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Is Texting Actually Advancing Language?

Friday, December 13, 2013

Does texting mean the death of good writing skills? Linguist John McWhorter says that there's much more to texting — linguistically, culturally — than it seems, and it's all good news.

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Does The Subjunctive Have A Dark Side?

Friday, December 13, 2013

Phuc Tran grew up caught between two languages with opposing cultural perspectives: the indicative reality of Vietnamese and the power to image endless possibilities with English. In this personal talk, Tran explains how both shaped his identity.

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Does Language Bring Us Together Or Pull Us Apart?

Friday, December 13, 2013

Mark Pagel says early humans developed language as a tool to cooperate. But with thousands of different languages, Pagel says language also exists to prevent us from communicating outside our tribal groups.

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Are There Good Hackers?

Friday, December 06, 2013

In 1986, the first PC virus - Brain - began to spread. What was once annoying has become a sophisticated tool for crime. Computer security expert Mikko Hyppönen describes discovering Brain and why the guys who wrote it never meant any harm.

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Can Anyone Become A Hacker?

Friday, December 06, 2013

Why can't two slices of pizza be used as a slide clicker? Why shouldn't you make music with ketchup? Inventor Jay Silver talks about the urge to play with the world around you and demos MaKey MaKey, a kit for hacking everyday objects.

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Can Hacking The Stratosphere Solve Climate Change?

Friday, December 06, 2013

Environmental scientist David Keith proposes a cheap and shocking way to address climate change: What if we inject a huge cloud of sulfur into the atmosphere to deflect sunlight and heat?

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Are We Ready To Hack The Animal Kingdom?

Friday, December 06, 2013

Mankind has driven species after species extinct. Now Stewart Brand says, we have the technology to bring back the species that we wiped out. So should we? Which ones? He asks a big question whose answer is closer than you may think.

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Can Hacking The Brain Make You Healthier?

Friday, December 06, 2013

Neurosurgeon Andres Lozano talks about dramatic findings in deep brain stimulation including a woman with Parkinson's who instantly stops shaking, and brain areas eroded by Alzheimer's that are brought back to life.

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Are There Any Universal Beliefs And Truths?

Friday, November 22, 2013

Devdutt Pattanaik takes an eye-opening look at the myths of India and of the West, and shows how these two fundamentally different sets of beliefs about God, death and heaven help us consistently misunderstand one another.

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What's It Take To Become A Polar Explorer?

Friday, November 08, 2013

In 2004, Ben Saunders became the youngest person ever to ski solo to the North Pole. Now, he'll set out on another record-breaking expedition, this time to be the first to walk from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back again.

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Are Earth's Deepest Caves The Last Frontier?

Friday, November 08, 2013

Engineer and daredevil caver Bill Stone pushes the frontier — through flooded tunnels, the remotest depths of the Earth and the limits of human endurance.

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Why Row Across The Oceans?

Friday, November 08, 2013

Roz Savage quit her high-powered London job to become an ocean rower. She's crossed the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans — solo.

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Why Is The High Wire Impossible To Resist?

Friday, November 08, 2013

High-wire artist Philippe Petit tells the amazing story of his tightrope walk between the Twin Towers in 1974.

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Success

Friday, November 01, 2013

Success has become synonymous with financial wealth, influence and status. But can we define success in another way — one that welcomes a broader range of accomplishment? It may not be as obvious as you think. In this hour, TED speakers share ideas for what makes us successful.

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How Can Drive Make You A Success?

Friday, November 01, 2013

Tony Robbins makes it his business to know why we do the things we do. The pioneering life coach discusses the "invisible forces" that motivate everyone's actions.

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Can You Smile Your Way To Success?

Friday, November 01, 2013

Smile! It just might make you a success. Ron Gutman says your smile can be a predictor of how long you'll live — and that a simple smile has a measurable effect on your overall well-being.

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What's A Kinder Way To Frame Success?

Friday, November 01, 2013

Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure — and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments. He makes an eloquent, witty case to move beyond snobbery to find true pleasure in our work.

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Are People With 'Dirty Jobs' The Most Successful?

Friday, November 01, 2013

Follow your passion? It won't make you successful, says Mike Rowe. He believes blue-collar workers, the people who make life possible for the rest of us, are unjustifiably degraded in society today — and might be the most successful people.

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Is Having Grit The Key To Success?

Friday, November 01, 2013

When Angela Duckworth was teaching seventh-graders, she quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. She explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.

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What Does Electroshock Therapy Feel Like?

Friday, October 25, 2013

Sherwin Nuland is a successful surgeon and author known for his bestselling books on the nature of life and death. But 40 years ago, he faced spending the rest of his life in a mental institution. Nuland describes how electroshock therapy gave him a second lease on life.

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