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In 125 Years, Millions Of People Have Looked At This Painting. No One Really Saw It Until Now.

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Via TED-ed:

Lilian Chen grew up playing Super Smash Brothers Melee. But when her love of the game led her to compete in national tournaments, she noticed a big gender imbalance that brought with it a troubling social dynamic. In this TEDYouth talk, Lilian details her experiences with sexism in the Smash community and how she is now aiming to raise awareness for this topic in a way that doesn’t shame male gamers.

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How polarity makes water behave strangely

Polarity can be a bad thing when we’re talking about politics or family drama, but it’s essential to the workings of the chemical world.

That’s especially true for water, whose uneven distribution of positive and negative charges is quite literally the reason that life exists in Earth. It makes everything from our DNA to proteins stay soluble, it helps balance the salts and minerals that are essential to our most core functions, and it’s a sidekick to almost every biochemical reaction.

And it’s not just essential on the smallest scale! Insects use surface tension to walk across its surface, and fish survive frozen winters thanks to its density. It’s no coincidence that water is the key ingredient for life. And it’s polarity that made it so.

Enjoy this lesson by Christina Kleinberg by TEDEducation. Try to overlook the fact that she says “wooter” :)

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“What happens in the brain that makes sugary foods so hard to resist?” An animated answer from TED-Ed and Nicole Avena, author of Why Diets Fail

Pair with a look at how long it takes to form a new habit and how to rewire your habit loops

(via NPR)

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A quick history of smallpox – and its defeat.

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Three anti-social skills to improve your writing

Well, we know that many great writers of bygone eras were famously anti-social (I’m looking at you, Hemingway), so it should come as no surprise that anti-social skills could come in handy for the modern scribe.

By Nadia Kalman, full lesson at TED-Ed.

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TED Ed | Four sisters in Ancient Rome - Ray Laurence

Rome viewed through the eyes of young girls. (Much more on point than the last video I posted).

-Beniaminus

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We Throw Around The Phrase ‘I’m So Dyslexic!’ Often. But What Does It Really Mean To Have Dyslexia?

A lot of people have this condition, yet we don’t understand it that well. This informative video explains it. Bonus: Fun graphics!

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Some people question whether Shakespeare really wrote the works that bear his name – or whether he even existed at all. Could it be true that the greatest writer in the English language was as fictional as his plays? Natalya St. Clair and Aaron Williams show how a linguistic tool called stylometry might shed light on the answer.
Lesson by Natalya St. Clair and Aaron Williams, animation by Pink Kong Studios.

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Why can’t we see evidence of alien life?

Chris Anderson explores the question of Fermi’s Paradox for TED-Ed. Some of the answers are frightening, and some are hopeful. Perhaps intelligent life, in quest to increase efficiency, tends toward smaller scales that are, ultimately, much harder for us to detect?

Goes hand-in-hand with my episode “The Odds of Finding Life and Love”, which has a Carl Sagan cameo in it and explores the most modern exoplanet stats.

After you’ve aimed your mental radio telescopes at both of those, check out this SETI/TED collab video from Jill Tarter and learn more about how the odds of intelligent life are calculated.