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Infographic: How we’ll live on Mars

Within 20 years, humans will live on Mars. At least, that's the case journalist Stephen Petranek makes in his TED Book, "How We'll Live on Mars." According to Petranek, the move is no less than an essential back-up plan for humanity. Here, he shares just some of the factors those who make the first trip will have to manage.
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How to get vaccines to the right place at the right time

Half the vaccines that are manufactured each year don’t make it to their destination, getting lost or damaged along the way between manufacturer and remote health clinics. That means that each year, 1.5 million children in the developing world die needlessly. Neuroscientist and TED Fellow Catharine Young explains a novel approach she thinks can fix the problems.
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What skyscrapers might look like in the future

Supertall buildings have become just another part of the urban scenery. They are, writes science fiction writer Bruce Sterling, "stunningly factual, immediately obvious, impossible to overlook." But what of the unbuilt towers of the future? What might *they* look like. With his customary lyricism, Sterling describes four classes of future skyscraper.
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Why the Pope’s embrace of science matters

Pope Francis' recent Encyclical has been widely praised for supporting the science on climate change. But as Johan Rockström, who's been involved in high level discussions between scientists and the Vatican explains, the story of how the Pope has integrated science and religion represents a profound shift in world view.

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TED Books
The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere
By Pico Iyer

An unexpected truth from a celebrated travel writer: stillness just might be the ultimate adventure. Pico Iyer reveals how stillness can act as a creative catalyst, and advocates for a way of living that counters the frenetic design of our modern lives.

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