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Exploring Emergence, The Universal Property That Shapes Us

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At what point do you become you? How many neurons does it take to make you who you are? How many cells? Today, we celebrate emergence, the universal property that makes us who we are and shapes every corner of our world.

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Vesuvius and Reading the Ancient knowledge in a Charred Library

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When Mt. Vesuvius erupted, an entire society was preserved in moments. This is the kind of story that brings us some truly amazing insights and silver linings, especially when two very smart people, some ancient scrolls, and particle accelerator are involved.

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Turning Pollution into Paint: Update on the Toxic Art Project!

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Here’s an update on a project we featured two years ago when it was still a primordial concept. Now it’s an inspirational story with all the elements of the best kind of progress!

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The Best Way to Improve the World Around Us

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Here is a TED Talk that could be a prescription for solving many of the world’s most vexing problems! What if we emulated some of the quirkier characteristics of the most original thinkers and idea people?

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Venomous Animals Prove It’s Still an Amazing World

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Ever wondered why some animals developed this deadly cocktail? Or why there seems to be a pattern to where these creatures are located? There are pieces to this puzzle that may just surprise you…

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A World More Beautiful Through the Lens of Physics

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What if there is an almost magical world of symmetry behind a curtain of knowledge that only some people decide to pull back? Here’s a small window into a world full of wonder and precious imperfections!

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So… Why Are Plants Green and Not Black?

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There are a LOT of plants out there and the majority of them seem to be wearing various shades of the same color. So, why is this?

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17 minutes

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Sustainable Energy from Algae and Much More!

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As we argue about the future of our fuel sources, we may be swimming right past the answer! Algae can produce Sustainable Energy and much more!

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Let Us Bridge Some #GenerationalDifference

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Let’s talk about a controversy that we’ve all had to experience. What do you call this little symbol: “#”? Whether you call it a hashtag or a pound sign, today we explore its fascinating origins.

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How “The Internet of Things” is Transforming Our Lives

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We are hearing more and more about the “Internet of Things”, but this wave of the future is going to be about much more than controlling our thermostats! It is going to yield a much smarter world.

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The Amazing “Year of the Quad” in the Olympics!

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2018 is said to be the “Year of the Quad” in the Olympics, but what does this mean? Why is landing a quad a big deal? Here’s the science and math behind a nearly impossible feat.

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You’re Probably an Optimist, You Just Might Not Know It Yet

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It turns out that optimism is hard-wired into our brains, but is this actually a good thing? What does it help us accomplish?

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The Power of Giving People a “Lollipop Moment”

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Heard anything about “Lollipop Moments”? Here’s an amazing metaphor to remember how easy it is to fundamentally improve someone’s life with just a simple turn of a phrase!

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Can Rats Make us Be Better People?

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Rats get a bum rap, but they may have something to teach us when it comes to solving problems more effectively. Here’s what we can learn from rats!

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Unleashing Creativity… A Simple Guide for All

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If you’ve ever tried to create something, you know the whole process can be quite frustrating. From finding that great idea to showing the final piece to someone, here are 3 short videos (from a few creative minds you may recognize) that can help us rethink how well we’re doing.

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You Should Really Thank the Fruit Flies

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Would you believe that your genes are super similar to a fruit fly’s? They’ve been helping us discover our own bodies for years, here’s how…

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A Tour of the Wonders of Artificial Intelligence

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is quickly becoming a reality, and most of us barely understand what it means. No wonder there is a lot of fear and a shortage of wonder on the topic. Today we change all that with an expert guide!

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Take a Walk in a Real Life Holodeck

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Let’s face it, virtual reality has its limitations, but what if you could take off that clunky headset and actually experience new worlds in a real life holodeck?

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When You (Really) Can’t Smell the Roses

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Your sense of smell is one of the most powerful and elusive of all the senses. But how does it even work? And what is it like when it doesn’t?

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Reviving Culture Through Music

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Music provides some of our richest cultural heritage, so how is it being preserved for generations to come? Here are a few remarkable people working hard to preserve the sounds from our past.

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Embracing a Language that Brings Us Closer 🙂

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You’ve probably shared a few of these in your messages if you’ve communicated through technology in the past decade, but could emotion depicting icons have an even longer history than we assume? And where could these emojis bring the human race in the future? Jenna Schilstra discusses this on the TED stage.

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12 minutes

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Mind Bending Technology and Magic

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Technology and magic are combining to transform possibility. Bot & Dolly’s “Box” is a performance that pushes us past the boundaries of reality!

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10 minutes

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Dressed for Survival

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To avoid being eaten, decorator crabs have developed quite the unique ability to disguise themselves! Discover how they do this, and then stay tuned for a final, very flashy, guest crab.

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19 minutes

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Celebrate the New Year with a Tour of the Future!

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There is no better way to ring in the New Year than celebrating all the potential in the future! Here are some great reasons to go into 2018 with a whole new mindset!

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The Bug That Gets Stuck in Your Brain

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Most bugs are nasty little creatures, but this one doesn’t have to be. Dare to find out just what an earworm is? Read our article to expand your knowledge of yourself!

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How Much Do We Know About Sleep?

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We all know what it looks like when we are without sleep, but why is sleep so important to us? It turns out, our brains are doing some extraordinary things while we sleep! See what you think. (And learn what you “think” while you are sleeping!)

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Humanizing What’s Under the Surface

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It can be difficult to feel a connection to something when it isn’t a part of your day to day life. But what if it could be? There are people throughout the world creating ways for us to have a closer look at what’s happening under the water, so here’s two of them. Artist, Katrina Fuller, will bring the ocean to us, while innovator, David Lang, brings us into those waters!

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Finally: Net Neutrality Explained Simply (with No Politics)!

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I know: we are all tuning out the news these days. Sometimes though, it’s worth tuning back in to help change the course of history. Here’s an amazing “no politics” look at Net Neutrality!

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ISAAW: Unbelievable Robots!

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Do you have any robots in your life yet? Maybe at your workplace? How about in your home? If not now, you soon will! While pop culture makes that future seem dark, there is actually so much wonder in what’s going on right now! Take a look…

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