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19:27 min 18. May 2013

The Five Phrases That Can Change Your Life: Adam Braun at TEDxColumbiaCollege

a talk in English

Adam Braun is the Founder and CEO of Pencils of Promise, a nonprofit organization that
has broken ground on more than 80 schools around the world and delivered over 3
million educational hours in its first four years. PoP was founded with just $25 in October
2008 using what Braun describes as a "for-purpose" approach to blending nonprofit
idealism with for-profit business principles.
Braun's passion for international education was ignited when he traveled to over fifty
countries in his early twenties. He graduated magna cum laude from Brown University,
previously worked at Bain & Company, and was recently named to Wired's Smart List:
50 People Who Will Change the World.

This speech was given at TEDxColumbiaCollege in November of 2012, on the campus of Columbia University in the City of New York.

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25:54 min 29. September 2006

Meetin' WA (1986)

a talk in French

One of the least remarked upon attributes of Jean-Luc Godard is how thoroughly he mastered the medium of video production. For him Video was not a mere substitute for film, but something separate and distinct, an aesthetic platform all its own to which he brought a heretofore unrevealed dimension in his art; one that subtly informed the work he would later do once he returned to Cinema.

It is, however, somewhat understandable that this pocket of his career should be so little known, given that his extended video works of the 1970s . . . Six fois deux, for example, or the remarkable France/Tour/Detour/Deux/Enfants . . . continue to languish in the limited access obscurity into which they landed with a thud virtually from the hour of their creation. There are those in the fundamentally class-based universe of cinephilia who would not have it any other way, however. I mean, don't let's kid ourselves here. There is, and always has been, a vast amount of social comfort to be derived for Us (the cinephile class) if You (the vulgar herd) have no access to the works we get to see in the cinephile dungeons of large urban centers (after all, if We can't use film to construct a bizarro-world recreation of High School where we are no longer the geeks we once were then, I ask you, what is the point in all of this?).

So Jean-Luc Godard's video creations remain militantly inaccessible by all but the small number who've been fortunate enough to see them. And more than any of these works, 1986's Meetin' WA stands as testament to the extraordinary facility he developed with this sub-medium; a faciility harder-achieved in the 70s, when video production was a far more dolorous and taxing enterprise than it is today.

At once sublime and witty, the 26 minutes of Meetin' WA consist of an interview Jean-Luc Godard conducted in 1986 with Woody Allen, the director of What's Up, Tigerlilly and Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story (and soon to be featured in the final moments of Godard's abortive Cannon Pictures' King Lear). The chat itself is amiable enough; certainly avoiding any conceivable adversarial notes; but this, along with the New York setting (giving Allen the home field advantage as it were) does nothing to prevent a visible anxiety from growing on the part of the filmmaker as the interview goes on.

It's as if it dawned on Allen, right in the middle of everything, that this tape could be . . . used . . . in some way he would not be able to control, that he was talking to a man who long ago demonstrated that he would not be bound to a standard not his own. Gradually, almost anticipating this development, Godard's camera moves in closer and closer, Allen's eyes dart back and forth between Godard and his translator (film scholar Annette Innsdorf) while questions are asked, the expression on his face bordering at times on open worry; like he's waiting, with only marginal patience, for some sign of what it is he's gotten himself into to manifest itself. It is, perhaps, the only occasion where Woody Allen seems as neurotic as the persona he wrote for himself was always said to be.

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14:20 min 13. November 2014

How to write an award-winning bestselling first novel | Nathan Filer | TEDxYouth@Bath

a talk in English

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Or at least be happier whilst trying!
This is Nathan's guide to novel writing in 7 easy (ish!) steps.

Nathan won the Costa Book Prize in 2013 with his debut novel, The Shock Of The Fall. It has been translated into 27 languages. Nathan worked part time as a mental health nurse in Bristol and his book’s narrator is a 19 year old boy with schizophrenia. He graduated from Bath Spa University in 2010 with an MA in Creative Writing and is now a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University.

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05:03 min 7. January 2014

How sugar affects the brain - Nicole Avena

a lecture in English

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-sugar-affects-the-brain-nicole-avena

When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine -- an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more. Nicole Avena explains why sweets and treats should be enjoyed in moderation.

Lesson by Nicole Avena, animation by STK Films.

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02:42 min 1. July 2014

15 STRANGE PRESIDENT FACTS!

a lecture in English

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03:33 min 22. January 2015

Why Poor Places Are More Diverse

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Borer, ET et al. 2014. Herbivores and nutrients control grassland plant diversity via light limitation. Nature 508, 517–520

Fearon, J. 2003. Ethnic and Cultural Diversity by Country. Journal of Economic Growth 8: 195–222. doi:10.1023/A:1024419522867.

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Iyigun, M.F. and A.L. Owen. 1998. Risk, entrepreneurship, and human-capital accumulation, American Economic Review, No. 2, Papers and Proceedings 88 (2), 454-457.

Lambers, H (ed). 2014. Plant Life on the Sandplains in Southwest Australia, a Global Biodiversity Hotspot - Kwongan Matters. Publisher: University of Western Australia Publishing, Crawley. ISBN: 978-1-74258-564-2

Maffi L. 2005. Linguistic, cultural and biological diversity. Annual Review of Anthropology
Vol. 34: 599-617

Nettle, D. 1998. Explaining global patterns of language diversity. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 17(4):354--74.

New Atlas of the British and Irish Flora. 2002., CD Preston, DA Pearman, TD Dines (editors), Oxford University Press. 910 pages

Sutherland, W. J. 2003. Parallel extinction risk and global distribution of languages and species. Nature, 423:276--279.

S. Wennekers, A. van Stel, M. Carree, and R. Thurik, 2010. The Relationship between Entrepreneurship and Economic Foundations and Trends in Entrepreneurship 6: 167-237.

Yamada G. 1996. Urban Informal Employment and Self-Employment in Developing Countries: Theory and Evidence. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND CULTURAL CHANGE. 44: 289-314.

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Kwongan - Kwongan Foundation
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Rainforest - Bishnu Sarangi (Public Domain)
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Meadows - Wikimedia user Nikater (Public Domain)
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Forest - Hansueli Krapf
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Wetland - Wikimedia user Martinsnm
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Chinatown Bangkok - Yoav David
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Language and Poverty map data:
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http://asjp.clld.org/

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02:51 min 17. September 2013

The Biggest Organism on Earth

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Pando
The World's Largest Organism in Trouble. Week of Feb 1 2013. Living on Earth.
http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=13-P13-00005&segmentID=7

Grant, M. & Mitton, J. 2010. Case Study: The Glorious, Golden, and Gigantic Quaking Aspen. Nature Education Knowledge 3(10):40
http://www.nature.com/scitable/knowledge/library/case-study-the-glorious-golden-and-gigantic-13261308?ref=nf

DeWoody, J. et al. 2008. "Pando" Lives: Molecular Genetic Evidence of a Giant Aspen Clone in Central Utah. Western North American Naturalist, 68(4):493-497.
http://www.bioone.org/doi/pdf/10.3398/1527-0904-68.4.493

NYTimes Article, Dec. 21 1992
http://www.nytimes.com/1992/12/21/opinion/hail-to-the-world-s-largest-organism.html

Mock, KE., et al. 2012. Widespread Triploidy in Western North American Aspen (Populus tremuloides). PLoS ONE 7(10): e48406. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0048406
http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0048406

Humongous fungus
Schmitt, C. and Tatum, M. 2008. The Malheur National Forest: Location of the World's Largest Living Organism [The Humongous Fungus]
http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fsbdev3_033146.pdf

Casselman, A. Oct. 4 2007. Strange but True: The Largest Organism on Earth Is a Fungus. Scientific American.
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=strange-but-true-largest-organism-is-fungus

Ferguson, BA. et al. 2003. Coarse-scale population structure of pathogenic Armillaria species in a mixed-conifer forest in the Blue Mountains of northeast Oregon. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 33:612-623, 10.1139/x03-065.
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Methods for estimating weight of fungi
Smith, M., Bruhn, J., and Anderson, J. 1992. The fungus Armillaria bulbosa is among the largest and oldest living organisms. Nature 356: 428-431.
http://joelvelasco.net/teaching/systematics/smith%2092%20-%20humongousfungus.pdf

Tallest tree
http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/records-3000/tallest-tree-living/

Howell, E. April 15, 2013. What is the World's Tallest Tree? Livescience.
http://www.livescience.com/28729-tallest-tree-in-world.html

Krulwich, R. April 8 2011. The World's Tallest Tree Is Hiding Somewhere In California. krulwich wonders.
http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2011/04/08/135206497/the-worlds-tallest-tree-is-hiding-somewhere-in-california

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02:44 min 18. January 2016

Do You Have Free Will?

a lecture in English

We break down the top theories around free will.
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04:03 min 7. December 2011

Michio Kaku Explains String Theory

a lecture in English

Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku explains the basics of String Theory in this clip from his Floating University lecture.

Find out more at: http://www.floatinguniversity.com/lectures-kaku

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06:30 min 3. May 2013

The basics of the Higgs boson - Dave Barney and Steve Goldfarb

a lecture in English

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In 2012, scientists at CERN discovered evidence of the Higgs boson. The what? The Higgs boson is one of two types of fundamental particles and is a particular game-changer in the field of particle physics, proving how particles gain mass. Using the Socratic method, CERN scientists Dave Barney and Steve Goldfarb explain the exciting implications of the Higgs boson.

Lesson by Dave Barney and Steve Goldfarb, animation by Jeanette Nørgaard.

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15:14 min 22. December 2014

The secret to self control | Jonathan Bricker | TEDxRainier

a talk in English

Jonathan Bricker's work has uncoved a scientifically sound approach to behavior change that is twice as effective as most currently practiced methods. His new methods are driving new norms and new apps for how people quit smoking and decrease obesity, saving many people from an early death.

Jonathan Bricker is an internationally recognized scientific leader in a bold approach called acceptance and commitment therapy. A Stanford researcher called his use of the approach “a breakthrough in behavioral research [that] has major public health implications for the major causes of preventable death.” Bricker and his team, having received $10 million in total federal research grants to study this topic, are rigorously testing this intervention on multiple platforms, including smartphone apps, websites, and telephone coaching. His SmartQuit app for quitting smoking was recently launched and is now in distribution worldwide.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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21:26 min 11. October 2013

The mathematics of weight loss | Ruben Meerman | TEDxQUT (edited version)

a talk in English

This is the edited version of The Mathematics of Weight Loss presented by Ruben Meerman.

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04:06 min 24. February 2016

5 Minute Life Lessons With Economist Robert Shiller

a talk in English

American Nobel Laureate Robert Shiller gives us an exclusive insight in to his personal life, revealing why his parents inspire him, as well as why he has lost respect for most celebrities and why reading obscure books is better than reading ones from the best-sellers list.

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22:59 min 5. June 2015

The secrets of people who love their jobs | Shane Lopez | TEDxLawrence

a talk in English

Happiness depends on the goodness of our jobs, and those good jobs are made not found.

Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D., is the world’s leading researcher on hope. His mission is to help people of all ages exercise some control over what their future can become and to teach them how to aim for the future they want in school, work and life. He is also one of the most vocal advocates of psychological reform of America’s education system. He helps schools function less like impersonal factories and more like dynamic human development centers that help students achieve the meaningful futures they say they really want – including a good job and a happy family.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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03:06 min 26. July 2015

The Science of DOGS

a lecture in English

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05:24 min 28. October 2013

Is Evil Rational?

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Is evil rational? If it is, then how can we depend on reason alone to make a better world? Best-selling author Dennis Prager has a challenging answer.

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