Development

Video: Meet TEDx in a Box version 2.0

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TEDx in a Box is a toolkit with all the gear needed to host a TEDx event in the developing world — projector, speakers and more, packed in a shippable box. The TEDx in a Box program launched last year with 10 boxes, powering events in India, Bangladesh, South Africa, Brazil and Ecuador. (Among them []

Business

Freeing energy from the grid: Justin Hall-Tipping on TED.com

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What would happen if we could generate power from our windowpanes? In this moving talk, entrepreneur Justin Hall-Tipping shows the materials that could make that possible, and how questioning our notion of ‘normal’ can lead to extraordinary breakthroughs. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2011, July 2011, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Duration: 12:45.) Watch Justin Hall-Tipping’s talk on TED.com, where []

TED introduces 10 new podcasts on iTunes

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TED introduces 10 new podcasts on iTunes

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If we could recommend one superb TEDTalk about music a week, what would it be? What about business? Technology? Here at TED.com we are always looking for new and better ways to bring together the voices of TED speakers and TED viewers. This week we are launching themed iTunes podcasts, to bring more topics of []

Culture

Learning from a barefoot movement: Bunker Roy on TED.com

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In Rajasthan, India, an extraordinary school teaches rural women and men — many of them illiterate — to become solar engineers, artisans, dentists and doctors in their own villages. It’s called the Barefoot College, and its founder, Bunker Roy, explains how it works. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2011, July 2011, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Duration: 19:08.) Watch []

Culture

Archive gem: Dave Meslin on redefining apathy

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Today’s gem from the TEDTalks archives: Local politics — schools, zoning, council elections — hit us where we live. So why don’t more of us actually get involved? Is it apathy? Dave Meslin says no. He identifies 7 barriers that keep us from taking part in our communities, even when we truly care. (Recorded at []

Health

TED Books: Now on the Nook

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Reading TED Books just became even easier. All current titles are now available on Barnes and Noble’s e-reader, the Nook. Future titles will be, too. TED Books are readable on Amazon’s Kindle as well as any device that uses the Kindle app (Mac, Windows, Android and Blackberry, among them).  

Art

My mushroom burial suit: Jae Rhim Lee on TED.com

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Here’s a powerful provocation from artist Jae Rhim Lee. Can we commit our bodies to a cleaner, greener Earth, even after death? Naturally — using a special burial suit seeded with pollution-gobbling mushrooms. Yes, this just might be the strangest TEDTalk you’ll ever see … (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2011, July 2011, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Duration: []

Synthetic bees, prosthetic eyes: Fellows Friday with Anab Jain

TED Fellows

Synthetic bees, prosthetic eyes: Fellows Friday with Anab Jain

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Anab Jain’s design studio Superflux envisions a future where the blind are given ultraviolet vision and invasive species are engineered to combat the effects of climate change. She shares her perspective on our not-too-distant future. How would you describe the work that you do at your revolutionary design studio Superflux? We are living in extremely uncertain []

Culture

How to spot a liar: Pamela Meyer on TED.com

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On any given day we’re lied to from 10 to 200 times, and the clues to detect those lie can be subtle and counter-intuitive. Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting, shows the manners and “hotspots” used by those trained to recognize deception — and she argues honesty is a value worth preserving. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2011, July []