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Naif Al-Mutawa and his 99 superheroes fight on

Naif Al-Mutawa and his 99 superheroes fight on

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At TEDGlobal 2010 Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa introduced us to THE 99, a comic book and animated series featuring a team of 99 young superheroes inspired by the 99 attributes of Allah. These young characters are the world’s first superheroes based on Islamic culture. Earlier this year at TEDGlobal Al-Mutawa discussed the criticisms he received for []

The world’s oldest living things: Rachel Sussman on TED.com

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Rachel Sussman shows photographs of the world’s oldest continuously living organisms — from 2,000-year-old brain coral off Tobago’s coast to an “underground forest” in South Africa that has lived since before the dawn of agriculture. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2010, July 2010 in Oxford, UK. Duration: 14:09) Watch Rachel Sussman’s talk on TED.com where you can []

Keep your goals to yourself: Derek Sivers on TED.com

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After hitting on a brilliant new life plan, our first instinct is to tell someone, but Derek Sivers says it’s better to keep goals secret. He presents research stretching as far back as the 1920s to show why people who talk about their ambitions may be less likely to achieve them. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2010, []

Let the environment guide our development: Johan Rockstrom on TED.com

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Human growth has strained the Earth’s resources, but as Johan Rockstrom reminds us, our advances also give us the science to recognize this and change behavior. His research has found nine “planetary boundaries” that can guide us in protecting our planet’s many overlapping ecosystems. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2010, July 2010 in Oxford, UK. Duration: 18:11) []

The Happy Planet Index: Nic Marks on TED.com

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Statistician Nic Marks asks why we measure a nation’s success by its productivity — instead of by the happiness and well-being of its people. He introduces the Happy Planet Index, which tracks national well-being against resource use (because a happy life doesn’t have to cost the earth). Which countries rank highest in the HPI? You []

What physics taught me about marketing: Dan Cobley on TED.com

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Physics and marketing don’t seem to have much in common, but Dan Cobley is passionate about both. He brings these unlikely bedfellows together using Newton’s second law, Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, the scientific method and the second law of thermodynamics to explain the fundamental theories of branding. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2010, July 2010 in Oxford, UK. []

Inside an Antarctic time machine: Lee Hotz on TED.com

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Science columnist Lee Hotz describes a remarkable project at WAIS Divide, Antarctica, where a hardy team are drilling into ten-thousand-year-old ice to extract vital data on our changing climate. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2010, July 2010 in Oxford, UK. Duration: 9:45) Watch Lee Hotz’ talk on TED.com where you can download it, rate it, comment on []

The beauty of data visualization: David McCandless on TED.com

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David McCandless turns complex data sets like worldwide military spending, media buzz, Facebook status updates and more into beautiful yet simple diagrams. He proposes design as the tool we use to navigate today’s information glut, finding unique patterns and connections that may just change the way we see the world. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2010, July []

Meet Milo, the virtual boy: Peter Molyneux on TED.com

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Peter Molyneux demos Milo, a hotly anticipated video game for Microsoft’s Kinect controller. Perceptive and impressionable like a real 11-year-old, the virtual boy watches, listens and learns — recognizing and responding to you. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2010, July 2010 in Oxford, UK. Duration: 11:16) Watch Peter Molyneux’s demo on TED.com where you can download it, []

Our century’s greatest injustice: Sheryl WuDunn on TED.com

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Sheryl WuDunn‘s book “Half the Sky” investigates the oppression of women globally. Her stories shock. Only when women in developing countries have equal access to education and economic opportunity will we be using all our human resources. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2010, July 2010 in Oxford, UK. Duration: 18:23) Watch Sheryl WuDunn’s talk on TED.com where []

Updated: Surprise speaker at TEDGlobal: Julian Assange in Session 12

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At the start of Session 12 of TEDGlobal 2010, Chris Anderson announced a mystery guest. “There’s a site some of you may know, called WikiLeaks.” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange steps onstage for a surprise appearance at TEDGlobal 2010, in a Q&A with Chris. We learned how WikiLeaks works: “We’re using state-of-the-art encryption and anonymizers to []

On the art of choosing: Sheena Iyengar on TED.com

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Sheena Iyengar studies how we make choices — and how we feel about the choices we make. At TEDGlobal, she talks about both trivial choices (Coke v. Pepsi) and profound ones, and shares her groundbreaking research that has uncovered some surprising attitudes about our decisions. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2010, July 2010 in Oxford, UK. Duration: []

How we found hundreds of Earth-like planets: Dimitar Sasselov on TED.com

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Astronomer Dimitar Sasselov and his colleagues search for Earth-like planets that may, someday, help us answer centuries-old questions about the origin and existence of biological life elsewhere (and on Earth). How many such planets have they found already? Several hundred. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2010, July 2010 in Oxford, UK. Duration: 18:31) http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf Watch Dimitar Sasselov’s []

Why the world needs WikiLeaks: Julian Assange on TED.com

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The controversial website WikiLeaks collects and posts highly classified documents and video. Founder Julian Assange, who’s reportedly being sought for questioning by US authorities, talks to TED’s Chris Anderson about how the site operates, what it has accomplished — and what drives him. The interview includes graphic footage of a recent US airstrike in Baghdad. []