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Alex’s recent TEDx Talk, “Cosmic Creativity: How Art Evolves Consciousness”, was performed at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on January 13th, this essential twenty minutes offers a journey through Alex’s art, distinguishing phase shifts of awareness and showing how visionary icons of interconnectedness are transformative.

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Scorpion venom is helping doctors make tumors glow. How? With something called Tumor Paint, a drug created from the venom of the Israeli deathstalker scorpion. (Just ignore that scary name, this stuff can be a lifesaver.) 

At TEDxSeattle, Dr. Jim Olson explains how he and his team at Seattle Children’s Hospital developed the altered scorpion venom. It acts as a “targeting agent,” says Olson, going after cancer cells like the venom targets the brain of its prey. Once attached to these cells, the drug uses fluorescent molecules to “paint” the tumor’s cells and give surgeons a glowing map of where to operate (as seen in the second picture above).

This paint is about 100,000 times more sensitive than the MRI scans often used to map out tumors, says Olson, and has great potential for helping surgeons remove an entire tumor during just one surgery.

Learn more about how it works »

(Scorpion photo: Matt Reinbold)

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"Our society is homophobic, it is infused with homophobia, it is dripping with homophobia."

Panti Bliss delivers a follow-up speech at a local TEDx event to her viral video addressing homophobia today, talking about “all the little things” gay people have to put up with on a daily basis.

In the speech from September last year Panti discusses the little things that make us human that lgbt people cannot enjoy without first considering the possible consequences of these actions:

"Everyday I am jealous of straight people because that tiny intimate expression of affection has never once been mine…I am jealous of that because gay people do not get to hold hands in public without first considering the risk…We look around to see where are we, who’s around, what kind of place is it…are there bunches of lads outside a pub? … I’m 45 years old and I have never once casually, comfortably, carelessly held hands with a partner in public… I’m 45 and I’m fed up of putting up so I’m not anymore."

Panti also covers what homophobia really means, being treated differently or less than straight people and how gay people are reduced to nothing but sex acts by homophobia.

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George Takei’s TEDx Talk on patriotism and internment is a must-see

For most people, George Takei is most closely associated with Mr. Sulu from the famous Star Trek series. But the 77-year-old actor has worn many hats since then, especially as an outpoken advocate for the LGBT community and as a human rights activist. In an inspiring and emotional TED Talk he gave last month in Kyoto, Japan, Takei poignantly used his personal story to explain his own complicated, powerful definition of patriotism.

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One of these photos is of bone, the other is of cement foam. Which one is which? Yeah, we’re not that sure either.

And that’s the point, says bone researcher David Pastorino, who — at TEDxBarcelona — shared how he and a team of researchers have come up with a crazy new way to regenerate bone with a material quite similar to the foam of a cappuccino.

How? Well, doctors inject a foam cement made from calcium phosphate into the body after a big break and the foam mimics bone scaffolding so well that it tricks bone cells (osteoclasts and osteoblasts) into “eating” the material and replacing it with real bone. Magic? No, science!

Learn more here» 

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The history of Somalia in paintings | Aden Farah Affei | TEDxMogadishu

One of the best TEDx videos I’ve seen

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How can tiny houses offer the ultimate freedom to our generation? Amy Henion at TEDxNortheasternU

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wow. wow, wow, wow.
please watch this.


“You can’t let your fears, worries, and doubts about the future prevent you from living the life you want to live.”
“In the face of something you fear you must stand up and be brave. Life is too short to live cautiously.”
“Choose to be something when your life starts to spin.”


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Not Another Cancer Story: Brianna Mercado at TEDxBend

At only 22-years-old, Mercado lives by the personal credo “Go big.” A professional dancer with two college degrees, she has survived bone cancer and works tirelessly as a role model for children with cancer and as an advocate for cancer study, treatment and prevention. Mercado is a native Californian, living and dancing in New York City. She is admired by family, friends and fellow dancers as a warm and glowing soul who has lived more intensely, intentionally, gratefully and lovingly in the past eight years than most people live in a lifetime.

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Third grader makes a compelling case for video games in schools

Do you remember being bored in class and zoning out when you were a kid? What if someone, at that moment, had thrown a video game controller into your hands?

Cordell Steiner’s third grade teacher decided that Cordell could start playing educational video games at school. In a TEDx talk delivered at the University of St. Thomas, Cordell talks about his experience, and enthusiastically advocates education through failure. Because when the shame factor is removed, classroom failure can be just as instructive as classroom success.

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Rafflesia arnoldii and Rafflesia arnoldii: close up by Tamara van Molken

Everyone sees plants as passive and benign. But, actually, plants are hugely manipulative. Plants have to do everything animals do. They have to cope with predators; they have to find food; they have to find a mate. They have to do all of that sitting still.

One of the largest flowers in the world, Rafflesia, tricks its pollinator by pretending to be a slab of rotting meat. So this flower is large, sort of red, with sort of lumps and bumps on it that look like rotting pustules. It also releases the most awful stench, like a rotting corpse, and heats itself up to the same temperature as a corpse. Flies are tricked, very successfully, by this flower’s impersonation, so they lay their eggs on the flower and get covered in pollen as they do.

—from “The Secret Language of Flowers,” a talk by molecular biologist Dr. Heather Whitney at TEDxSalford.

Why Open Data is Still Too Closed - My TEDxNewYork Talk

Through I Quant NY, I’ve worked to tell the hidden data stories about the way New York City runs, and the way we experience it.  But along the way, I’ve learned that as far as our city has come with Open Data, there are some simple steps that would allow for even more revealing insights.  I shared some of those ideas during my TEDxNewYork talk a few months back.   If you enjoy the talk, and believe in its message that “open data is still too closed”, please share! 

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Former U.S. Marine Mike Hoffmann now holds a leadership position at Cornell University. In this TEDx talk, he challenges his audience to consider how climate change will impact their daily lives. Milk, wine, coffee, oysters, rainfall, etc. Pretty good way of presenting the issue. H/T, Andy Revkin of the NYTimes.

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My TEDx talk from last month, “Using Google Maps to Reinvestigate the Built Environment”… 10 minutes of me talking about power lines with an attempt to get deep at the end.

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SCIENCE NEWS! There’s life way, way below Antarctica — chilling out in a subglacial lake. Just a few weeks ago, a team of scientists confirmed that half a mile beneath the Antarctic ice sheet, a bunch of tiny, single-celled organisms are alive and well… in a lake boasting sub-zero temperatures and no access to sunlight. 

The discovery is groundbreaking, leading some to wonder if there might also be life on a similar place — Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons. 

John Priscu is one of the lead scientists behind the study. In a talk at TEDxBozeman, he explains what it’s like to be a scientist drilling though thousands of feet of ice while living in a tent in Antarctica. 

Watch the whole talk here»

Photos courtesy of NASA