TED Talks (@ted) — Ideas worth spreading
Meet engineer Gwynne Shotwell, employee number seven at SpaceX and now the compa
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Meet engineer Gwynne Shotwell, employee number seven at SpaceX and now the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer. She is working on the organization’s next big project, the BFR (Big Falcon Rocket). Her goal is to get the BFR to fly like an aircraft, sending people across the globe in 30 minutes. “This is basically space travel for earthlings,” she says. To learn more about her plans for SpaceX, watch her #TED2018 interview with TED’s Curator, Chris Anderson, at go.ted.com/gwynneshotwell Photo by @brethartman/TED
14.03.2019 14:15:20
These are the remains of a new species of ancient humans called Homo naledi. The
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These are the remains of a new species of ancient humans called Homo naledi. They were discovered in a cave in South Africa in 2013, and they really shook up all of our notions about what it means to be human. For one, the fossils reveal that Homo naledi had a mix of primitive and derived traits — something that was previously unheard of. Another wild realization was that this new species coexisted with modern humans. Did they interbreed with each other? Did they compete with each other? These are just a couple of the questions that paleoanthropologist Juliet Brophy is working on answering. To learn more, visit go.ted.com/homonaledi Image courtesy of Juliet Brophy
12.03.2019 21:59:52
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Writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie shares her advice on helping girls (and boys) re
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Writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie shares her advice on helping girls (and boys) reach their full potential. In honor of #InternationalWomensDay, watch Chimamanda’s full #TEDTalk at go.ted.com/raisegirls
08.03.2019 16:21:57
Studies show that people working in more colorful spaces are more alert, more co
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Studies show that people working in more colorful spaces are more alert, more confident, and friendlier than those working in drab spaces. The same is also true for schools, like the Bronx high school pictured here. Administrators say that painted schools lead to higher attendance rates and less graffiti — plus, students even say they feel safer. “Color, in a very primal way, is a sign of life, a sign of energy,” says designer Ingrid Fetell Lee. ”Deep within us, we all have this impulse to seek out joy in our surroundings. It's directly connected to our fundamental instinct for survival. On the most basic level, the drive toward joy is the drive toward life.” To watch Ingrid’s #TEDTalk, visit go.ted.com/findjoy and follow her at @aestheticsofjoy Photos courtesy of Publicolor
06.03.2019 21:12:21
Want to build stronger connections and get closer to the people in your life? He
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Want to build stronger connections and get closer to the people in your life? Here’s the secret: let your life be messy. It’s okay to not be 100% put together and perfect all of the time. In fact, a study from psychology researchers at the University of Mannheim, Germany, examined the “beautiful mess effect” and found that showing vulnerability (such as confessing romantic feelings to a friend, apologizing during a fight, or admitting a mistake at work) leads people to think you’re courageous, not weak. “[Being a beautiful mess] is an understanding that regardless of how I show up, I’m enough because I said so,” says Chidera Eggerue, an author practicing this in her daily life. To learn more, visit go.ted.com/beautifulmess Illustration by @ajmollon
01.03.2019 18:53:25
This is rock climber Alex Honnold. On the side of a 3,000 vertical cliff. Withou
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This is rock climber Alex Honnold. On the side of a 3,000 vertical cliff. Without a rope. Do we even have to say, “don’t try this at home”? This picture shows Alex in the middle of accomplishing one of his biggest dreams: solo climbing Yosemite’s El Capitan. To hear the story of how he did it, watch his #TEDTalk at go.ted.com/alexhonnold and check out his Oscar-winning documentary, Free Solo. Image courtesy of @alexhonnold
26.02.2019 22:17:10
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This installation, called “Organic Concept” by artist and @TEDFellow Shih Chieh
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This installation, called “Organic Concept” by artist and @TEDFellow Shih Chieh Huang, is made out of fragile painters’ plastic. The delicate material breaks easily when people touch it, but that’s what Shih wants to happen. Each time there’s a tear, the tubes need to be re-tied. “The more you tie, the more the shape changes, and it gets smaller and smaller until it’s eventually destroyed. That’s why I call it ‘Organic Concept.’ It’s fluid; it’s not set,” Shih says. His work takes trash, mundane household items, or random electronics components and turns them into kinetic structures, inspiring us to examine our relationship with the objects around us. To learn more, visit go.ted.com/organicconcept Photo courtesy of Shih Chieh Huang
22.02.2019 18:51:47
To take this photo, photographer George Steinmetz had to soar high above the gro
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To take this photo, photographer George Steinmetz had to soar high above the ground in a flying lawn chair. Okay, “flying lawn chair” might not be the technical term. It’s actually a motorized paraglider consisting of a backpack motor, a parachute-style wing, and 10 liters of fuel (that’ll allow George to fly around for 2 hours at 30 mph). This picture is a landscape shot of Niger’s salt ponds. Zoom in and you’ll see women working along the edges to maintain these colorful, mosaic-like desert springs. “An airplane moves too fast, a helicopter would be too loud with too much downdraft, and it dawned on me that this crazy little aircraft I was flying would open up a new way of seeing remote parts of the African landscape in a way that had never really been possible before,” George says. To see more of his spectacular photos, visit go.ted.com/flyinglawnchair and follow @geosteinmetz
20.02.2019 20:32:01
To put it simply, heartbreak sucks. If you’re nursing a broken heart, trust us —
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To put it simply, heartbreak sucks. If you’re nursing a broken heart, trust us — you aren’t alone. Flip through these images for psychologist Guy Winch’s compassionate and helpful advice on healing after a breakup. Watch Guy’s full #TEDTalk at go.ted.com/heartbreak Illustrations by @ameliagiller
15.02.2019 16:52:59
You thought your love language was “gift giving”? Well, meet the male katydid. W
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You thought your love language was “gift giving”? Well, meet the male katydid. When these insects have sex, they create a highly nutritious green blob that they give to their female partner as a nuptial gift for her to eat. This blob weighs up to a third of the male’s body mass and is incredibly taxing to make, so the katydids don’t give it to just anyone. They make sure to pick someone special. So tell your partners that if they really loved you, they’d make you a personal 30+ pound snack after sex. To learn more about the wild mating habits of insects, watch evolutionary biologist Marlene Zuk’s #TEDTalk at go.ted.com/bugsex Photo courtesy of Marlene Zuk
14.02.2019 17:00:07
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In his series “Kesh Angels,” artist Hassan Hajjaj profiles Muslim female bikers
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In his series “Kesh Angels,” artist Hassan Hajjaj profiles Muslim female bikers from Marrakesh, Morocco. Each vibrant image challenges stereotypes about Muslim, Arabic women. “Hassan wants us to interrupt ourselves and all the perception that we might have on people, on a culture, and on environment,” says art fair curator Touria El Glaoui. “It is instrumental as it really inspires us to ask questions, but it is also instrumental because it ignites change. Seeing diversity in race and ethnicity in contemporary art is the only way that we'll see changes in the art industry, but also for the relations between Africa and the Western canon.” To see more contemporary art from African nations and the diaspora, visit go.ted.com/africanart Photo by @hassanhajjaj_larache
13.02.2019 00:41:05
Check out this fancy footwork. Artist Simon Beck stepped in a very particular ge
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Check out this fancy footwork. Artist Simon Beck stepped in a very particular geometric pattern to make this masterpiece across Lac Marlou, a frozen lake in the French Alps. He followed a classic fractal pattern known as a Mandelbrot set, tracing circles within circles. “It takes quite a lot of concentration and care not to make a mistake at some point, which of course cannot be undone,” he says. To see more of his work, visit go.ted.com/snowart Photo courtesy of Simon Beck
07.02.2019 15:54:34
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