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  • Fatal Familial Insomnia: The Disease That Kills By Stealing Sleep
    (Credit: Rachata Teyparsit/Shutterstock)A brief bout of insomnia can be maddening. You know what it feels like. We all do. Lying awake chasing feverish thoughts from our minds while the slow tick of passing minutes compounds sleep-stealing anxiet…
    - 3 days ago, 11 Oct 19, 5:56pm -
  • How the First Exoplanets Were Discovered
    The first exoplanets ever discovered were found orbiting the pulsar PSR B1257+12. It took years for astronomers to find exoplanets around sun-like stars. (Credit:NASA/JPL-Caltech)In 1992, astronomers discovered the first exoplanet, or planetouts…
    - 6 days ago, 8 Oct 19, 3:30pm -
  • How Many People Have Died in Outer Space?
    Following the only deaths to have ever occurred in space, the USSR started a policy requiring all cosmonauts to wear pressurized spacesuits during reentry. (Credit: Peakpx.com)For many wannabe astronauts, the idea of venturing into the great unkn…
    - 7 days ago, 8 Oct 19, 1:59pm -
  • Whole Body Vibration: Does Shaking Up Our Workouts Lead to Better Health?
    Does working out on a vibrating plate help make us stronger? (Credit: Alliance Images)Can we vibrate ourselves healthy? That's the premise behind a form of therapy called whole body vibration, or WBV. Proponents argue that subjecting our bones an…
    - 7 days ago, 7 Oct 19, 5:43pm -
  • How the U.S. Could Have an All-Renewable Energy Grid
    An all-renewable grid will mean more electricity and more transmission lines. (Credit: Russ Allison Loar/flickr, CC BY-NC-ND)The main solution to climate change is well known – stop burning fossil fuels. How to do this is more complicated, but…
    - 13 days ago, 2 Oct 19, 11:45am -
  • Evolution Could Explain Why Having a Girlfriend Makes Men More Attractive
    Being in a relationship might make a man more attractive to women. (Credit: Roman Seliutin/Shutterstock)Here’s an option for men struggling to find female partners: Hire a professional wing woman for a night on the town. A beautiful, charismati…
    - 14 days ago, 1 Oct 19, 1:39pm -
  • Why Your Dog Likes Sticking Its Head Out the Car Window
    What's so great about hanging your head out of a car window? (Credit: Shutterstock)If happiness were a picture, there’s a pretty good chance it would be a dog with its head sticking out of a car window. It seems few pups can resist a breeze…
    - 17 days ago, 27 Sep 19, 4:16pm -
  • What's Hotter Than the Surface of the Sun? The Solar Corona
    There are two ways to see the sun’s corona: Send up a spacecraft or wait for a total solar eclipse. On the left, the sun’s wispy atmosphere glows with ultraviolet light, captured by the European Space Agency’s PROBA2 satellite. Loops and arcs o…
    - 20 days ago, 24 Sep 19, 6:00pm -
  • These Bacteria-Powered Robots May One Day Swim Through Your Bloodstream
    The bacterium Escherichia coli, illustrated here, moves itself with propeller-like structures called flagella; it is one of the mobile microbes scientists have linked to cargo-carrying structures to form biohybrid microrobots. (Credit: supergalactic/…
    - 21 days ago, 24 Sep 19, 11:05am -
  • Electrostimulation Study Gets Alzheimer's Patients to Recall Vivid Memories
    Participants in a recent trial experienced old memories, vividly. Halfpoint/Shutterstock.com Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most dreaded diagnoses, and the fear is particularly acute among older people. This complex brain disor…
    - 22 days ago, 23 Sep 19, 1:30pm -

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  • Airport buggy spinning in circles is the perfect metaphor for 2019

    Airport buggy spinning in circles is the perfect metaphor for 2019

    If you want to understand what's going on in Washington D.C. right now, you could read any one of the impeachment explainers going around, or watch snarky wrap-ups by your favorite late-night hosts. Or you could just watch this video of a driverles…
    - 14 days ago, 1 Oct 19, 12:10am -
  • Two daring pranksters allegedly hacked a billboard to play pornography

    Two daring pranksters allegedly hacked a billboard to play pornography

    Michigan drivers got more than they bargained for after two pranksters allegedly took over a billboard with some rather risqué material. According to Michigan's Auburn Hills Police Department, at 10:49 p.m. on Sept. 28, the two individuals picture…
    - 14 days ago, 30 Sep 19, 8:46pm -
  • Trippy video breaks down how YouTube demonetizes LGBTQ creators for using words like 'gay'

    Trippy video breaks down how YouTube demonetizes LGBTQ creators for using words like 'gay'

    It's long been rumored that YouTube's machine learning algorithm specifically demonetizes LGBTQ content — despite YouTube's denials.But the allegations got a boost over the weekend when two creators published videos pointing out how they think…
    - 14 days ago, 30 Sep 19, 8:25pm -
  • Facebook to selectively pay media orgs desperate for its news tab scraps

    Facebook to selectively pay media orgs desperate for its news tab scraps

    Show appreciation for your kind and generous digital overlord. Facebook is set to launch its latest feature, news tab, this fall — setting up yet another political battle over what media outlets are or aren't promoted by the tech giant. While the…
    - 14 days ago, 30 Sep 19, 7:03pm -
  • Reddit changes its harassment policy and bans major incel community

    Reddit changes its harassment policy and bans major incel community

    Reddit is taking bullying and harassment on its website more seriously.In a post on Monday, Reddit announced that it was broadening its policies when it comes to threats made on the site. Specifically, it has significantly revised what constitutes b…
    - 14 days ago, 30 Sep 19, 5:30pm -
  • Google and Levi's introduce a new smart jacket that can answer calls and snap selfies

    Google and Levi's introduce a new smart jacket that can answer calls and snap selfies

    Google and Levi's are once again teaming up to launch a line of tech-infused denim jackets. The new Levi's Trucker Jacket is infused with Google's Jacquard technology. It's pretty much the same concept we saw in 2017, but with some notable upgrades…
    - 14 days ago, 30 Sep 19, 5:06pm -
  • Japan Airlines unveils 'baby map'

    Japan Airlines unveils 'baby map'

    The airline released the feature with the intention of letting passengers avoid sitting next to infants and toddlers. Many on social media have given the feature much acclaim. Read more...More about Mashable Video, Airlines, Culture, Japan Airlines,…
    - 14 days ago, 30 Sep 19, 4:42pm -
  • Eddie Murphy says he regrets old homophobic jokes

    Eddie Murphy says he regrets old homophobic jokes

    The comedian sat down with The New York Times to discuss his problematic jokes. Read more...More about Entertainment, Mashable Video, Comedian, Eddie Murphy, and Entertainment
    - 14 days ago, 30 Sep 19, 4:41pm -
  • Facebook tests hiding 'likes' from posts

    Facebook tests hiding 'likes' from posts

    With many associating social media "likes" to popularity, Facebook's plan to test hiding "likes" may help prevent the social pressure of those "likes." Read more...More about Facebook, Mashable Video, Social Media, Likes, and Tech
    - 14 days ago, 30 Sep 19, 4:20pm -
  • This service turns your favorite tweets into a piece of art

    This service turns your favorite tweets into a piece of art

    TL;DR: Framed Tweets immortalizes hilarious and awe-inspiring tweets from celebs, politicians (ahem), and regular people alike — get your own on sale for $67.50, down from $75.Ah, Twitter. Years ago it was just a place to complain about stuff. Tod…
    - 15 days ago, 30 Sep 19, 2:55pm -

PBS Digital Studios: Idea Channel

  • Idea Channel is Ending

    Idea Channel is Ending

    Idea Channel is Ending(NOT CLICKBAIT), as the kids say 1:24 --- WHY? 4:30 --- WHATS NEXT? 4:59 --- WHERE ELSE IS MIKE? 6:19 --- WHAT ABOUT THE IC TWITTER, ETC? -- Q+A Links -- REDDIT https://www.reddit.com/r/pbsid...From:PBS Idea ChannelViews:…
    - 19 Feb 18, 10:13pm -
  • Thinking With Others

    Thinking With Others

    Thinking With OthersFinale, Pt. 3 of 3 The Idea Channel farewell office hours will be on September 8th from 6 to 8pm at Caveat in NYC. It is an all ages event; there will be alcohol present. RSVP here: http://eventbr...From:PBS Idea ChannelVie…
    - 18 Feb 18, 9:58pm -
  • ☠ Yarrr! Content ☠

    ☠ Yarrr! Content ☠

    ☠ Yarrr! Content ☠Try two months of CuriosityStream at http://curiositystream.com/ideachannel Content And Its Discontents Support us on Patreon! https://patreon.com/pbsideachannel We got merch! http://bit.ly/1U8fS...From:PBS Idea ChannelVi…
    - 18 Feb 18, 8:09pm -
  • Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

    Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

    Are You Getting Enough Sleep?We got merch! http://bit.ly/1U8fS1B Tweet us! http://bit.ly/pbsideachanneltwitter Idea Channel Facebook! http://bit.ly/pbsideachannelfacebook Talk about this episode on reddit! http://bit.l...From:PBS Idea ChannelV…
    - 18 Feb 18, 2:30pm -
  • Is Super Mario Brothers A Surrealist Masterpiece?

    Is Super Mario Brothers A Surrealist Masterpiece?

    Is Super Mario Brothers A Surrealist Masterpiece?It'sa me… the unexpected combination of visual elements We can look at Mario, and his 30+ year series of ultra-beloved games and then also look at surrealist visual art and say…hmmm…...From:…
    - 18 Feb 18, 2:16pm -
  • Comment Responses: Why Doesn’t Hollywood Cast Asian Actors?

    Comment Responses: Why Doesn’t Hollywood Cast Asian Actors?

    Comment Responses: Why Doesn’t Hollywood Cast Asian Actors?Comment Responses! Tweet us! http://bit.ly/pbsideachanneltwitter Idea Channel Facebook! http://bit.ly/pbsideachannelfacebook Talk about this episode on reddit! http://bit.ly/pbsideachan…
    - 18 Feb 18, 12:06pm -
  • Comment Responses: Can You Own a Color?

    Comment Responses: Can You Own a Color?

    Comment Responses: Can You Own a Color?Comment Responses! Tweet us! http://bit.ly/pbsideachanneltwitter Idea Channel Facebook! http://bit.ly/pbsideachannelfacebook Talk about this episode on reddit! http://bit.ly/pbsideachannelreddit...From:PBS…
    - 18 Feb 18, 8:20am -
  • How is Magic the Gathering Like Jazz?

    How is Magic the Gathering Like Jazz?

    How is Magic the Gathering Like Jazz?Check out Wisecrack!! ▻▻ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHLw7ox458c You Like Jazz? Support us on Patreon! https://patreon.com/pbsideachannel We got merch! http://bit.ly/1U8fS1B Tweet...From:PBS Idea Cha…
    - 18 Feb 18, 7:03am -
  • What Are Ideas, and Who Gets to Have Them?

    What Are Ideas, and Who Gets to Have Them?

    What Are Ideas, and Who Gets to Have Them?Finale, Pt 1 of 3 The Idea Channel farewell office hours will be on September 8th from 6 to 8pm at Caveat in NYC. RSVPs (required) will open on August 18th around 2pm ET. It is an all ages...From:PBS Id…
    - 18 Feb 18, 6:55am -
  • Can You Own a Color?

    Can You Own a Color?

    Can You Own a Color?Get 10% off a custom domain and email address by going to http://hover.com/IdeaChannel What could be blacker than black? -- Q+A POSTS! -- You got questions? We got answers! Whatever you're...From:PBS Idea ChannelViews:6790…
    - 17 Feb 18, 3:07pm -

PBS Digital Studios: Inventor Series

  • The Practicello | INVENTORS | PBS Digital Studios

    The Practicello | INVENTORS | PBS Digital Studios

    The Practicello | INVENTORS | PBS Digital StudiosCello players who travel usually have to buy an extra airplane seat for their instrument if they want to do any practicing while they're away. To get around that, Ernest Nussbaum has invented...Fr…
    - 19 Feb 18, 4:12pm -
  • HeadBlade | INVENTORS | PBS Digital Studios

    HeadBlade | INVENTORS | PBS Digital Studios

    HeadBlade | INVENTORS | PBS Digital StudiosTodd Greene built a brand around what he calls "Head Care," a combination of head shaving and skin care. His invention, the HeadBlade, makes head shaving easier for the millions of people who...From:In…
    - 14 Feb 18, 9:51am -
  • Batter Blaster | INVENTORS | PBS Digital Studios

    Batter Blaster | INVENTORS | PBS Digital Studios

    Batter Blaster | INVENTORS | PBS Digital StudiosSean O'Connor's invention sounds a bit strange at first: pancake batter in a whip cream style can. Some might be reminded of processed cheese and assume it's full of preservatives and other...From:…
    - 13 Feb 18, 4:49pm -
  • Quick-Finders | INVENTORS | PBS Digital Studios

    Quick-Finders | INVENTORS | PBS Digital Studios

    Quick-Finders | INVENTORS | PBS Digital StudiosImagine crawling through a smoke-filled house that's completely unfamiliar to you, trying to find a child's bedroom, unable to see two feet in front of your face. That's what firefighter Joe...From:…
    - 13 Feb 18, 4:24am -
  • The Wilcraft | INVENTORS | PBS Digital Studios

    The Wilcraft | INVENTORS | PBS Digital Studios

    The Wilcraft | INVENTORS | PBS Digital StudiosEvery year people risk their lives driving pickup trucks onto frozen lakes just to go ice fishing. If the ice is too thin, the truck can break through and sink. Tom Roering's invention, the...From:I…
    - 11 Feb 18, 6:30pm -
  • Video Games | INVENTORS | PBS Digital Studios

    Video Games | INVENTORS | PBS Digital Studios

    Video Games | INVENTORS | PBS Digital StudiosRalph Baer is often called the father of video games. His invention, the Magnavox Odyssey, was the first home console system. Last year he celebrated his 90th birthday the same year the Odyssey...From…
    - 11 Feb 18, 3:28pm -
  • Long Island Iced Tea | INVENTORS | PBS Digital Studios

    Long Island Iced Tea | INVENTORS | PBS Digital Studios

    Long Island Iced Tea | INVENTORS | PBS Digital StudiosBob "Rosebud" Butt is credited with inventing the Long Island Iced Tea while he was a bartender at the Oak Beach Inn on Long Island in the 1970s. Bob may not be the first bartender to have...…
    - 10 Feb 18, 12:59pm -
  • Wheelchair Brake | INVENTORS | PBS Digital Studios

    Wheelchair Brake | INVENTORS | PBS Digital Studios

    Wheelchair Brake | INVENTORS | PBS Digital StudiosJerry Ford doesn't use a wheelchair, but his son works with elderly people who do. In a conversation one day, Jerry's son mentioned that sometimes senior citizens forget to set their wheelchairs'.…
    - 10 Feb 18, 10:20am -
  • AeroPress and Aerobie Flying Ring | INVENTORS

    AeroPress and Aerobie Flying Ring | INVENTORS

    AeroPress and Aerobie Flying Ring | INVENTORSAlan Adler had a huge hit with an early invention, the Aerobie flying ring, which broke record after record for the furthest object ever thrown by hand. But to many people he's known for his...From:I…
    - 5 Feb 18, 4:53pm -
  • The Screw-In Coffin | INVENTORS | PBS Digital Studios

    The Screw-In Coffin | INVENTORS | PBS Digital Studios

    The Screw-In Coffin | INVENTORS | PBS Digital StudiosDonald Scruggs knows being buried vertically in a coffin that screws into the ground is not for everyone. But he thinks his interment invention could save money and make better use of space...…
    - 30 Jan 18, 3:09am -

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  • The TED Interview podcast kicks off season 3

    The TED Interview podcast kicks off season 3

    The TED Interview launches its newest season on October 9, 2019. Last season notably featured Bill Gates, Monica Lewinsky and Susan Cain — and you can expect another thoughtful lineup of scientists, thinkers and artists for the new season. Season 3…
    - 6 days ago, 8 Oct 19, 4:19pm -
  • Helping learners of English find their own voice

    Helping learners of English find their own voice

    Since its inception, TED has been zealous in its mission of spreading ideas that inspire. It was out of this passion that a partnership between National Geographic Learning emerged to create materials for the English language learning classroom — a…
    - 7 days ago, 7 Oct 19, 6:46pm -
  • The terrifying now of big data and surveillance: A conversation with Jennifer Granick

    The terrifying now of big data and surveillance: A conversation with Jennifer Granick

    Concerns are growing around privacy and government surveillance in today’s hyper-connected world. Technology is smarter and faster than ever — and so are government strategies for listening in. As a lawyer for the ACLU, Jennifer Granick (TED Talk…
    - 13 days ago, 1 Oct 19, 5:44pm -
  • We the Future 2019: Talks from TED, the Skoll Foundation and the United Nations Foundation

    We the Future 2019: Talks from TED, the Skoll Foundation and the United Nations Foundation

    At “We the Future,” a day of talks from TED, the Skoll Foundation and the United Nations Foundation at the TED World Theater in New York City, 18 speakers and performers shared daring ideas, deep analysis, cautionary tales and behavior-changing s…
    - 19 days ago, 25 Sep 19, 3:33pm -
  • Unlock: The talks of TED@BCG 2019

    Unlock: The talks of TED@BCG 2019

    To succeed in the next decade and beyond, we can’t just optimize what we know. We need to keep learning, imagining, inventing. In a day of talks and performances, 16 speakers and performers explored how we can unlock our full potential — human, t…
    - 21 days ago, 24 Sep 19, 7:49am -
  • Is geoengineering a good idea? A brief Q&A with Kelly Wanser and Tim Flannery

    Is geoengineering a good idea? A brief Q&A with Kelly Wanser and Tim Flannery

    As we recklessly warm the planet by pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, some industrial emissions also produce particles that reflect sunshine back into space, putting a check on global warming that we’re only starting to understand. In h…
    - 21 days ago, 23 Sep 19, 4:51pm -
  • Transform: The talks of TED@DuPont

    Transform: The talks of TED@DuPont

    Transformation starts with the spark of something new. In a day of talks and performances about transformation, 16 speakers and performers explored exciting developments in science, technology and beyond — from the chemistry of everyday life to inn…
    - 28 days ago, 16 Sep 19, 6:57pm -
  • Border Stories: A night of talks on immigration, justice and freedom

    Border Stories: A night of talks on immigration, justice and freedom

    Immigration can be a deeply polarizing topic. But at heart, immigration policies and practices reflect no less than our attitude towards humanity. At TEDSalon: Border Stories, we explored the reality of life at the US-Mexico border, the history of th…
    - 32 days ago, 12 Sep 19, 6:55pm -
  • What does it mean to become a TED Fellow?

    What does it mean to become a TED Fellow?

    Every year, TED begins a new search looking for the brightest thinkers and innovators to be part of the TED Fellows program. With nearly 500 visionaries representing 300 different disciplines, these extraordinary individuals are making waves, disrupt…
    - 57 days ago, 19 Aug 19, 11:28am -
  • What Brexit means for Scotland: A Q&A with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

    What Brexit means for Scotland: A Q&A with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

    First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon spoke at TEDSummit on Wednesday in Edinburgh about her vision for making collective well-being the main aim of public policy and the economy. (Watch her full talk on TED.com.) That same morning, Boris Johns…
    - 76 days ago, 30 Jul 19, 6:21pm -

Think Big

  • newBreast cancer vaccine could be available in 8 years, says Mayo Clinic

    Breast cancer vaccine could be available in 8 years, says Mayo Clinic

    Clinical trials of an immunotherapy treatment for breast cancer showed positive signs, and the researchers hope to move to larger trials in coming years.Immunotherapies train the body's immune system to find and kill cancer cells without harming heal…
    - 12 hours ago, 14 Oct 19, 3:56pm -
  • newStudent of the stars: How do you become an astronomer?

    Student of the stars: How do you become an astronomer?

    What's the difference between an astronomer and an astrophysicist? NASA's Michelle Thaller explains that these terms are used interchangeably: both are physicists who study objects and phenomena in the sky. How can you become an astronomer? There is…
    - 13 hours ago, 14 Oct 19, 2:50pm -
  • newHow designers are fighting the rise of facial recognition technology

    How designers are fighting the rise of facial recognition technology

    To combat the rise of facial-recognition technology, designers have created clothing and accessories that helps to conceal people's identities from A.I.Although some of these inventions appear to be effective, their main point seems to be to raise aw…
    - 14 hours ago, 14 Oct 19, 1:38pm -
  • newThe most undervalued skill? Lateral thinking.

    The most undervalued skill? Lateral thinking.

    Lateral thinking is a way of approaching problems. It deliberately forgoes obvious approaches in favor of oblique or unexpected ones.Deliberately ignoring perfectly good but straightforward solutions enables us to find hidden innovations we would oth…
    - 15 hours ago, 14 Oct 19, 12:34pm -
  • newNot enough sleep throws your circadian rhythm, leading to potential cognitive problems

    Not enough sleep throws your circadian rhythm, leading to potential cognitive problems

    Two new studies indicate what happens when your natural circadian rhythm is disrupted by not enough sleep. The production of essential proteins is disrupted by a lack of sleep, which could result in cognitive decline. From dementia to an uptick in ob…
    - 18 hours ago, 14 Oct 19, 9:28am -
  • Deep learning nails correlation. Causation is another matter.

    Deep learning nails correlation. Causation is another matter.

    Did you know that people with bigger hands have larger vocabularies?While that's actually true, it's not a causal relationship. This pattern exists because adults tend know more words than kids. It's a correlation, explains NYU professor Gary Marcus.…
    - 1 day ago, 13 Oct 19, 4:59pm -
  • Physicists solve a 140-year-old mystery

    Physicists solve a 140-year-old mystery

    Researchers discover a method of extracting previously unavailable information from superconductors.The study builds on a 19th-century discovery by physicist Edward Hall.The research promises to lead to a new generation of semiconductor materials and…
    - 2 days ago, 13 Oct 19, 10:13am -
  • 4 no-brainer online security measures we need to start practicing now

    4 no-brainer online security measures we need to start practicing now

    NoneThe sheer number of massive data breaches and known security vulnerabilities online today should be enough to scare us into better data safety practices. Unfortunately, these issues seem to consistently elicit gasps and condemnations by talking h…
    - 2 days ago, 13 Oct 19, 9:51am -
  • Nudging meat off the menu

    Nudging meat off the menu

    To keep global heating below 2°C, the world's appetite for meat must change. This will mean reducing meat consumption in most developed countries and limiting the increase in developing countries. But how do you convince people to break the habit of…
    - 3 days ago, 12 Oct 19, 12:33pm -
  • Why older people should be allowed to change their legal age

    Why older people should be allowed to change their legal age

    Let's say that on average you are in better shape than other people of your age. You are more able than them: quicker, sprightlier, livelier. You feel and identify as younger than your official age. However, despite all your youthful energy, you are…
    - 3 days ago, 12 Oct 19, 11:19am -
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