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Reads tagged with “TED”

Nathalie Miebach’s Sculptural Soundtracks for Storms
Nathalie Miebach’s Sculptural Soundtracks for Storms

What stormy weather has to do with Stormy Weather and the cross-pollination of poetry and precision.

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The Five Greatest TED Talks of All Time
The Five Greatest TED Talks of All Time

Democratizing knowledge, the meaning of life, and why everything we know about creativity is wrong.

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5 Must-Read Books by TED Global 2011 Speakers
5 Must-Read Books by TED Global 2011 Speakers

What the pursuit of pleasure has to do with lie-detection, the history of money and the sorrows of work.

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The Interface is the Message: Aaron Koblin on Visual Storytelling at TED
The Interface is the Message: Aaron Koblin on Visual Storytelling at TED

What 10,000 sheep have to do with Johnny Cash, Marshall McLuhan and the evolution of storytelling.

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5 Guides to Life from Cultural Luminaries
5 Guides to Life from Cultural Luminaries

Finding practical applications for philosophy, or what Ovid can teach us about sex.

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5 Must-Read Books by TED Global Speakers, Part 2
5 Must-Read Books by TED Global Speakers, Part 2

From life before birth to living with death, or what marine life has to do with global equality.

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The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time
The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time

What the second law of thermodynamics has to do with the meaning of life.

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Radioactive: Marie Curie’s Radical and Revolutionary Life, in Lyrical Cyanotype Illustrations
Radioactive: Marie Curie’s Radical and Revolutionary Life, in Lyrical Cyanotype Illustrations

What the periodic table has to do with obscure photographic techniques and Italian erotic séances.

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The Filter Bubble: Algorithm vs. Curator & the Value of Serendipity
The Filter Bubble: Algorithm vs. Curator & the Value of Serendipity

How the web gives us what we want to see, and that’s not necessarily a good thing.

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Edward Burtynsky’s Oil
Edward Burtynsky’s Oil

What vintage airplanes have to do with Chinese bridges and tire retirement.

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