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Helen Walters

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What will blow our minds in the *next* 30 years?

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What will blow our minds in the *next* 30 years?

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Predictions are a mug’s game. If they come true, you likely didn’t push your thinking hard enough. If they don’t come true, you risk looking like an idiot. Nonetheless, many speakers at the annual TED conference have taken the plunge and proffered thoughts of what the future might look like. The video above takes a []

No really, why? Jason Webley at TED2014

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No really, why? Jason Webley at TED2014

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Armed with an accordion and wearing a fetching chocolate brown pork pie hat, musician Jason Webley is here. Or as he puts it, an “unknown hairy guy who plays the accordion” is here. Having navigated some technical difficulties, Webley brings the audience firmly on side with his self-deprecating humor and folksy blend of charming cod philosophy. With []

In case you missed it: Day 2 at TED2014

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In case you missed it: Day 2 at TED2014

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So what went down at TED on day two? Well, a lot, as it happens. As curator Chris Anderson commented rather tiredly later, “that was the most intense day of TED I can remember, ever.” Here, a lightning round-up of some of the day’s key moments. Edward Snowden trundles onto stage The first big surprise []

We’re all in the same boat: Sting at TED2014

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We’re all in the same boat: Sting at TED2014

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Here’s a moment that a certain formerly absurdly hormonal teenage girl had been looking forward to for some time. As had many others in the audience, to judge from the rapturous applause that greets Sting as he takes the TED stage. He plays some songs from his upcoming Broadway musical, The Last Ship. It’s the story []

Why models of climate change matter: Gavin Schmidt at TED2014

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Why models of climate change matter: Gavin Schmidt at TED2014

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Gavin Schmidt is the author of Climate Change: Picturing the Science, described by Popular Mechanics as “the first book anyone seeking a layman’s understanding of the science of global warming should read.” He’s here to talk about the environment and the models we’ve built to understand this astonishingly complex issue. Because, for one thing, you can’t just []

How to grow a bone without a body

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How to grow a bone without a body

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This video features the work of TED Fellow Nina Tandon and Sarindr Bhumiratana, her colleague at Columbia University’s Laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering and partner-in-new-business-crime. Together with a group of fellow bio-engineers, the pair recently founded the company, Epibone, which they describe as “a revolutionary bone reconstruction company that allows patients to ‘grow []

Nature knows best: A biologist and a designer take creative direction from the Earth’s operating system

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Nature knows best: A biologist and a designer take creative direction from the Earth’s operating system

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“Borrowing” as a concept is de rigeur in the creative industries and beyond. What’s that too-often quoted aphorism? “Good artists copy; great artists steal”? Plenty of people have trotted that out as justification for acts they want us to believe are far superior to and way different from plagiarism. In this nuanced conversation, biologist and []

We need to change everything on campus: Anant Agarwal of edX on MOOCs, MIT and new models of higher education

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We need to change everything on campus: Anant Agarwal of edX on MOOCs, MIT and new models of higher education

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Whenever something is declared the subject of “the year of,” you know said subject is ripe for a big fat backlash. So, when The New York Times declared 2012 “the year of the MOOC,” it thus came to pass that massive open online courses should next become the subject of massive, open, often online criticism, as critics gathered to []