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NPR/TED Staff appears in the following:

What Data Will Be Discovered By The World's Most Powerful Telescope?

Friday, September 09, 2016

Big Data is everywhere — even the skies. Astronomer Andrew Connolly shows how large amounts of data are being collected about our universe, and how it will help lead to new discoveries.

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Can New Technology Decode The Biggest Data Set Of All?

Friday, September 09, 2016

Scientist Riccardo Sabatini says we have the technology to read the human genome and predict things like height, eye color, age — all from a vial of blood.

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How Will Big Data Change The Way We Live?

Friday, September 09, 2016

What's the future of technology and design that's driven by Big Data? Kenneth Cukier of the Economist looks at what's next for machine learning and human knowledge.

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How Do We Approach Big Data With A Critical Eye?

Friday, September 09, 2016

Collecting more data doesn't always lead to better understanding. Data analyst Susan Etlinger explains why we need to deepen our critical thinking skills as we come to rely more on big data.

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When Was The Last Time You Did Absolutely Nothing?

Friday, August 26, 2016

Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe says one path to happiness is ten minutes, each day, to stop and enjoy the sensation of doing nothing.

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What Happens In The Brain Of An Extreme Procrastinator?

Friday, August 26, 2016

Blogger Tim Urban explains his process of extreme procrastination in which his brain wages war between instant gratification and the moment of pure panic just before a deadline.

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Can Slow-Moving Art Disrupt Our Hectic Routines?

Friday, August 26, 2016

Early in his career, video artist Gabriel Barcia-Colombo noticed the way people breeze past works of art. He describes how his deliberate, slow-moving installations encourage people to stop and think.

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Can Slowing Down Help You Be More Creative?

Friday, August 26, 2016

Despite being a self-described 'pre-crastinator, psychologist Adam Grant says those who slow down — even procrastinate — tend to be more creative, original thinkers.

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Why Would Millions Tune Into 'Slow TV'?

Friday, August 26, 2016

Norwegian TV producer Thomas Hellum describes why his programs — which feature hours of train rides, fishing, and knitting — help viewers slow down and return to life in 'real time.'

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What Can We Gain By Writing A Letter By Hand?

Friday, August 26, 2016

Lakshmi Pratury reflects on the dozens of letters she received from her father, while he was alive, and on the painstaking time it takes to pen a letter.

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How Can Success Still Make You Feel Like A Failure?

Friday, July 29, 2016

Writer Lidia Yuknavitch's early failures made her feel unworthy of success. Now, she says, those moments push her to find worth in herself as a writer.

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When Beliefs Fail Us, How Do We Move Forward?

Friday, July 29, 2016

Over the course of his life, many of Casey Gerald's core beliefs have failed him. He says he's learned that clear-eyed doubt can sometimes be better than belief.

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Why Do Complex Systems Thrive on Trial And Error?

Friday, July 29, 2016

Economist Tim Harford identifies similar characteristics in successful industrial and economic systems. They work much better, he says, when they're constantly evolving through trial and error.

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When A Project Fails, Should The Workers Get A Bonus?

Friday, July 29, 2016

Entrepreneur Astro Teller rewards colleagues when their ambitious projects fail. Teller says this helps people take risks so they can achieve their "moonshot" goals, like a balloon-powered internet.

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How Will 'Cut And Paste' Technology Rewrite Our DNA?

Friday, July 15, 2016

Biochemist Sam Sternberg describes how recent developments in gene editing technology may help end many diseases and even control our own evolution.

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How Do Nature And Nurture Combine To Make Us Who We Are?

Friday, July 15, 2016

Psychologist Steven Pinker describes how far we've come in understanding how both nature and nurture make us ... us.

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Are You Ready To Take The 'Human' Test?

Friday, July 15, 2016

If you've ever wondered: Am I human? — humorist Ze Frank offers an idiosyncratic quiz that can help provide the answer.

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Where Does Consciousness Come From?

Friday, July 15, 2016

Philosopher John Searle argues that consciousness is what makes us human. He makes the case for studying consciousness and accepting it as a biological phenomenon.

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How Are Health Workers Putting An End To Guinea Worms?

Friday, June 24, 2016

Professor Richard Thaler returns to the show to talk about how a nudge has essentially eradicated guinea worm disease in Africa.

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Can Coding Help Girls Take Risks?

Friday, June 24, 2016

Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani offers a creative solution to gently push young women into making bold decisions. Her program aims to close the gender gap in computer science.

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