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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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  • Beautiful new words to describe obscure emotions | John Koenig

    Here, he meditates on the meaning we assign to words and how these meanings latch onto us.

    CONKApril 1, 2017
    1,928 votes, average: 4.90 out of 51,928 votes, average: 4.90 out of 51,928 votes, average: 4.90 out of 51,928 votes, average: 4.90 out of 51,928 votes, average: 4.90 out of 5
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  • How I’m fighting bias in algorithms | Joy Buolamwini

    MIT grad student Joy Buolamwini was working with facial analysis software when she noticed a problem: the software didn’t detect her face — because the people who coded the algorithm hadn’t taught it to identify a broad range of skin tones and facial structures.

    CONKMarch 30, 2017
    1,647 votes, average: 2.19 out of 51,647 votes, average: 2.19 out of 51,647 votes, average: 2.19 out of 51,647 votes, average: 2.19 out of 51,647 votes, average: 2.19 out of 5
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  • Stories from a home for terminally ill children | Kathy Hull

    To honor and celebrate young lives cut short, Kathy Hull founded the first freestanding pediatric palliative care facility in the United States, the George Mark Children’s House. Its mission: to give terminally ill children and their families a peaceful place to say goodbye.

    CONKMarch 25, 2017
    676 votes, average: 4.89 out of 5676 votes, average: 4.89 out of 5676 votes, average: 4.89 out of 5676 votes, average: 4.89 out of 5676 votes, average: 4.89 out of 5
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  • This app makes it fun to pick up litter | Jeff Kirschner

    The earth is a big place to keep clean. With Litterati — an app for users to identify, collect and geotag the world’s litter — TED Resident Jeff Kirschner has created a community that’s crowdsource-cleaning the planet.

    CONKMarch 23, 2017
    2,010 votes, average: 4.90 out of 52,010 votes, average: 4.90 out of 52,010 votes, average: 4.90 out of 52,010 votes, average: 4.90 out of 52,010 votes, average: 4.90 out of 5
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  • A few ways to fix a government | Charity Wayua

    She shares how she helped her government drastically improve its process for opening up new businesses, a crucial part of economic health and growth, leading to new investments and a World Bank recognition as a top reformer.

    CONKMarch 21, 2017
    988 votes, average: 4.45 out of 5988 votes, average: 4.45 out of 5988 votes, average: 4.45 out of 5988 votes, average: 4.45 out of 5988 votes, average: 4.45 out of 5
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  • Smelfies, and other experiments in synthetic biology | Ani Liu

    What if you could take a smell selfie, a smelfie? What if you had a lipstick that caused plants to grow where you kiss? Ani Liu explores the intersection of technology and sensory perception, and her work is wedged somewhere between science, design and art.

    CONKMarch 18, 2017
    685 votes, average: 4.58 out of 5685 votes, average: 4.58 out of 5685 votes, average: 4.58 out of 5685 votes, average: 4.58 out of 5685 votes, average: 4.58 out of 5
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  • A robot that eats pollution | Jonathan Rossiter

    Meet the “Row-bot,” a robot that cleans up pollution and generates the electricity needed to power itself by swallowing dirty water. Roboticist Jonathan Rossiter explains how this special swimming machine, which uses a microbial fuel cell to neutralize algal blooms and oil slicks, could be a precursor to biodegradable, autonomous pollution-fighting robots.

    CONKMarch 16, 2017
    1,407 votes, average: 4.85 out of 51,407 votes, average: 4.85 out of 51,407 votes, average: 4.85 out of 51,407 votes, average: 4.85 out of 51,407 votes, average: 4.85 out of 5
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  • Don’t fear superintelligent AI | Grady Booch

    New tech spawns new anxieties, says scientist and philosopher Grady Booch, but we don’t need to be afraid an all-powerful, unfeeling AI. Booch allays our worst (sci-fi induced) fears about superintelligent computers by explaining how we’ll teach, not program, them to share our values.

    CONKMarch 14, 2017
    2,069 votes, average: 4.36 out of 52,069 votes, average: 4.36 out of 52,069 votes, average: 4.36 out of 52,069 votes, average: 4.36 out of 52,069 votes, average: 4.36 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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  • 4 ways to make a city more walkable | Jeff Speck

    Freedom from cars, freedom from sprawl, freedom to walk your city! City planner Jeff Speck shares his “general theory of walkability” — four planning principles to transform sprawling cities of six-lane highways and 600-foot blocks into safe, walkable oases full of bike lanes and tree-lined streets.

    CONKMarch 3, 2017
    1,665 votes, average: 4.88 out of 51,665 votes, average: 4.88 out of 51,665 votes, average: 4.88 out of 51,665 votes, average: 4.88 out of 51,665 votes, average: 4.88 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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  • The incredible inventions of intuitive AI | Maurice Conti

    What do you get when you give a design tool a digital nervous system? Computers that improve our ability to think and imagine, and robotic systems that come up with (and build) radical new designs for bridges, cars, drones and much more — all by themselves.

    CONKMarch 1, 2017
    2,755 votes, average: 4.90 out of 52,755 votes, average: 4.90 out of 52,755 votes, average: 4.90 out of 52,755 votes, average: 4.90 out of 52,755 votes, average: 4.90 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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