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The most popular 20 TED Talks, as of now

The most popular 20 TED Talks, as of now
UPDATED: To see all these talks at one click, check out our updated Playlist: The 20 Most Popular Talks of All Time. As 2013 draws to a close, TED is deeply humbled to have posted 1600+ talks, each representing an idea worth spreading. So which ideas have had the most widespread impact? Below, a look at the 20 most-watched talks as of December 2013. These viewership numbers include all the platforms we track:, YouTube, iTunes, embed and download, Hulu and more. Some fascinating things to notice on this list, if you’d like to compare and contrast it to the most popular talks in 2012, and to the list we shared back in 2011: Amy Cuddy, Susan Cain, David Blaine and Pamela Meyer are all newcomers to the list, with Cuddy’s talk storming to spot #5 thanks to you sharing it. But what really makes this list so incredible is the fact that it spans so many areas of interest, from education to happiness, statistics to creativity, tech demos to illusions.

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Night visions: Darren Almond's full-moon landscapes At least two guiding spirits hover around To Leave a Light Impression, the new show by British artist Darren Almond at White Cube, Bermondsey. The most obvious is Charles Darwin, in whose footsteps Almond followed to make several of his images. The other is the lesser-known Scottish nature writer, Nan Shepherd, whose book, The Living Mountain, provides the exhibition's epigraph: "So there I lie on the plateau, under me the central core of fire from which was thrust the grumbling, grinding mass of plutonic rock, over me blue air, and between the fire of the rock and the fire of the sun, scree, soil and water, moss, grass, flower and tree, insect, bird and beast, rain and snow – the total mountain.

Top 100 Documentary Movies Rotten Tomatoes RT Login Log In Top Movies » Top 100 Documentary Movies Snapchat Doesn’t Make Any Money, So Why Is It Worth So Much? Nov 14, 2013 1:22pm The founders of Snapchat, a mobile app that lets mostly teenagers send mostly naked pictures of themselves, were recently offered $3 billion for the company, only to turn it down. So are its young founders crazy or is the company is worth much more? Top 10 Essential DIY Skills That Aren't as Hard as You Think I think it depends on your definition of "maintenance." I wouldn't hesitate to change my own oil or something like that but I wouldn't dream of replacing a radiator myself. That isn't my idea of "maintenance." That's fixing something. Katie Paterson's award-winning Fossil Necklace will fail the test of history A necklace of polished stones hangs in a small darkened room at the Wellcome Collection in London. Its colourful arrangement of rocks is easy on the eye. What's it all about?

20 Feet From Stardom All Critics (109) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (108) | Rotten (1) It's that versatility that defines these singers, the ability to make following seem as important as leading. The documentary tells similarly poignant stories in a fast-paced 91 minutes through interviews, contemporary concert footage and great archival stuff. As long as you're hearing the singing and stories of Lisa Fischer, Merry Clayton, and the great Darlene Love, you can bliss out on their passion. The movie takes its cues from Standing in the Shadows of Motown, another act of pop-culture revisionism that tried to give musical credit where it was due. Kleenex Encourages Simple Acts of Tissue Sharing Kleenex often hears stories about people sharing the brand's tissues in opportune moments of kindness. Brand Manager Jon Kruesi has heard them himself, one from a friend who recounted how she was sniffling as she waited for a train at the end of a lousy day, only to have her spirits lifted by a stranger offering a Kleenex. Now, the Kimberly-Clark Corp. brand is turning those stories into the centerpiece of its crucial cold-season marketing campaign breaking Wednesday. The #KleenexCare effort aims to get people talking about simple acts of kindness (preferably involving sharing tissues) through a digital, social-media, public-relations and TV campaign.

The solar envelope: how to heat and cool cities without fossil fuels Passive solar design requires the knowledge to design and orientate buildings so that they can be heated by the sun. Coupled with other low-tech solutions such as thermal underwear, heated clothing and tile stoves, passive solar design could all but eliminate the use of fossil fuels and biomass for heating buildings throughout large parts of the world. Indirectly, a passive solar house can also cancel the energy requirements for cooling and ventilation (passive cooling), and for lighting during the day. Of course, passive solar buildings can be outfitted with solar water heaters and PV solar panels, further reducing the use of unsustainable energy resources. Passive solar design does not involve any new technology.

15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy Luminita Saviuc, Purpose FairyWaking Times Here is a list of 15 things which, if you give up on them, will make your life a lot easier and much, much happier. We hold on to so many things that cause us a great deal of pain, stress and suffering – and instead of letting them all go, instead of allowing ourselves to be stress free and happy – we cling on to them. Not anymore. Starting today we will give up on all those things that no longer serve us, and we will embrace change. Ready? How permanent stress may lead to mental disorders Microglia cells from rat cortex before (left) and after (right) traumatic brain injury (credit: Wikimedia Commons) Activated through permanent stress, immune cells in the brain can cause changes to the brain, resulting in mental disorders, a research team headed by professor Georg Juckel, Medical Director of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) LWL university clinic, has found. The research was based on psychoneuroimmunology, the study of the interaction between psychological processes and the nervous and immune systems of the human body. The team focused mainly on microglia, a type of glial cell that acts as the main immune defense in the central nervous system and comprise 10–15% of all cells found within the brain. Under normal circumstances, microglia repair synapses between nerves cells in the brain and stimulate their growth. Interactions between the brain and immune system

Is YouTube the new television? YouTube screen grabs here are few certainties in modern broadcasting but Dominic Smales is “100 per cent sure” that he knows one of them: the small-screen stars of the future will be minted on social media. “In a few years it will seem totally outmoded to have a commissioning editor deciding what goes on our television screens and then forcing performers in front of an audience,” he says fervently. We are talking in a small office in London’s tech district of Shoreditch, out of which Smales, 41, runs Gleam Futures, one of Britain’s first “social talent” agencies, and from where he is determined to shake up the staid world of traditional media.

5 Clever Ways To Handle Small Interiors Rate article: · 6 ratings· No space? No problem! Keeping a smaller home looking spick and span while also maximising its functionality doesn’t need to be a daunting task. By following a few key rules for how to best utilise the space available to you, it is easy to get your home feeling cosy and comfortable. Whether you’re a cash-strapped student or a family of four hoping to transform the tiny extra room, these clever tricks for getting the most out of small space interiors will get you on your way. Teaching well-being through the skills of awareness – Wisdom True self-respect can be challenging to achieve—but it is the platform for all personal growth. To see Rinpoche discuss what the mind is and how to understand it, please click here. Perception Perception is innate, hard-wired in our systems. If someone pinches us, we feel pain.

Playing action video games can boost learning Call of Duty 2 (credit: Activision) A new study shows for the first time that playing action video games improves learning capabilities more generally, not just the skills taught in the game. According to Daphne Bavelier, a research professor in brain and cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester, our brains keep predicting what will come next when listening to a conversation, driving, or even preforming surgery. “To sharpen its prediction skills, our brains constantly build models, or ‘templates,’ of the world,” she explained.

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