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Avoiding the hunger season: How a TED Fellow is working to save African cassava from whiteflies

For decades, the farmers of East Africa have battled the African whitefly, a tiny insect that infests the cassava crop. Cassava, also called manioc, arrowroot or tapioca, is an important food all over the world — more than half a billion people (yes, billion with a  2,331 more words

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Humans have changed the planet. Here's how we design for that now

For most of us, the job of taking care of the planet is very definitely the responsibility of Someone Else. We might have thoughts, we might have standards, we might even have a composting habit, but we more than likely hope and expect that the trained professionals have got this under control. 3,465 more words

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Check before you rent: How a TED Fellow is holding New York City landlords accountable

Cockroaches. Moldy walls. Stolen deposits. Bad landlords happen to all of us, and it can be impossible to tell before moving into a property whether the experience will be a good one, especially in housing-short cities like New York, where landlords seem to hold the cards. 1,339 more words

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Announcing our new TED Fellows channel on Medium.com

The TED Fellows are an extraordinary group of 368 people — artists, scientists, entrepreneurs and more — each at the beginning of a landmark career, and each with a story to tell, a truly unique voice. 355 more words


An unexpected family photo album

Photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier’s new book The Notion of Family is a powerful visual chronicle of historic steel town, Braddock, Pennsylvania. It’s also an intimate portrait of the artist’s own family, Braddock natives who witnessed its boom, decline and — in recent years — its rebranding as an icon of Rust Belt renewal and destination for the so-called creative class. 1,210 more words

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Signs of friendship: A conversation between Christine Sun Kim & Renée Hlozek

Above, Christine Sun Kim and Renée Hlozek share a snippet of conversation using American Sign Language and the Big Words app. Christine has been teaching Renée American Sign Language so they can communicate more directly. 1,623 more words

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5 ways to keep your data safe right now

There seems to be a new data breach in the news every week — a major company hacked, millions of usernames, passwords or credit card numbers stolen. 636 more words

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