal 2012

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“My task this morning is to summarize 35 years of work in less than 17 minutes,” says Mina Bissell. She is a cancer researcher with a background in chemistry, and as she tells us, the standard explanations for exactly what cancer was didn’t make sense to her. Her career has been driven by a tremendous question — what []

Restoring humanity after the tsunami: Becci Manson at TEDGlobal 2012

Restoring humanity after the tsunami: Becci Manson at TEDGlobal 2012

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Becci Manson is a high-end photographic retoucher who works with client like fashion magazines to tart up glamorous images. She and her friends, she says, are pale gray creatures hiding from sunlight in dark, windowless rooms. “We make skinny models skinnier, perfect skin more perfect, and we make the impossible possible.” The field comes under []

Taking Another Look: Session 11 at TEDGlobal2012

Taking Another Look: Session 11 at TEDGlobal2012

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Click to watch the session-opening animation. We all know that things aren’t always as they seem, and in this session we do a double take, re-examining both issues we may have considered set in stone as well as the unintended consequences of some seemingly inconsequential decisions that continue to echo through the ages. In this []

Announced at TEDGlobal 2012: A novel array for stem cell research

Announced at TEDGlobal 2012: A novel array for stem cell research

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“We have something that will radically save the pharmaceutical industry,” says Susan Solomon in an interview on the social floor of TEDGlobal 2012, in Edinburg, Scotland. Solomon is the founder and CEO of the New York Stem Cell Foundation. She spoke with the TED Blog about the NYSCF’s new array of automatically created stem-cell lines, which []