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Ben Saunders’ solo crossing of Antarctica, and more news from TED speakers

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Ben Saunders’ solo crossing of Antarctica, and more news from TED speakers

As usual, the TED community has lots of news to share this week. Below, some highlights. A solo crossing of Antarctica. With chilling detail, Ben Saunders documents his journey across Antarctica as he attempts to complete the first successful solo, unsupported and unassisted crossing. The journey is a way of honoring his friend Henry Worsley, []

Exploring the boundaries of legacy at TED@Westpac

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Exploring the boundaries of legacy at TED@Westpac

Legacy is a delightfully complex concept, and it’s one that the TED@Westpac curators took on with gusto for the daylong event held in Sydney, Australia, on Monday December 11th. Themed around the idea of “The Future Legacy,” the day was packed with speakers who took on topics ranging from education to work-health balance to designer babies.

Why not? Pushing and prodding the possible, at TED@IBM

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Why not? Pushing and prodding the possible, at TED@IBM

We know that our world — our data, our lives, our countries — are becoming more and more connected. But what should we do with that? In two sessions of TED@IBM, the answer shaped up to be: Dream as big as you can. Speakers took the stage to pitch their ideas for using connected data []

Breakthroughs: The talks of TED@Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

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Breakthroughs: The talks of TED@Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Humanity is defined by its immense body of knowledge. Most times it inches forward, shedding light onto the mysteries of the universe and easing life’s endeavors in small increments. But in some special moments, knowledge and understanding leap forward, when one concentrated mind or one crucial discovery redirects the course of things and changes the []

Breathe and push: Notes from Session 6: Rebuild

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Breathe and push: Notes from Session 6: Rebuild

We’ve spent the past few days together thinking on big ideas, hard problems and new visions for what the world might be. What will tie it all together? This session on rebuilding — on facing tough questions and finding the inner (and exterior) resources we need to move forward. Embrace your emotional truth. How we deal []

Be fierce, claim power: Notes from Session 5 of TEDWomen: Burn

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Be fierce, claim power: Notes from Session 5 of TEDWomen: Burn

There’s a theme of Bridges that plays through this conference — and one of the things we sometimes need to do with bridges is burn them, to move forward with no option of going backward in time or space. In this session, hosted by documentary film aficionado Jess Search, we listen to hard truths about []

Rhiannon Giddens and Kate Orff win MacArthur “genius” grants, and more TED news

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Rhiannon Giddens and Kate Orff win MacArthur “genius” grants, and more TED news

As usual, the TED community has lots of news to share this week. Below, some highlights. A MacArthur for Rhiannon Giddens and Kate Orff. On October 11, the MacArthur Foundation released their list of 2017 Fellows. Among them are musician Rhiannon Giddens and landscape architect Kate Orff. Giddens, known for her rich reinterpretations of American []

How to build the future: Talks from TED#Brightline

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How to build the future: Talks from TED#Brightline

Let’s face it: it’s hard to get stuff done. How can we, together, realize our most ambitious dreams? To celebrate the efforts of smart people who are changing the world while doing business as usual, TED has partnered with the Brightline Initiative, a non-commercial coalition of leading organizations dedicated to helping leaders turn ideas into []

What does an eclipse sound like? Plus: Progress in the fight against anonymous companies, life after prison, and much more

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What does an eclipse sound like? Plus: Progress in the fight against anonymous companies, life after prison, and much more

As usual, the TED community has lots of news to share this week. Below, some highlights. Hearing and feeling an eclipse. An eclipse is a visual phenomenon, difficult to describe, but what if you can’t see it for yourself? Dr. Henry Winter of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics partnered with The National Center for Accessible []

Mark Ronson makes a cameo, Roxane Gay and Adam Grant discuss the pros and cons of social media, and much more

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Mark Ronson makes a cameo, Roxane Gay and Adam Grant discuss the pros and cons of social media, and much more

Please enjoy your roundup of TED-related news: This one’s for the boys. Mark Ronson takes a break from making music to have some fun in Charli XCX’s video for “Boys.” You’ll find him (suavely) combing his hair, amid scenes of other male celebs, such as Wiz Khalifa, Riz Ahmed and Joe Jonas having a pillow []

Prosthetics that feel more natural, how mushrooms may help save bees, and more

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Prosthetics that feel more natural, how mushrooms may help save bees, and more

Please enjoy your roundup of TED-related news: Prosthetics that feel more natural. A study in Science Robotics lays out a surgical technique developed by Shriya Srinivasan, Hugh Herr and others that may help prosthetics feel more like natural limbs. During an amputation, the muscle pairs that allow our brains to sense how much force is []