Ed Boyden shows how, by inserting genes for light-sensitive proteins into brain cells, he can selectively activate or de-activate specific neurons with fiber-optic implants. He’s managed to cure mice of analogs of PTSD and certain forms of blindness.
Architect Thomas Heatherwick shows recent projects featuring ingenious bio-inspired designs. Some are remakes of the ordinary: a bus, a bridge, a power station. And one is an extraordinary pavilion, the Seed Cathedral, a celebration of growth and light.
What’s it like to be pals with a genius? Onstage at TED Caltech, physicist Leonard Susskind spins a few stories about his friendship with the legendary Richard Feynman, discussing his unconventional approach to problems both serious and … less so.
Imagine being able to see artwork in the greatest museums around the world without leaving your chair. Driven by his passion for art, Amit Sood tells the story of how he developed Art Project to let people do just that.
Ron Gutman reviews a raft of studies about smiling, and reveals some surprising results. Did you know your smile can be a predictor of how long you’ll live — and has a measurable effect on your overall well-being? Prepare to flex a few facial muscles …
Fiorenzo Omenetto shares 20+ astonishing new uses for silk, one of nature’s most elegant materials — in transmitting light, improving sustainability, adding strength and making medical leaps and bounds. He shows a few items made of the versatile stuff.
Diving under the Antarctic ice to get close to the much-feared leopard seal, photographer Paul Nicklen found a new friend. Share his passionate stories of the polar wonderlands, illustrated by images of the animals who live on and under the ice.
Most of us will do anything to avoid being wrong. But what if we’re wrong about that? “Wrongologist” Kathryn Schulz makes a compelling case for not just admitting but embracing our fallibility.
Designer Suzanne Lee shares her experiments in growing a kombucha-based material that can be used like fabric or vegetable leather to make clothing. The process is fascinating, the results are beautiful and the potential is simply stunning.
Cosmologist Sean Carroll attacks a deceptively simple question: Why does time exist at all? The potential answers point to a surprising view of the nature of the universe, and our place in it.
Carlo Ratti makes cool things by sensing the data we create. He pulls from passive data sets — like the calls we make, the garbage we throw away — to create surprising visualizations of city life, and uses sensors to design interactive environments.