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TED Talks

  1. Teddy Bears Were Invented Because We Forgot That Nature Wants To Kill Us

    "Bears know who they are, but they often don’t know who you are, which is why they kill you." - Mike Birbiglia

    Pretty much everyone has fond memories of a stuffed bear toy they once played with. That's weird when you think about it, because actual bears are vicious animals that will maul you to death. In this TED talk from March, writer Jon Mooallem has some ideas about why we've gotten into the habit of cute-ifying all of our most terrifying predators.

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  2. Watch Chris Hadfield’s TED Talk About the Time He Went Blind in Space, Then Be Glad You’re on Earth

    Just in case you didn't think space was terrifying enough.

    Our favorite Canadian astronaut/rock star Chris Hadfield gave a TED Talk this month in Vancouver where he recounted the time he went blind in space, and spoke about how scary and dangerous being an astronaut really is. It's fascinating, informative, and a little terrifying.

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  3. What to Do With All Those Leftovers? The “Leftover Swap” App Has Your Back

    It's like a freegan dream.

    It's the day after Thanksgiving, so it's a safe bet you have a ton of leftover food sitting in your fridge. If you want to unload the two pounds of Grandma's stuffing you've got on hand before it goes bad, why not give Leftover Swap a try. It's an app that connects leftovers with people who want to eat someone else's leftovers.

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  4. Giant Squid Expedition Member Edith Widder Breaks Down the Kraken Hunt at TED

    By now we've all seen the first footage captured of a giant squid, but for our part, we have yet to grow tired of it, because giant squids are amazing. With that in mind, we direct you to researcher Edith Widder's TED Talk about the expedition to film the squid for the first time, her role in it, and how she got involved in the project. Widder offers a wealth of valuable backstory and technical details on the project and the unmatched insight of one of the expedition's main scientists, along with candid camera video of researchers hollering like excited kids when they realize they've captured video of the squid at long last.

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  5. Roger Ebert Says Games Will Never Be Art

    Roger Ebert has mentioned his opinion on video games before, but, as he says "I have declined all opportunities to enlarge upon it or defend it." That has changed, now that the movie critic has published his response to Kellee Santiago's "Games Are Art" TED talk here, on the Chicago Sun-Times website. I found that Ebert spent most of his time refuting her arguments point by point, and did not build a compelling argument of his own. While I could go through his essay point by point refuting arguments, I was hoping to keep my blood pressure to a manageable level now that the Great Kick-Ass Hype Tsunami of 2010 has finally come to a close, and besides that, I've always found that refuting someone in great detail without presenting a better founded argument of your own to be a little bankrupt of purpose. My major objections after the jump.

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  6. Bill Gates’ TED Talk: Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050

    TED posted Bill Gates' long-awaited TED Talk online earlier today, in which he set an ambitious goal: zero carbon emissions by 2050 -- period. A key component of his goal as he presents it: new nuclear power plants that recycle waste uranium rather than adding more nuclear waste to the environment. Video after the jump:

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