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Oct 15, 2021 | TED
Katie Mack: Life-altering questions about the end of the universe | TED
In this fascinating conversation, cosmologist and TED Fellow Katie Mack delves into everything from the Big Bang theory to what we see at the edge of the observable universe to a few ways the cosmos might end. Stay tuned to hear Mack recite an original poem on the wonder and marvel of existence. (This conversation, hosted by deputy director of the TED Fellows program, Lily James Olds, was part of a TED Membership event. Visit ted.com/membership to become a TED Member.) Visit http://TED.com to get our entire library of TED Talks, transcripts, translations, personalized talk recommendations and more. The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. You're welcome to link to or embed these videos, forward them to others and share these ideas with people you know. Become a TED Member: http://ted.com/membership Follow TED on Twitter: http://twitter.com/TEDTalks Like TED on Facebook: http://facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: http://youtube.com/TED TED's videos may be used for non-commercial purposes under a Creative Commons License, Attribution–Non Commercial–No Derivatives (or the CC BY – NC – ND 4.0 International) and in accordance with our TED Talks Usage Policy (https://www.ted.com/about/our-organization/our-policies-terms/ted-talks-usage-policy). For more information on using TED for commercial purposes (e.g. employee learning, in a film or online course), please submit a Media Request at https://media-requests.ted.com
Oct 15, 2021 | Positive News
Explosive underwater shot wins Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition
The winning shot from this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year award captures the moment a camouflage grouper releases a milky cloud of eggs and sperm into the water.The image was taken by French underwater photographer and biologist Laurent Ballesta. Every year, for five years, Laurent and his team have visited the same lagoon in French Polynesia to witness the annual spawning event that only takes place around the full moon in July. After dark, they were joined by hundreds of grey reef sharks, which were hunting the groupers in packs. Amid the chaos, Ballesta captured the image, which he called Creation. Overfishing threatens the camouflage grouper, but in the lagoon where Ballesta took the photograph they are protected within a special biosphere reserve. 
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Oct 14, 2021 | Positive News
What went right this week: Ireland’s basic income for artists, plus more positive news
Ireland’s basic income for artists, the health benefits of climate action, and France’s single-use plastic ban, plus more positive news
Oct 13, 2021 | Positive News
‘Speedo diplomacy’: the climate campaigner who swims with icebergs
The Ilulissat glacier carves icebergs that are over a kilometre tall including, legend has it, the one that sunk the Titanic.As well as feeding legends, it feeds the Ilulissat Icefjord in Greenland, and it’s across the mouth of this fjord that Lewis Pugh completed a gruelling swim in September, in a bid to bring about meaningful action on the climate crisis.Pugh, an endurance swimmer and UN patron of the oceans, completed the 7.8km swim on 7 September. Over 12 days, he faced water temperatures of between 0 and 3 degrees. His attempt was hampered by icebergs and brash ice, which clogged the mouth of the fjord.“It feels like running across a motorway. Except instead of dodging cars, I’m in 0°C water dodging icebergs,” he tweeted mid-attempt. 
Oct 13, 2021 | Positive News
Can we eat UK-grown produce all year round, without environmental trade-offs? 
Richard Lewis knows his tomatoes. The former director of the British Tomato Growers’ Association has tended them since 1984. He even has a cherry tomato – ‘the Lewis’ – named after him. But now, he’s cultivating something special.Three miles north-west of Ipswich, just beyond the village of Bramford, a neon pink glow can often be seen through the trees. It’s hard to miss – it looks like a wedding disco – but the LEDs are actually coming from the UK’s first semi-closed glasshouses, run by Sterling Suffolk.Covering 5.6ha, these energy-efficient hothouses use AI technology to optimise the growing conditions for tomato plants. That pink glow is a blend of red and blue supplemental lighting, designed to increase the crop’s biomass. An in-house hydroponic system feeds the vines, reducing the need for fertilisers and pesticides, and limiting water usage. So could this be the low-carbon future of edible crop production? Lewis, who is managing director at Sterling Suffolk, thinks so.
Oct 13, 2021 | TED
Stephanie Kelton: The big myth of government deficits | TED
Government deficits have gotten a bad rap, says economist Stephanie Kelton. In this groundbreaking talk, she makes the case to stop looking at government spending as a path towards frightening piles of debt, but rather as a financial contribution to the things that matter -- like health care, education, infrastructure and beyond. "We have the resources we need to begin repairing our broken systems," Kelton says. "But we have to believe it's possible." Visit http://TED.com to get our entire library of TED Talks, transcripts, translations, personalized talk recommendations and more. The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. You're welcome to link to or embed these videos, forward them to others and share these ideas with people you know. Become a TED Member: http://ted.com/membership Follow TED on Twitter: http://twitter.com/TEDTalks Like TED on Facebook: http://facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: http://youtube.com/TED TED's videos may be used for non-commercial purposes under a Creative Commons License, Attribution–Non Commercial–No Derivatives (or the CC BY – NC – ND 4.0 International) and in accordance with our TED Talks Usage Policy (https://www.ted.com/about/our-organization/our-policies-terms/ted-talks-usage-policy). For more information on using TED for commercial purposes (e.g. employee learning, in a film or online course), please submit a Media Request at https://media-requests.ted.com
Oct 12, 2021 | Positive News
To save forests, researchers are hooking trees up to Twitter
In July 2018, a century-old red oak went live on Twitter. The account @awitnesstree, tweeting from the Harvard Forest in Petersham, Massachusetts, introduces itself in its bio:“Witnessing life as a tree in a changing environment for more than a century. Views are my own – sort of (data translated by scientists and communicators at HF).”Every few days, the tree updates its 9,118 followers. On February 24 2020 it posted: “The last 2 days were extremely hot for February. When is this heatwave going to end?”The day before, it had complained even more:Now, after a hiatus due to COVID-related challenges, the Witness Tree is coming back online.The tree’s messages are based on data from a suite of sensors on and around its trunk, using a real-time approach to tree monitoring pioneered by Witness Tree’s inspiration and sister project TreeWatch.net. Led by Ghent University, TreeWatch.net set up its first tweeting tree in 2016, and currently monitors sensor data from 21 trees across Belgium, Germany, India, the Netherlands and the UK.
Oct 11, 2021 | TED
5 tips for dealing with meeting overload | The Way We Work, a TED series
Could this meeting have been an email? The phenomenon of "calendar creep," where meetings completely take over your work days, is wasting time, energy and productivity -- but you can take back control. Leadership expert Cindy Solomon shares her five tips for clearing up your schedule and getting your calendar to work for you, not against you. The Way We Work is a TED original video series where leaders and thinkers offer practical wisdom and insight into how we can adapt and thrive amid changing workplace conventions. Visit https://go.ted.com/thewaywework for more! (Made possible with the support of Dropbox) Visit http://TED.com to get our entire library of TED Talks, transcripts, translations, personalized talk recommendations and more. The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. You're welcome to link to or embed these videos, forward them to others and share these ideas with people you know. Become a TED Member: http://ted.com/membership Follow TED on Twitter: http://twitter.com/TEDTalks Like TED on Facebook: http://facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: http://youtube.com/TED TED's videos may be used for non-commercial purposes under a Creative Commons License, Attribution–Non Commercial–No Derivatives (or the CC BY – NC – ND 4.0 International) and in accordance with our TED Talks Usage Policy (https://www.ted.com/about/our-organization/our-policies-terms/ted-talks-usage-policy). For more information on using TED for commercial purposes (e.g. employee learning, in a film or online course), please submit a Media Request at https://media-requests.ted.com
Oct 11, 2021 | Positive News
Norway hopes to boost body image with retouching law
Research suggests a link between body dissatisfaction and the use of social media, on which tweaked photos that tout unattainable standards of beauty are rife.In Norway, images that have been altered to change a person’s appearance must now be labelled as retouched under new amendments to the country’s marketing act.Proposing the changes, Norway’s ministry of children and family cited studies showing that ‘kroppspress’ (‘body pressure’) contributes to low self-esteem in young people.“Body pressure is always there, often imperceptibly, and is difficult to combat,” a ministry statement read. “A requirement for retouched or otherwise manipulated advertising to be marked is one measure.”
Oct 08, 2021 | Positive News
Life after: Domestic violence
Life After: Tragedy, trauma and adversity: life’s challenges can be immense, but we can learn from them too. Our Life After series takes an in-depth look at how people have adapted and grown from such challenges, and how their experience can inspire others.
Oct 08, 2021 | TED
Chen Qiufan: A sci-fi vision of life in 2041 | TED
Sci-fi writer Chen Qiufan doesn't fear a dystopian future. Instead, he believes developments in artificial intelligence will make all of our lives better, healthier and safer. He takes us on a tour of the next 20 years of AI and shares some astonishing predictions for the advancements in science and technology that could await us. "For every future we wish to create, we must first learn to imagine it," he says. Visit http://TED.com to get our entire library of TED Talks, transcripts, translations, personalized talk recommendations and more. The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. You're welcome to link to or embed these videos, forward them to others and share these ideas with people you know. Become a TED Member: http://ted.com/membership Follow TED on Twitter: http://twitter.com/TEDTalks Like TED on Facebook: http://facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: http://youtube.com/TED TED's videos may be used for non-commercial purposes under a Creative Commons License, Attribution–Non Commercial–No Derivatives (or the CC BY – NC – ND 4.0 International) and in accordance with our TED Talks Usage Policy (https://www.ted.com/about/our-organization/our-policies-terms/ted-talks-usage-policy). For more information on using TED for commercial purposes (e.g. employee learning, in a film or online course), please submit a Media Request at https://media-requests.ted.com
Oct 07, 2021 | Positive News
What went right this week: historic malaria vaccine for Africa gets go-ahead, plus more positive news
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Oct 06, 2021 | TED
Susan Graham : A new way to restore Earth's biodiversity -- from the air | TED
Land restoration is about more than planting trees, says environmentalist Susan Graham. Check out how her team combines drone technology with ecology-trained AI to restore degraded land and revive complex, biodiverse ecosystems -- whether it's on a small island or across an entire continent. Visit http://TED.com to get our entire library of TED Talks, transcripts, translations, personalized talk recommendations and more. The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. You're welcome to link to or embed these videos, forward them to others and share these ideas with people you know. Become a TED Member: http://ted.com/membership Follow TED on Twitter: http://twitter.com/TEDTalks Like TED on Facebook: http://facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: http://youtube.com/TED TED's videos may be used for non-commercial purposes under a Creative Commons License, Attribution–Non Commercial–No Derivatives (or the CC BY – NC – ND 4.0 International) and in accordance with our TED Talks Usage Policy (https://www.ted.com/about/our-organization/our-policies-terms/ted-talks-usage-policy). For more information on using TED for commercial purposes (e.g. employee learning, in a film or online course), please submit a Media Request at https://media-requests.ted.com
Oct 06, 2021 | Positive News
‘No one is ever just a word’. The book that defines ‘refugee’ in 1,000 ways
They range from the conventional, “a person who seeks a place of safety”, to the deeply personal – “my hilarious best friend with a heart of gold who also happens to be a doting foster dog parent”.UK for UNHCR trustee Mevan Babakar said: “The rich and varied lived experiences of people who are displaced are often reduced down to the single word ‘refugee’. At the heart of this book is a different message: no one is ever just a word, we are always a story.”The Refugee Dictionary has been added to the British Library’s contemporary British publications collection, and can be viewed online at www.unrefugees.org.uk/refugeedictionaryMain image: The British Library
Oct 05, 2021 | TED
TED Countdown Global Livestream 2021: Join us October 30 @ 12pm ET
Take action on climate change. Tune in on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 12pm ET for the TED Countdown Global Livestream; an empowering global event laying out a credible and realistic pathway to a net-zero future. Presented in collaboration with YouTube and COP26. Combining new TED Talks, live performances, short films, expert conversations and more, this virtual event is intended to vividly explain the climate crisis, focusing on solutions and calling for leaders and citizens everywhere to step up. Countdown is a global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis. The goal is to build a better future by cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 in the race to a zero-carbon world -- a world that is safer, cleaner and fairer for everyone. Every person, organization, company, city and nation is invited to collaborate with Countdown and take action on climate. It is a movement open to everyone -- and everyone has a vital role to play. Learn more and join the #TEDCountdown: Website: https://countdown.ted.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/TEDCountdown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tedcountdown Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TED Visit http://TED.com to get our entire library of TED Talks, transcripts, translations, personalized talk recommendations and more. The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. You're welcome to link to or embed these videos, forward them to others and share these ideas with people you know. Become a TED Member: http://ted.com/membership Follow TED on Twitter: http://twitter.com/TEDTalks Like TED on Facebook: http://facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: http://youtube.com/TED TED's videos may be used for non-commercial purposes under a Creative Commons License, Attribution–Non Commercial–No Derivatives (or the CC BY – NC – ND 4.0 International) and in accordance with our TED Talks Usage Policy (https://www.ted.com/about/our-organization/our-policies-terms/ted-talks-usage-policy). For more information on using TED for commercial purposes (e.g. employee learning, in a film or online course), please submit a Media Request at https://media-requests.ted.com
Oct 05, 2021 | Positive News
Separating the green from the greenwash: how to navigate renewable energy tariffs
Nine million British households are now on green tariffs, and over half of all new electricity tariffs are labeled ‘100 per cent renewable’. Great news, right? Well, yes and no.While it’s positive that so many people are keen to go green, not all tariffs labeled renewable are created equal. In fact, the vast majority of tariffs marketed as ‘green’ are nothing of the sort. Some suppliers buy dirty, fossil fuel power from the wholesale market and exploit a regulatory loophole that allows them to label it as green. This means that they’re not really supporting the growth of renewables, and customers aren’t getting what they wanted – a tariff that supports the UK’s transition to a clean energy system.
Oct 04, 2021 | TED
Want to truly succeed? Lift others up as you climb to the top | The Way We Work, a TED series
It's up to all of us to create a more inclusive and diverse workplace. No matter where you are in your career journey, it's essential that you help others grow, even as you are growing yourself, says ACLU Chief Equity Officer Amber Hikes. She lays out three ways we can help each other succeed -- and empower and advance those who historically have been left behind. The Way We Work is a TED original video series where leaders and thinkers offer practical wisdom and insight into how we can adapt and thrive amid changing workplace conventions. Visit https://go.ted.com/thewaywework for more! (Made possible with the support of Dropbox) Visit http://TED.com to get our entire library of TED Talks, transcripts, translations, personalized talk recommendations and more. The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. You're welcome to link to or embed these videos, forward them to others and share these ideas with people you know. Become a TED Member: http://ted.com/membership Follow TED on Twitter: http://twitter.com/TEDTalks Like TED on Facebook: http://facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: http://youtube.com/TED TED's videos may be used for non-commercial purposes under a Creative Commons License, Attribution–Non Commercial–No Derivatives (or the CC BY – NC – ND 4.0 International) and in accordance with our TED Talks Usage Policy (https://www.ted.com/about/our-organization/our-policies-terms/ted-talks-usage-policy). For more information on using TED for commercial purposes (e.g. employee learning, in a film or online course), please submit a Media Request at https://media-requests.ted.com
Oct 04, 2021 | Positive News
London’s black cabbies hailed for brain research
Renowned for their familiarity with London's street network, black cabbies are helping with research into dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
Oct 01, 2021 | TED
Climate Action Tracker: The state of the climate crisis in 2021 | TED
Take action on climate change at http://countdown.ted.com. 2021 is a critical year for climate change. According to the Paris Climate Agreement, governments must decide now on how to reduce the amount of carbon they pump into the atmosphere in order to avoid the most devastating consequences of global warming. So, are we on track to limit global warming to only 1.5 degrees Celsius? The Climate Action Tracker explains the good news and the bad news for the planet. (Updated June 2021) This talk was part of the Countdown Global Launch on 10.10.2020. (Watch the full event here: https://youtu.be/5dVcn8NjbwY.) Countdown is TED's global initiative to accelerate solutions to the climate crisis. The goal: to build a better future by cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, in the race to a zero-carbon world. Get involved at https://countdown.ted.com/sign-up Become a TED Member: http://ted.com/membership Follow Countdown on Twitter: http://twitter.com/tedcountdown Follow Countdown on Instagram: http://instagram.com/tedcountdown Subscribe to our channel: http://youtube.com/TED TED's videos may be used for non-commercial purposes under a Creative Commons License, Attribution–Non Commercial–No Derivatives (or the CC BY – NC – ND 4.0 International) and in accordance with our TED Talks Usage Policy (https://www.ted.com/about/our-organization/our-policies-terms/ted-talks-usage-policy). For more information on using TED for commercial purposes (e.g. employee learning, in a film or online course), please submit a Media Request at https://media-requests.ted.com
Oct 01, 2021 | Positive News
‘We embrace imperfection’: the adoption agency for preloved playthings
Charlotte Liebling was volunteering in a charity shop, when she realised that many soft toys end up in landfill or as chew toys for dogs. Treasured teddies that are a bit grubby or have an eye or two missing? They don’t even make it to the sales floor.“I had always cherished my own soft toys, and to learn that others like them – with their own history and stories – were going straight in the bin was shocking,” Liebling says.So, she set up Loved Before: a social enterprise adoption agency for unwanted soft toys of any kind. Donations are washed, restored if necessary, and photographed before a profile is added to the website in the hope of finding them a new home.Listings at the time of going to press include a handknitted scarecrow with a slightly wonky nose called Skipper, and a bow tie-wearing teddy bear named Odie, who looks as good as new. Most are priced in the £8–£14 range.
Sep 30, 2021 | Positive News
What went right this week: inspiring climate solutions, plus more positive news
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Sep 30, 2021 | TED
Lizzo: The history of twerking -- and how it taught me self-love | TED
Twerking is mainstream now ... but do you know where it came from? Superstar Lizzo traces booty shaking to a traditional West African dance and shares how Black women across generations kept the rhythm alive, from blues and jazz singers to modern rap and hip-hop performers. With her characteristic energy, she shares how twerking empowered her to love her own body -- and explains why understanding its origins helps protect Black culture from erasure and misappropriation. (And, yes, she twerks on stage.) Visit http://TED.com to get our entire library of TED Talks, transcripts, translations, personalized talk recommendations and more. The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. You're welcome to link to or embed these videos, forward them to others and share these ideas with people you know. Become a TED Member: http://ted.com/membership Follow TED on Twitter: http://twitter.com/TEDTalks Like TED on Facebook: http://facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: http://youtube.com/TED TED's videos may be used for non-commercial purposes under a Creative Commons License, Attribution–Non Commercial–No Derivatives (or the CC BY – NC – ND 4.0 International) and in accordance with our TED Talks Usage Policy (https://www.ted.com/about/our-organization/our-policies-terms/ted-talks-usage-policy). For more information on using TED for commercial purposes (e.g. employee learning, in a film or online course), please submit a Media Request at https://media-requests.ted.com
Sep 29, 2021 | Goalcast
Why Will Smith’s Shocking Admission About His Marriage Exposes Double Standards
Will Smith is laying all his cards on the table. In a revelatory profile on GQ, the 53-year-old actor opens up about his evolution as a husband, father, and professional actor and how he continues to maneuver the countless controversies plaguing his family. Everyone knows that the Smiths like to wear their hearts on their sleeves as far as their family is concerned. They never shy away from delicate subject matters, they never conceal the pains and frustrations they experience within marriage and parenthood, and they will be honest about their lapses in judgment no matter what. In keeping with his honest character, Will Smith provides deeper context about his wife Jada’s so-called infidelity and clears up the misconceptions that have arisen following the initial story.
Sep 29, 2021 | Goalcast
How to Make a 5 Year Plan That’s Perfectly Tailored to You
Where do you want to be in five years? What are your personal goals, your financial goals? This common question comes up again and again in job interviews for a reason: Knowing how you want to live and grow, and then making an action plan, helps you feel purposeful and fulfilled in your life. When you know where you want to go, and then you take concrete steps to get there, you know you’re making the most of your short time on Earth. A five year plan guides your decision making, keeping you on track toward your most important dreams and goals, whether you want to crush it in your career or create a new lifestyle for yourself. While plans can change, creating a roadmap that makes sense for your life, right now, can encourage you to become who you really want to be. Are you ready to stay focused and map out the next five years to accomplish your smart goals? Here are a few examples of what you need to know to create the ideal five year plan for you.
Sep 29, 2021 | Goalcast
Appalled Mom Stands Up For Daughter Sent Home For Perfectly Reasonable Outfit
The principal at a Washington middle school sent a tween home for allegedly violating the dress code — a reason the girl’s mother refused to accept. A Washington mom couldn’t believe it when she was told her 12-year-old daughter was being sent home from her Washington middle school. So, she filmed it and posted videos to her TikTok account, @khalesei_holt.The first video, which has more than 2 million views five days since being posted, shows her daughter in the office in a white t-shirt and grey sweatpants. It also shows the office secretary threatening to call security on the mom for filming the ordeal.Mom faces off with the principalIn a second video, which has a whopping 10.3 million views, the mom appears to be arguing with the principal about the suspension and whether or not she’s allowed to record.
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