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Storytellers and scientists: Notes from TED Fellows Session 2 at TED2017

On the morning of TED2017’s first day, our TED Fellows continue to blow minds in session 2 of the TED Fellows Talks — including a science demo featuring carnivorous plants, some gorgeous cultural mashups, and an introduction to the fish who won evolution. 2,430 more words

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Imagine the future of ourselves: Notes from TED Fellows Session 1 at TED2017

This morning, we kick off TED2017 in the new Community Theater with a program of fresh ideas, music and dance from the TED2017 Fellows and Senior Fellows. 2,238 more words

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Gallery: Who won the evolutionary race in our oceans?

TED Fellow Lauren Sallan is a paleobiologist who analyzes “big data” — the fossil record — to study large-scale evolution. As she says: “I want to know why some fishes win and others lose.” Here’s the story of her talk, in amazing work from illustrator and animator Dennis Moore.

TED Fellows

Gallery: The most beautiful bacteria you'll ever see

Synthetic biologist Tal Danino manipulates microorganisms in his lab to create eye-catching, colorful patterns. Here’s a look at the process he uses to turn “Oh, yuck” into “Oh, wow.” 1,460 more words

Arts + Design

A chef reclaims his Southern culinary history

Researching, celebrating and supporting African American food culture is Michael Twitty’s way to honor and heal those who came before.

To chef and blogger Michael Twitty, a plate of stewed okra is much more than a popular soul-food dish — it’s a form of African American history. 1,189 more words

We Humans

The out-of-this-world strategies in place to stop an asteroid impact

NASA has a plan to combat rogue interstellar objects — and even a Planetary Defense Officer. Asteroid hunter, space scientist and writer Carrie Nugent reveals the array of tactics, from the tested to the far-out. 1,697 more words


The ongoing quest to build life from scratch

A synthetic biologist has created artificial cells that can “talk” to natural cells — but are they really alive?

How does one go about building a living cell from non-living components? 1,196 more words