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You found a planet!: Robert Simpson crowdsources scientific research and accelerates discovery at Zooniverse


  Scientific research is generating far more data than the average researcher can get through. Meanwhile, modern computing has yet to catch up with the superior discernment of the human eye.

Data researcher Jean-Baptiste Michel made his first piece of art … and the Whitney Museum acquired it


Jean-Baptiste Michel’s “I wish I could be exactly what you’re looking for” (2014). The words that appear in it are tweets that start with “I wish.” Photo: Courtesy of Jean-Baptiste Michel Jean-Baptiste Michel has sold a small sculpture to the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Is math the language of the universe? A bilingual TED-Ed Club explores


Student Pierre Hirschler gives a TED-Ed Club presentation, exploring math as a potential universal language.

A $5 million challenge for a tech solution to help community college students graduate


Ani Okkasian was the first in her family to go to college. “My parents escaped a communist country and got to the [United] States with $700 in their pocket,” she says.

Webby Award nominations: Vote for TED, and find hundreds more sites to explore

The 2014 Webby Award nominations were announced this week, and one particular nomination stood out. Because once again, in the Online Film & Video: Variety category, TED is pitted against Kid President.

Ten years later: Dan Gilbert on life after “The surprising science of happiness”


Dan Gilbert gave his first TED Talk in February 2004; The surprising science of happiness was one of the first we ever published, in September 2006. Here, the Harvard psychologist reminisces about the impact of TED, shares some suggestions of useful further reading — and owns up to some mistakes.

Of masks & magic: Uldus Bakhtiozina makes images that poke fun at stereotypes


Stormtrooper: A portrait of a 12-year-old boy who hides his aspirations to be a ballet dancer from his friends. Image: Uldus Bakhtiozina A 12-year-old boy in a Stormtrooper helmet – and a tutu.

How data constellations tell a story: MAPPing the TED Fellows network and the conflict in Syria

What’s this galaxy-like cluster of dots and lines? It’s the TED Fellows Collaboration Network MAPP, a rich and interactive web that shows the patterns of cross-disciplinary collaboration among TED Fellows over the past four years.

An Inside Out portrait that delivers a message to drone operators


This portrait of a girl tells a story larger than the massive piece of vinyl it is printed on. Unfurled in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region of Pakistan, “#NotABugSplat” was created by a collection of artists and activists, using TED Prize winner JR’s Inside Out campaign, to send a message to drone operators, who reportedly call their kills “bug splats” because they appear small and grainy on screen.

From an open sewer to a jewel of the city: Aziza Chaouni on uncovering and restoring the Fez River


For much of the past 20 years, architect and engineer Aziza Chaouni has been battling to restore the Fez River that winds through the city’s medina – Fez’s historic medieval center and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Note-taking, doodles and sketches from TED2014


Do you think in pictures? These TED fans do — and they capture their thoughts in an idiosyncratic mix of words and text that parallels the way their thoughts flow.

5 days of TED in one page


What does 5 days of TED feel like? As Lucy Farey-Jones says: “Upon my re-entry to the real world, friends, clients and folks at my firm say: ‘How was TED?

Internet access is a basic human right: A Q&A with Keren Elazari


Keren Elazari speaks at TED2014. The day she gave her talk, we spoke to her about the shutdown of Twitter in Turkey.

Unnumbered sparks fly through the sky, initiated by TED attendees


Outside the Vancouver Convention Centre, people gather to interact with Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks.

More on Adrianne Haslet-Davis’ journey to dance again in a CNN special report

Adrianne Haslet-Davis performs the rumba at the end of Hugh Herr’s talk, “The new bionics that let us run, climb and dance.” Normally, this would not be a big deal for a professional ballroom dance teacher.

How should we talk about transgender issues?


Geena Rocero on stage at TED2014 / Photo: James Duncan Davidson Geena Rocero did a pretty bold thing at TED2014: She came out.

Kate Stone: I’m proud to be transgender — but ask me about my work first


Kate Stone speaks at TED2013 / Photo: James Duncan Davidson When creative scientist Kate Stone gave her talk at TED2013, her biggest worry was whether her paper DJ decks would work onstage.

What is the TED Prize (and how can you win next year’s)?

by Natasha Scripture What do a British chef, a Newcastle University professor and an anti-corruption activist have in common?

Yes, that’s Commander Chris Hadfield wearing the Oculus Rift. (And yes, the Internet just exploded.)


Floating in a most peculiar way: Astronaut Chris Hadfield sports an Oculus Rift headset at TED2014. Photo: Ryan Lash.

In the Skype Studio: Creative crowd-funding

At TED2013, Amanda Palmer gave a talk called “The art of asking“ about her experience funding an album on Kickstarter; it quickly went viral on TED.com. A year later, Palmer was back for a panel at TED2014 covering crowd-funding creative projects.


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