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How the zebra got its stripes, with Alan Turing

Written by TED Guest Author • Posted Aug 26, 2014
Where do a zebra’s stripes, a leopard’s spots and our fingers come from? The key was found years ago -- by the man who cracked the Enigma code.

“Your soul ages faster in wartime”

Written by Karen Eng • Posted Aug 25, 2014
Bosnian photographer Ziyah Gafic grew up in Sarajevo during the war. In this powerful Q&A, he explains why he obsessively takes pictures of rusty watches, broken glasses and old combs.

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The Terrorist's Son: A Story of Choice
Available September 9 from TED Books

"Everyone has a choice. Even if you’re trained to hate, you can choose tolerance. You can choose empathy." An American boy raised on dogma and hate, who chose a different path — this is Zak Ebrahim's story, shared on the TED stage and coming soon as a TED Book. See the trailer now, with the book and the full talk to come September 9.

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TED Global 2014
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | October 6-10, 2014

TEDGlobal is heading to Brazil! In October 2014, in Rio de Janeiro, we will celebrate the outpouring of innovation, energy and creativity taking place all over South America and the global south. The world is changing fast. Fresh thinking can be found in every direction, in emerging geographies as well as in the western hemisphere. Join us in Rio to explore the realities of tomorrow.

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