TED: Comedy is Translation

Every act of communication is, in some way, an act of translation. Onstage at TEDxRainier, writer Chris Bliss thinks hard about the way that great comedy can translate deep truths for a mass audience.

TED: Shape-Shifting Dinosaurs

Where are the baby dinosaurs? In a spellbinding talk from TEDxVancouver paleontologist Jack Horner describes how slicing open fossil skulls revealed a shocking secret about some of our most beloved dinosaurs.

TED: Treating Cancer With Electric Fields

Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation are the best-known methods for treating cancer. Bill Doyle presents a new approach, called Tumor Treating Fields, which uses electric fields to interrupt cancer cell division. Still in its infancy and approved for only certain types of cancer, the treatment comes with one big benefit: quality of life.

TED: The Happy Secret to Better Work

We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk from TEDxBloomington, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity.

TED: Why I Chose a Gun

Peter van Uhm is the Netherlands’ Chief of Defense, but that does not mean he is pro-war. At TEDxAmsterdam he explains how his career is one shaped by a love of peace, not a desire for bloodshed, and why we need armies if we want peace.

TED: Doctors Can Make Mistakes

Every doctor makes mistakes. But, says physician Brian Goldman, medicine’s culture of denial (and shame) keeps doctors from ever talking about those mistakes, or using them to learn and improve.

TED: Cut Your Food In Half

Cookbook author (and geek) Nathan Myhrvold talks about his magisterial work, “Modernist Cuisine” — and shares the secret of its cool photographic illustrations.

TED: Building a Park in the Sky

New York was planning to tear down the High Line, an abandoned elevated railroad in Manhattan, when Robert Hammond and a few friends suggested: Why not make it a park?

TED: Meet e-Patient Dave

When Dave deBronkart learned he had a rare and terminal cancer, he turned to a group of fellow patients online — and found a medical treatment that even his own doctors didn’t know. It saved his life

TED: Computing a Rosetta Stone for the Indus Script

Rajesh Rao is fascinated by “the mother of all crossword puzzles”: How to decipher the 4,000 year old Indus script. He tells how he is enlisting modern computational techniques to read the Indus language, the key piece to understanding this ancient civilization.