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The Bridge between suicide and life

22 May 2014 Milad Moodi
For many years Sergeant Kevin Briggs patrolled the southern end of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, a popular site for suicide attempts. In a sobering, deeply personal talk Briggs shares stories from those he’s spoken — and listened — to standing on the edge of life. He gives a powerful p...

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Synthetic voices, as unique as fingerprints

20 May 2014 Milad Moodi
Many of those with severe speech disorders use a computerized device to communicate. Yet they choose between only a few voice options. That's why Stephen Hawking has an American accent, and why many people end up with the same voice. Rupal Patel has done something about it !

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How to make filthy water drinkable

13 May 2014 Milad Moodi
Too much of the world lacks access to clean drinking water. Engineer Michael Pritchard did something about it — inventing the portable Lifesaver filter, which can make the most revolting water drinkable in seconds. Don't miss the amazing demo!

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Battling bad science

24 Apr 2014 Milad Moodi
Every day there are news reports of new health advice, but how can you know if they're right? Doctor and epidemiologist Ben Goldacre shows us, at high speed, the ways evidence can be distorted, from the blindingly obvious nutrition claims to the very subtle tricks of the pharmaceutical industry.

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What makes us feel good about our work?

15 Apr 2014 Milad Moodi
What motivates us to work? Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn't just money. But it's not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose. In this talk, two eye-opening experiments that reveal our unexpected attitudes toward meaning ...

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One very dry demo

10 Apr 2014 Milad Moodi
Mark Shaw demos Ultra-Ever Dry, a liquid-repellent coating that acts as an astonishingly powerful shield against water and water-based materials. At the nano level, the spray covers a surface with an umbrella of air so that water bounces right off.

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A skateboard, with a boost

06 Apr 2014 Milad Moodi
Imagine an electric vehicle that can get you to work -- or anywhere in a six-mile radius -- quickly, without traffic frustrations or gasoline. Now imagine you can pick it up and carry it with you. Yes, this souped-up skateboard could change the face of morning commutes.

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Religions and babies

02 Apr 2014 Milad Moodi
Do some religions have a higher birth rate than others -- and how does this affect global population growth? Speaking at the TEDxSummit 2012 in Doha, Qatar, he graphs data over time and across religions. With his trademark humor and sharp insight, Hans reaches a surprising conclusion on world fertil...

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The walkable city

27 Mar 2014 Milad Moodi
Jeff Speck shows how we can free ourselves from dependence on the car -- which he calls "a gas-belching, time-wasting, life-threatening prosthetic device" -- by making our cities more walkable and more pleasant for more people.

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The riddle of experience vs. memory

20 Mar 2014 Milad Moodi
Using examples from vacations to colonoscopies, Daniel Kahneman reveals how our "experiencing selves" and our "remembering selves" perceive happiness differently. This new insight has profound implications for economics, public policy -- and our own self-awareness.

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