NPR/TED Staff

NPR/TED Staff appears in the following:

Malcolm Gladwell: Do More Choices Make Us Happier?

Friday, March 10, 2017

We assume that our choices come with prepackaged consequences. But author Malcolm Gladwell explains how we aren't simply passive recipients of our decisions.

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Eric Haseltine: Can The Past Guide Us To Future Scientific Breakthroughs?

Friday, February 24, 2017

Trained as a neuroscientist, Eric Haseltine always asks questions. He's identified four concepts that lead to scientific breakthrough. One of them: acknowledging we're not the center of the universe.

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Liz Coleman: How Do We Teach College Students To Ask Big Questions?

Friday, February 24, 2017

Former Bennington College President Liz Coleman believes higher education is overly-specialized & complacent. She says we need to encourage students to ask bigger questions and take more risks.

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Naomi Oreskes: Why Should We Believe In Science?

Friday, February 24, 2017

In school, we're taught we should trust science because the scientific method leads to measurable results and hard facts. But Naomi Oreskes says the process of inquiry doesn't end there.

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Michael Stevens: How Do You Find Smart Answers to Quirky Questions?

Friday, February 24, 2017

When Michael Stevens is confronted with a quirky question, he responsibly searches for the answer and posts it to YouTube — inviting millions of people to follow his journey of discovery.

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Kevin Jones: Can Embracing Uncertainty Lead To Better Medicine?

Friday, February 24, 2017

Sometimes, doctors just don't have the answers. Surgeon Kevin Jones says having the humility to acknowledge this leads to better medicine.

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What Happens When You Have A Disease Doctors Can't Diagnose?

Friday, February 10, 2017

Jen Brea's doctors thought her fatigue and neurological symptoms were psychosomatic — but she knew that wasn't quite right. She shares her journey to find the right diagnosis.

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Can The Internet Help You Get The Right Diagnosis?

Friday, February 10, 2017

Doctors told Jen Brea that her symptoms were psychosomatic, so she filmed herself and turned to the Internet for guidance. She describes how her online community helped her find the right diagnosis.

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When Does Medicine Leave Women Behind?

Friday, February 10, 2017

Men and women experience some diseases differently. Doctor Paula Johnson says this is alarming — because most treatments were designed for men, not women.

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What's Race Got to Do with Medicine?

Friday, February 10, 2017

Doctors often take a patient's race into account when making a diagnosis--or ruling one out. Professor Dorothy Roberts says this practice is both outdated and dangerous.

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Is Pain A Symptom Or A Disease?

Friday, February 10, 2017

Doctors are often puzzled when pain lives on after the underlying cause goes away. Medical professor Elliot Krane explains why it can makes sense to think of chronic pain as a disease.

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Why Is It Important To Be Touched?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Neuroscientist David Linden thinks that of the five senses, touch is the most overlooked, and perhaps the most important for promoting psychological health.

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How Do Pheromones Really Work?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Pheromones are mysterious compounds that can make a mammal smell more sexy--but that's not true for humans. Zoologist Tristram Wyatt says human pheremones are hard to find.

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How Can Going Blind Give You Vision?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Isaac Lidsky lost his sight by age 25. Now, he says, losing his eyesight was a blessing — because it taught him that he is in control of his own reality.

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Are There More Than Five Basic Tastes?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Scientists have long believed we have just five tastes - salty, sweet, bitter, sour and umami (or savory). Geneticist Nicole Garneau argues we might be able to taste a sixth — fat.

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How Can We Hear The Stars?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

When astronomer Wanda Diaz Merced lost her eyesight, she thought she'd never succeed in astronomy. Eventually, she discovered a way to hear the stars.

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How Do Trees Collaborate?

Friday, January 13, 2017

Ecologist Suzanne Simard shares how she discovered that trees use underground fungi networks to communicate and share resources, uprooting the idea that nature constantly competes for survival.

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Is There A Limit To How Many Friends We Can Have?

Friday, January 13, 2017

Anthropologist Robin Dunbar believes the evolutionary structure of social networks limits us to 150 meaningful relationships at a time — even with the rise of social media.

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What Happens When Hackers Hijack Our Smart Devices?

Friday, January 13, 2017

Computer scientist Avi Rubin says all our smart devices — cars, phones, even fitness trackers — can be hacked. He warns that our network of connected technology puts us at risk for cyberattacks.

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Can We Improve Our Transportation Network Using...Biology?

Friday, January 13, 2017

Wanis Kabbaj wants traffic to flow smoothly and efficiently, like the blood in our veins. He says driverless cars may be the solution to today's highway gridlock.

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