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X Marks the Spot: Painted people in Washington, morality pills in Spain, and shark repellent wetsuits in AustraliaX Marks the Spot: Painted people in Washington, morality pills in Spain, and shark repellent wetsuits in Australia

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

What would happen if artists Art Wolfe and Liu Bolin stepped into the same room? It’s possible that the space around them would melt into paint. While Wolfe is best known for his documentary photography, charting locations from Madagascar to New Zealand, for his latest series — called The Human Canvas Project — Wolfe painted […]

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X Marks the Spot: A flashmob in Yemen, absurdist art in Kentucky and edible sugar sculptures in CaliforniaX Marks the Spot: A flashmob in Yemen, absurdist art in Kentucky and edible sugar sculptures in California

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

In his TED Talk, “The shared experience of absurdity,” Charlie Todd shared the hilarity he creates for his fellow New Yorkers through flashmobs like the No Pants Subway Ride. The flashmob idea has, of course, spread widely. In the video above, watch one coordinated by the organizers of TEDxAden, a spontaneous musical performance in the […]

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X Marks the Spot: The Metropolitan Museum of Art hosts TEDx, plus more TEDx highlightsX Marks the Spot: The Metropolitan Museum of Art hosts TEDx, plus more TEDx highlights

Posted By Nadia Goodman

The weekend before last, we joined hundreds of New Yorkers at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the first-ever TEDx event at a museum: TEDxMet. The speakers included Nobel-winning neuroscientist Eric Kandel, artist Maira Kalman, legendary choreographer Bill T. Jones, and writer Andrew Solomon. The day was peppered with stunning music and dance performances, and […]

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X Marks the Spot: A stunning event in the Indian Himalayas, plus this week’s TEDx talksX Marks the Spot: A stunning event in the Indian Himalayas, plus this week’s TEDx talks

Posted By Nadia Goodman

In the remote town of Leh, tucked away in the Indian Himalayas, a group of 100 TEDx’ers gathered among the stunning valleys and sweeping mountain vistas. The diverse group of speakers at TEDxLeh included a Tibetan Buddhist monk, a Ladakhi filmmaker, a snow leopard preservationist, India’s best white water rafter, a solar energy entrepreneur, and […]

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X Marks the Spot: Underwater wonders on the TEDx blogX Marks the Spot: Underwater wonders on the TEDx blog

Posted By Nadia Goodman

This week, over at the TEDx blog, we got really into oceans and all the fascinating creatures that hang out there. (Especially sea turtles. We’re obsessed.) We explored how baby sea turtles survive the great wide world, how dolphins blow bubble rings for underwater play, and how divers feel swimming with some of the world’s […]

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X Marks the Spot: A TEDx event in an ancient Greek amphitheaterX Marks the Spot: A TEDx event in an ancient Greek amphitheater

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

The venue that housed TEDxKalamata certainly had some history: held in an ancient amphitheater, this was the first TEDx event in an archaeological site. To be specific, the location was an ancient outdoor ekklesiasterion (assembly hall) in Messene, Greece, that has been used for public gatherings since 369 B.C. At TEDxKalamata, 18 speakers and 50 volunteers […]

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X marks the spot: Hackers turn hijackers, plus this week’s TEDx TalksX marks the spot: Hackers turn hijackers, plus this week’s TEDx Talks

Posted By Emmie Le Marchand

This week, during a computer security conference in Las Vegas, researchers Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller demonstrated how easily they could hack into the systems of moving cars using just a laptop computer. Illustrating that modern devices are worryingly vulnerable to hacking, Valasek and Miller showed their ability to jerk seatbelts, turn wheels and influence […]

Science

X Marks the Spot: The geometry of life, plus this week’s TEDx TalksX Marks the Spot: The geometry of life, plus this week’s TEDx Talks

Posted By Emmie Le Marchand

This week TEDx celebrated the birthday of Rosalind Franklin, the pioneering scientist who helped our fundamental understanding of the structure of DNA strands. Sixty years after her famous Photo 51, Czech designer Vit Zemcik created a video to showcase his own understanding of the geometry of life. Zemcik explains his video, which showed at TEDxHradecKralove […]

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X Marks the Spot: TEDx hosts a Jenga block themed life “renovation,” plus the week’s favorite TEDx TalksX Marks the Spot: TEDx hosts a Jenga block themed life “renovation,” plus the week’s favorite TEDx Talks

Posted By Emmie Le Marchand

Audience members at TEDxWWU, an event at Western Washington University, played a cathartic game of Jenga.  The TEDx’ers built and broke down structures made of Jenga blocks on which they had written ideas for how they would like to “renovate” their lives. The theme of this event in Bellingham, WA: “Renovations: Building Our Future.” This […]

Education

X marks the spot: This week’s TEDx Talks all about educationX marks the spot: This week’s TEDx Talks all about education

Posted By Shirin Samimi-Moore

From dancing math to teaching in languages other than English – this week’s X marks the spot is a selection of TEDx Talks about rethinking education. Each week, TEDx chooses four of our favorite talks, highlighting just a few of the enlightening speakers from the TEDx community, and its diverse constellation of ideas worth spreading. Below, find […]

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X marks the spot: This week’s TEDx TalksX marks the spot: This week’s TEDx Talks

Posted By Shirin Samimi-Moore

Designs for rethinking the toilet, how to transcend tragedy and a look at “soft,” flexible robotics — these topics are all covered in featured TEDx Talks this week. Each week, TEDx chooses four of our favorite talks, highlighting just a few of the enlightening speakers from the TEDx community and its diverse constellation of ideas worth […]