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You’ve given me my body back: A Q&A with Hugh HerrYou’ve given me my body back: A Q&A with Hugh Herr

Posted By Morton Bast

Bionics designer Hugh Herr spoke today on the TED stage about a future in which disability is a mere memory – a future he believes is both imminent and imperative. With pant legs cropped to reveal his own two bionic legs (“I made sure to shave today,” he joked), he explained the fascinating details of […]

Biology

Kinky bonobos and the Magnum P.I. hypothesis: A Q&A with Carin BondarKinky bonobos and the Magnum P.I. hypothesis: A Q&A with Carin Bondar

Posted By Alison Prato

There’s wild sex. And then there’s sex in the wild — a topic that biologist and animal sex expert Carin Bondar has been talking about for years, spawning not only a book, The Nature of Human Nature, but also a popular web series, “Wild Sex,” all about the evolution of sexual behavior. In her funny and […]

Q&A

BJ Novak on his short story, “The Impatient Billionaire and the Mirror for the Earth,” which pivots on a misunderstood TED TalkBJ Novak on his short story, “The Impatient Billionaire and the Mirror for the Earth,” which pivots on a misunderstood TED Talk

Posted By Elizabeth Jacobs

“If only the earth could hold up a mirror to itself …” Say no more, thought the impatient billionaire in the audience at the TED conference, who found the speaker’s voice as whiny and irritating as his ideas were inspiring and consciousness-shifting. He already knew the part of the speech that was going to stay […]

Q&A

This scientist has three patents pending. He also happens to be 12.This scientist has three patents pending. He also happens to be 12.

Posted By Morton Bast

When 12-year-old Peyton Robertson sees a problem, he is going to fix it. So when the young scientist noticed a perennial problem in his hometown of Fort Lauderdale, Florida –flooding during the region’s nasty hurricane season – he set to work building a better sandbag. Peyton’s sandbag contains an expandable polymer that’s lightweight and easy […]

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, […]

Q&A

A story of people, not of radiation: A conversation about those still living near Chernobyl and FukushimaA story of people, not of radiation: A conversation about those still living near Chernobyl and Fukushima

Posted By Michelle Quint

If your home had been devastated by a disaster, would you stay? Why do people choose to remain in potentially life-threatening places? These are just a few of the complex questions that photojournalist Michael Forster Rothbart and filmmaker Holly Morris explore in their respective work, documenting the lives of people living in Chernobyl and Fukushima. […]

News

GPS, lithium batteries, the internet, cellular technology, airbags: A Q&A about how governments often fuel innovationGPS, lithium batteries, the internet, cellular technology, airbags: A Q&A about how governments often fuel innovation

Posted By Elizabeth Jacobs

Should the government act like a venture capitalist? It might seem crazy to some, but in today’s eye-opening talk, economist Mariana Mazzucato shows why it might just work — and how it has, in fact, been working for decades. In this talk, Mazzucato flips the script on the image of a big government meddling in […]

Culture

David, Goliath and the appeal of the underdog: A Q&A with Malcolm Gladwell on this often-misunderstood storyDavid, Goliath and the appeal of the underdog: A Q&A with Malcolm Gladwell on this often-misunderstood story

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

For 3000 years, the story of David and Goliath has seeped into our cultural consciousness. This is generally how the tale is told: a young shepherd does battle with a giant warrior and, using nothing but a slingshot, comes out victorious. But is this really what the Bible describes? In today’s talk, Malcolm Gladwell — […]

Entertainment

Studying human nature by picking pockets: A Q&A with Apollo RobbinsStudying human nature by picking pockets: A Q&A with Apollo Robbins

Posted By Alison Prato

If you ever meet Apollo Robbins in person, hold onto your wallet. The professional sleight-of-hand artist, who has been studying magic for more than 25 years, made headlines in 2001 when he pickpocketed Jimmy Carter’s Secret Service detail, taking their badges and even the keys to the motorcade. Since then, he has gained a reputation […]

Global Issues

The past and future of malaria: A Q&A with Sonia ShahThe past and future of malaria: A Q&A with Sonia Shah

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Hundreds of thousands of people die from malaria every year. So why is it still around? In today’s talk, journalist Sonia Shah takes a look at the history of malaria and outlines some of the major challenges facing the end of one of the world’s deadliest diseases. It’s not simply that we need to improve […]