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  • How we’ll fight the next deadly virus | Pardis Sabeti

    When Ebola broke out in March 2014, Pardis Sabeti and her team got to work sequencing the virus’s genome, learning how it mutated and spread. Sabeti immediately released her research online, so virus trackers and scientists from around the world could join in the urgent fight.

    CONKFebruary 25, 2016
    884 votes, average: 4.77 out of 5884 votes, average: 4.77 out of 5884 votes, average: 4.77 out of 5884 votes, average: 4.77 out of 5884 votes, average: 4.77 out of 5
    (884 votes; 4.77 of 5)
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  • Wed, Feb 24, 2016

    Apple CEO Tim Cook Speaks Exclusively With David Muir; Facebook Releases New Options Beyond ‘Liking’ Posts; Tornado Watch Stretches From South Carolina to New Jersey

    CONKFebruary 24, 2016
    0 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 5
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  • A simple way to break a bad habit | Judson Brewer

    Can we break bad habits by being more curious about them? Psychiatrist Judson Brewer studies the relationship between mindfulness and addiction — from smoking to overeating to all those other things we do even though we know they’re bad for us.

    CONKFebruary 24, 2016
    24,275 votes, average: 4.89 out of 524,275 votes, average: 4.89 out of 524,275 votes, average: 4.89 out of 524,275 votes, average: 4.89 out of 524,275 votes, average: 4.89 out of 5
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  • How I found a mythical boiling river in the Amazon | Andrés Ruzo

    When Andrés Ruzo was a young boy in Peru, his grandfather told him a story with an odd detail: There is a river, deep in the Amazon, which boils as if a fire burns below it.

    CONKFebruary 24, 2016
    3,017 votes, average: 4.89 out of 53,017 votes, average: 4.89 out of 53,017 votes, average: 4.89 out of 53,017 votes, average: 4.89 out of 53,017 votes, average: 4.89 out of 5
    (3,017 votes; 4.89 of 5)
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  • A delightful way to teach kids about computers | Linda Liukas

    Computer code is the next universal language, and its syntax will be limited only by the imaginations of the next generation of programmers. Linda Liukas is helping to educate problem-solving kids, encouraging them to see computers not as mechanical, boring and complicated but as colorful, expressive machines meant to be tinkered with.

    CONKFebruary 24, 2016
    2,578 votes, average: 4.81 out of 52,578 votes, average: 4.81 out of 52,578 votes, average: 4.81 out of 52,578 votes, average: 4.81 out of 52,578 votes, average: 4.81 out of 5
    (2,578 votes; 4.81 of 5)
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  • Our campaign to ban plastic bags in Bali | Melati and Isabel Wijsen

    Plastic bags are essentially indestructible, yet they’re used and thrown away with reckless abandon. Most end up in the ocean, where they pollute the water and harm marine life; the rest are burned in garbage piles, where they release harmful dioxins into the atmosphere.

    CONKFebruary 19, 2016
    1,989 votes, average: 4.33 out of 51,989 votes, average: 4.33 out of 51,989 votes, average: 4.33 out of 51,989 votes, average: 4.33 out of 51,989 votes, average: 4.33 out of 5
    (1,989 votes; 4.33 of 5)
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  • A robot that runs and swims like a salamander | Auke Ijspeert

    Roboticist Auke Ijspeert designs biorobots, machines modeled after real animals that are capable of handling complex terrain and would appear at home in the pages of a sci-fi novel. The process of creating these robots leads to better automata that can be used for fieldwork, service, and search and rescue.

    CONKFebruary 18, 2016
    2,882 votes, average: 4.92 out of 52,882 votes, average: 4.92 out of 52,882 votes, average: 4.92 out of 52,882 votes, average: 4.92 out of 52,882 votes, average: 4.92 out of 5
    (2,882 votes; 4.92 of 5)
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  • Should you be able to patent a human gene? | Tania Simoncelli

    Are human genes patentable? Back in 2005, when Tania Simoncelli first contemplated this complex question, US patent law said they were — which meant patent holders had the right to stop anyone from sequencing, testing or even looking at a patented gene.

    CONKFebruary 17, 2016
    1,583 votes, average: 4.93 out of 51,583 votes, average: 4.93 out of 51,583 votes, average: 4.93 out of 51,583 votes, average: 4.93 out of 51,583 votes, average: 4.93 out of 5
    (1,583 votes; 4.93 of 5)
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  • Glow-in-the-dark sharks and other stunning sea creatures | David Gruber

    Just a few meters below the waves, marine biologist and explorer-photographer David Gruber discovered something amazing — a surprising new range of sea creatures that glow in many colors in the ocean’s dim blue light.

    CONKFebruary 16, 2016
    2,490 votes, average: 4.95 out of 52,490 votes, average: 4.95 out of 52,490 votes, average: 4.95 out of 52,490 votes, average: 4.95 out of 52,490 votes, average: 4.95 out of 5
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  • Capitalism will eat democracy — unless we speak up | Yanis Varoufakis

    Have you wondered why politicians aren’t what they used to be, why governments seem unable to solve real problems? Economist Yanis Varoufakis, the former Minister of Finance for Greece, says that it’s because you can be in politics today but not be in power — because real power now belongs to those who control the economy.

    CONKFebruary 15, 2016
    6,836 votes, average: 4.12 out of 56,836 votes, average: 4.12 out of 56,836 votes, average: 4.12 out of 56,836 votes, average: 4.12 out of 56,836 votes, average: 4.12 out of 5
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  • The unheard story behind the Sistine Chapel | Elizabeth Lev

    The Sistine Chapel is one of the most iconic buildings on earth — but there’s a lot you probably don’t know about it. In this tour-de-force talk, art historian Elizabeth Lev guides us across the famous building’s ceiling and Michelangelo’s vital depiction of traditional stories, showing how the painter reached beyond the religious iconography of the time to chart new artistic waters.

    CONKFebruary 12, 2016
    1,287 votes, average: 4.58 out of 51,287 votes, average: 4.58 out of 51,287 votes, average: 4.58 out of 51,287 votes, average: 4.58 out of 51,287 votes, average: 4.58 out of 5
    (1,287 votes; 4.58 of 5)
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  • How I turned a deadly plant into a thriving business | Achenyo Idachaba

    In this scourge, green entrepreneur Achenyo Idachaba saw opportunity.

    CONKFebruary 11, 2016
    1,719 votes, average: 4.91 out of 51,719 votes, average: 4.91 out of 51,719 votes, average: 4.91 out of 51,719 votes, average: 4.91 out of 51,719 votes, average: 4.91 out of 5
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  • Can a computer write poetry? | Oscar Schwartz

    If you read a poem and feel moved by it, but then find out it was actually written by a computer, would you feel differently about the experience? In this talk, writer Oscar Schwartz examines why we react so strongly to the idea of a computer writing poetry — and how this reaction helps us understand what it means to be human.

    CONKFebruary 10, 2016
    1,529 votes, average: 4.65 out of 51,529 votes, average: 4.65 out of 51,529 votes, average: 4.65 out of 51,529 votes, average: 4.65 out of 51,529 votes, average: 4.65 out of 5
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  • How we can make crops survive without water | Jill Farrant

    As the world’s population grows and the effects of climate change come into sharper relief, we’ll have to feed more people using less arable land. Molecular biologist Jill Farrant studies a rare phenomenon that may help: “resurrection plants” — super-resilient plants that seemingly come back from the dead.

    CONKFebruary 9, 2016
    1,907 votes, average: 4.80 out of 51,907 votes, average: 4.80 out of 51,907 votes, average: 4.80 out of 51,907 votes, average: 4.80 out of 51,907 votes, average: 4.80 out of 5
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  • The mysterious world of underwater caves | Jill Heinerth

    Cave diver Jill Heinerth explores the hidden underground waterways coursing through our planet. Working with biologists, climatologists and archaeologists, Heinerth unravels the mysteries of the life-forms that inhabit some of the earth’s most remote places and helps researchers unlock the history of climate change.

    CONKFebruary 8, 2016
    2,469 votes, average: 4.87 out of 52,469 votes, average: 4.87 out of 52,469 votes, average: 4.87 out of 52,469 votes, average: 4.87 out of 52,469 votes, average: 4.87 out of 5
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  • Ian Bremmer; ‘Son of Saul’

    Ian Bremmer, president and founder of Eurasia Group, discusses their annual ‘top risks’ report, detailing the biggest risks to global security in 2016. We end with a discussion of “Son of Saul,” a critically-acclaimed holocaust drama from Hungary.

    CONKJanuary 5, 2016
    0 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 5
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  • Mon, Jan 4, 2016

    Oregon Armed Militia Continue to Occupy Wildlife Refuge; Why Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach Says She Won’t Share Her Crown

    CONKJanuary 5, 2016
    0 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 5
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  • Remembering Those Who Passed in 2015

    We remember those who passed in 2015, from Blues legend B.B. King to neuroscientist Oliver Sacks to Yogi Berra.

    CONKJanuary 4, 2016
    0 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 5
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