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One TED speaker adorns the walls of the New York City subway, another the walls of a building in Dubai…

One TED speaker adorns the walls of the New York City subway, another the walls of a building in Dubai…

As usual, the TED community has lots of news to share this week. Below, some highlights. A subway line with museum-worthy art. After 45 years of construction and $4.5 billion spent, the first section of New York City’s Second Avenue subway line opened on January 1 with four stations. Maybe the best feature of the []

Sideways solutions and inverted explanations: A recap of session 10 of TEDGlobal 2014

Sideways solutions and inverted explanations: A recap of session 10 of TEDGlobal 2014

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The thinkers in this session, “Lateral Action,” don’t go about creating change in the usual ways. Here, their unexpected approaches: Argentinian singer-songwriter Juana Molina opens the session with a hypnotizing performance on the electric guitar and a rack of pedals that layer sounds into gorgeously complex song structures. Singing calmly behind layers of chords, she mixes []

Lateral Action: A sneak peek of session 10 at TEDGlobal 2014

Lateral Action: A sneak peek of session 10 at TEDGlobal 2014

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Real solutions can emerge from places surprisingly adjacent to the problems they address. This session examines how progress — from villages to urban spaces, from the artist’s studio to the corporate world — can be found by taking a step to the side. The speakers who’ll appear in this session: Khalida Brohi found an unexpected way to fight []

Substance vs. style: a cognitive science approach

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Fans of Vik Muniz may be interested to learn the results of a recent study which shows that, when we look at a painting, our brains process its content before registering its style. In the study, paintings were presented in pairs for different time lengths and the participants were asked to judge the similarity within []

Vik Muniz on TED.com

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Vik Muniz makes art from pretty much anything, be it shredded paper, wire, clouds or diamonds. Here he describes the thinking behind his work and takes us on a tour of his incredible images. NEW: Read the transcript >>