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Design

Note-taking, doodles and sketches from TED2014Note-taking, doodles and sketches from TED2014

Posted By Tedstaff

Do you think in pictures? These TED fans do — and they capture their thoughts in an idiosyncratic mix of words and text that parallels the way their thoughts flow. Sharon Hwang posted this adorable video on Instagram, showing her thumbing through her notes from TED2014. She writes, “What an amazing week at TED! Leaving […]

Music

How I fell in love with the drumsHow I fell in love with the drums

Posted By TED Guest Author

By Clayton Cameron As a 5-year-old kid, I barely knew what the word rhythm meant. At least no one told me what banging on inanimate objects and creating my own little beats might be called. It was like rhythm chose me and I really had no say in the matter. My favorite elementary school pastime was tabletop […]

Impact of Ideas

Strangers with cookies: How a TED Talk inspired college students to do a highly altruistic act during finals weekStrangers with cookies: How a TED Talk inspired college students to do a highly altruistic act during finals week

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

The McGregor Reading Room at the University of Virginia is sometimes referred to as the “Harry Potter Room.” All  bookshelves, oriental carpets and chandeliers, the room earned its nickname for its posh look and the fact that it’s a favorite spot for studying. But last December, this room filled with a little real-life magic: the […]

Culture

6 studies that offer fascinating conclusions about human sexuality6 studies that offer fascinating conclusions about human sexuality

Posted By Jessica Gross

In today’s talk, Christopher Ryan, the co-author of Sex at Dawn with Cacilda Jethá, takes a deeper look at the standard narrative of human sexual evolution we’ve long upheld: men provide women with goods and services in exchange for women’s sexual fidelity. According to this model, Ryan points out, the war between the sexes is […]

Environment

Video: How wolves can alter the course of riversVideo: How wolves can alter the course of rivers

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Wolves will travel to drink from a river. But could the presence of wolves lead a river to change its behavior? In his TED Talk, George Monbiot poetically explains how reintroducing wolves to Yellowstone National Park after a 70-year absence set off a “trophic cascade” that altered the movement of deer, sent trees soaring to […]

Design

Can you design a phone that’ll be used longer? A refrigerator that discourages food waste? Play the sustainability card gameCan you design a phone that’ll be used longer? A refrigerator that discourages food waste? Play the sustainability card game

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Leyla Acaroglu aims to make people think about how the choices they make on a daily basis affect the environment. And she aims to make thinking about this fun. In today’s TED Talk, Acaroglu turns her attention to four bits of “environmental folklore,” like the idea that it’s more environmentally sound to opt for the paper […]

Education

We need to change everything on campus: Anant Agarwal of edX on MOOCs, MIT and new models of higher educationWe need to change everything on campus: Anant Agarwal of edX on MOOCs, MIT and new models of higher education

Posted By Helen Walters

Whenever something is declared the subject of “the year of,” you know said subject is ripe for a big fat backlash. So, when The New York Times declared 2012 “the year of the MOOC,” it thus came to pass that massive open online courses should next become the subject of massive, open, often online criticism, as critics gathered to […]

Culture

10 facts about infidelity, as divulged by Helen Fisher10 facts about infidelity, as divulged by Helen Fisher

Posted By TED Guest Author

Love isn’t so much an emotion, says Helen Fisher in her TED Talk. No, love is a brain system — one of three that that’s related to mating and reproduction. It’s those other two systems that explain why human beings are capable of infidelity even as we so highly value love. We see infidelity on […]

Since the Talk

Salman Khan’s TED Talk ignited the conversation about online education. Why he’s doubling down on the school of the futureSalman Khan’s TED Talk ignited the conversation about online education. Why he’s doubling down on the school of the future

Posted By Elizabeth Jacobs

When Salman Khan shared his vision for “a free world-class education for anyone anywhere” at TED2011, he turned the education world on its head. As he introduced Khan Academy — a virtual classroom that uses video lessons to create an individualized, self-paced learning experience — his alternative model fueled the nascent dialogue about online education. […]

News

Your TED-inspired New Year’s resolutionsYour TED-inspired New Year’s resolutions

Posted By Jessica Gross

If you’re dreading the inevitable day your New Year’s resolutions—to lose weight, get a better job, and drink less, perhaps?—fall flat, it might be because you need different resolutions. Instead of focusing on outcomes, why not set your sights on process in 2014? Here, 10 resolutions you can’t fail at, inspired by TED Talks published […]