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TEDxCERN is about to begin — watch along

TEDxCERN is about to begin — watch along

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For the past 59 years, the European Organization for Nuclear Research — better known as CERN — has been a nucleus of innovation, bringing us both the World Wide Web in 1983 and last year’s discovery of what appears to be the Higgs boson. Today, CERN will host its first TEDx event, with speakers ranging []

Planck satellite data: What it can tell us about the universe

Planck satellite data: What it can tell us about the universe

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Today—March 21, 2013—the much-anticipated cosmological results from the Planck satellite have been released. In a recent blog post on her own website, TED Fellow and cosmologist Renée Hlozek describes why this is a big day for astrophysics and cosmology. We asked her to explain what the excitement is all about. “Planck is the ‘next generation’ satellite that measures the tiny fluctuations in []

TED Weekends listens to outer space

TED Weekends listens to outer space

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Honor Harger isn’t your typical artist. Or your typical astronomer. At the TEDSalon London Spring 2011, Harger shared how she brings these two seemingly unrelated disciplines together — the study of sound and the study of space — to record the songs of planets, moons and quasars.  Her talk is called “A history of the universe in []

New playlists: “Ancient clues,” “Planes, trains and automobiles” and “Are we alone in the universe?”

New playlists: “Ancient clues,” “Planes, trains and automobiles” and “Are we alone in the universe?”

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TED playlists are collections of talks around a topic, built for you in a thoughtful sequence to illuminate ideas in context. This weekend, three new playlists are available: “Ancient clues,” “Planes, trains and automobiles” and “Are we alone in the universe?” Ancient clues Five fascinating talks by archaeologists and evolutionary biologists about humanity’s beginnings and []