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One great part of TEDGlobal in Edinburgh—events held in castles. Photo: Ryan Lash Few sensations feel better than when your mind does a backflip and, all of a sudden, you are suddenly able to see things in new and unexpected ways. At TEDGlobal 2013, themed “Think Again,” you’ll have this feeling often. “The approach we adopted,” explains TEDGlobal curator Bruno Giussani, “is to take a closer look at the global remix happening before our eyes as power shifts, culture and technology intersect, and hopes and anxieties collide.
Entertainment Meet David Peterson, who developed Dothraki for Game of Thrones There are seven different words in Dothraki for striking another person with a sword. Among them: “hliziﬁkh,” a wild but powerful strike; “hrakkarikh,”a quick and accurate strike; and “gezrikh,” a fake-out or decoy strike. But you won’t find these words in George R. R.
What is Open Education? Open Education is, at its core, about free and open sharing. Free, meaning no cost, and open, which refers to the use of legal tools (open licenses) that give everyone permission to reuse and modify educational resources. Free and open sharing increases access to education and knowledge for anyone, anywhere, anytime.
Interview with Sugata Mitra by Steve Wheeler The media and education worlds have been buzzing over the last few days about the work of a quiet, unassuming Indian born professor. Born in Calcutta in 1952, Sugata Mitra started his academic career in computational and molecular science. His later research also encompassed biological science and energy storage systems. Mitra has also researched diversely into areas such as medicine (Alzheimer’s disease and memory research) and psychology (perception in hypermedia environments) and he received a PhD in Physics for his studies into organic semi-conductors. It is not hard to see why some have hailed him as a polymath and even ‘something of a genius’.
“My wish is to help design the future of learning by supporting children all over the world to tap into their innate sense of wonder and work together. Help me build the School in the Cloud, a learning lab in India, where children can embark on intellectual adventures by engaging and connecting with information and mentoring online. I also invite you, wherever you are, to create your own miniature child-driven learning environments and share your discoveries.” Recruit technology, architecture, creative, and educational partners to help design and build the School in the Cloud, a physical building in India, designed to try out a range of cloud-based, scalable approaches to self-directed learning. Contribute to the global network of educators and retired teachers who can support and engage the children through the web.
Each month, we'll be highlighting 5 great innovations and ideas bubbling up from the TEDx community -- both in a newsletter, and here on the TEDx site. If you have an innovation to share, email email@example.com . All active TEDx licensees receive the TEDx Monthly Innovations Newsletter. If you would like to receive the monthly TEDx Innovations newsletter, click here to sign up . TEDxYouth@SanDiego mixes it up At TEDxYouth@SanDiego, organizers devised a creative way to make sure youth attendees met one another.
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Heavy rains and high tides have brought some of the worst flooding to Venice, Italy in years. The "acqua alta", or high water, is common this time of year and Sunday's level of 149 centimeters (4 ft, 10 in) was below the 160 centimeters (5 ft, 2 in) recorded four years ago in the worst flooding in decades. The bad weather and torrential rainfall will continue through Tuesday, forecasters said. Collected here are images from Venice as it endures this recent acqua alta. [ 29 photos ] Use j/k keys or ←/→ to navigate Choose:
The Map of Truth and Deception: The Science of Lie-Spotting Can Lead to a More Honest World TED and The Huffington Post are excited to bring you TEDWeekends, a curated weekend program that introduces a powerful "idea worth spreading" every Friday, anchored in an exceptional TEDTalk. This week's theme is 'Understanding Deception,' and below you will find a visual representation of Pamela Meyer's talk on the 'science of lie-spotting.' For more, watch Meyer's TEDTalk and read her original blog post here . Become part of the conversation!
For anyone watching the three presidential debates between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, two words were surprisingly absent: “climate change.” It’s a strange omission given that 73 percent of Americans shared in a recent poll that dealing with environmental concerns, particularly global warming, was “extremely important” or “very important” to them. Not to mention that just four years ago, in the 2008 election, almost every candidate spoke to the dangers of global warming. In a Frontline special called “Climate of Doubt,” journalist John Hockenberry (who gave the recent TEDTalk “ We are all designers ” and interviewed sculptor Tom Shannon for “ The painter and the pendulum ”) looks at the rise of the climate change skeptics movement, which promotes the idea that manmade climate change is a hoax. Hockenberry interviews several leaders of the movement, including Myron Ebell, Tim Phillips and S.
Peter Weyland has been a magnet for controversy since he announced his intent to build the first convincingly humanoid robotic system by the end of the decade. Whether challenging the ethical boundaries of medicine with nanotechnology or going toe to toe with the Vatican itself on the issue of gene-therapy sterilization, Sir Peter prides himself on his motto, “If we can, we must.” After a three year media blackout, Weyland has finally emerged to reveal where he’s heading next.
Iyeoka (ee-yo-kah) Ivie Okoawo is a first generation Nigerian-American award-winning poet, recording artist, and TED fellow. As a singer, drummer, activist, and educator, she channels her cultural and ancestral influences to access the power of the moment and deliver an authentic and inspiring message of healing. In 2010, Iyeoka released her third studio album, SAY YES , whose single “The Yellow Brick Road Song” is the theme song for the USA Network series Fairly Legal . Iyeoka is currently promoting her latest initiative, Lyrics For Literacy, a project that creates a bridge of awareness and action to encourage the preservation of the Esan language, an endangered native dialect of Edo State, Nigeria, through storytelling, proverbs, and music.
Surrounded by other team members, Achim Oesert from the University of Kiel hangs from the ceiling using bioinspired polymer tape (Image: University of Kiel) alongside an image of a gecko (Image: Wahj via Flickr ) As is so often the case these days for those searching for a better way to stick stuff together, researchers from the Zoological Institute at the University of Kiel in Germany have turned to the biology of gravity-defying ceiling walkers, such as geckos and insects. These creatures served as inspiration for a new dry adhesive tape that not only boasts impressive bonding strength, but can also be attached and detached thousands of times without losing its adhesive properties. The secret to the wall climbing ability of many insects and geckos lies in the thousands of tiny hairs called setae that cover their feet and legs.