Monthly Archives: February 2008

TED2008: Very smart crows.

Joshua Klein studies syntropic species – species that have adapted to coexist with humans. Ever since a cocktail party ten year ago, where a friend was complaining about crows, he’s been fascinated by them, wondering if there’s a way we … Continue reading

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TED2008: Paul Stamets: If all you have is a mushroom everything looks like a mycelium

If Robert Ballard is intense, Paul Stamets is on fire with his passion for fungi. He strides onto stage and announces, “I love a challenge and saving the earth is probably a good one.” He believes we’re in the sixth … Continue reading

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TED2008: Robert Ballard wants you to look down

Robert Ballard has a bit of a chip on his shoulder. He’d realy like to know why we look up and not down. “Our country has two exploration programs,” – NASA and NOAA – “Why are we ignoring the oceans? … Continue reading

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TED2008: Bringing the forces together

Dr. Brian Cox has been described as a “rock star physicist”. He’s a Royal Society University Research Fellow in the school of physics and astronomy at the University of Manchester. But he mostly spends his time working on the Large … Continue reading

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TED2008: Tod Machover, and finding yourself through music

Tod Machover of MIT’s Media Lab has been pushing the boundaries of music for years. Now he’s pushing the boundaries of who can perform music and how. Machover tells us that we benefit more from making music than from just … Continue reading

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TED2008: Amy Tan and her muse

Amy Tan wrote an essay when she was eleven titled, “From Nothing Comes Something”. She got a B-. Her talk, on her creative process, is essentially an attempt to figure out how her remarkable literary creations come from the nothingness … Continue reading

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TED2008: Robert Lang, folding the future

Ever wonder how origami artists create those amazing models of complex animals? Robert Lang can help you out. He’s a mathematician who’s been one of the pioneers in modern origami. His talk is titled “from flapping birds to space telescopes”. … Continue reading

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TED2008: Yves Behar – Design from the inside out

Yves Béhar is an unusual sort of designer – his goal is not to make bad products prettier, but to create new, beautiful products from scratch. His work includes the Leaf Lamp and the One Laptop Per Child XO laptop. … Continue reading

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TED2008: Delighting the Eyes

Good morning from Blogger’s Alley at the TED conference. I’m here today with Michael Parekh, Mark Frauenfelder and Bruno Giussani. We’re some of the few people in our seats before there’s anyone on the stage – on the third day, … Continue reading

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TED2008: Karen Armstrong and religions for peace

The TED Prize winner I was most moved by last year was photojournalist James Natchwey. He wished for TED’s help in getting access to tell a story, and ways to share the story doing digital technology. There’s a team of … Continue reading

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