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'11/24/2021 3:53:59 PM'

The surprising health benefits of dreaming | Matt Walker

When you fall asleep and start dreaming, you're actually doing very important work. According to sleep scientist Matt Walker, dreams act like a form of "overnight therapy." In fact, your dreams may even boost your ability to solve problems and pro...

'11/23/2021 9:04:43 PM'

The science of extreme weather -- and how to reduce the harm | Al Roker, Al Gore, David Biello and Latif Nasser

Floods, droughts, heat waves and cold blasts -- why is the weather becoming more extreme? Environmentalist and "America's weatherman" Al Roker discusses the link between climate change and disruptions to weather patterns worldwide, followed by a c...

'11/23/2021 9:03:44 PM'

Dear world leaders, these are our climate demands | Xiye Bastida, Shiv Soin and Latif Nasser

Investing in green energy, holding large corporations accountable for their pollution, stopping pipeline and oil extraction initiatives -- these are non-negotiable actions to protect the planet, but they are still just the bare minimum, say climat...

'11/23/2021 3:47:09 PM'

How accurate is the weather forecast? | Mona Chalabi

No one remembers when you're right, but no one forgets when you're wrong. Your local weather person knows that saying all too well. But while they take a lot of the heat (get it?), how much of it is actually justified? In this episode, Mona Chalab...

'11/22/2021 7:50:50 PM'

An action plan for solving the climate crisis | John Doerr and Ryan Panchadsaram

"How much more damage do we have to endure before we realize that it's cheaper to save this planet than to ruin it?" asks engineer and investor John Doerr. In conversation with Countdown cofounder Lindsay Levin, Doerr and systems innovator Ryan Pa...

'11/22/2021 4:15:32 PM'

The science of preserving sight | Joshua Chu-Tan

As you get older, your eyes worsen and become susceptible to a disease called age-related macular degeneration -- the leading cause of blindness, with no cure in sight. Sharing the science of how your vision works, researcher Joshua Chu-Tan offers...

'11/19/2021 3:52:30 PM'

Your self-driving robotaxi is almost here | Aicha Evans

We've been hearing about self-driving cars for years, but autonomous vehicle entrepreneur Aicha Evans thinks we need to dream more daringly. In this exciting talk, she introduces us to robotaxis: fully autonomous, eco-friendly shuttles that would ...

'11/18/2021 3:56:56 PM'

A program to empower Black teachers in the US | Larry Irvin

TED Fellow and education innovator Larry Irvin envisions a world where every child can see themselves reflected in their teachers. With his team at Brothers Empowered to Teach, Irvin is providing pathways to careers in education for Black men, who...

'11/17/2021 3:43:08 PM'

An ever-evolving map of everything on Earth | Jack Dangermond

What if we had a map of ... everything? Jack Dangermond, a visionary behind the geographic information system (GIS) technology used to map and analyze all kinds of complex data, walks us through the interconnected technologies gathering informatio...

'11/17/2021 3:42:43 PM'

Are naps actually good for us? | Matt Walker

Afternoon naps are refreshing -- but could they be messing up our sleep cycles? Sleep scientist Matt Walker reveals the pros and cons of napping, plus tips on how to get the most out of your next short snooze.

'11/16/2021 4:01:11 PM'

The crucial intersection of climate and capital | Nili Gilbert

The financial sector often talks of decarbonizing investment portfolios as a way to fight climate change. But portfolios can be "cleaned" without having any real impact on the problem, says investment expert Nili Gilbert. Bringing science to finan...

'11/16/2021 3:35:22 PM'

Which box do I check? | Mona Chalabi

How we identify makes a difference in our lived experiences, but it's not always reflected in the checkboxes we see on forms. In this episode, Mona Chalabi explores why language matters in data collection, and why the categories we use should refl...

'11/15/2021 3:27:33 PM'

3 steps to getting what you want in a negotiation | Ruchi Sinha

We negotiate all the time at work -- for raises, promotions, time off -- and we usually go into it like it's a battle. But it's not about dominating, says organizational psychologist Ruchi Sinha. It's about crafting a relationship, understanding y...

'11/12/2021 3:57:29 PM'

Tracking the whole world's carbon emissions -- with satellites and AI | Gavin McCormick

What we know today about global greenhouse gas emissions is mostly self-reported by countries, and those numbers (sometimes tallied manually on paper!) are often inaccurate and prone to manipulation. If we really want to get serious about fighting...

'11/11/2021 4:09:56 PM'

The rise of predatory scams -- and how to prevent them | Jane Walsh

Questionable phone calls, concerning emails, heart-rending stories from a sudden new friend in need of endless financial support: elder abuse can take many forms, says lawyer Jane Walsh. And as technology becomes more sophisticated, susceptibility...

'11/10/2021 9:44:20 PM'

"Being Human" | Naima Penniman

In this stunning spoken-word performance, poet and "freedom-forging futurist" Naima Penniman celebrates the wonders of the natural world and humanity's connection to it. "I wonder if the sun debates dawn some mornings," she says.

'11/10/2021 9:00:00 PM'

Leave only footprints that will wash away | Children of Palau

The people of Palau -- a pristine ocean state made up of more than 300 islands in the western Pacific -- warmly welcome travelers to their home every year. But the guests don't always know how to protect the country's beautiful beaches and coral a...

'11/10/2021 8:58:56 PM'

The mighty power and flavor of plants | Derek Sarno

Vegan chef (and head chef of TED Countdown Summit) Derek Sarno is on a mission to unleash the mighty power of plants, creating nutritious food from mushrooms and vegetables that's full of texture and flavor -- and good for the planet. He dishes ou...

'11/10/2021 8:58:01 PM'

The powerful women on the front lines of climate action | Farwiza Farhan

When it comes to big problems like climate change, we tend to focus on big solutions -- but many of the best ideas come from people on the ground, facing day-to-day conservation battles. Sharing her effort to protect the Leseur ecosystem in Indone...

'11/10/2021 8:54:22 PM'

A bold plan to protect 30 percent of the Earth's surface and ocean floor | Enric Sala

As a diver in the 1970s, marine ecologist Enric Sala saw once-lush oceanscapes reduced to underwater deserts -- but later, in marine preserves across the globe, he also witnessed the ocean's power to rejuvenate itself when left to its own natural ...

'11/10/2021 8:52:36 PM'

A vision for sustainable energy in Africa | Chibeze Ezekiel

Africa needs new energy sources to fuel its development, but the continent should invest in renewable energy instead of cheap, polluting alternatives like coal, says climate inclusion activist Chibeze Ezekiel. He tells the story of how he worked w...

'11/10/2021 3:41:32 PM'

Why better sleep means a better sex life | Matt Walker

Want a healthier love life? Get better sleep, says sleep scientist Matt Walker. In this episode, he explains how getting more quality shut-eye can boost fertility and vitality -- plus how sex can even improve your sleep.

'11/10/2021 3:41:14 PM'

How your brain invents your "self" | Anil Seth

Who are you, really? Neuroscientist Anil Seth lays out his fascinating new theory of consciousness and self, centered on the notion that we "predict" the world into existence. From sleep to memory and everything in between, Seth explores the reali...

'11/9/2021 3:46:05 PM'

How small countries can make a big impact on climate change | Nicola Sturgeon

When it comes to tackling climate change, the size of a country doesn't matter -- it's their ambition that counts, says First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon. In a rousing talk, she shares examples of small nations -- from Bhutan and Fiji to ...

'11/9/2021 3:14:15 PM'

How did we get fertility so wrong? | Mona Chalabi

When it comes to making a baby, we know it takes two to tango. So why do the pressures of fertility often fall on only one half of the equation? In this video, data journalist Mona Chalabi examines some of the big misconceptions around fertility, ...

'11/8/2021 8:40:22 PM'

Super speed, magnetic levitation and the vision behind the hyperloop | Josh Giegel

What if your hour-long commute was reduced to just minutes? That's the promise of the hyperloop: a transit system designed around a pod that zooms through a vacuum-sealed space (roughly the size of a subway tunnel) at hyper-speed, powered by next-...

'11/8/2021 3:35:30 PM'

What working parents really need from workplaces | Angela Garbes

What if we started treating parenting like the real work it is? Podcast host and CEO Angela Garbes details how working families have evolved -- and how companies haven't -- and gives insight into what parents really need from their colleagues and ...

'11/5/2021 2:37:12 PM'

The creative power of your intuition | Bozoma Saint John

Great ideas are like electricity -- they snap into sharp focus and sprint from place to place. What's the best way to capture them? Bozoma Saint John, Chief Marketing Officer at Netflix, makes a compelling case to move away from an overreliance on...

'11/4/2021 2:54:36 PM'

A tailored history of who wears what -- and why | Richard Thompson Ford

From puffy trousers to pantsuits and everything in between, law professor and author Richard Thompson Ford takes us on a fascinating tour through the history of fashion and the evolution of dress codes that still influence style today, tracing the...

'11/3/2021 2:46:32 PM'

The problem of vaccine spoilage -- and a smart sensor to help | Nithya Ramanathan

Refrigerators do much more than store your groceries -- they're also vital to preserving and distributing vaccines. Illustrating the realities of (and threats to) global vaccine supply chains, technologist and TED Fellow Nithya Ramanathan describe...

'11/3/2021 2:35:43 PM'

How daylight saving time affects our bodies, minds -- and world | Matt Walker

For places that observe daylight saving time, gaining an hour of sleep every November -- or losing an hour every March -- doesn't just affect how well-rested (or caffeinated) people are. The effects of the semi-annual time change are far-reaching,...

'11/2/2021 2:51:41 PM'

What we miss when we focus on the average | Mona Chalabi

It's tempting to focus on averages when we think about data, but the world is a lot messier than those numbers can make it out to be. So what could we gain if we shifted our attention to the outliers in the data, or as data journalist Mona Chalabi...

'11/2/2021 1:12:47 PM'

How to make radical climate action the new normal | Al Gore

A net-zero future is possible, but first we need to flip a mental switch to truly understand that we can stop the climate crisis if we try, says Nobel laureate Al Gore. In this inspiring and essential talk, Gore shares examples of extreme climate ...

'11/1/2021 2:45:47 PM'

3 rules to help you build a successful business | Julissa Prado

Have an idea you're yearning to turn into a business? Julissa Prado, founder and CEO of Rizos Curls, explains how she was inspired by the Latino and immigrant communities she grew up in -- and shares 3 principles that guide her in her work.

'10/30/2021 6:18:55 PM'

What is COP26? | Countdown

What is COP26? Here's what you need to know about the crucial UN climate conference set to take place in Glasgow, Scotland from October 31-November 12, 2021. Featuring climate advocate Al Gore; Paris Climate Agreement architect Christiana Figueres...

'10/30/2021 4:27:02 PM'

The 55 gigaton challenge | Countdown

This is the climate challenge we face: we need to go from putting 55 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases into the air each year to zero. And it all needs to happen by 2050 at the latest. How can we get there? This quick animated video explains...

'10/29/2021 2:47:40 PM'

A new perspective on the journey to net-zero | Amina J. Mohammed

Climate action can be a vehicle to deliver dignity, opportunity and equality for all. UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed invites us to reimagine what the journey to net-zero could look like if we invest in people's climate efforts while...

'10/28/2021 7:54:34 PM'

The fastest way to slow climate change now | Ilissa Ocko

"Cutting methane is the single fastest, most effective opportunity to reduce climate change risks in the near term," says atmospheric scientist Ilissa Ocko. That's because, unlike carbon dioxide, methane's warming power doesn't come from a gradual...

'10/28/2021 7:51:35 PM'

AI isn't as smart as you think -- but it could be | Jeff Dean

What is AI, really? Jeff Dean, the head of Google's AI efforts, explains the underlying technology that enables artificial intelligence to do all sorts of things, from understanding language to diagnosing disease -- and presents a roadmap for buil...

'10/28/2021 2:46:45 PM'

The tech-forward rejuvenation of "underdog" cities | Irma L. Olguin Jr.

Computer skills aren't what's stopping people from breaking into the tech industry, says social entrepreneur Irma L. Olguin Jr. More often, the biggest hurdles are things like access to childcare, transportation and financial stability. In this vi...

'10/27/2021 2:50:54 PM'

Stuck in the gig economy? Try platform co-ops instead | Trebor Scholz

Co-ops date back almost 200 years, run by groups of people that work together to own and operate a company. What does it look like when this tried-and-true business model merges with the digital economy? Trebor Scholz introduces the "platform coop...

'10/26/2021 2:27:35 PM'

Can China achieve its ambitious climate pledges? | Hongqiao Liu

In 2020, China's President Xi Jinping pledged that China would both peak its emissions by 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions by 2060 -- a change that will require action at an unheard-of scale and speed. Can the country actually achieve this ambi...

'10/22/2021 2:47:48 PM'

3 tips for leaders to get the future of work right | Debbie Lovich

Work that's dictated by a fixed schedule, place and job description doesn't make sense anymore, says leadership expert Debbie Lovich. In light of the cultural shift towards remote work sparked by the pandemic, Lovich gives three essential tips to ...

'10/21/2021 2:39:01 PM'

A close-to-home solution for accessible childcare | Chris Bennett

Childcare needs a transformation -- but rather than investing billions in new buildings and schools, what if we could unlock the potential of people already nearby? Entrepreneur Chris Bennett offers an innovative way to tackle the shortage of chil...

'10/20/2021 3:11:14 PM'

How much clean electricity do we really need? | Solomon Goldstein-Rose

To fight climate change, we need to clean up the global electricity system by replacing fossil fuel power plants with clean generation -- right? Climate author Solomon Goldstein-Rose thinks we need to do much more than that. Replacement isn't enou...

'10/19/2021 2:41:31 PM'

How we could eat real meat without harming animals | Isha Datar

What if you could eat chicken nuggets without harming a chicken? It's possible through "cellular agriculture," says Isha Datar. In a talk about cutting-edge science, she explains how this new means of food production makes it possible to eat meat ...

'10/15/2021 2:46:50 PM'

The bad math of the fossil fuel industry | Tzeporah Berman

We currently have enough fossil fuels to progressively transition off of them, says climate campaigner Tzeporah Berman, but the industry continues to expand oil, gas and coal production and exploration. With searing passion and unflinching nerve, ...

'10/14/2021 2:49:05 PM'

Why skin disease is often misdiagnosed in darker skin tones | Jenna C. Lester

Skin is one of the most powerful predictors of health, yet nearly half of all new dermatologists admit to feeling uncomfortable identifying health issues on darker skin tones -- resulting in poorer health outcomes for patients of color. In this cr...

'10/13/2021 2:46:06 PM'

What you discover when you really listen | Hrishikesh Hirway

"Every conversation has the potential to open up and reveal all the layers and layers within it, all those rooms within rooms," says podcaster and musician Hrishikesh Hirway. In this profoundly moving talk, he offers a guide to deep conversations ...

'10/13/2021 1:57:42 PM'

The billion-dollar campaign to electrify transport | Monica Araya

The roadmap to ending pollution from transportation is here, says electrification advocate Monica Araya. In conversation with head of TED Chris Anderson, Araya introduces Drive Electric: a global campaign to retire the polluting internal combustio...

'10/12/2021 5:51:33 PM'

A roadmap for young changemakers | Melati Wijsen

Activism is a tough job, especially for young people yearning for immediate change -- something climate activist Melati Wijsen has learned over ten years of pushing for environmental protection, starting at age 12 in her home on the island of Bali...

'10/11/2021 2:40:24 PM'

5 tips for dealing with meeting overload | Cindy Solomon

Could this meeting have been an email? The phenomenon of "calendar creep," where meetings completely take over your work days, is wasting time, energy and productivity -- but you can take back control. Leadership expert Cindy Solomon shares her fi...

'10/8/2021 2:53:42 PM'

How humanity doubled life expectancy in a century | Steven Johnson

Doubling human life expectancy in a century is our greatest achievement, says author Steven Johnson. How did we make it happen -- and can we keep it going? Backed by fascinating historical anecdotes, he shares some life-lengthening innovations and...

'10/7/2021 2:47:15 PM'

A more accurate way to calculate emissions | Charlotte Degot

Greenhouse gases are colorless, scentless and invisible, making them exceptionally hard to measure. Fortunately, some tools and techniques can help -- one of the most powerful being artificial intelligence, says green technologist Charlotte Degot....

'10/6/2021 2:44:21 PM'

The brain science of obesity | Mads Tang-Christensen

Your belly and your brain speak to each other, says obesity researcher Mads Tang-Christensen. Offering scientific proof that obesity is a disease influenced by genetics and the environment, he introduces a molecule discovered in both the brain and...

'10/5/2021 2:45:50 PM'

How NFTs are building the internet of the future | Kayvon Tehranian

In this revelatory talk, technologist Kayvon Tehranian explores why NFTs -- digital assets that represent a certificate of ownership on the internet -- are a technological breakthrough. Learn how NFTs are putting power and economic control back in...

'10/4/2021 2:40:13 PM'

Want to truly succeed? Lift others up while you climb | Amber Hikes

It's up to all of us to create a more inclusive and diverse workplace. No matter where you are in your career journey, it's essential that you help others grow, even as you are growing yourself, says ACLU Chief Equity Officer Amber Hikes. She lays...

'10/1/2021 2:54:28 PM'

3 ways community creates a healthy life | Olivia Affuso

Maintaining a healthy weight takes more than diet and exercise, says physical activity epidemiologist Olivia Affuso. In this actionable talk, she shows how you can kickstart a healthy life by tapping into the collective power of a community that s...

'9/30/2021 4:24:09 PM'

The Black history of twerking -- and how it taught me self-love | Lizzo

Twerking is mainstream now ... but do you know where it came from? Superstar Lizzo traces booty shaking to a traditional West African dance and tells how Black women across generations kept the rhythm alive, from blues and jazz singers to modern r...

'9/29/2021 2:50:54 PM'

Why the passport needs an upgrade | Karoli Hindriks

It's time to give paper passports a digital upgrade, says entrepreneur Karoli Hindriks. Looking to Estonia's technology-driven government for inspiration, she envisions a world where immigration is no longer hindered by bureaucracy and needless re...

'9/28/2021 3:07:53 PM'

How employers steal from workers -- and get away with it | Rebecca Galemba

When you work, you expect to be paid for it. Except, for millions of Americans employed across a range of industries like restaurants and construction, that's not always the case. Anthropologist Rebecca Galemba explores the multibillion-dollar pro...

'9/27/2021 3:02:14 PM'

3 rules for better work-life balance | Ashley Whillans

Have you answered a work email during an important family event? Or taken a call from your boss while on vacation? According to behavioral scientist and Harvard Business School professor Ashley Whillans, "always-on" work culture is not only ruinin...

'9/24/2021 2:53:33 PM'

Could you recover from illness ... using your own stem cells? | Nabiha Saklayen

What if diseases could be treated with a patient's own cells, precisely and on demand? Biotech entrepreneur Nabiha Saklayen explains how we could harness advances in biology, machine learning and lasers to create personalized stem cell banks -- an...

'9/23/2021 2:51:16 PM'

The art of paying attention | Wendy MacNaughton

In an invitation to slow down and look at the world around you, graphic journalist Wendy MacNaughton illustrates how drawing can spark deeply human, authentic connections. Ready to try? Grab a pencil and join MacNaughton for this delightful talk. ...

'9/22/2021 2:49:14 PM'

The intended consequences of helping nature thrive | Ryan Phelan

From a special black-footed ferret to coral that can withstand warming waters, genetic rescue efforts that use genomics and synthetic biology are helping nature thrive. But despite the huge successes of this kind of intervention, conservation inno...

'9/21/2021 2:54:50 PM'

The link between inequality and anxiety | Richard Wilkinson

Why are global levels of anxiety and depression so high? Social epidemiologist Richard Wilkinson presents compelling data on the impact of inequality on mental health and social relationships in countries around the world. "Inequality," he says, "...

'9/20/2021 2:50:15 PM'

Planet City -- a sci-fi vision of an astonishing regenerative future | Liam Young

Get transported on a stunningly rendered, sci-fi safari through Planet City: an imaginary metropolis of 10 billion people, from the brain of director and architect Liam Young. Explore the potential outcomes of an urban space designed to house the ...

'9/17/2021 2:50:47 PM'

The untapped energy source that could power the planet | Jamie C. Beard

Deep beneath your feet is a molten ball of energy the same temperature as the surface of the sun -- an immense clean energy source that could power the world thousands of times over, says technologist and climate activist Jamie C. Beard. How do we...

'9/16/2021 2:51:50 PM'

An NFL quarterback on overcoming setbacks and self-doubt | Alex Smith

Former NFL quarterback Alex Smith almost died after a particularly rough tackle snapped his leg in 2018 -- yet he was back on the field just two years later. In this inspiring talk, he shares his hard-won insights on overcoming fear, self-doubt an...

'9/15/2021 3:12:56 PM'

The trans story includes you | Nicole Maines

As actress Nicole Maines points out, we all unwittingly play supporting roles in each others' life stories -- for better or worse. With charm and aplomb, she shares her experience growing up as a trans youth, emphasizing the big and small ways com...

'9/14/2021 4:15:15 PM'

The inaccurate link between body ideals and health | Nancy N. Chen

Global obesity rates are on the rise, but body shaming campaigns are doing more harm than good, says medical anthropologist Nancy N. Chen. Reflecting on how the cultural histories of body ideals have changed over time, she offers a new way to view...

'9/13/2021 2:47:55 PM'

A smart bra for better heart health | Alicia Chong Rodriguez

Could an everyday clothing item help protect your health? In this quick talk, TED Fellow Alicia Chong Rodriguez introduces us to a smart bra designed to gather real-time data on biomarkers like heartbeat, breath and temperature. Learn how this lif...

'9/10/2021 2:59:23 PM'

Life-altering questions about the end of the universe | Katie Mack

In this fascinating conversation, cosmologist and TED Fellow Katie Mack delves into everything from the Big Bang theory to what we see at the edge of the observable universe to a few ways the cosmos might end. Stay tuned to hear Mack recite an ori...

'9/9/2021 2:49:40 PM'

The big myth of government deficits | Stephanie Kelton

Government deficits have gotten a bad rap, says economist Stephanie Kelton. In this groundbreaking talk, she makes the case to stop looking at government spending as a path towards frightening piles of debt, but rather as a financial contribution ...

'9/8/2021 2:48:44 PM'

A sci-fi vision of life in 2041 | Chen Qiufan

Sci-fi writer Chen Qiufan doesn't fear a dystopian future. Instead, he believes developments in artificial intelligence will make all of our lives better, healthier and safer. He takes us on a tour of the next 20 years of AI and shares some astoni...

'9/7/2021 2:59:52 PM'

How to stop languishing and start finding flow | Adam Grant

Have you found yourself staying up late, joylessly bingeing TV shows and doomscrolling through the news, or simply navigating your day uninspired and aimless? Chances are you're languishing, says organizational psychologist Adam Grant -- a psychic...

'9/3/2021 2:48:56 PM'

A new way to restore Earth's biodiversity -- from the air | Susan Graham

Land restoration is about more than planting trees, says environmentalist Susan Graham. Check out how her team combines drone technology with ecology-trained AI to restore degraded land and revive complex, biodiverse ecosystems -- whether it's on ...

'9/2/2021 2:52:36 PM'

The state of the climate crisis in 2021 | Climate Action Tracker

2021 is a critical year for climate change. According to the Paris Climate Agreement, governments must decide now on how to reduce the amount of carbon they pump into the atmosphere in order to avoid the most devastating consequences of global war...

'9/1/2021 2:49:09 PM'

A taste of Mexico's ancient chocolate-making tradition | Germán Santillán

Dating back more than 800 years, chocolate is deeply woven into the Indigenous history of Oaxaca, Mexico. TED Fellow Germán Santillán talks about his work reviving the Mixtec technique used to prepare this ancient delicacy by training a new genera...

'8/30/2021 2:48:36 PM'

A future with fewer cars | Freeman H. Shen

What if your car could drop you off and then find parking by itself? According to electric vehicle entrepreneur Freeman H. Shen, this technology already exists. He shares his vision for a future where AI-powered electric vehicles will solve many o...

'8/12/2021 2:47:33 PM'

Walk with Little Amal, a theatrical journey celebrating the refugee experience | Amir Nizar Zuabi

In a staggering display of creativity and community, theater director Amir Nizar Zuabi introduces "The Walk": a theatrical journey following a nine-year-old refugee girl named Amal (represented by a giant, lifelike puppet) as she makes her way fro...

'8/10/2021 2:57:13 PM'

An interactive map to track (and end) pollution in China | Ma Jun

China has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2060 -- and its citizens are helping industries across the country reach that goal. Environmentalist Ma Jun introduces the Blue Map, an app that empowers people to report pollution violations in their comm...

'8/9/2021 2:48:14 PM'

Why are stolen African artifacts still in Western museums? | Jim Chuchu

African artifacts shown in museums worldwide are often not borrowed, but stolen -- and TED Fellow Jim Chuchu is on a mission to get them back. Learn the sordid history behind how many of the collections in the West came to be, Chuchu's extensive w...

'8/6/2021 2:54:20 PM'

The fingerprints of life beyond Earth | Clara Sousa-Silva

Is there life on Venus? Quantum astrochemist Clara Sousa-Silva makes the case for a new way to seek and possibly discover habitable planets -- and shares her research into a poisonous, smelly molecule that might signal life beyond Earth.

'8/5/2021 2:40:43 PM'

The tiny balls of fat that could revolutionize medicine | Kathryn A. Whitehead

What if you were holding life-saving medicine ... but had no way to administer it? Zoom down to the nano level with engineer Kathryn A. Whitehead as she gives a breakdown of the little fatty balls (called lipid nanoparticles) perfectly designed to...

'8/4/2021 2:52:39 PM'

Don't call people out -- call them in | Loretta J. Ross

We live in a call-out culture, says activist and scholar Loretta J. Ross. You're probably familiar with it: the public shaming and blaming, on social media and in real life, of people who may have done wrong and are being held accountable. In this...

'8/3/2021 2:41:33 PM'

Meet the scientist couple driving an mRNA vaccine revolution | Uğur Şahin and Özlem Türeci

As COVID-19 spread, BioNTech cofounders Uğur Şahin and Özlem Türeci had one goal: to make a safe, effective vaccine faster than ever before. In this illuminating conversation with head of TED Chris Anderson, the immunologists (and married couple) ...

'8/2/2021 2:56:50 PM'

Remembering climate change ... a message from the year 2071 | Kim Stanley Robinson

Coming to us from 50 years in the future, legendary sci-fi writer Kim Stanley Robinson tells the "history" of how humanity ended the climate crisis and restored the damage done to Earth's biosphere. A rousing vision of how we might unite to overco...

'7/29/2021 3:06:19 PM'

The informal settlements reshaping the world | Jota Samper

Creative, sustainable solutions find their home in the thousands of informal neighborhoods across the world. Urban planner Jota Samper believes these often overlooked settlements (also known as slums) should be regarded as hubs of innovation and s...

'7/26/2021 2:52:57 PM'

3 rules for a zero-carbon world | Nigel Topping

Every human and natural system -- from oil extraction to the flight of a flock of starlings -- can be seen as a set of repeating patterns. These patterns can be disrupted for good or for bad, says Nigel Topping, the High Level Climate Action Champ...

'7/23/2021 6:24:25 PM'

The ancient origins of the Olympics | Armand D'Angour

Thousands of years in the making, the Olympics began as part of a religious festival honoring the Greek god Zeus in the rural Greek town of Olympia. But how did it become the greatest show of sporting excellence on earth? Educator Armand D'Angour ...

'7/22/2021 2:40:54 PM'

Are wild animals really "wild"? | Emma Marris

Human activity is affecting the planet in dramatic, unsustainable ways -- including destroying the habitats of wild animals. Considering our obligation to care for the creatures we've impacted, environmental writer Emma Marris dives into the ethic...

'7/22/2021 12:53:20 AM'

How every child can thrive by five | Molly Wright

"What if I was to tell you that a game of peek-a-boo could change the world?" asks seven-year-old Molly Wright, one of the youngest-ever TED speakers. Breaking down the research-backed ways parents and caregivers can support children's healthy bra...

'7/19/2021 11:39:19 AM'

Why COP26 is our best chance for a greener future | Alok Sharma

Something powerful is happening around the world. The issue of climate change has moved from the margins to the mainstream, says Alok Sharma, the President-Designate of COP26, the United Nations climate conference set to take place in November 202...

'7/14/2021 3:00:36 PM'

The missing 96 percent of the universe | Claire Malone

We've misplaced the building blocks of the cosmos -- and particle physicists like Claire Malone are on a mission to find them. Despite scientists hitting a "major snag" in uncovering what exactly makes up dark matter and dark energy, she explains ...

'7/13/2021 3:05:59 PM'

The link between menopause and gender inequity at work | Andrea Berchowitz

Hot flashes, joint pain, anxiety, depression, difficulty sleeping -- these unforgiving menopause symptoms directly impact work but often go overlooked and under-discussed as a taboo topic, says entrepreneur Andrea Berchowitz. She gives practical a...

'7/8/2021 2:47:41 PM'

A cleanse won't detox your body -- but here's what will | Jen Gunter

Put down the cayenne-lemon water and step away from the herbal tea. Cleanses and detox products like these don't remove toxins, says Dr. Jen Gunter, and some of them may even be hurting your health. Learn how your body rids itself of harmful subst...

'7/6/2021 2:57:22 PM'

Why aren't there more Native American restaurants? | Sean Sherman

When you think of North American cuisine, do Indigenous foods come to mind? Chef Sean Sherman serves up an essential history lesson that explains the absence of Native American culinary traditions across the continent, highlighting why revitalizin...

'7/2/2021 3:15:11 PM'

How music streaming transformed songwriting | Björn Ulvaeus

Money, money, money ... in the music business, there seems to be little left for the songwriters that fuel it. ABBA co-founder Björn Ulvaeus calls for the industry to support its most valuable asset, breaking down how the streaming revolution impa...

'7/1/2021 2:33:18 PM'

What's normal anxiety -- and what's an anxiety disorder? | Jen Gunter

Everyone gets anxious at times, but how can you tell when worrying and fear crosses the line and needs attention? Dr. Jen Gunter introduces a special part of the brain called the amygdala and shares the science behind your brain's threat-detection...

'6/29/2021 3:10:26 PM'

Why we're more honest with machines than people | Anne Scherer

For a genuine conversation, consider talking to a robot; the less humanized, the better. Consumer researcher Anne Scherer shares her findings on why some machines get us to open up better than actual people, revealing fascinating insights about hu...

'6/25/2021 3:02:56 PM'

What to do when climate change feels unstoppable | Clover Hogan

Today's youth have inherited a big, unprecedented climate problem to solve -- and the eco-anxiety to go with it. Gen-Zer and activist Clover Hogan knows the struggle firsthand, but she also understands the path to climate action starts with the on...

'6/24/2021 2:58:09 PM'

5 skin health myths to stop believing now | Jen Gunter

Your skin is your body's largest organ ... but it might be the most misunderstood, says Dr. Jen Gunter. From sunscreen to cancer and even chocolate, she tackles five misleading myths about skin and shares what you can do to protect it. Want to hea...

'6/21/2021 2:48:06 PM'

The emotions behind your money habits | Robert A. Belle

Your money habits reveal a lot about you: your hopes, fears, dreams and other deep personal truths you may not even be aware of, says accountant Robert A. Belle. He shares how taking stock of your transaction history can unlock surprisingly valuab...

'6/17/2021 3:09:49 PM'

How marijuana reform could repair, reclaim and restore communities | Khadijah Tribble

The war on drugs in the United States undid much of the progress of the Civil Rights Movement -- and today, it continues to derail millions within marginalized communities with arrests, convictions and incarcerations for marijuana possession. As m...

'6/17/2021 2:40:59 PM'

Can you actually boost your immune system? Here's the truth | Jen Gunter

Take vitamin C supplements when you feel a cold coming on? The problem is, you can't actually "strengthen" your immune system, says Dr. Jen Gunter. Diving into the elegant network of cells, tissues and organs that protect us every day, she introdu...

'6/16/2021 2:36:39 PM'

How to find meaning after loss | David Kessler

You may be familiar with the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. After decades of research and his own experience with tragic loss, grief expert David Kessler ventured beyond that classic framework and sough...

'6/15/2021 2:50:27 PM'

How to be a professional troublemaker | Luvvie Ajayi Jones

Disrupting the status quo can be scary, but sometimes it's necessary to make the world a fairer place. Reclaiming what it means to be a troublemaker, author Luvvie Ajayi Jones shares three questions to ask yourself when tackling fear and standing ...

'6/11/2021 3:05:28 PM'

A queer journey from shame to self-love | Crystal Rasmussen

If you've sanded down your edges to fit in, it's time to bring them back -- there's power, value and beauty there, says Crystal Rasmussen. With candor and humility, Rasmussen shares their experience navigating shame, how it manifests in ourselves ...

'6/10/2021 2:50:50 PM'

Why healthy bones are about so much more than milk | Jen Gunter

Drinking calcium-rich milk strengthens your bones -- but it's not the only thing you can do for a strong and healthy skeleton. Dr. Jen Gunter digs deep into the three layers of bone to explain why they weaken as we age and shares what you can do t...

'6/8/2021 3:00:11 PM'

How to support yourself (and others) through grief | Nina Westbrook

In big and small ways, we all experience loss: whether it's the passing of a loved one, the close of a career or even the end of a dream. Explaining how to process many types of sorrow, marriage and family therapist Nina Westbrook highlights the i...

'6/3/2021 8:01:05 PM'

The anxiety that comes from being treated like an outsider | Valerie Purdie-Greenaway

The stress you may feel being otherized or stereotyped can take a significant toll on your health and well-being. In this thoughtful conversation, social psychologist Valerie Purdie-Greenaway reveals the true source of this anxiety (hint: it isn't...

'6/3/2021 2:36:16 PM'

What really happens to your body during menopause | Jen Gunter

It's time to erase the shame and fear swirling around menopause and understand exactly what's going on inside your body. Dr. Jen Gunter walks through the biology of this perfectly normal transition and shares some of the best things you can do -- ...

'6/2/2021 8:10:44 PM'

Essential questions to ask your future self | Meg Jay

How much do you think about your future self? If your answer is not much, you're not alone. It can be difficult to plan for a version of yourself you haven't met yet, says psychologist Meg Jay. Sharing how to close the empathy gap between you and ...

'6/2/2021 3:01:14 PM'

Who makes judges? | Jessica Kerr

What qualifies someone to become a judge? The answer is surprisingly vague and even taboo to discuss. Lawyer Jessica Kerr sifts through the murky, mysterious process that sits at the center of the Commonwealth judicial system in countries like Aus...

'5/28/2021 2:44:58 PM'

The rigged test of leadership | Sophie Williams

The glass cliff: an experience of taking on a leadership role only to find that your chances of success have been limited before you've even begun. Equality activist Sophie Williams explores the research-backed reasons behind this workplace phenom...

'5/27/2021 7:51:46 PM'

Tips for reclaiming your peace of mind online | Naomi Shimada

To post or not to post? The real question is: How do you feel about it? Author Naomi Shimada reflects on the anxiety-inducing aspects of social media, sharing advice on how to step back from the shame, optics and echo chambers of the internet and ...

'5/27/2021 2:55:36 PM'

Why you shouldn't worry about pooping once a day | Jen Gunter

You may have heard that you should be pooping once a day -- but that's a load of crap, says Dr. Jen Gunter. From the enzymes in your mouth to the nutrient-absorbing power of your large intestine, she journeys through the digestive tract to explain...

'5/26/2021 2:53:46 PM'

What farmers need to be modern, climate-friendly and profitable | Beth Ford

Farming feeds all of us -- yet in rural communities, farmers are under pressure from mounting climate volatility and limited access to modern tools like the internet. How can agriculture stay resilient and grow with the times? Beth Ford, CEO of th...

'5/24/2021 5:31:16 PM'

Documentary films that explore trauma -- and make space for healing | Almudena Toral

Through documentary films following survivors of trauma, TED Fellow Almudena Toral makes invisible psychological scars seen. She shares the heartbreaking story of Adayanci Pérez, a six-year-old girl from Guatemala suffering from post-traumatic str...

'5/24/2021 1:37:18 PM'

The infinite alchemy of storytelling | Zahra Al-Mahdi

TED Fellow Zahra Al-Mahdi was raised by screens -- "storytelling machines" like TV and the internet that shaped her sense of self and reality. Now a multimedia artist and filmmaker, she challenges common historical narratives and brings a multipli...

'5/24/2021 1:35:36 PM'

The real-life superheroes helping Syrian refugees | Feras Fayyad

Society has a set of stories it tells itself about who refugees are and what they look like, says documentarian and TED Fellow Feras Fayyad. With his films, he's on a mission to separate the facts about refugees from fiction, as a form of resistan...

'5/24/2021 1:29:14 PM'

How to heat your home without hurting the planet | Kathy Hannun

Of all the mundane yet astonishing marvels of human ingenuity, knowing what it takes to heat a room to a comfortable temperature is TED Fellow Kathy Hannun's favorite. She takes us on a journey across the planet and under the sea to emphasize the ...

'5/24/2021 1:24:19 PM'

The life-saving tech helping mothers make healthy decisions | Aparna Hegde

Overcrowded clinics, extensive wait times and overworked doctors are taking a devastating toll on mothers and children in India. In this eye-opening talk, urogynecologist and TED Fellow Aparna Hegde exposes the systemic gaps that lead to preventab...

'5/24/2021 1:22:57 PM'

The death of the universe -- and what it means for life | Katie Mack

The universe started with a bang -- but how will it end? With astonishing visuals, cosmologist and TED Fellow Katie Mack takes us to the theoretical end of everything, some trillions of years in the future, in a profound meditation on existence, w...

'5/24/2021 1:21:21 PM'

What should humans take to space (and leave behind)? | Jorge Mañes Rubio

One day, humans will explore space en masse and live scattered across the solar system on planets like Mars and beyond. Inspired by his time as artist-in-residence at the European Space Agency, TED Fellow Jorge Mañes Rubio wants to rethink what we...

'5/24/2021 1:18:27 PM'

A new approach to defending the human rights of migrants | Itamar Mann

In this gripping talk, litigator and TED Fellow Itamar Mann details the perilous boat migrations of asylum seekers crossing the Mediterranean Sea. With a surplus of evidence gathered by researchers and activists, he explains how lawyers are making...

'5/24/2021 1:16:41 PM'

Playful, wondrous public spaces built for community and possibility | Matthew Mazzotta

Introducing a new type of public space, custom-fit for communities in need of a shot of hope and wonder. Artist and TED Fellow Matthew Mazzotta takes us across the US, sharing delightful projects that refresh space and place, spark collective conv...

'5/24/2021 1:15:07 PM'

How your body could become its own diagnostic lab | Aaron Morris

We need an inside-out approach to how we diagnose disease, says immuno-engineer and TED Fellow Aaron Morris. Introducing cutting-edge medical research, he unveils implantable technology that gives real-time, continuous analysis of a patient's heal...

'5/24/2021 1:13:46 PM'

A feminist reimagining of Kenya's public transport | Naomi Mwaura

Kenya's minibuses -- known as "matatus" -- offer a convenient, affordable and colorful way for people to get around. But they also pose safety risks and accessibility issues for many of their passengers, especially women. Bringing a feminist persp...

'5/24/2021 1:12:24 PM'

An app that empowers people to solve their legal problems | Rohan Pavuluri

If you can't afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you, right? Not in US civil court. From high legal fees to confusing paperwork and expensive lawyers, it can be difficult to settle civil matters. Entrepreneur and TED Fellow Rohan Pavulur...

'5/24/2021 1:11:08 PM'

Electronic pills that could transform how we treat disease | Khalil Ramadi

Could a small jolt of electricity to your gut help treat chronic diseases? Medical hacker and TED Fellow Khalil Ramadi is developing a new, noninvasive therapy that could treat diseases like diabetes, obesity, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's with an e...

'5/24/2021 1:09:41 PM'

The search for microscopic aliens | Sarah Rugheimer

Astrophysicist and TED Fellow Sarah Rugheimer searches for aliens -- but not the cartoony green kind. She's looking for extraterrestrial microbes by studying how these single-celled organisms emit gases, which could reveal evidence of them through...

'5/24/2021 1:01:50 PM'

The multibillion-dollar US prison industry -- and how to dismantle it | Bianca Tylek

A phone call to a US prison or jail can cost up to a dollar per minute -- a rate that forces one in three families with incarcerated loved ones into debt. In this searing talk about mass incarceration, criminal justice advocate and TED Fellow Bian...

'5/24/2021 1:00:01 PM'

How dirt bikes and STEM ignite ingenuity in Baltimore | Brittany Young

Dirt biking is more than just a pastime -- it's an opportunity to disrupt the cycle of poverty and provide enriching STEM education, says TED Fellow Brittany Young. In this perspective-shifting talk, she shares how her team is working with student...

'5/21/2021 2:48:56 PM'

The cure for burnout (hint: it isn't self-care) | Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski

You may be experiencing burnout and not even know it, say authors (and sisters) Emily and Amelia Nagoski. In an introspective and deeply relatable conversation, they detail three telltale signs that stress is getting the best of you -- and share a...