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May 2010

Dan Ariely asks, What is the right amount to pay bankers?


Dan Ariely’s new book, The Upside of Irrationality, debuts tomorrow — he sends us this teaser, based on research that’s described in much more detail in Chapter 1 of the new book: Recently there has been a public outcry against astronomical executive salaries. The basic public sentiment is that it seems unfair that people make []

Planet Green's top 5 eco TEDTalks


The US cable channel Planet Green counts down their five favorite eco TEDTalks — with some great big visions to save the planet and the people on it. Some old favorites and some you might have missed. Watch the short video roundup linked above, and watch Planet Green’s five top eco TEDTalks right here: Paul []


Songs of secrets, city lights: Sophie Hunger on


This haunting, intimate performance by European singer-songwriter Sophie Hunger features songs from her breakout debut “Monday’s Ghost” and the just-released album “1983.” (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2009, July 2009 in Oxford, England. Duration: 23:04) Watch Sophie Hunger’s performance on, where you can download it, rate it, comment on it and find other talks and performances []


Q&A with Seth Berkley: The search for an AIDS vaccine


Before his talk posted today, the TED Blog talked to epidemiologist and founder of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), Seth Berkley. He told the story of the beginnings of IAVI, exploring why different decisions have historically been made in response to the HIV pandemic and explaining why a vaccine makes sense today. Read on []

HIV and flu — the vaccine strategy: Seth Berkley on


Seth Berkley explains how smart advances in vaccine design, production and distribution are bringing us closer than ever to eliminating a host of global threats — from AIDS to malaria to flu pandemics. (Recorded at TED2010, February 2010 in Long Beach, CA. Duration: 21:05) Watch Seth Berkley’s talk on, where you can download this []


Inside a school for suicide bombers: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy on


Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy takes on a terrifying question: How does the Taliban convince children to become suicide bombers? Propaganda footage from a training camp is intercut with her interviews of young camp graduates. A shocking vision. (Recorded at TED U 2010, February 2010 in Long Beach, CA. Duration: 8:09) Watch Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s talk on, []


Lessons from fashion’s free culture: Johanna Blakley on


Copyright law’s grip on film, music and software barely touches the fashion industry … and fashion benefits in both innovation and sales, says Johanna Blakley. At TEDxUSC 2010, she talks about what all creative industries can learn from fashion’s free culture. (Recorded at TEDxUSC 2010, April 2010 in Los Angeles, CA. Duration: 15:36) [ted id=866] []


Bring on the learning revolution!: Sir Ken Robinson on


In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning — creating conditions where kids’ natural talents can flourish. (Recorded at TED2010, February 2010 in Long Beach, CA. Duration: 16:48) Watch Sir Ken Robinson’s talk on, where you []


Unveiling "synthetic life": Craig Venter on


At a press event in Washington, DC, Craig Venter and team make a historic announcement: they’ve created the first fully functioning, reproducing cell controlled by synthetic DNA. He explains how they did it and why the achievement marks the beginning of a new era for science. (Recorded at the Newseum, May 2010 in Washington, DC. []

Why I’m a weekday vegetarian: Graham Hill on


We all know the arguments that being vegetarian is better for the environment and for the animals — but in a carnivorous culture, it can be hard to make the change. Graham Hill has a powerful, pragmatic suggestion: Be a weekday veg. (Recorded at TED2010, February 2010 in Long Beach, CA. Duration: 4:04) Read more []

Can we eat to starve cancer? William Li on


William Li presents a new way to think about cancer treatment: angiogenesis, targeting the blood vessels that feed a tumor. The crucial first (and best) step: Eating cancer-fighting foods that beat cancer at its own game. (Recorded at TED2010, February 2010 in Long Beach, CA. Duration: 20:02) Get the list of cancer-fighting foods >> Watch []

New Best of the Web talk: Viktor Frankl


Viktor Frankl: Why to believe in others In this rare clip from 1972, legendary psychiatrist and Holocaust-survivor Viktor Frankl delivers a powerful message about the human search for meaning — and the most important gift we can give others. Watch Viktor Frankl’s talk >>

"The Talk": Julia Sweeney on


Despite her best efforts, comedian Julia Sweeney is forced to tell a little white lie when her 8-year-old begins learning about frog reproduction — and starts to ask some very smart questions. (Recorded at TED2010, February 2010 in Long Beach, CA. Duration: 5:16) Watch Julia Sweeney’s talk on, where you can download this TEDTalk, []


Meet Michele Gianella, TED volunteer translator


Tell us about yourself. I live and work near Milan, Italy. As far as I remember, I’ve always been attracted by unconventional things like free software, green energy, fair trade, and in the last few years I became increasingly interested in the future of technology and its impact on the human condition. What drew you []