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  • I grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. Here’s why I left | Megan Phelps-Roper

    everyone else? Megan Phelps-Roper shares details of life inside America’s most controversial church and describes how conversations on Twitter were key to her decision to leave it. In this extraordinary talk, she shares her personal experience of extreme polarization, along with some sharp ways we can learn to successfully engage across ideological lines.

    CONKMarch 7, 2017
    8,515 votes, average: 4.90 out of 58,515 votes, average: 4.90 out of 58,515 votes, average: 4.90 out of 58,515 votes, average: 4.90 out of 58,515 votes, average: 4.90 out of 5
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  • New nanotech to detect cancer early | Joshua Smith

    What if every home had an early-warning cancer detection system? Researcher Joshua Smith is developing a nanobiotechnology “cancer alarm” that scans for traces of disease in the form of special biomarkers called exosomes.

    CONKMarch 2, 2017
    977 votes, average: 4.89 out of 5977 votes, average: 4.89 out of 5977 votes, average: 4.89 out of 5977 votes, average: 4.89 out of 5977 votes, average: 4.89 out of 5
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  • What time is it on Mars? | Nagin Cox

    Nagin Cox is a first-generation Martian. As a spacecraft engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Cox works on the team that manages the United States’ rovers on Mars. But working a 9-to-5 on another planet — whose day is 40 minutes longer than Earth’s — has particular, often comical challenges.

    CONKFebruary 25, 2017
    1,122 votes, average: 4.82 out of 51,122 votes, average: 4.82 out of 51,122 votes, average: 4.82 out of 51,122 votes, average: 4.82 out of 51,122 votes, average: 4.82 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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  • A young scientist’s quest for clean water | Deepika Kurup

    Deepika Kurup has been determined to solve the global water crisis since she was 14 years old, after she saw kids outside her grandparents’ house in India drinking water that looked too dirty even to touch.

    CONKFebruary 18, 2017
    764 votes, average: 4.58 out of 5764 votes, average: 4.58 out of 5764 votes, average: 4.58 out of 5764 votes, average: 4.58 out of 5764 votes, average: 4.58 out of 5
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  • What we don’t know about Europe’s Muslim kids | Deeyah Khan

    In this powerful, emotional talk, the filmmaker unearths the rejection and isolation that many Muslim kids growing up in the West feel — and the deadly consequences of not embracing our youth before extremist groups do.

    CONKFebruary 17, 2017
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  • The ethical dilemma of designer babies | Paul Knoepfler

    Biologist Paul Knoepfler estimates that within fifteen years, scientists could use the gene editing technology CRISPR to make certain “upgrades” to human embryos — from altering physical appearances to eliminating the risk of auto-immune diseases.

    CONKFebruary 11, 2017
    1,008 votes, average: 4.23 out of 51,008 votes, average: 4.23 out of 51,008 votes, average: 4.23 out of 51,008 votes, average: 4.23 out of 51,008 votes, average: 4.23 out of 5
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  • Will automation take away all our jobs? | David Autor

    Here’s a paradox you don’t hear much about: despite a century of creating machines to do our work for us, the proportion of adults in the US with a job has consistently gone up for the past 125 years.

    CONKFebruary 7, 2017
    1,632 votes, average: 4.53 out of 51,632 votes, average: 4.53 out of 51,632 votes, average: 4.53 out of 51,632 votes, average: 4.53 out of 51,632 votes, average: 4.53 out of 5
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  • If a story moves you, act on it | Sisonke Msimang

    Stories are necessary, but they’re not as magical as they seem, says writer Sisonke Msimang. In this funny and thoughtful talk, Msimang questions our emphasis on storytelling and spotlights the decline of facts.

    CONKFebruary 3, 2017
    1,256 votes, average: 4.02 out of 51,256 votes, average: 4.02 out of 51,256 votes, average: 4.02 out of 51,256 votes, average: 4.02 out of 51,256 votes, average: 4.02 out of 5
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  • A better way to talk about love | Mandy Len Catron

    In love, we fall. We’re struck, we’re crushed, we swoon. We burn with passion. Love makes us crazy and makes us sick. Our hearts ache, and then they break. Talking about love in this way fundamentally shapes how we experience it, says writer Mandy Len Catron.

    CONKJanuary 28, 2017
    1,204 votes, average: 4.59 out of 51,204 votes, average: 4.59 out of 51,204 votes, average: 4.59 out of 51,204 votes, average: 4.59 out of 51,204 votes, average: 4.59 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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  • The world doesn’t need more nuclear weapons | Erika Gregory

    Today nine nations collectively control more than 15,000 nuclear weapons, each hundreds of times more powerful than those dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We don’t need more nuclear weapons; we need a new generation to face the unfinished challenge of disarmament started decades ago.

    CONKJanuary 26, 2017
    1,118 votes, average: 3.48 out of 51,118 votes, average: 3.48 out of 51,118 votes, average: 3.48 out of 51,118 votes, average: 3.48 out of 51,118 votes, average: 3.48 out of 5
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  • How AI can bring on a second Industrial Revolution | Kevin Kelly

    “The actual path of a raindrop as it goes down the valley is unpredictable, but the general direction is inevitable,” says digital visionary Kevin Kelly — and technology is much the same, driven by patterns that are surprising but inevitable.

    CONKJanuary 13, 2017
    1,221 votes, average: 4.80 out of 51,221 votes, average: 4.80 out of 51,221 votes, average: 4.80 out of 51,221 votes, average: 4.80 out of 51,221 votes, average: 4.80 out of 5
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  • Maps that show us who we are (not just where we are) | Danny Dorling

    Social geographer Danny Dorling invites us to see the world anew, with his captivating and insightful maps that show Earth as it truly is — a connected, ever-changing and fascinating place in which we all belong.

    CONKDecember 21, 2016
    778 votes, average: 4.71 out of 5778 votes, average: 4.71 out of 5778 votes, average: 4.71 out of 5778 votes, average: 4.71 out of 5778 votes, average: 4.71 out of 5
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  • What will humans look like in 100 years? | Juan Enriquez

    We can evolve bacteria, plants and animals — futurist Juan Enriquez asks: Is it ethical to evolve the human body? In a visionary talk that ranges from medieval prosthetics to present day neuroengineering and genetics, Enriquez sorts out the ethics associated with evolving humans and imagines the ways we’ll have to transform our own bodies if we hope to explore and live in places other than Earth.

    CONKDecember 16, 2016
    3,358 votes, average: 4.89 out of 53,358 votes, average: 4.89 out of 53,358 votes, average: 4.89 out of 53,358 votes, average: 4.89 out of 53,358 votes, average: 4.89 out of 5
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  • What reality are you creating for yourself? | Isaac Lidsky

    Reality isn’t something you perceive; it’s something you create in your mind. Isaac Lidsky learned this profound lesson firsthand, when unexpected life circumstances yielded valuable insights. In this introspective, personal talk, he challenges us to let go of excuses, assumptions and fears, and accept the awesome responsibility of being the creators of our own reality.

    CONKOctober 28, 2016
    2,887 votes, average: 4.96 out of 52,887 votes, average: 4.96 out of 52,887 votes, average: 4.96 out of 52,887 votes, average: 4.96 out of 52,887 votes, average: 4.96 out of 5
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