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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
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  • What I learned from 2,000 obituaries | Lux Narayan

    Lux Narayan starts his day with scrambled eggs and the question: “Who died today?” Why? Here he shares what those immortalized in print can teach us about a life well lived.

    CONKMarch 24, 2017
    1,173 votes, average: 4.80 out of 51,173 votes, average: 4.80 out of 51,173 votes, average: 4.80 out of 51,173 votes, average: 4.80 out of 51,173 votes, average: 4.80 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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  • The data behind Hollywood’s sexism | Stacy Smith

    Where are all the women and girls in film? Social scientist Stacy Smith analyzes how the media underrepresents and portrays women — and the potentially destructive effects those portrayals have on viewers.

    CONKMarch 22, 2017
    3,834 votes, average: 1.19 out of 53,834 votes, average: 1.19 out of 53,834 votes, average: 1.19 out of 53,834 votes, average: 1.19 out of 53,834 votes, average: 1.19 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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  • How to practice safe sexting | Amy Adele Hasinoff

    Amy Adele Hasinoff looks at problematic responses to sexting in mass media, law and education, offering practical solutions for how individuals and tech companies can protect sensitive (and, ahem, potentially scandalous) digital files.

    CONKMarch 17, 2017
    1,687 votes, average: 3.01 out of 51,687 votes, average: 3.01 out of 51,687 votes, average: 3.01 out of 51,687 votes, average: 3.01 out of 51,687 votes, average: 3.01 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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  • The racial politics of time | Brittney Cooper

    Cultural theorist Brittney Cooper examines racism through the lens of time, showing us how historically it has been stolen from people of color, resulting in lost moments of joy and connection, lost years of healthy quality of life and the delay of progress.

    CONKMarch 15, 2017
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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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  • How jails extort the poor | Salil Dudani

    Why do we jail people for being poor? Today, half a million Americans are in jail only because they can’t afford to post bail, and still more are locked up because they can’t pay their debt to the court, sometimes for things as minor as unpaid parking tickets.

    CONKMarch 11, 2017
    1,099 votes, average: 4.55 out of 51,099 votes, average: 4.55 out of 51,099 votes, average: 4.55 out of 51,099 votes, average: 4.55 out of 51,099 votes, average: 4.55 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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  • How racism harms pregnant women — and what can help | Miriam Zoila Pérez

    Racism is making people sick — especially black women and babies, says Miriam Zoila Pérez. The doula turned journalist explores the relationship between race, class and illness and tells us about a radically compassionate prenatal care program that can buffer pregnant women from the stress that people of color face every day.

    CONKMarch 9, 2017
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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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  • 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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  • 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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