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The threat of invasive species – Jennifer Klos
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The threat of invasive species – Jennifer Klos

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-threat-of-invasive-species-jennifer-klos Massive vines that blanket the southern United States, climbing high as they uproot trees and swallow buildings. A ravenous snake that is capable of devouring an alligator. Rabbit populations that eat themselves into starvation. These aren’t horror movie concepts – they’re real stories. But how could such situations exist in nature? […]
How memories form and how we lose them – Catharine Young
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How to turn protest into powerful change – Eric Liu

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-to-turn-protest-into-powerful-change-eric-liu We live in an age of protest. On campuses, in public squares, on streets and social media, protestors around the world are challenging the status quo. But while protest is often necessary, is it sufficient? Eric Liu outlines three strategies for peacefully turning awareness into action and protest into durable political […]
How memories form and how we lose them – Catharine Young
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History vs. Napoleon Bonaparte – Alex Gendler

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/history-vs-napoleon-bonaparte-alex-gendler After the French Revolution erupted in 1789, Europe was thrown into chaos. Neighboring countries’ monarchs feared they would share the fate of Louis XVI and attacked the new Republic, while at home, extremism and mistrust between factions led to bloodshed. In the midst of all this conflict, Napoleon emerged. But did […]
How memories form and how we lose them – Catharine Young
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The Turing test: Can a computer pass for a human? – Alex Gendler

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-turing-test-can-a-computer-pass-for-a-human-alex-gendler What is consciousness? Can an artificial machine really think? For many, these have been vital considerations for the future of artificial intelligence. But British computer scientist Alan Turing decided to disregard all these questions in favor of a much simpler one: Can a computer talk like a human? Alex Gendler describes […]
How do hard drives work? – Kanawat Senanan
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How do hard drives work? – Kanawat Senanan

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-do-hard-drives-work-kanawat-senanan The modern hard drive is an object that can likely hold more information than your local library. But how does it store so much information in such a small space? Kanawat Senanan details the generations of engineers, material scientists, and quantum physicists who influenced the creation of this incredibly powerful and […]
The complex geometry of Islamic design – Eric Broug
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The complex geometry of Islamic design – Eric Broug

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-complex-geometry-of-islamic-design-eric-broug In Islamic culture, geometric design is everywhere: you can find it in mosques, madrasas, palaces, and private homes. And despite the remarkable complexity of these designs, they can be created with just a compass to draw circles and a ruler to make lines within them. Eric Broug covers the basics of […]
Solid, liquid, gas and … plasma? – Michael Murillo
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Solid, liquid, gas and … plasma? – Michael Murillo

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/solid-liquid-gas-and-plasma-michael-murillo Have you ever seen static electricity cause a spark of light? What is that spark? What about lightning, the Northern Lights, or the tail of a comet? All of those things and many others – in fact, 99.9% of the universe — are made of plasma. Michael Murillo gives the full […]
What does the pancreas do? – Emma Bryce
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What does the pancreas do? – Emma Bryce

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-does-the-pancreas-do-emma-bryce Beneath your ribs, you’ll find, among other things, the pancreas — an organ that works a lot like a personal health coach. Emma Bryce explains how this organ controls your sugar levels and produces a special juice that releases the nutrients from your food to help keep you in the best […]
Corruption, wealth and beauty: The history of the Venetian gondola – Laura Morelli
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Corruption, wealth and beauty: The history of the Venetian gondola – Laura Morelli

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/corruption-wealth-and-beauty-the-history-of-the-venetian-gondola-laura-morelli It’s hard to imagine Venice without the curious, banana-shaped gondolas that glide down the canals. How did these boats come to be the trademark transportation of Venice? Laura Morelli details the history of the gondola, explaining why these boats were needed, the painstaking process by which they were made and why […]
How to create cleaner coal – Emma Bryce
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How to create cleaner coal – Emma Bryce

View full lesson here: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-to-create-cleaner-coal-emma-bryce It takes a lot of fuel to heat our homes, preserve our food, and power our gadgets. And for 40 percent of the world, cheap, plentiful coal gets the job done. But coal also releases pollutants into the air, causing environmental damage like acid rain and serious health problems. Can […]