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3 fears about screen time for kids -- and why they're not true | Sara DeWitt
We check our phones upwards of 50 times per day -- but when our kids play around with them, we get nervous. Are screens ruining childhood? Not according to ...
What teen pregnancy looks like in Latin America | Christian Rodríguez
Christian Rodríguez is a photographer and filmmaker -- and the son of a teenage mother. For the past five years, he has documented teen pregnancy in Latin ...
The warmth and wisdom of mud buildings | Anna Heringer
"There are a lot of resources given by nature for free -- all we need is our sensitivity to see them and our creativity to use them," says architect Anna Heringer.
Future tech will give you the benefits of city life anywhere | Julio Gil
Don't believe predictions that say the future is trending towards city living. Urbanization is actually reaching the end of its cycle, says logistics expert Julio Gil, ...
Why people of different faiths are painting their houses of worship yellow | Nabila Alibhai
Divisions along religious lines are deepening, and we're doubting more and more how much we have in common. How can we stand boldly and visibly together ...
The fascinating secret lives of giant clams | Mei Lin Neo
When you think about the deep blue sea, you might instantly think of whales or coral reefs. But spare a thought for giant clams, the world's largest living shellfish.
The boost students need to overcome obstacles | Anindya Kundu
How can disadvantaged students succeed in school? For sociologist Anindya Kundu, grit and stick-to-itiveness aren't enough; students also need to develop ...
How a video game might help us build better cities | Karoliina Korppoo
With more than half of the world population living in cities, one thing is undeniable: we are an urban species. Part game, part urban planning sketching tool, ...
A black man goes undercover in the alt-right | Theo E.J. Wilson
In an unmissable talk about race and politics in America, Theo E.J. Wilson tells the story of becoming Lucius25, white supremacist lurker, and the unexpected ...
What intelligent machines can learn from a school of fish | Radhika Nagpal
Science fiction visions of the future show us AI built to replicate our way of thinking -- but what if we modeled it instead on the other kinds of intelligence found in ...
The most Martian place on Earth | Armando Azua-Bustos
How can you study Mars without a spaceship? Head to the most Martian place on Earth -- the Atacama Desert in Chile. Astrobiologist Armando Azua-Bustos ...
What we're missing in the debate about immigration | Duarte Geraldino
Between 2008 and 2016, the United States deported more than three million people. What happens to those left behind? Journalist Duarte Geraldino picks up ...
Why Africa must become a center of knowledge again | Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò
How can Africa, the home to some of the largest bodies of water in the world, be said to have a water crisis? It doesn't, says Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò -- it has a knowledge ...
How digital DNA could help you make better health choices | Jun Wang
What if you could know exactly how food or medication would impact your health -- before you put it in your body? Genomics researcher Jun Wang is working to ...
Living sculptures that stand for history's truths | Sethembile Msezane
In the century-old statues that dotted Cape Town, Sethembile Mzesane didn't see anything that looked like her own reality. So she became a living sculpture ...
The fascinating physics of everyday life | Helen Czerski
Physics doesn't just happen in a fancy lab -- it happens when you push a piece of buttered toast off the table or drop a couple of raisins in a fizzy drink or watch a ...
The real reason manufacturing jobs are disappearing | Augie Picado
We've heard a lot of rhetoric lately suggesting that countries like the US are losing valuable manufacturing jobs to lower-cost markets like China, Mexico and ...
There's more to life than being happy | Emily Esfahani Smith
Our culture is obsessed with happiness, but what if there's a more fulfilling path? Happiness comes and goes, says writer Emily Esfahani Smith, but having ...
How to build a company where the best ideas win | Ray Dalio
What if you knew what your coworkers really thought about you and what they were really like? Ray Dalio makes the business case for using radical ...
7 principles for building better cities | Peter Calthorpe
More than half of the world's population already lives in cities, and another 2.5 billion people are projected to move to urban areas by 2050. The way we build ...
You owe it to yourself to experience a total solar eclipse | David Baron
On August 21, 2017, the moon's shadow raced from Oregon to South Carolina in what some consider to be the most awe-inspiring spectacle in all of nature: a ...
Doesn't everyone deserve a chance at a good life? | Jim Yong Kim
Aspirations are rising as never before across the world, thanks in large part to smartphones and the internet -- will they be met with opportunity or frustration?
Your brain hallucinates your conscious reality | Anil Seth
Right now, billions of neurons in your brain are working together to generate a conscious experience -- and not just any conscious experience, your experience ...
TED counts down
Countdown with talks that distill heaps of knowledge in 10 steps (secrets, rules, lessons, etc.) or less.
Talks for gamers
Check out some of these talks on classic games and the benefits of being behind the controller.
How your brain functions in different situations
When you're doing something, what's your brain up to? Which neurons are firing where, and why? These fascinating talks will give you a hint.
Life lessons from writers
Writers share deft musings and observations pulled from the pages of their own work, fellow wordsmiths and the world around them.
Why you should define your fears instead of your goals | Tim Ferriss
The hard choices -- what we most fear doing, asking, saying -- are very often exactly what we need to do. How can we overcome self-paralysis and take action?
12 truths I learned from life and writing | Anne Lamott
A few days before she turned 61, writer Anne Lamott decided to write down everything she knew for sure. She dives into the nuances of being a human who ...
The biology of our best and worst selves | Robert Sapolsky
How can humans be so compassionate and altruistic -- and also so brutal and violent? To understand why we do what we do, neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky ...
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