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Stories from a home for terminally ill children | Kathy Hull

To honor and celebrate young lives cut short, Kathy Hull founded the first freestanding pediatric palliative care facility in the United States, the George M...

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The data behind Hollywood's sexism | Stacy Smith

Where are all the women and girls in film? Social scientist Stacy Smith analyzes how the media underrepresents and portrays women -- and the potentially dest...

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How to practice safe sexting | Amy Adele Hasinoff

Sexting, like anything that's fun, runs its risks -- but a serious violation of privacy shouldn't be one of them. Amy Adele Hasinoff looks at problematic res...

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Don't fear superintelligent AI | Grady Booch

New tech spawns new anxieties, says scientist and philosopher Grady Booch, but we don't need to be afraid an all-powerful, unfeeling AI. Booch allays our wor...

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3 ways to fix a broken news industry | Lara Setrakian

Something is very wrong with the news industry. Trust in the media has hit an all-time low; we're inundated with sensationalist stories, and consistent, high...

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I grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. Here's why I left | Megan Phelps-Roper

What's it like to grow up within a group of people who exult in demonizing ... everyone else? Megan Phelps-Roper shares details of life inside America's most...

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The incredible inventions of intuitive AI | Maurice Conti

What do you get when you give a design tool a digital nervous system? Computers that improve our ability to think and imagine, and robotic systems that come ...

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How to get better at the things you care about | Eduardo Briceño

Working hard but not improving? You're not alone. Eduardo Briceño reveals a simple way to think about getting better at the things you do, whether that's wor...

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Help discover ancient ruins -- before it's too late | Sarah Parcak

Sarah Parcak uses satellites orbiting hundreds of miles above Earth to uncover hidden ancient treasures buried beneath our feet. There's a lot to discover; i...

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Where is cybercrime really coming from? | Caleb Barlow

Cybercrime netted a whopping $450 billion in profits last year, with 2 billion records lost or stolen worldwide. Security expert Caleb Barlow calls out the i...

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The ethical dilemma of designer babies | Paul Knoepfler

Creating genetically modified children is no longer a science fiction fantasy; it's a likely future scenario. Biologist Paul Knoepfler estimates that within ...

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How to gain control of your free time | Laura Vanderkam

There are 168 hours in each week. How do we find time for what matters most? Time management expert Laura Vanderkam studies how busy people spend their lives...

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If a story moves you, act on it | Sisonke Msimang

Stories are necessary, but they're not as magical as they seem, says writer Sisonke Msimang. In this funny and thoughtful talk, Msimang questions our emphasi...

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Want kids to learn well? Feed them well | Sam Kass

What can we expect our kids to learn if they're hungry or eating diets full of sugar and empty of nutrients? Former White House Chef and food policymaker Sam...

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The world doesn't need more nuclear weapons | Erika Gregory

Today nine nations collectively control more than 15,000 nuclear weapons, each hundreds of times more powerful than those dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. ...

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How we explore unanswered questions in physics | James Beacham

James Beacham looks for answers to the most important open questions of physics using the biggest science experiment ever mounted, CERN's Large Hadron Collid...

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How students of color confront impostor syndrome | Dena Simmons

As a black woman from a tough part of the Bronx who grew up to attain all the markers of academic prestige, Dena Simmons knows that for students of color, su...

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What I learned from 2,000 obituaries | Lux Narayan

Lux Narayan starts his day with scrambled eggs and the question: "Who died today?" Why? By analyzing 2,000 New York Times obituaries over a 20-month period, ...

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A few ways to fix a government | Charity Wayua

Charity Wayua put her skills as a cancer researcher to use on an unlikely patient: the government of her native Kenya. She shares how she helped her governme...

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A robot that eats pollution | Jonathan Rossiter

Meet the "Row-bot," a robot that cleans up pollution and generates the electricity needed to power itself by swallowing dirty water. Roboticist Jonathan Ross...

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How jails extort the poor | Salil Dudani

Why do we jail people for being poor? Today, half a million Americans are in jail only because they can't afford to post bail, and still more are locked up b...

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How racism harms pregnant women -- and what can help | Miriam Zoila Pérez

Racism is making people sick -- especially black women and babies, says Miriam Zoila Pérez. The doula turned journalist explores the relationship between rac...

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4 ways to make a city more walkable | Jeff Speck

Freedom from cars, freedom from sprawl, freedom to walk your city! City planner Jeff Speck shares his "general theory of walkability" -- four planning princi...

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My son was a Columbine shooter. This is my story | Sue Klebold

Sue Klebold is the mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the two shooters who committed the Columbine High School massacre, murdering 12 students and a teacher. Sh...

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Why you should love statistics | Alan Smith

Think you're good at guessing stats? Guess again. Whether we consider ourselves math people or not, our ability to understand and work with numbers is terrib...

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A young scientist's quest for clean water | Deepika Kurup

Deepika Kurup has been determined to solve the global water crisis since she was 14 years old, after she saw kids outside her grandparents' house in India dr...

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Buildings that blend nature and city | Jeanne Gang

A skyscraper that channels the breeze ... a building that creates community around a hearth ... Jeanne Gang uses architecture to build relationships. In this...

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How to have better political conversations | Robb Willer

Robb Willer studies the forces that unite and divide us. As a social psychologist, he researches how moral values -- typically a source of division -- can al...

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Will automation take away all our jobs? | David Autor

Here's a paradox you don't hear much about: despite a century of creating machines to do our work for us, the proportion of adults in the US with a job has c...

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Meet the inventor of the electronic spreadsheet | Dan Bricklin

Dan Bricklin changed the world forever when he codeveloped VisiCalc, the first electronic spreadsheet and grandfather of programs you probably use every day ...

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A better way to talk about love | Mandy Len Catron

In love, we fall. We're struck, we're crushed, we swoon. We burn with passion. Love makes us crazy and makes us sick. Our hearts ache, and then they break. T...

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Are you a giver or a taker? | Adam Grant

In every workplace, there are three basic kinds of people: givers, takers and matchers. Organizational psychologist Adam Grant breaks down these personalitie...

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Why Earth may someday look like Mars | Anjali Tripathi

Every minute, 400 pounds of hydrogen and almost 7 pounds of helium escape from Earth's atmosphere into outer space. Astrophysicist Anjali Tripathi studies th...

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What happens when you have a disease doctors can't diagnose | Jennifer Brea

Five years ago, TED Fellow Jen Brea became progressively ill with myalgic encephalomyelitis, commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome, a debilitating illne...

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This app makes it fun to pick up litter | Jeff Kirschner

The earth is a big place to keep clean. With Litterati -- an app for users to identify, collect and geotag the world's litter -- TED Resident Jeff Kirschner ...

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Smelfies, and other experiments in synthetic biology | Ani Liu

What if you could take a smell selfie, a smelfie? What if you had a lipstick that caused plants to grow where you kiss? Ani Liu explores the intersection of ...

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The racial politics of time | Brittney Cooper

Cultural theorist Brittney Cooper examines racism through the lens of time, showing us how historically it has been stolen from people of color, resulting in...

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An electrifying acoustic guitar performance | Rodrigo y Gabriela

Guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela combine furiously fast riffs and dazzling rhythms to create a style that draws on both flamenco guitar and heavy metal in this ...

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What it's like to be a parent in a war zone | Aala El-Khani

How do parents protect their children and help them feel secure again when their homes are ripped apart by war? In this warm-hearted talk, psychologist Aala ...

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New nanotech to detect cancer early | Joshua Smith

What if every home had an early-warning cancer detection system? Researcher Joshua Smith is developing a nanobiotechnology "cancer alarm" that scans for trac...

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What time is it on Mars? | Nagin Cox

Nagin Cox is a first-generation Martian. As a spacecraft engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Cox works on the team that manages the United States' ...

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Nationalism vs. globalism: the new political divide | Yuval Noah Harari

How do we make sense of today's political divisions? In a wide-ranging conversation full of insight, historian Yuval Harari places our current turmoil in a b...

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What we don't know about Europe's Muslim kids | Deeyah Khan

As the child of an Afghan mother and Pakistani father raised in Norway, Deeyah Khan knows what it's like to be a young person stuck between your community an...

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Our story of rape and reconciliation | Thordis Elva and Tom Stranger

In 1996, Thordis Elva shared a teenage romance with Tom Stranger, an exchange student from Australia. After a school dance, Tom raped Thordis, after which th...

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Art made of the air we breathe | Emily Parsons-Lord

Emily Parsons-Lord re-creates air from distinct moments in Earth's history -- from the clean, fresh-tasting air of the Carboniferous period to the soda-water...

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To solve old problems, study new species | Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado

Nature is wonderfully abundant, diverse and mysterious -- but biological research today tends to focus on only seven species, including rats, chickens, fruit...

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The next step in nanotechnology | George Tulevski

Nearly every other year the transistors that power silicon computer chip shrink in size by half and double in performance, enabling our devices to become mor...

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The lies we tell pregnant women | Sofia Jawed-Wessel

"When we tell women that sex isn't worth the risk during pregnancy, what we're telling her is that her sexual pleasure doesn't matter ... that she in fact do...

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It's time to reclaim religion | Sharon Brous

At a moment when the world seems to be spinning out of control, religion might feel irrelevant -- or like part of the problem. But Rabbi Sharon Brous believe...

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How online abuse of women has spiraled out of control | Ashley Judd

Enough with online hate speech, sexual harassment and threats of violence against women and marginalized groups. It's time to take the global crisis of onlin...

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