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  • Science in service to the public good | Siddhartha Roy

    We give scientists and engineers great technical training, but we’re not as good at teaching ethical decision-making or building character. Take, for example, the environmental crisis that recently unfolded in Flint, Michigan — and the professionals there who did nothing to fix it.

    CONKMay 23, 2017
    389 votes, average: 4.64 out of 5389 votes, average: 4.64 out of 5389 votes, average: 4.64 out of 5389 votes, average: 4.64 out of 5389 votes, average: 4.64 out of 5
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  • An intergalactic guide to using a defibrillator | Todd Scott

    If Yoda goes into cardiac arrest, will you know what to do? Artist and first-aid enthusiast Todd Scott breaks down what you need to know about using an automated external defibrillator, or AED — in this galaxy and ones that are far, far away.

    CONKMay 10, 2017
    1,206 votes, average: 4.67 out of 51,206 votes, average: 4.67 out of 51,206 votes, average: 4.67 out of 51,206 votes, average: 4.67 out of 51,206 votes, average: 4.67 out of 5
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  • In praise of conflict | Jonathan Marks

    Conflict is bad; compromise, consensus and collaboration are good — or so we’re told. Lawyer and bioethicist Jonathan Marks challenges this conventional wisdom, showing how governments can jeopardize public health, human rights and the environment when they partner with industry.

    CONKMay 9, 2017
    624 votes, average: 4.70 out of 5624 votes, average: 4.70 out of 5624 votes, average: 4.70 out of 5624 votes, average: 4.70 out of 5624 votes, average: 4.70 out of 5
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  • Political common ground in a polarized United States | Gretchen Carlson, David Brooks

    How can we bridge the gap between left and right to have a wiser, more connected political conversation? Journalist Gretchen Carlson and op-ed columnist David Brooks share insights on the tensions at the heart of American politics today — and where we can find common ground.

    CONKApril 28, 2017
    399 votes, average: 4.19 out of 5399 votes, average: 4.19 out of 5399 votes, average: 4.19 out of 5399 votes, average: 4.19 out of 5399 votes, average: 4.19 out of 5
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  • A young inventor’s plan to recycle Styrofoam | Ashton Cofer

    From packing peanuts to disposable coffee cups, each year the US alone produces some two billion pounds of Styrofoam — none of which can be recycled. Frustrated by this waste of resources and landfill space, Ashton Cofer and his science fair teammates developed a heating treatment to break down used Styrofoam into something useful.

    CONKApril 19, 2017
    1,896 votes, average: 4.83 out of 51,896 votes, average: 4.83 out of 51,896 votes, average: 4.83 out of 51,896 votes, average: 4.83 out of 51,896 votes, average: 4.83 out of 5
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  • Lifelike simulations that make real-life surgery safer | Peter Weinstock

    Think: “Operate twice, cut once.” Glimpse the future of surgery in this forward-thinking talk. 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).

    CONKApril 12, 2017
    1,048 votes, average: 4.93 out of 51,048 votes, average: 4.93 out of 51,048 votes, average: 4.93 out of 51,048 votes, average: 4.93 out of 51,048 votes, average: 4.93 out of 5
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  • Should we simplify spelling? | Karina Galperin

    How much energy and brain power do we devote to learning how to spell? Language evolves over time, and with it the way we spell — is it worth it to spend so much time memorizing rules that are filled with endless exceptions?

    CONKApril 7, 2017
    1,038 votes, average: 2.58 out of 51,038 votes, average: 2.58 out of 51,038 votes, average: 2.58 out of 51,038 votes, average: 2.58 out of 51,038 votes, average: 2.58 out of 5
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  • What young women believe about their own sexual pleasure | Peggy Orenstein

    Why do girls feel empowered to engage in sexual activity but not to enjoy it? For three years, author Peggy Orenstein interviewed girls ages 15 to 20 about their attitudes toward and experiences of sex.

    CONKApril 6, 2017
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  • To raise brave girls, encourage adventure | Caroline Paul

    Gutsy girls skateboard, climb trees, clamber around, fall down, scrape their knees, get right back up — and grow up to be brave women. Learn how to spark a little productive risk-taking and raise confident girls with stories and advice from firefighter, paraglider and all-around adventurer Caroline Paul.

    CONKMarch 29, 2017
    1,830 votes, average: 4.16 out of 51,830 votes, average: 4.16 out of 51,830 votes, average: 4.16 out of 51,830 votes, average: 4.16 out of 51,830 votes, average: 4.16 out of 5
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  • 3 ways to fix a broken news industry | Lara Setrakian

    Something is very wrong with the news industry. Trust in the media has hit an all-time low; we’re inundated with sensationalist stories, and consistent, high-quality reporting is scarce, says journalist and entrepreneur Lara Setrakian.

    CONKMarch 10, 2017
    1,201 votes, average: 4.49 out of 51,201 votes, average: 4.49 out of 51,201 votes, average: 4.49 out of 51,201 votes, average: 4.49 out of 51,201 votes, average: 4.49 out of 5
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  • What it’s like to be a parent in a war zone | Aala El-Khani

    How do parents protect their children and help them feel secure again when their homes are ripped apart by war? In this warm-hearted talk, psychologist Aala El-Khani shares her work supporting — and learning from — refugee families affected by the civil war in Syria.

    CONKMarch 8, 2017
    1,346 votes, average: 4.14 out of 51,346 votes, average: 4.14 out of 51,346 votes, average: 4.14 out of 51,346 votes, average: 4.14 out of 51,346 votes, average: 4.14 out of 5
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  • How to get better at the things you care about | Eduardo Briceño

    Working hard but not improving? You’re not alone. Eduardo Briceño reveals a simple way to think about getting better at the things you do, whether that’s work, parenting or creative hobbies.

    CONKFebruary 24, 2017
    2,828 votes, average: 4.93 out of 52,828 votes, average: 4.93 out of 52,828 votes, average: 4.93 out of 52,828 votes, average: 4.93 out of 52,828 votes, average: 4.93 out of 5
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  • Why you should love statistics | Alan Smith

    Think you’re good at guessing stats? Guess again. Whether we consider ourselves math people or not, our ability to understand and work with numbers is terribly limited, says data visualization expert Alan Smith.

    CONKFebruary 23, 2017
    1,277 votes, average: 4.85 out of 51,277 votes, average: 4.85 out of 51,277 votes, average: 4.85 out of 51,277 votes, average: 4.85 out of 51,277 votes, average: 4.85 out of 5
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  • Help discover ancient ruins — before it’s too late | Sarah Parcak

    Sarah Parcak uses satellites orbiting hundreds of miles above Earth to uncover hidden ancient treasures buried beneath our feet. There’s a lot to discover; in the Egyptian Delta alone, Parcak estimates we’ve excavated less than a thousandth of one percent of what’s out there.

    CONKFebruary 21, 2017
    887 votes, average: 4.58 out of 5887 votes, average: 4.58 out of 5887 votes, average: 4.58 out of 5887 votes, average: 4.58 out of 5887 votes, average: 4.58 out of 5
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  • To solve old problems, study new species | Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado

    Nature is wonderfully abundant, diverse and mysterious — but biological research today tends to focus on only seven species, including rats, chickens, fruit flies and us. In this visually captivating talk, Alvarado calls on us to interrogate the unknown and shows us the remarkable discoveries that surface when we do.

    CONKFebruary 4, 2017
    1,114 votes, average: 4.89 out of 51,114 votes, average: 4.89 out of 51,114 votes, average: 4.89 out of 51,114 votes, average: 4.89 out of 51,114 votes, average: 4.89 out of 5
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  • Want kids to learn well? Feed them well | Sam Kass

    What can we expect our kids to learn if they’re hungry or eating diets full of sugar and empty of nutrients? Former White House Chef and food policymaker Sam Kass discusses the role schools can play in nourishing students’ bodies in addition to their minds.

    CONKJanuary 31, 2017
    1,222 votes, average: 4.80 out of 51,222 votes, average: 4.80 out of 51,222 votes, average: 4.80 out of 51,222 votes, average: 4.80 out of 51,222 votes, average: 4.80 out of 5
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  • The lies we tell pregnant women | Sofia Jawed-Wessel

    “When we tell women that sex isn’t worth the risk during pregnancy, what we’re telling her is that her sexual pleasure doesn’t matter … that she in fact doesn’t matter,” says sex researcher Sofia Jawed-Wessel.

    CONKJanuary 27, 2017
    3,311 votes, average: 2.70 out of 53,311 votes, average: 2.70 out of 53,311 votes, average: 2.70 out of 53,311 votes, average: 2.70 out of 53,311 votes, average: 2.70 out of 5
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  • Help for kids the education system ignores | Victor Rios

    Define students by what they contribute, not what they lack — especially those with difficult upbringings, says educator Victor Rios. Interweaved with his personal tale of perseverance as an inner-city youth, Rios identifies three straightforward strategies to shift attitudes in education and calls for fellow educators to see “at-risk” students as “at-promise” individuals brimming with resilience, character and grit.

    CONKDecember 13, 2016
    909 votes, average: 4.77 out of 5909 votes, average: 4.77 out of 5909 votes, average: 4.77 out of 5909 votes, average: 4.77 out of 5909 votes, average: 4.77 out of 5
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