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Steven Cowley directs the UK's leading fusion research center. Soon he'll helm new experiments that may make cheap fusion energy real on a commercial scale.
Philip Lubin studies the physics of the universe.
Dr. Suzie Sheehy uses accelerator physics to help reinvent technology for applications in medicine, energy and beyond.
About this event: The Washington Branch Library will be hosting a TEDx event on “Solar Storms” on Thursday, June 13 at 6pm. This program will be held at the library located at 220 N. 300 E. in Washington. This program will feature a TEDx talk entitled “Lessons from a Solar Storm Chaser” given by Miho Janvier. Ms. Janvier discusses the impacts of a solar storm...
Event details: Washingotn, Utah, United States · June 13, 2019
Uri Alon, a physicist turned systems biologist, admits that while studying for his Ph.D., he had a bit of a meltdown. His research was going in loops, all paths leading to dead ends. Because he'd always assumed that his work in science would be a straight line from question to answer, and because scientists don’t talk about the strong emotions t...
Posted June 12, 2014
Brian Greene is perhaps the best-known proponent of superstring theory, the idea that minuscule strands of energy vibrating in a higher dimensional space-time create every particle and force in the universe.
With Freeman Dyson's astonishing forecasts for the future, it was hard to tell where science ended and science fiction began. But far from being a wild-eyed visionary, Dyson was a clear and sober thinker -- and one not afraid of controversy or heresy.
Paul McEuen's research explores the nanoscale world.
Lucianne Walkowicz, speaking at the TEDGlobal 2011 TED Fellows Talks, Monday, July 11, 2011, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo: James Duncan Davidson / TED Lars Jan, transmedia director: Lars creates multimedia performances that questions the boundaries between truth and fiction. Collaborating with "Paul," a character that operates in the rea...
Posted July 11, 2011
Earlier today, TED curator Chris Anderson sat down for an online Q&A with the readers of Gizmodo.com. They asked a wide variety of questions, from “What’s your favorite TEDTalk of all time?” to “What will TED look like in 10 years?” Here, some highlights pulled from the discussion. What's your favorite TED talk of all time? Chris: Hard...
Posted October 24, 2012
Shai Reshef's nonprofit University of the People -- which offers nearly tuition-free, accredited degrees online -- today launches its first graduate degree, an MBA program in 12 courses. Although there are no tuition or textbook fees, there is a $200 testing fee per course, which means students can expect to pay $2,400 for their MBA (co...
Posted March 15, 2016
Physicist + inventor
How do you build a real-world machine to test the most abstract of theories? Janna Levin talks with Rainer Weiss, one of the designers of LIGO, the four-km-long instrument that can detect the distant reverberations of two black holes crashing into one another. Janna Levin is a theoretical physicist -- she works with pen and paper to turn the el...
Posted June 17, 2016
Physicist Jessica Wade has added the biographies of more than 875 women scientists to Wikipedia, and she shares tips and advice for getting started. Wikipedia has a gender problem -- and we’re causing it. Despite being the largest encyclopedia ever created, only 18 percent of the biographies on Wikipedia’s English language site are of women...
Posted March 9, 2020
Business talks are boring. Among all the things I was certain of when I started writing for TED, that one was near the top of the list, just under 'ice is cold' and 'brains are gooey.' I worked as a physicist for a few years before switching over to writing (with a short jaunt in between in comedy), so just never cared much for business. My...
Posted December 24, 2012
The world has shifted, and so has TED. We need brilliant ideas and thinkers more than ever. While we can’t convene in person, we will convene. Rather than a one-week conference, TED2020 will be an eight-week virtual experience -- all held in the company of the TED community. Each week will offer signature TED programming and activities, ...
Posted May 18, 2020
There's a place in Switzerland where scientists travel on bicycles through tunnels filled with atom-smashing tubes, where the first webpage was born, and where a giant wooden globe watches over researchers replicating the very beginnings of our universe. That place is CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, and on May 3, it held ...
Posted May 7, 2013
Janna Levin is a professor of physics and astronomy at Barnard, where she studies the early universe, chaos, and black holes. She's the author of “How the Universe Got Its Spots" and the novel “A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines.”
Leonard Susskind works on string theory, quantum field theory, quantum statistical mechanics and quantum cosmology at Stanford.
Michelle Borkin is a PhD candidate in applied physics. She works with the Astronomical Medicine Project and interdisciplinary 3D visualization techniques.
Wolfgang Kessling and his team at Transsolar designed the solar cooling and comfort concepts that helped Qatar win the bid for the 2022 football World Cup.
César Hidalgo studies how teams, cities and nations learn.
Philosopher and writer Jim Holt skips right past the dumb quibbling questions and right to the heart of the great existential mystery: Why something, instead of nothing? Why does the universe exist? And why are we in it? The super-ultimate why question. The greatest thinkers have obsessed over the question of existence: Wittgenstein said ...
Posted March 19, 2014
For the penultimate session of TED2020, an exploration of amazing forces shaping the future -- from cancer-fighting venom to spacecraft powered by lasers and much more. Below, a recap of the night's talks and performances. Amanda Gorman, poet Big idea: We all have the power to end the devastation of climate change. Let's get to work. ...
Posted July 2, 2020
Want to reframe your view of what lies ahead? Innovation consultant Ari Wallach shares three transformative ways of thinking that could help us tackle our toughest problems. I’ve been a futurist for 20 years, working with businesses and nonprofits to try to anticipate and meet impending challenges. When I first started out, I’d sit down with pe...
Posted January 3, 2017
What is possible with the human voice? Beardyman asks in today’s talk. He demonstrates with at least fifty manipulations of his voice – from a dog barking to the two-tone singing of a monk. “I was always trying to extend my repertoire of noises to be the very maximum it can be,” he says. On his quest to know all sounds, he ran into a phys...
Posted August 2, 2013
Just like school ... not! TEDYouth is like a TED Conference for high school students, starring a lineup of speakers working at the top of their fields of culture, science, technology and art. You'll hear about scientific discoveries and crazy art projects that will surprise you, make you laugh and blow your mind a little. TEDYouth will ta...
Posted October 11, 2012
You have probably heard of CERN -- the European Organization for Nuclear Research and the home of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator that is longer than the island of Manhattan. CERN and LHC are famous for their role in the recent discovery of what very likely is the Higgs boson, a parti...
Posted May 1, 2013
Welcome to The Young. The Wise. The Undiscovered. After a year of planning -- including a 14-city worldwide talent search to find new ideas and untold stories -- TED2013 begins today with two sessions of talks from the amazing TED Fellows. Tomorrow at 11am Pacific time, mainstage talks begin with Session 1: Progress Enigma. So how can you fol...
Posted February 25, 2013