background preloader

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.

The Ultimate Note Taking Guide - Ever wondered how to create the perfect notes from your lectures and textbooks? Well here’s how! Taking notes can often seem quite boring but for a university student, they are an essential part of everyday learning. When you come to write an assignment and you think to yourself, ‘What was the name of that key theorist from that lecture a few weeks back???’ So here goes... Top Tip no. 1: Highlight or annotate any handouts that you are given. Top Tip no. 2: Only write down the essentials. Top Tip no. 3: Create your own abbreviations. Top Tip no. 4: Be prepared. Top Tip no. 5: Make it as fun as possible. Top Tip no. 6: Keep yourself organised. Top Tip no. 7: Keep your notes until you’ve graduated. Top Tip no. 8: And finally, use whatever layout suits you best. Guest Author: Megan David

Nikola Tesla Page, Tesla Coil (Bill Beaty's Homepage) T-SHIRTS! Hey, some people (not me) are selling Tesla t-shirts: CS Coil Tesla's Hair Tesla Co (purple plates) Cafe Press Classroom Tesla Coil $200, or a Handheld Tesla coil, $149.95, also a Micro Tesla Coil $4.95 OLD LINKS GONE BAD? Created and maintained by Bill Beaty. Is the Universe a Holographic Reality? - Global One TV The Universe as a Hologram by Michael Talbot Does Objective Reality Exist, or is the Universe a Phantasm? In 1982 a remarkable event took place. Aspect and his team discovered that under certain circumstances subatomic particles such as electrons are able to instantaneously communicate with each other regardless of the distance separating them. University of London physicist David Bohm, for example, believes Aspect's findings imply that objective reality does not exist, that despite its apparent solidity the universe is at heart a phantasm, a gigantic and splendidly detailed hologram. To understand why Bohm makes this startling assertion, one must first understand a little about holograms. The three-dimensionality of such images is not the only remarkable characteristic of holograms. The "whole in every part" nature of a hologram provides us with an entirely new way of understanding organization and order. This insight suggested to Bohm another way of understanding Aspect's discovery.

Earn easy cash with 7 bar bets you'll ALWAYS win There are certain stereotypes when it comes to students that we know to be false. You are not inherently lazy, for example. Then there are those which, like it or not, are pretty much spot on. Two of these include the fact that you probably spend quite a bit of time in the pub, and that (thanks to D-Cam and his massive fees) you can be known to struggle financially from time to time. These two combined mean that knowing one or two bar bets is a great way for the average student to earn a little extra cash. Here are seven simple tricks that anyone can learn to get you started... Claim up to £25 of free bets at William Hill on Refreshers Wall The Upturned Bottle Step 1: Place an upturned (and empty!) They will try, and they will fail. Step 2: Rather than ripping the note away at speed, you must roll the note up slowly from one end, carefully nudging it along the note until... Step 3: Ta-da! The Ice Pick Place the thread on the ice cube and pour some salt onto it. The Saucer of Wine The Coin Shot

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Better Than You Normally Do. Writing is a muscle. Smaller than a hamstring and slightly bigger than a bicep, and it needs to be exercised to get stronger. Think of your words as reps, your paragraphs as sets, your pages as daily workouts. Think of your laptop as a machine like the one at the gym where you open and close your inner thighs in front of everyone, exposing both your insecurities and your genitals. Because that is what writing is all about. Procrastination is an alluring siren taunting you to google the country where Balki from Perfect Strangers was from, and to arrange sticky notes on your dog in the shape of hilarious dog shorts. The blank white page. Mark Twain once said, “Show, don’t tell.” Finding a really good muse these days isn’t easy, so plan on going through quite a few before landing on a winner. There are two things more difficult than writing. It’s no secret that great writers are great readers, and that if you can’t read, your writing will often suffer.

How To Lucid Dream Tonight How To Lucid Dream Lucid Dreaming is the ability to be aware of your dreams, and control them. I know, I know: You want to know how to lucid dream right now, easily, don’t you? Lots of people do. You’re not alone! Before we go any further, this is going to be a fairly long post, so feel free to bookmark it if you want to come back to it later. So assuming you’re a beginner and don’t know much about the subject, Lucid Dreaming is basically the ability to ‘wake up’ in your mind and control your dream. To get more of a background on it, read our introduction. Now that that’s out of the way, we can start talking about the easy way to lucid dream tonight. So it’s about having one tonight, with as little practice as possible, for the people who want results fast. Will this be your first Lucid Dream? Something to consider before we dive in is whether this is your first lucid dream or not. If you’re looking for a way to lucid dream tonight and it’s your very first one, (how exciting!) *Almost. – Enjoy it!

Cell Size and Scale Some cells are visible to the unaided eye The smallest objects that the unaided human eye can see are about 0.1 mm long. That means that under the right conditions, you might be able to see an ameoba proteus, a human egg, and a paramecium without using magnification. Smaller cells are easily visible under a light microscope. To see anything smaller than 500 nm, you will need an electron microscope. Adenine The label on the nucleotide is not quite accurate. How can an X chromosome be nearly as big as the head of the sperm cell? No, this isn't a mistake. The X chromosome is shown here in a condensed state, as it would appear in a cell that's going through mitosis. A chromosome is made up of genetic material (one long piece of DNA) wrapped around structural support proteins (histones). Carbon The size of the carbon atom is based on its van der Waals radius.

Screen Printing How To - Learn how to screen print. Abandoned Suitcases Reveal Private Lives of Insane Asylum Patients If you were committed to a psychiatric institution, unsure if you’d ever return to the life you knew before, what would you take with you? That sobering question hovers like an apparition over each of the Willard Asylum suitcases. From the 1910s through the 1960s, many patients at the Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane left suitcases behind when they passed away, with nobody to claim them. “There were many patients in these asylums who were probably not unlike friends you and I have now.” Photographer Jon Crispin has long been drawn to the ghostly remains of abandoned psychiatric institutions. Crispin’s photographs restore a bit of dignity to the individuals who spent their lives within Willard’s walls. Thelma’s suitcase. Collectors Weekly: How did you come across this collection? Jon Crispin: I’ve worked as a freelance photographer my whole life. The exterior of Chapin House, Willard’s central building that was demolished in the 1980s. Clarissa’s suitcase. Freda’s suitcase.

100 Incredible Lectures from the World's Top Scientists Posted on Thursday June 18, 2009 by Staff Writers By Sarah Russel Unless you’re enrolled at one of the best online colleges or are an elite member of the science and engineering inner circle, you’re probably left out of most of the exciting research explored by the world’s greatest scientists. If you’re looking for even more amazing lectures, check out our updated list for 2012 with more talks from great minds. General Let the world’s top scientists explain exactly how they do their job when you listen to these lectures. Science and Engineering From materials science to the study of thermodynamics, learn more about the science of engineering here. WTC Lecture – collapse of WTC Buildings: Steven E. Biology and Medicine From drug research to evolution to writing the genetic code, watch these lectures for the latest developments in biology and medical research. Chemistry These chemistry scientists discuss the atomic theory of matter and other mind-boggling principles in the following lectures.