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TED speakers discuss the 125th anniversary of National Geographic

TED speakers discuss the 125th anniversary of National Geographic

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Happy birthday, National Geographic. The intrepid magazine turns 125-years-old this month. Yesterday, NPR’s Talk of the Nation invited TED speakers Robert Ballard and Sarah Parcak on the air to discuss the notable anniversary. Ballard, who is a National Geographic explorer-in-residence, talked about a recent expedition to the Black Sea, where he discovered a very well-preserved []

The Lonely Interplanetary guide to scuba diving

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Bored with Earthly beach destinations this summer? Does the word “Carribbean” not ring exactly, well, “exotic” these days? With this week’s news that (highly acidic) water has been tasted on Mars and an ethane lake has been discovered on Saturn’s moon Titan, perhaps it’s time to investigate otherworldly destinations for fun in the surf. Grab []

Beyond the Top 10 TEDTalks: user favorites

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Last week, TEDTalks celebrated our 50 millionth view by counting down the Top 10 TEDTalks of all time (so far) — and inviting people to share their own favorites. Here are a few: My favorite is still Susan Savage-Rumbaugh and those bonobo apes. — S.F., Boynton Beach, Florida Stamets (mushrooms), Isabel Allende (passion), Dave Eggers []

Mapping the ocean's hidden worlds: Robert Ballard on TED.com

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Legendary ocean explorer Robert Ballard (he found Titanic) takes us on a mindbending trip to hidden worlds underwater, where he and other researchers are finding unexpected life, resources, even new mountains. He makes a case for serious exploration and mapping — Google Ocean, anyone? (Recorded February 2008 in Monterey, California. Duration: 18:19.) Watch Robert Ballard’s []

TED2008: Days 3 and 4 in Quotes

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Photos: Andrew Heavens “Imagine Martin Luther King saying, ‘I have a dream … But I don’t know if the others will buy it.’” – Boston Philharmonic conductor Ben Zander, on the importance of persuasive leadership “Human progress depends on unreasonable people. Reasonable people accept the world as they meet it; unreasonable people persist in trying []

TED2008: What's Out There?

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(Unedited running notes from the TED2008 conference in Monterey, California. Session eight.) "What’s out there?" is the question of this session. First to try to give an answer is particle physicist Brian Cox, from the University of Manchester. He also work on the CERN‘s LHC ATLAS, part of one of the most ambitious scientific experiments []

Robert Ballard's Immersion Presents starts March 2 in Monterey Bay

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From the TED stage in Monterey, explorer Robert Ballard announced that his Immersion Presents project will be running live from Monterey Bay March 2-7. Immersion Presents uses telepresence — satellite feeds and web links — to bring young kids into live research environments. In Monterey Bay, kids can explore one of the planet’s most spectacular []