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How a TED Talk helped put women’s health research on the political agenda


Paula Johnson’s talk at TEDWomen 2013 gave attendees a new appreciation of why it’s so important to include women — and female animals and female cells —in medical research.

Looking for a new podcast to try? 45 great picks from the TED staff


There’s something so cool about finding a new podcast to love — each little download opens a door to new ideas, new jokes, new ways of seeing the world.

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


Laura Boykin, right, and fellow researcher Donald Kachigamba, at left, inspect African whiteflies feeding on cassava leaves at a farm near Namulonge, Uganda.

How a TED Talk helped put women’s health research on the political agenda


Paula Johnson’s talk at TEDWomen 2013 gave attendees a new appreciation of why it’s so important to include women — and female animals and female cells —in medical research.

First impressions: A TED salon on what we learn (and reveal) at first glance


Can we cheat at making a first impression? Judith Donath says yes, and in many ways. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED First impressions are full of promise — and anxiety.

Police on trial in Afghanistan, an 11-year-old’s jazz album, and literary insights from a Berlin birdhouse


Lots of happenings in the TED community this week. Below, some highlights. Police on trial in Afghanistan.

Women’s health is an issue of rights: How a TED Talk helped create a wider understanding of gender differences in health


Paula Johnson’s talk at TEDWomen 2013 gave attendees a new appreciation of why it’s so important to include women — and female animals and female cells —in medical research.

Does body language help a TED Talk go viral? 5 nonverbal patterns from blockbuster talks


Hand gestures might make a talk feel more compelling. In a poll that asked volunteers to rate TED Talks, there appeared to be a correlation between the number of hand gestures a speaker made and how well people rated their talks.

6 curious kids interview their moms about life and love


If you could sit down and interview your mom, what would you ask her? Would you ask about your childhood?

Bill T. Jones and two TED Fellows create a work of art … in two days


Red and blue came together in this structured improvisation from legendary dancer Bill T. Jones, cellist Joshua Roman and vocalist Somi.

TED Fellow Tal Danino programs bacteria to detect and treat cancer – and make art


Did you know that bacteria can be programmed as though they were computers? Bioengineer and artist Tal Danino is working out how to instruct bacteria to enter cancerous tumors — where it can detect and treat the disease noninvasively.

5 new technologies that help disabled and bedridden people experience the world again


Henry Evans is an enthusiastic world traveler. In the past year, he has visited Vermillion, South Dakota; Sydney, Australia; and Qusar, Azerbaijan.

6 curious kids interview their moms about life and love


If you could sit down and interview your mom, what would you ask her? Would you ask about your childhood?

NSA data collection ruled illegal, “Slow TV” hits the BBC, and subway ads fight Islamophobia


The TED community has lots of news this week. Below, just a few highlights. NSA phone data collection ruled illegal.

5 new technologies that let the disabled + bedridden experience the world again


Henry Evans is an enthusiastic world traveler. In the past year, he has visited Vermillion, South Dakota; Sydney, Australia; and Qusar, Azerbaijan.

Bill T. Jones and two TED Fellows create a work of art … in two days


Red and blue came together in this structured improvisation from legendary dancer Bill T. Jones, cellist Joshua Roman and vocalist Somi.

Words of wisdom from mothers, recorded at StoryCorps


When someone makes a StoryCorps interview, they’ll usually talk about the most important people in their lives, remember the best and worst moments they’ve lived through, and pass on wisdom they’ve gleaned over the years.

An interview with my mom


This week, I interviewed my mom, editor Jane Isay. I hope that our conversation will inspire you to record an interview with or about your mom using the StoryCorps app.

How IBM Watson can mine knowledge from TED Talks


What is the relationship between income inequality and crime? IBM Watson is imagining a way to search across TED Talks to build a nuanced answer to that question from the speakers who tackle it.

8 tips for virtual collaboration, from TED’s tech team


TED’s technology team is spread out across the country, so we rely on videoconferencing to do our work.


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