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August 2016
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  • How the blockchain is changing money and business | Don Tapscott
    What is the blockchain? If you don't know, you should; if you do, chances are you still need some clarification on how it actually works. Don Tapscott is here to help, demystifying this world-changing, trust-building technology which, he says, represents nothing less than the second generation of the internet and holds the potential to transform money, […]
  • The deadly legacy of cluster bombs | Laura Boushnak
    The destruction of war doesn't stop when the fighting is over. During the 34-day Israel-Hezbollah War in 2006, an estimated four million cluster submunitions were dropped on Lebanon, killing indiscriminately. The danger remains, as many bomblets failed to explode and lay dormant, waiting to maim or kill anyone who encounters them. In this talk, photogra […]
  • What we can do to die well | Timothy Ihrig
    The healthcare industry in America is so focused on pathology, surgery and pharmacology -- on what doctors "do" to patients -- that it often overlooks the values of the human beings it's supposed to care for. Palliative care physician Timothy Ihrig explains the benefits of a different approach, one that fosters a patient's overall quality […]
  • The next manufacturing revolution is here | Olivier Scalabre
    Economic growth has been slowing for the past 50 years, but relief might come from an unexpected place -- a new form of manufacturing that is neither what you thought it was nor where you thought it was. Industrial systems thinker Olivier Scalabre details how a fourth manufacturing revolution will produce a macroeconomic shift and boost employment, productiv […]
  • How Argentina's blind soccer team became champions | Gonzalo Vilariño
    With warmth and respect, Gonzalo Vilariño tells the captivating story of Argentina's blind soccer team -- and how a sincere belief in themselves and their capabilities transformed the players from humble beginnings into two-time World Champions. "You have to get out there and play every game in this beautiful tournament that we call life," Vil […]
  • A letter to all who have lost in this era | Anand Giridharadas
    Summer, 2016: amid populist revolts, clashing resentments and fear, writer Anand Giridharadas doesn't give a talk but reads a letter. It's from those who have won in this era of change, to those who have, or feel, lost. It confesses to ignoring pain until it became anger. It chides an idealistic yet remote elite for its behind-closed-doors world-sa […]
  • Hunting for Peru's lost civilizations -- with satellites | Sarah Parcak
    Around the world, hundreds of thousands of lost ancient sites lie buried and hidden from view. Satellite archaeologist Sarah Parcak is determined to find them before looters do. With the 2016 TED Prize, Parcak is building an online citizen-science tool called GlobalXplorer that will train an army of volunteer explorers to find and protect the world's hi […]
  • 3 moons and a planet that could have alien life | James Green
    Is there life beyond Earth? Join NASA's director of planetary science James Green for a survey of the places in our solar system that are most likely to harbor alien life. […]
  • A small country with big ideas to get rid of fossil fuels | Monica Araya
    How do we build a society without fossil fuels? Using her native Costa Rica as an example of positive action on environmental protection and renewables, climate advocate Monica Araya outlines a bold vision for a world committed to clean energy in all sectors. […]
  • What a planet needs to sustain life | Dave Brain
    "Venus is too hot, Mars is too cold, and Earth is just right," says planetary scientist Dave Brain. But why? In this pleasantly humorous talk, Brain explores the fascinating science behind what it takes for a planet to host life -- and why humanity may just be in the right place at the right time when it comes to the timeline of life-sustaining pla […]
  • Questlove Lends His Musical Expertise To Help Reshape Pandora August 25, 2016
    Questlove is bringing his eclectic love for music to streaming radio. The Roots drummer announced the launch of his new Pandora radio show, “Questlove Supreme,” on Wednesday. The weekly three-hour show will be curated and produced by the Philadelphia-native. It will also feature a mix of musical selections and interviews from the likes of actress-comedienne […]
  • Are Space Aliens Behind The 'Most Mysterious Star In The Universe?' August 25, 2016
    KIC 8462852 has been called the most mysterious star in the universe, and for good reason. In many ways, the distant sun ― a bit bigger and hotter than our own sun but otherwise pretty similar ― is just another star. But its flickering light is so strange and inexplicable that some people are wondering whether space aliens are involved. The star’s light dips […]
  • Obama Looks Just As Awkward Wearing A Virtual Reality Headset As You Do August 25, 2016
    It has be pretty weird being the president. One minute you’re on Air Force One, the next minute you’re serving as your own guide on a virtual tour through one of America’s favorite national parks.  Chief White House photographer Pete Souza captured the image below, which shows President Barack Obama watching a 360-degree virtual reality film that was shot ea […]
  • Library Used Its 3D Printer To Make Prosthetic Hand For Girl August 25, 2016
    A library has helped a 5-year-old girl start a new chapter in her life. Katelyn Vincik who was born without a fully formed left hand, had been on a waitlist for a functional prosthetic for more than a year. That was until Harris County Public Library in Texas made her one using its 3D printer. Katelyn’s mom, Kimberly Vincik, told Click2Houston that her daugh […]
  • The Future of VR: At Home and Abroad August 25, 2016
    The G8 virtual reality installation is a design of the Venice, CA basedAwesome Rocketship, a start-up focused on "out of home" virtual reality experiences. By Noah J. Nelson (@noahjnelson) This piece needs to start with a confession. Despite being completely enamored with virtual reality for the past three years I still don't own a Head Mounte […]
  • This Hammock For Your Head Will Make Nap Time More Peaceful August 25, 2016
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  • Uber Lost At Least $1.27 Billion In The First Half Of 2016 August 25, 2016
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  • Worlds Collide: Artificial Intelligence Meets Web Design August 25, 2016
    The internet has evolved a great deal since it was first launched back in the 80s. Back then, there was no such thing as a high-speed internet connection, hence the need for simplistic, text-based website with no variations in font, typography, layout or visual content. A website back then consisted of nothing but pages and pages of standard text placed in f […]
  • Social Media Wants to Connect the World, but How Meaningful Are the Connections? August 25, 2016
    How effectively can social media networks fulfill the need for friendship? originally appeared on Quora: the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. Answer by Erica Friedman, Founder of Yurikon LLC; Social Media Without Delusion, on Quora: How effectively can social media networks fulfill the need for […]
  • J.K. Rowling Calls BS On The Burkini Ban, Twitter Applauds August 25, 2016
    The recent burkini ban in France has been making international news ― and one of the world’s most famous (and cheekiest) authors just weighed in on the debate.  Early Thursday morning, J.K. Rowling tweeted her thoughts on the controversial ban, which many have noted disproportionately impacts Muslim women. In all her glorious wisdom, Rowling pointed out the […]