The many meanings of seduction: The talks in Session 3 of TEDWomen 2015

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The many meanings of seduction: The talks in Session 3 of TEDWomen 2015

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Seduction happens in many forms. The speakers in this session highlight unexpected twists on the topic — a romance of dueling banjos, the allure of insects, and our ever-widening definition of love. Short recaps of the talks in this session… What we learn from insect sex. “You could have an insect-of-the-month calendar and not have to reuse a species for []

Products with a story, tech with connection: The talks in Session 1 of TEDWomen 2015

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Products with a story, tech with connection: The talks in Session 1 of TEDWomen 2015

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Before there can be momentum, you need a spark to set it off. In the first session of TEDWomen, we hear from speakers with crackling ideas — from re-imagining an irksome weed as something useful, to helping technology sense and react to our emotions. Short recaps of these talks… A weed, transformed. The water hyacinth looks like a beautiful flower. []

Toward tech that can understand how we’re feeling: Rana el Kaliouby speaks at TEDWomen 2015

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Toward tech that can understand how we’re feeling: Rana el Kaliouby speaks at TEDWomen 2015

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Most human beings can tell the difference between a smirk and a smile. Our computers and devices, however? Not so much. Fifteen years ago, Rana el Kaliouby left her home in Egypt to study computer science at Cambridge. With her husband at home, she found herself homesick. “I realized I was spending more hours with my laptop than any other human,” she []

Avoiding the hunger season: How a TED Fellow is working to save African cassava from whiteflies

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Avoiding the hunger season: How a TED Fellow is working to save African cassava from whiteflies

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For decades, the farmers of East Africa have battled the African whitefly, a tiny insect that infests the cassava crop. Cassava, also called manioc, arrowroot or tapioca, is an important food all over the world — more than half a billion people (yes, billion with a b) rely on cassava for their daily meals. For East African farmers, a whitefly infestation can completely destroy the year’s []