Zoom in -- way, way in -- to look at the world from speck's-eye view. Learn about very tiny insects, the world at the nanoscale, and sculptures so small it's best to hold your breath while viewing.
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9 talks (Curated by TED)
As E.O. Wilson accepts his 2007 TED Prize, he makes a plea on behalf of all creatures that we learn more about our biosphere -- and build a networked encyclopedia of all the world's knowledge about life.
TED2007, Filmed Mar 2007, Posted Apr 2007
Mark Shaw demos Ultra-Ever Dry, a liquid-repellent coating that acts as an astonishingly powerful shield against water and water-based materials. At the nano level, the spray covers a surface with an umbrella of air so that water bounces right off. Watch for an exciting two-minute kicker.
TED2013, Filmed Feb 2013, Posted Mar 2013
When photographed under a 3D microscope, grains of sand appear like colorful pieces of candy and the stamens in a flower become like fantastical spires at an amusement park. Gary Greenberg reveals the thrilling details of the micro world. (Filmed at TEDxMaui.)
TEDxMaui, Filmed Apr 2012, Posted Nov 2012
We have no ways to directly observe molecules and what they do -- Drew Berry wants to change that. In this talk, he shows his scientifically accurate (and entertaining!) animations that help researchers see unseeable processes within our own cells. (Filmed at TEDxSydney.)
TEDxSydney, Filmed May 2011, Posted Jan 2012
Willard Wigan tells the story of how a difficult and lonely childhood drove him to discover his unique ability -- to create art so tiny that it can't be seen with the naked eye. His slideshow of figures, as seen through a microscope, can only be described as mind-boggling.
TEDGlobal 2009, Filmed Jul 2009, Posted Aug 2009
Medical animator David Bolinsky presents 3 minutes of stunning animation that show the bustling life inside a cell.
TED2007, Filmed Mar 2007, Posted Jul 2007
In 2007, Paul Rothemund gave TED a short summary of his specialty, DNA folding. Now he lays out in clear, abundant detail the immense promise of this field -- to create tiny machines that assemble themselves.
TED2008, Filmed Feb 2008, Posted Sep 2008
An insect's ability to fly is perhaps one of the greatest feats of evolution. Michael Dickinson looks at how a fruit fly takes flight with such delicate wings, thanks to a clever flapping motion and flight muscles that are both powerful and nimble. But the secret ingredient: the incredible fly brain. (Filmed at TEDxCaltech.)
TEDxCaltech, Filmed Jan 2013, Posted Feb 2013
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