Archive | March 2013

Play with smart materials

This is an interesting video from TED about playing with smart materials using open source methodology.

Ink that conducts electricity; a window that turns from clear to opaque at the flip of a switch; a jelly that makes music. All this stuff exists, and Catarina Mota says: It’s time to play with it. Mota leads us on a tour of surprising and cool new materials, and suggests that the way we’ll figure out what they’re good for is to experiment, tinker and have fun.

Let’s use video to reinvent education

Can we use Youtube video to reinvent education ?

This is the question that Salman Khan is trying to answer at TedEd.

Salman Khan talks about how and why he created the remarkable Khan Academy, a carefully structured series of educational videos offering complete curricula in math and, now, other subjects. He shows the power of interactive exercises and calls for teachers to consider flipping the traditional classroom script — give students video lectures to watch at home and do “homework” in the classroom with the teacher available to help.

Daniel Tammet: Different ways of knowing

A talk from TED about perception and intuition.

Daniel Tammet has linguistic, numerical and visual synesthesia — meaning that his perception of words, numbers and colors are woven together into a new way of perceiving and understanding the world. The author of “Born on a Blue Day,” Tammet shares his art and his passion for languages in this glimpse into his beautiful mind.

Do Knock-Offs Prove the Value of a Brand?

An interesting video from pbsideachannel about the value of knock offs in relation with brands.

Living in the consumer culture that we do, we’ve learned that specific brands can carry very different meanings and values. We’re willing to pay hundreds or thousands more for a specific brand name item, but sometimes it can be tempting to go the way of the knock-off for a fraction of the price. The counterfeit industry is huge and isn’t going anywhere, and companies spend huge amounts to dissuade people from buying “fakes”. But are knock-offs REALLY a negative for the brand?

Earth Hour

This is an interesting video about the Earth Hour project from the CEO and Co-founder Andy Ridley with information about the movement, the goals and much more.

Andy Ridley, CEO and Co-Founder of Earth Hour delivers the keynote speech during the global launch of Earth Hour 2013.

Ridley speaks on the evolution of Earth Hour from a single city event in 2007 to the global movement it is today, sharing some of the most inspiring and empowering stories that are helping to build an interconnected global community taking action beyond the hour.

Join the Earth Hour global community at, and celebrate with us and the rest of the world on March 23 at 8:30pm. Follow us on and for our latest updates!


This is a stunning video about the Voyager 1’s journey to space.

PostPanic director Mischa Rozema’s new short film, Stardust, is a story about Voyager 1 (the unmanned spacecraft launched in 1977 to explore the outer solar system). The probe is the furthest man-made object from the sun and witnesses unimaginable beauty and destruction.

The film was triggered by the death of Dutch graphic designer Arjan Groot, who died aged 39 on 16th July 2011 from cancer.

The difference between classical and operant conditioning

This a video from TedEd about the psychology of learning and the difference between classical and operant conditioning.

Why is it that humans react to stimuli with certain behaviors? Can behaviors change in response to consequences? Peggy Andover explains how the brain can associate unrelated stimuli and responses, proved by Ivan Pavlov’s famous 1890 experiments, and how reinforcement and punishment can result in changed behavior.

HIV and flu — the vaccine strategy

An interesting video from TED about preventing the next flu and HIV epidemy.

Seth Berkley explains how smart advances in vaccine design, production and distribution are bringing us closer than ever to eliminating a host of global threats — from AIDS to malaria to flu pandemics.

Appreciation of Life and Technology

This is an interesting video fromĀ David Di Franco about life and technology.

Is Minecraft the Ultimate Educational Tool?

This is an interesting video about using games for education purposes, and specifically Minecraft.

This totally amazing video game allows you to build your own world from scratch, what’s not to like?!?! But it may be good for more than just fun and games. Some experts have brought Minecraft into the classroom, allowing teachers to customize lessons and students to engage with concepts in new ways. And while educational games aren’t new, Minecraft has some unique advantages that could usher in a new direction in education. In the future, students across the world may spend their class time punching trees.