TED talks


Living with a star

The connection between the Sun and the Earth is a complex one, describing a relationship between us and our star that is both life-sustaining as well as life-threatening. This relationship is colloquially known as space weather. Aerospace engineer Ryan McGranaghan takes

May 11, 2015


Bernie Krause: The voice of the natural world

Bernie Krause continues to make history by capturing the fading voices of nature: studying sonic interplay between species as they attract mates, hunt prey, and sound out their roles in the ecosystem. Krause’s recordings are not merely travelogues or

July 21, 2013


The interspecies internet? An idea in progress…

Apes, dolphins and elephants are animals with remarkable communication skills. Could the internet be expanded to include sentient species like them? It is a new and developing idea from a panel of four great thinkers -- dolphin researcher Diana Reiss, musician

July 11, 2013


Camille Seaman: Photos from a storm chaser

Camille Seaman takes photographs all over the world using digital and film cameras in multiple formats. Since 2003, her work has concentrated on the fragile environment of the polar regions. Her current project concerns the beauty of natural environments in

June 23, 2013


(Some) EXTINCTION IS (not necessarily) FOREVER: Carl Zimmer at TEDxDeExtinction

Carl Zimmer is the author of "Bringing Them Back to Life", the April 2013 cover story for National Geographic Magazine. He writes about evolution, biology, and medicine for National Geographic, The New York Times, and many other publications. He has written a dozen

March 31, 2013


The First De-extinction: Alberto Fernandez-Arias at TEDxDeExtinction

Alberto Fernández-Arias, head of the Hunting, Fishing and Wetland department in Aragon, Spain worked with his team in 2003 to bring a bucardo (a species of wild goat) back from extinction using cloning methodology. It was the first successful de-extinction.

March 30, 2013


Not All Mammoths Were Woolly: Hendrik Poinar at TEDxDeExtinction

Hendrik Poinar (Ancient DNA Centre at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario) is a molecular evolutionary geneticist and biological anthropologist by training, and relies heavily on interdisciplinary research.To learn more about de-extinction, please visit Revive

March 29, 2013


Ron Finley: Guerilla gardening in South Central L.A.

Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA -- in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where "the drive-thrus are killing more people than the

March 18, 2013

water hole cattle

How can cattle help us fight back desertification?

In this informative TED talk, biologist and environmentalist Allan Savory talks about the need to mimic nature - by using livestock. Challenging the belief that cattle grazing causes desertification, he claims we can even reduce atmospheric carbon levels to that of

March 10, 2013

catching sunlight

Catching Sunlight: Alan Friedman at TEDxBuffalo

Amateur astro-photographer Alan Friedman captures the sun and other stars with humble equipment, in an unlikely place, in a highly developed field. He discusses why he does it, and why it's important for everyone to be a bit of a DIY upstart. In the spirit of ideas

January 11, 2013


Jacob Barnett: Forget what you know

Jacob Barnett is an American mathematician and child prodigy. At 8 years old, Jacob began sneaking into the back of college lectures at IUPUI. After being diagnosed with autism since the age of two and placed in his school's special ed. program, Jacob's teachers and

November 23, 2012