TEDTalks

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How synthetic biology could wipe out humanity -- and how we can stop it | Rob Reid
How synthetic biology could wipe out humanity -- and how we can stop it | Rob Reid
The world-changing promise of synthetic biology and gene editing has a dark side. In this far-seeing talk, author and entrepreneur Rob Reid reviews the risks of a world where more and more people have...
5 challenges we could solve by designing new proteins | David Baker
5 challenges we could solve by designing new proteins | David Baker
Proteins are remarkable molecular machines: they digest your food, fire your neurons, power your immune system and so much more. What if we could design new ones, with functions never before seen in n...
The political power of being a good neighbor | Michael Tubbs
The political power of being a good neighbor | Michael Tubbs
Michael Tubbs is the youngest mayor in American history to represent a city with more than 100,000 people -- and his policies are sparking national conversations. In this rousing talk, he shares how g...
My life as a work of art | Daniel Lismore
My life as a work of art | Daniel Lismore
Daniel Lismore's closet is probably a bit different than yours -- his clothes are constructed out of materials ranging from beer cans and plastic crystals to diamonds, royal silks and 2,000-year-old R...
Why we get mad -- and why it's healthy | Ryan Martin
Why we get mad -- and why it's healthy | Ryan Martin
Anger researcher Ryan Martin draws from a career studying what makes people mad to explain some of the cognitive processes behind anger -- and why a healthy dose of it can actually be useful. "Your an...
3 steps to turn everyday get-togethers into transformative gatherings | Priya Parker
3 steps to turn everyday get-togethers into transformative gatherings | Priya Parker
Why do some gatherings take off and others don't? Author Priya Parker shares three easy steps to turn your parties, dinners, meetings and holidays into meaningful, transformative gatherings. Get TED ...
The mysterious microbes living deep inside the earth -- and how they could help humanity | K. Lloyd
The mysterious microbes living deep inside the earth -- and how they could help humanity | K. Lloyd
The ground beneath your feet is home to a massive, mysterious world of microbes -- some of which have been in the earth's crust for hundreds of thousands of years. What's it like down there? Take a tr...
An ingenious proposal for scaling up marine protection | Mark Tercek
An ingenious proposal for scaling up marine protection | Mark Tercek
Island and coastal nations need to protect their waters to keep the oceans healthy. But they often have lots of debt and aren't able to prioritize ocean conservation over other needs. Mark Tercek and ...
The most detailed map of galaxies, black holes and stars ever made | Juna Kollmeier
The most detailed map of galaxies, black holes and stars ever made | Juna Kollmeier
Humans have been studying the stars for thousands of years, but astrophysicist Juna Kollmeier is on a special mission: creating the most detailed 3-D maps of the universe ever made. Journey across the...
The healing power of reading | Michelle Kuo
The healing power of reading | Michelle Kuo
Reading and writing can be acts of courage that bring us closer to others and ourselves. Author Michelle Kuo shares how teaching reading skills to her students in the Mississippi Delta revealed the br...
The lies our culture tells us about what matters --- and a better way to live | David Brooks
The lies our culture tells us about what matters --- and a better way to live | David Brooks
Our society is in the midst of a social crisis, says op-ed columnist and author David Brooks: we're trapped in a valley of isolation and fragmentation. How do we find our way out? Based on his travels...
"Everything happens for a reason" -- and other lies I've loved | Kate Bowler
In life's toughest moments, how do you go on living? Kate Bowler has been exploring this question ever since she was diagnosed with stage IV cancer at age 35. In a profound, heartbreaking and unexpect...
Floating cities, the LEGO House and other architectural forms of the future | Bjarke Ingels
Floating cities, the LEGO House and other architectural forms of the future | Bjarke Ingels
Design gives form to the future, says architect Bjarke Ingels. In this worldwide tour of his team's projects, journey to a waste-to-energy power plant (that doubles as an alpine ski slope) and the LEG...
The amazing brains and morphing skin of octopuses and other cephalopods | Roger Hanlon
The amazing brains and morphing skin of octopuses and other cephalopods | Roger Hanlon
Octopus, squid and cuttlefish -- collectively known as cephalopods -- have strange, massive, distributed brains. What do they do with all that neural power? Dive into the ocean with marine biologist R...
What it takes to launch a telescope | Erika Hamden
What it takes to launch a telescope | Erika Hamden
TED Fellow and astronomer Erika Hamden leads the team building FIREBall, a telescope that hangs from a giant balloon at the very edge of space and looks for clues about how stars are created. She take...
How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time | Baratunde Thurston
How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time | Baratunde Thurston
Baratunde Thurston explores the phenomenon of white Americans calling the police on black Americans who have committed the crimes of ... eating, walking or generally "living while black." In this prof...
These bacteria eat plastic | Morgan Vague
These bacteria eat plastic | Morgan Vague
Humans produce 300 million tons of new plastic each year -- yet, despite our best efforts, less than 10 percent of it ends up being recycled. Is there a better way to deal with all this waste? Morgan ...
What prosecutors and incarcerated people can learn from each other | Jarrell Daniels
What prosecutors and incarcerated people can learn from each other | Jarrell Daniels
A few weeks before his release from prison, Jarrell Daniels took a class where incarcerated men learned alongside prosecutors. By simply sitting together and talking, they uncovered surprising truths ...