NPR/TED Staff

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How Do Common Chemicals Affect Frogs, Rats — And Maybe Us?

Friday, October 21, 2016

Biologist Tyrone Hayes talks about the concerning effects of the herbicide atrazine, which is part of a group of chemicals that are found in everyday food and household products.

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How Do Toxins From Plastics Find Their Way Into Our Food?

Friday, October 21, 2016

Ocean advocate Emily Penn has seen first hand how much plastic ends up in the oceans. She explains how the toxins from plastic makes their way into our food chain and how we might be able to stop it.

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How Can Your Home Make You Sick?

Friday, October 21, 2016

When Dr. Rishi Manchanda worked in a clinic in South Central Los Angeles, he saw that patients were getting sick because of toxic living conditions — so he tried a unique treatment approach.

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What Can We Learn From One Of The World's Most Toxic Accidents?

Friday, October 21, 2016

Filmmaker Holly Morris talks about her time with the "Babushkas of Chernobyl" — the elderly women who decided to stay in Chernobyl, Ukraine, after the worst nuclear accident in history.

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Are We Headed Into Another Mass Extinction?

Friday, September 30, 2016

At various times, life on earth has come close to being erased. Paleontologist Peter Ward explains what we can learn from previous mass extinctions.

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What's The Anthropocene?

Friday, September 30, 2016

Have we entered a new age defined by humans? Paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara says there's "no doubt" that humans' impact on Earth will show up in the geological record.

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How Can Dinosaurs Help Us Understand Our Own Species?

Friday, September 30, 2016

Earth's rocks and fossils can help us understand our own species. Paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara explains important moments in Earth's history that help us recognize our place in the world.

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Can We Preserve Seed Diversity For The Future?

Friday, September 30, 2016

Biodiversity archivist Cary Fowler explains how the Svalbard Global Seed Vault will prepare humans for the climate change and its effect on our environment and our food supply.

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How Do We Embrace All Kinds Of Nature?

Friday, September 30, 2016

Environmental writer Emma Marris wants us to broaden our definition of nature to one that embraces urban and wild spaces in order learn to protect and care for it.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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