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Want to prevent genetic disease? Study the healthy … right now: Stephen Friend at TED2014Want to prevent genetic disease? Study the healthy … right now: Stephen Friend at TED2014

Posted By Hailey Reissman

Stephen Friend wants your genes — no, really. Today at TED2014 he announced  the Resilience Project, a new crowdsourced effort to understand the quirks and patterns of human genetic code that control — and could help treat — genetic diseases. Thirty years ago, the open-science advocate was working as a pediatric oncologist at the Children’s […]

Q&A

Sally Kohn talks leaving Fox NewsSally Kohn talks leaving Fox News

Posted By Elizabeth Jacobs

In today’s talk, pundit Sally Kohn shares what it’s like to be progressive, gay and … working for Fox News. The key: emotional correctness, when people look past their political differences and try to understand what the other is thinking on a human level. It’s a vision so powerful that her hometown of Allentown, Pennsylvania, […]

News

TED News in Brief: Wired profiles Sugata Mitra, while Andrew Bird plays a concert for the National ParksTED News in Brief: Wired profiles Sugata Mitra, while Andrew Bird plays a concert for the National Parks

Posted By Tedstaff

Over the past week, we’ve noticed a lot of TED-related news items in the ether. Here, some highlights: A fascinating new article in Wired takes a look at 12-year-old Paloma Noyola Bueno, a schoolgirl in Mexico whose classroom got an intense shake-up from teacher Sergio Juárez Correa, with incredible results. So what inspired Correa to […]

News

3 smart talks to get you through the continued government shutdown

Posted By Hailey Reissman

Heyyy Congress. We noticed you’re having a wee bit of trouble working out this government shutdown snafu, so we thought, hey, since you’ve got extra time on your hands and we’re taking a lunch break, we should totally hang. Want to come watch talks with us? We picked some just for you! Nice talks about getting […]

Global Issues

Trita Parsi’s take on Israel warning the United States not to trust IranTrita Parsi’s take on Israel warning the United States not to trust Iran

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

At the UN General Assembly last week, Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, warned the U.S. that they were being fooled by Iranian promises of nuclear concessions in peace talks, calling Iranian president Hasan Rouhani a “wolf in sheep’s clothing.” But the real threat, suggests Trita Parsi, isn’t between Iran and the rest of the world […]

News

Kevin Breel talks to the Today Show about his viral videoKevin Breel talks to the Today Show about his viral video

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

In an interview on the Today Show this morning, Kevin Breel reveals why he thinks his TED Talk has gone viral: not because his story is unique, but because it is so common. Breel’s talk, given at TEDxKids@Ambleside, has been watched about 1.5 million times so far. In it, the 19-year-old reveals that, while he […]

Technology

TED Fellow Jon Gosier wins Knight News Challenge Mobile grantTED Fellow Jon Gosier wins Knight News Challenge Mobile grant

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Congratulations is in order for TED Fellow Jon Gosier. His mobile app, Abayima, has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the Knight News Challenge, which funds innovative projects designed to get information to all corners of the globe. While smartphones may be the norm in the West, most mobile phone users in the world — […]

Global Issues

“Balloons of Bhutan”: Bringing Gross National Happiness from the Himalayas“Balloons of Bhutan”: Bringing Gross National Happiness from the Himalayas

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

In his latest project, “Balloons of Bhutan,” artist, computer scientist and storyteller Jonathan Harris explores how the Kingdom of Bhutan measures quality of life — not through Gross National Product, but through Gross National Happiness. In 2007 Harris spent two weeks talking to 117 people — students, farmers, road workers, monks, even a firewood seller, […]