25+ apps to make your everyday life easier

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25+ apps to make your everyday life easier

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At our small, fast-moving nonprofit company, everyone does a couple of jobs — and productivity apps help us manage roles that shift between coding, writing/designing and running a full-scale conference twice a year. We asked the TED staff what apps they can’t live without. And beyond the classics—Instagram, Google Maps, Spotify, Uber, Seamless—we found some []

Your summer reading list: Rashida Jones, Elizabeth Gilbert, Bill and Melinda Gates and many more share their book recommendations

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Your summer reading list: Rashida Jones, Elizabeth Gilbert, Bill and Melinda Gates and many more share their book recommendations

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  Summer: the season for cracking open a good book under the shade of a tree. Below, we’ve compiled about 70 stellar book recommendations from members of the TED community. Warning: not all of these books can be classified as beach reads. And we think that is a good thing. Picks from Elizabeth Gilbert, author  []

10 tips on how to make slides that communicate your idea, from TED’s in-house expert

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10 tips on how to make slides that communicate your idea, from TED’s in-house expert

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  Aaron Weyenberg is the master of slide decks. Our UX Lead creates Keynote presentations that are both slick and charming—the kind that pull you in and keep you captivated, but in an understated way that helps you focus on what’s actually being said. He does this for his own presentations and for lots of []

How to learn a new language: 7 secrets from TED Translators

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How to learn a new language: 7 secrets from TED Translators

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By Krystian Aparta They say that children learn languages the best. But that doesn’t mean that adults should give up. We asked some of the polyglots in TED’s Open Translation Project to share their secrets to mastering a foreign language. Their best strategies distill into seven basic principles: Get real. Decide on a simple, attainable []

Remembering Robin Williams

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Remembering Robin Williams

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It’s 2008, moments before a BBC broadcast live from the stage at TED. But something’s gone wrong. The house lights are still up, the camera ops are looking at one another, official-looking folks are wandering at the stage apron muttering into headsets, and the panelists are sitting patiently onstage but looking, increasingly, baffled. Minutes go []

Leave work for a year to go live on a remote island? How a TED Talk inspired me to take a mid-career sabbatical

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Leave work for a year to go live on a remote island? How a TED Talk inspired me to take a mid-career sabbatical

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By Winston Chen Odysseus…Gauguin…Robinson Crusoe…and me? Many people dream of the ultimate escape: throwing all the baggage of civilization away and taking off to live on a remote island. But few people—particularly professional couples with young kids—actually go through with it. And yet, that’s just what my family did: we left Boston, and my reliable []

The science of willpower: Kelly McGonigal on why it’s so dang hard to stick to a resolution

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The science of willpower: Kelly McGonigal on why it’s so dang hard to stick to a resolution

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It’s the second week in January and, at about this time, that resolution that seemed so reasonable a week ago — go to the gym every other day, read a book a week, only drink alcohol on weekends — is starting to seem very … hard. As you are teetering on the edge of abandoning []

Video: How wolves can alter the course of rivers

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Video: How wolves can alter the course of rivers

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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 []

5 studies that offer fascinating conclusions about human sexuality

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5 studies that offer fascinating conclusions about human sexuality

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The standard narrative of human sexual evolution says: men provide women with goods and services in exchange for women’s sexual fidelity. But is that really true or relevant today? Christopher Ryan, the co-author of Sex at Dawn with Cacilda Jethá, takes a deeper look and has quite a few bones to pick with this idea. Ryan []

Offices designed for introverts? Susan Cain announces lots of news to make quiet folks happy

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Offices designed for introverts? Susan Cain announces lots of news to make quiet folks happy

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Susan Cain is planning a Quiet Revolution. In her classic talk from TED2012, she spoke up for introverts, pointing out the many ways our culture encourages extroversion. “I wasn’t prepared for the intensity and voracity of response to these ideas,” Cain tells the TED Blog two years later. “There’s an enormous hunger for recognition, understanding and []

10 facts about infidelity, as divulged by Helen Fisher

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10 facts about infidelity, as divulged by Helen Fisher

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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 []

How to take great photos—even on your cell phone

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How to take great photos—even on your cell phone

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Taking great photos isn’t just about having a nice camera. I’m a firm believer that good photography comes from smart photographers who think creatively and know how to make the most of what they’ve got—whether they’re working with fancy DSLR or an iPhone. On TED’s design team, where I manage TED’s Instagram account, we’re always []

A first dance, on a next-generation bionic limb: Hugh Herr and Adrianne Haslet-Davis at TED2014

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A first dance, on a next-generation bionic limb: Hugh Herr and Adrianne Haslet-Davis at TED2014

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Hugh Herr, director of the Biomechatronics Group at The MIT Media Lab, strolls onto the TED2014 stage in a pair of long, black shorts. Normally, what he’s wearing wouldn’t be of note—except that he’s chosen his ensemble today to show us something. Below the hem of his shorts, we see that he has two prosthetic legs. []

10 tips for editing video

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10 tips for editing video

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By Kari Mulholland* The techniques that video editors use to shape their content reveal a lot about how people create meaning in the world. Editors have a deep understanding of how people think, feel, remember and learn, and we use this knowledge to build powerful, moving stories and experiences. The best editing decisions come from []

Funny in 33 languages: The art of translating Maysoon Zayid’s hilarious TED Talk

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Funny in 33 languages: The art of translating Maysoon Zayid’s hilarious TED Talk

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What’s funny in one language isn’t necessarily funny in another. Maysoon Zayid’s “I got 99 problems … palsy is just one” presented many challenges for TED translators bringing the hilarious talk into their language. As she tells stories from her life as a Palestinian-American comedian with cerebral palsy, Zayid cracks with wordplay. For translators, it’s []

Why is my daughter strong? I didn’t clip her wings: Ziauddin Yousafzai at TED2014

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Why is my daughter strong? I didn’t clip her wings: Ziauddin Yousafzai at TED2014

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In October 2012, a Taliban-affiliated gunman shot Ziauddin Yousafzai’s daughter Malala soon after she boarded a bus en route to her school. In Swat, Pakistan — where Ziauddin and Malala live — the Taliban had outlawed all girls from attending school — but Yousafzai, an educator and steadfast crusader for women’s rights in Pakistan, refused []