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How to live passionately no matter your age

18 Jan 2015 Morvarid Akhbari
Author Isabel Allende is 71. Yes, she has a few wrinkles—but she has incredible perspective too. In this candid talk, meant for viewers of all ages, she talks about her fears as she gets older and shares how she plans to keep on living passionately.

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The history of our world in 18 minutes

13 Jan 2015 Morvarid Akhbari
Backed by stunning illustrations, David Christian narrates a complete history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the Internet, in a riveting 18 minutes. This is "Big History": an enlightening, wide-angle look at complexity, life and humanity, set against our slim share of the cosmic timeline.

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The power of believing that you can improve

11 Jan 2015 Morvarid Akhbari
Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solv...

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Underwater astonishments

07 Jan 2015 Morvarid Akhbari
David Gallo shows jaw-dropping footage of amazing sea creatures, including a color-shifting cuttlefish, a perfectly camouflaged octopus, and a Times Square's worth of neon light displays from fish who live in the blackest depths of the ocean. This short talk celebrates the pioneering work of ocean e...

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See invisible motion, hear silent sounds.

01 Jan 2015 Morvarid Akhbari
Meet the “motion microscope,” a video-processing tool that plays up tiny changes in motion and color impossible to see with the naked eye. Watch Video researcher Michael Rubinstein recreates a conversation by amplifying the movements from sound waves bouncing off a bag of chips.

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Living beyond limits

29 Dec 2015 Morvarid Akhbari
When she was 19, Amy Purdy lost both her legs below the knee. And now ... she's a pro snowboarder. In this powerful talk, she shows us how to draw inspiration from life's obstacles.

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Why not eat insects?

17 Dec 2014 Morvarid Akhbari
Marcel Dicke makes an appetizing case for adding insects to everyone's diet. His message to squeamish chefs and foodies: delicacies like locusts and caterpillars compete with meat in flavor, nutrition and eco-friendliness.

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Robots with "soul"

11 Dec 2014 Morvarid Akhbari
What kind of robots does an animator / jazz musician / roboticist make? Playful, reactive, curious ones. Guy Hoffman shows demo film of his family of unusual robots — including two musical bots that like to jam with humans.

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The mysterious lives of giant trees

06 Dec 2014 Morvarid Akhbari
Science writer Richard Preston talks about some of the most enormous living beings on the planet, the giant trees of the US Pacific Northwest. Growing from a tiny seed, they support vast ecosystems — and are still, largely, a mystery.

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Why some people find exercise harder than others

04 Dec 2014 Morvarid Akhbari
Why do some people struggle more than others to keep off the pounds? Social psychologist Emily Balcetis shows research that addresses one of the many factors: Vision. In an informative talk, she shows how when it comes to fitness, some people quite literally see the world differently from others —...

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