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Poll: Do you understand your pet’s emotions, and do they understand yours? The TED community answers


Animals clearly show emotions, says science historian Laurel Braitman in her TED Talk. Which leads to the question: do you understand your pet’s feelings?

Need help? Ask Aunt Bertha! Erine Gray helps people in need find social services in their area


Most of us will, at some point, face a life crisis — divorce, job loss, illness, eviction. In the United States, 95% of social safety nets are provided by charity organizations and NGOs, so finding help in a crisis situation can be confusing and distressing.

A know-it-all gets another chance, JR quips with Stephen Colbert and a plan to give half the planet back to wildlife


Stephen Colbert snaps a photo with TED Prize winner JR on the set of The Colbert Report Members of the TED community sure were busy this week.

Why translation matters: TED speakers show appreciation for volunteers who spread ideas across language barriers


Shortly after model Geena Rocero gave the TED Talk “Why I must come out,” she was Skyping with an LGBTQ activist in Hong Kong.

Poll: Do you understand your pet’s emotions?


A delighted dog hangs out with his best friend, the deer. Animals clearly show emotions, says science historian Laurel Braitman in her TED Talk.

How teachers can best use TED Talks in class, from the perspective of a student


What happens when a teacher mixes Madame Bovary and a TED Talk? Good things, actually. Photo: iStockphoto By Olivia Cucinotta My high school English class had just finished reading Madame Bovary, and we were all confused.

Orphans of the narrative: Bosnian photographer Ziyah Gafić documents the aftermath of war


Bosnian photojournalist Ziyah Gafić photographs the aftermath of conflict. (Watch his TED Talk, “Everyday objects, tragic histories.”) In his most recent book, Quest for Identity, he catalogs the belongings of Bosnia’s genocide victims, everyday objects like keys, books, combs and glasses that were exhumed from mass graves.

Liu Bolin turns friends into money, a solar cell from recycled car batteries, and fascinating looks at race in America


As always, many members of the TED community have been popping in the news this week. Below, some highlights.

Unbelievable stats from our project to “clean” every video file


For Project Cleans, we’ve gone through 3,595 tapes of original files. Here, one of the shelves where these tapes are stored.

A filmmaker dives into Sylvia Earle’s underwater world in the doc Mission Blue


The new documentary Mission Blue charts the life of oceanographer Sylvia Earle. Director Fisher Stevens set out to make a film about her work, and ended up being fascinated by the person.

Mission Blue chronicles the life, loves and calling of ocean champion Sylvia Earle


Sylvia Earle is a fearless 78-year-old woman. In the new documentary Mission Blue, we watch her dive with sharks in the deep blue sea and fearlessly dodge fishing nets as she swims through the middle of a major fishing operation.

A filmmaker dives into Sylvia Earle’s underwater world in the doc Mission Blue


The new documentary Mission Blue charts the life of oceanographer Sylvia Earle. Director Fisher Stevens set out to make a film about her work, and ended up being fascinated by the person.

How to take care of pet jellyfish


Meet the TED jellyfish: Jellius Caesar, Jelvis Presley and Sting. Photo: Dian Lofton Last year, we in the TED office successfully raised an ant farm.

TED Ideas in Business aims to shake up the same old thinking on professional development


TED Ideas in Business are playlists that bring together talks of interest to professional audiences. Here, the art for “Hidden Trends and Systems” and “Skillful Presentation.” For many, the words “professional development” conjure up memories of sitting in a human resources office, watching a series of awkward training videos and then taking a mandatory quiz.

On origami, Alzheimer’s & kindness: Global health expert Alanna Shaikh rethinks preparing for dementia


Alanna Shaikh at TED2013, about six months after giving a powerful talk about Alzheimer’s disease and the three strategies she was putting in place in case she should ever get it.

Mission Blue chronicles the life, loves and calling of ocean champion Sylvia Earle


Sylvia Earle is a fearless 78-year-old woman. In the new documentary Mission Blue, we watch her dive with sharks in the deep blue sea and fearlessly dodge fishing nets as she swims through the middle of a major fishing operation.

What can the American and British education systems learn from classrooms in the developing world?


Students in Karakati, India, research the answer to a big question at a location of Sugata Mitra’s School in the Cloud.

How TEDx is spreading through rural Colombia—thanks largely to one organizer


TEDxGuatavita took place in rural Colombia and focused on the “enormous hidden potential of projects germinating in the countryside.” Photo: Courtesy of Felipe Spath If you were to map out all 10 TEDx events that Felipe Spath has organized, you’d have a constellation of waypoints zigzagging through Colombia’s countryside—passing farms, mountains, lakes, coffee fields and mines.

From supermodel to managing editor: How Cameron Russell’s TED Talk inspired her to start a magazine


Cameron Russell and art director Hannah Assebe think over an idea for the redesign of the Interrupt magazine website.

From supermodel to managing editor: How her TED Talk inspired Cameron Russell to start a magazine


Cameron Russell and art director Hannah Assebe think over an idea for the redesign of the Interrupt magazine website.


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