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In the lead-up to the presidential election, StoryCorps celebrates #WhoWeAre

In the lead-up to the presidential election, StoryCorps celebrates #WhoWeAre

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If you head to Google.com today, you might notice something interesting underneath the search bar: an invitation to watch a series of animations called #WhoWeAre. A collaboration between StoryCorps and Upworthy, with support from Steven Spielberg’s Righteous Persons Foundation and Delta Airlines, #WhoWeAre is designed to encourage people across the United States to reach out to others who’ve []

Self-organized learners around the world team up to raise money

Self-organized learners around the world team up to raise money

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In Kingston, Jamaica, 4- to 6-year-olds in early education programs think about questions like, “What does it mean to be selfish?” In a school on the outskirts of Lahore, Pakistan, fifth graders research topics like, “What is WordPress?” In rural Colombia, students at local libraries puzzle over prompts like, “Why are yawns contagious?” The School in []

What learning at the edge of chaos looks like

What learning at the edge of chaos looks like

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“Let’s skip ahead and assume that children of the future are always connected,” said education innovator Sugata Mitra. Thinking out loud about the evolution of screen sizes and the future of wearables, he came to the conclusion: “The Internet is a subject as important as science or mathematics.” Mitra shared this in a presentation at []

The Panama Papers highlight how anonymity fuels corruption

The Panama Papers highlight how anonymity fuels corruption

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A trail of $2 billion in offshore deals that traces to Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. The Prime Minister of Iceland, accused of hiding millions of dollars in investments. The Prime Minister of Pakistan’s family, linked to six luxury real estate deals in London. The Panama Papers, revealed yesterday, represent the largest data leak in history []

The Next Einstein Forum begins

The Next Einstein Forum begins

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Why did Albert Einstein have such a unique scientific mind? Because he came from a disadvantaged background, says TED Prize winner Neil Turok. “When new cultures enter science, especially disadvantaged cultures, transformation can happen,” he said today in his opening remarks at the Next Einstein Forum Global Gathering 2016. “I believe that the entrance of []

On “60 Minutes,” TED Prize winner Charmian Gooch shows how easy it can be to move questionable funds into the US

On “60 Minutes,” TED Prize winner Charmian Gooch shows how easy it can be to move questionable funds into the US

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A corruption investigator walks into a law firm and says he wants to buy a brownstone, a jet and a yacht. This isn’t the start of a joke. It’s the premise of the latest investigation by Global Witness, the anti-corruption organization co-founded by 2014 TED Prize winner Charmian Gooch. In an investigation revealed on 60 Minutes as well []

Announcing our 2016 TED Prize winner: Satellite archaeologist Sarah Parcak

Announcing our 2016 TED Prize winner: Satellite archaeologist Sarah Parcak

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She’s best described as the modern-day Indiana Jones. Using infrared imagery from satellites, she identifies ancient sites lost in time. In Egypt, she helped locate 17 potential pyramids, plus 1,000 potential forgotten tombs and 3,100 possible lost settlements. That’s in addition to her discoveries throughout the Roman Empire. Sarah Parcak uses 21st century technology to make the []