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Biology

Forget paint and canvas. These artists use cells, proteins, tissues and DNA as their raw materialsForget paint and canvas. These artists use cells, proteins, tissues and DNA as their raw materials

Posted By TED Guest Author

  Super Cells is the new TED Book by Nina Tandon and Mitchell Joachim, who take us on an eye-popping tour of the tantalizing array of inventions already being created with nature’s elemental building block, the cell. They argue that we’re entering a new technological revolution, one in which we can create smarter technologies by making […]

Environment

An infographic cheat sheet for key concepts in “The Grazing Revolution”An infographic cheat sheet for key concepts in “The Grazing Revolution”

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Allan Savory has spent decades studying the devastating effects of “desertification“: healthy land degrading into deserts all around the world and accelerating climate change in the process. On the TED2013 stage, Savory offered a fascinating idea for reclaiming degraded land — using livestock to mimic the behavior of herds that used to roam these lands. The […]

Environment

Let’s unite as Team Humanity to revive degraded land: A conversation with TED Books author Allan Savory and rancher Gail SteigerLet’s unite as Team Humanity to revive degraded land: A conversation with TED Books author Allan Savory and rancher Gail Steiger

Posted By Michelle Quint

All over the world, land is turning into desert at an alarming rate. Biologist Allan Savory has dedicated a lifetime to figuring out what’s causing this “desertification.” Finally, after decades of work in the field, Savory discovered a radical solution—one that went against everything scientists had always thought. He used huge herds of livestock, managed […]

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. […]

Culture

Those who stayed in Chernobyl and Fukushima: An excerpt from the new TED Book brings you inside Control Room 4Those who stayed in Chernobyl and Fukushima: An excerpt from the new TED Book brings you inside Control Room 4

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In the new TED Book, Would You Stay?, photojournalist Michael Forster Rothbart travels to Chernobyl and Fukushima to try to understand why people refuse to leave these areas despite the risks. Pulling together stunning photos, moving words, recorded interviews and multimedia maps, Rothbart weaves a complex narrative and poses an even tougher question: If your hometown […]

Health

Everything you ever wanted to know about voice hearing (but were too afraid to ask)Everything you ever wanted to know about voice hearing (but were too afraid to ask)

Posted By Michelle Quint

During her freshman year of college, Eleanor Longden began hearing voices: a narrator describing her actions as she went about her day. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, Longden began what she describes as a “psychic civil war,” fighting to stop the voices as they became antagonistic. What helped her was something unexpected: making peace with them. By […]

Health

Tackling sickness at its source: An interview with TED Book author Rishi ManchandaTackling sickness at its source: An interview with TED Book author Rishi Manchanda

Posted By Jim Daly

We all think we understand the formula for keeping healthy — eat right, exercise, don’t smoke, skip dessert. But that picture is vastly incomplete, perhaps fatally so. In the eye-opening new TED book, The Upstream Doctors: Medical Innovators Track Sickness to Its Source, physician Rishi Manchanda says that while our individual health is highly dependent on […]

Q&A

The asocial side of social media: TED Book author Damon Brown on our “virtual shadows”The asocial side of social media: TED Book author Damon Brown on our “virtual shadows”

Posted By Jim Daly

Are your endless tweets, status updates and Instagrams robbing you of enjoying what’s special about the moments you’re trying to share? Damon Brown fears they may. In the TED Book Our Virtual Shadow: Why We Are Obsessed With Documenting Our Lives Online, he lays out a compelling case for mindfully balancing your online presence with being present in […]

Culture

How we can make elections about the people, not just funders: An excerpt of Lawrence Lessig’s new TED Book, “Lesterland”How we can make elections about the people, not just funders: An excerpt of Lawrence Lessig’s new TED Book, “Lesterland”

Posted By Jim Daly

Before we can tackle climate change, financial reform, education reform or, well, anything, there is a single issue that we in the United States must confront. As legal activist Lawrence Lessig says in today’s talk, before we can bring about change on any of the thousands of issues that matter to us, we must change […]

Business

New TED Book turns critical eye on Keystone XL PipelineNew TED Book turns critical eye on Keystone XL Pipeline

Posted By Jim Daly

The proposed Keystone XL pipeline would stretch 1,700 miles from Western Canada to the Gulf Coast of Texas. And it has become a touchstone for the bitter fight over America’s energy future. Opponents say the pipeline — designed to bring oil from Canadian tar sands down through the United States — would further bind future […]