Archive | June 2013

Photos From a Storm Chaser

This is a story about great photographs of storms form TED.

Photographer Camille Seaman has been chasing storms for 5 years. In this talk she shows stunning, surreal photos of the heavens in tumult.

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The Magic of QR Codes in the Classroom

Can we use QR Codes for learning purposes ?

Teaching is both a science and an art, and many teachers around the world spend endless hours perfecting their professional practice. At TEDActive 2013, a few teachers from the United States offer some tricks of the trade they’ve learned (and continue to hone) along the way.

The Doubt Essential to Faith

This is an interesting video from TED about faith, discovery and religions.

When Lesley Hazleton was writing a biography of Muhammad, she was struck by something: The night he received the revelation of the Koran, according to early accounts, his first reaction was doubt, awe, even fear. And yet this experience became the bedrock of his belief.

Hazleton calls for a new appreciation of doubt and questioning as the foundation of faith — and an end to fundamentalism of all kinds.

Behind the Great Firewall of China

This is an interesting video about the technology of “the great firewall of China”.

Michael Anti (aka Jing Zhao) has been blogging from China for 12 years. Despite the control the central government has over the Internet — “All the servers are in Beijing” — he says that hundreds of millions of microbloggers are in fact creating the first national public sphere in the country’s history, and shifting the balance of power in unexpected ways.

How Big Is The Ocean?

This is a video about some interesting information about our oceans.

While the Earth’s oceans are known as five separate entities, there is really only one ocean. So, how big is it?

As of 2013, it takes up 71% of the Earth, houses 99% of the biosphere, and contains some of Earth’s grandest geological features. Scott Gass reminds us of the influence humans have on the ocean and the influence it has on us.

Let’s Talk About Dying

This is a video about dying in 21-st century.

We can’t control if we’ll die, but we can “occupy death,” in the words of Dr. Peter Saul. He calls on us to make clear our preferences for end of life care — and suggests two questions for starting the conversation. (Filmed at TEDxNewy.)

What Will Future Jobs Look Like?

Will we have a job in the future ?

Economist Andrew McAfee suggests that, yes, probably, droids will take our jobs — or at least the kinds of jobs we know now. In this far-seeing talk, he thinks through what future jobs might look like, and how to educate coming generations to hold them.

Imagine a European Democracy Without Borders

Can we create a Europe without borders?

Greece has been the poster child for European economic crisis, but former Prime Minister George Papandreou wonders if it’s just a preview of what’s to come.

“Our democracies,” he says, “are trapped by systems that are too big to fail, or more accurately, too big to control” — while “politicians like me have lost the trust of their peoples.” How to solve it? Have citizens re-engage more directly in a new democratic bargain.

A Saudi Woman Who Dared to Drive

This is a story about a woman who dared to challenge the reality and change it.

There’s no actual law against women driving in Saudi Arabia. But it’s forbidden. Two years ago, Manal al-Sharif decided to encourage women to drive by doing so — and filming herself for YouTube. Hear her story of what happened next.

How We Can Predict The Next Financial Crisis

In this interesting TED video we learn about the financial crisis and more data on how to predict it.

The 2007-2008 financial crisis, you might think, was an unpredictable one-time crash. But Didier Sornette and his Financial Crisis Observatory have plotted a set of early warning signs for unstable, growing systems, tracking the moment when any bubble is about to pop. (And he’s seeing it happen again, right now.)