"Rock-star physicist" Brian Cox talks about his work on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Discussing the biggest of big science in an engaging, accessible way, Cox brings us along on a tour of the massive project.
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In this short talk from TED U 2009, Brian Cox shares what's new with the CERN supercollider. He covers the repairs now underway and what the future holds for the largest science experiment ever attempted.
In tough economic times, our exploratory science programs -- from space probes to the LHC -- are first to suffer budget cuts. Brian Cox explains how curiosity-driven science pays for itself, powering innovation and a profound appreciation of our existence.
Physicist Brian Cox has two jobs: working with the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, and explaining big science to the general public. He's a professor at the University of Manchester.
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Travel across the universe (or is it universes?) to see stunning images of Saturn's rings, hear haunting sounds from distant black holes and catch an infectious sense of wonder about galaxies far, far away.
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For the past 59 years, the European Organization for Nuclear Research -- better known as CERN -- has been a nucleus of innovation, bringing us both the World Wide Web in 1983 and last year's discovery of what appears to be the Higgs boson. Today, CERN will host its first TEDx event, with speakers ranging from Nobel Prize laureate astrophysicist ...
Posted May 3, 2013
Margaret Thatcher, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990, passed away today after suffering from a stroke. The longest-serving Prime Minister of the 20th century, Thatcher also holds the distinction of being the only woman to hold the post. She has died at 87-years-old. Below, some TED Talks that examine Thatcher's lega...
Posted April 8, 2013
From the great blog annals of spacetime: This. Plus a lovely essay on the how and why. The behind-the-scenes page is pretty wonderful too. In a promising development, some other TEDTalks stars have also been modded into LEGO minifigs: Jane Goodall. Prof. Brian Cox. Richard Dawkins. More >>
Posted January 15, 2011
In this reel, TED recaps an amazing year of talks from three conferences, a bunch of smaller TED events -- and a powerful year of TEDx. Dive in, and then follow up with talks that intrigue you ... You'll see, in order of appearance: The LXD, Chris Anderson and Julian Assange, Bill Gates, Chip Conley, Naomi Klein, John Underkoffler...
Posted February 22, 2011
Wednesday marked the second-ever TEDxCERN, the event organized by the folks at CERN, the famed particle physics research center in Geneva, Switzerland, responsible for bringing us the World Wide Web, the Large Hadron Collider, and confirmation of the existence of the Higgs boson. You know, just a few minor things. TEDxCERN brought togethe...
Posted September 26, 2014
Take a bike ride down the 27-kilometer Large Hadron Collider -- thanks to a lucky Google Glass winner, whose ride-along video premiered Friday during TEDxCERN. Andrew Vanden Heuvel always dreamed of being an astronaut; he ended up becoming a pioneering online physics teacher. So when he was selected to be one of the first to try out Google...
Posted May 6, 2013
New York's Times Square regularly fills up for great public events, the crowd chanting and cheering. Rarely, however, do they chant, "Science! Science! Science!" as they did last night. An extraordinary number of people came out at 1:31am to watch the landing of Curiosity, NASA's new Mars rover. The TED Blog decided it would be fun to wat...
Posted August 6, 2012
Over the weekend, we asked the TED community on Facebook this question: "If you wanted to show a TEDTalk to open the school year, which one would you choose?" It's inspired by a question tweeted from the #jed21 conference. On Facebook, almost 1,000 responses flowed in. The job of tallying the results -- given in freeform comments -- fell to our...
Posted August 9, 2011
In her 2007 TED Talk, "This is Saturn," planetary scientist Carolyn Porco blew some minds with images taken by Cassini, the robot spaceship launched in October 1997 to study and photograph Saturn and its accompanying moons. Gleaning "oohs" and "aahs" from the assembled TED audience, she concluded with a stunning shot of a backlit picture of ...
Posted July 3, 2013
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human to walk on the moon. Moon Day is held every July 20 to commemorate this momentous feat. 43 years later, humanity is still looking to the sky, mesmerized by lunar bodies. However, it is not just Earth’s moon we’re studying anymore. With better satellites and spacecrafts we know more about th...
Posted July 20, 2013
Al Seckel explored how eye tricks can reveal the way the brain processes visual information -- or fails to do so. Among his other accomplishments: He co-created the Darwin Fish.
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TED Studies, created in collaboration with Wiley, are curated video collections — supplemented by rich educational materials — for students, educators and self-guided learners. The Edge of Knowledge explores the fascinating implications of some of science's most perplexing theories: quantum mechanics, general relativity and attempts to unify the...
On September 24, TEDxCERN was hosted by physicist Brian Cox (watch his TED Talk: "CERN's supercollider"), and the world was welcomed to watch for free. Below, an appetite-whetter that originally ran on the TEDx Innovations Blog. Cosmic rays. Active galactic nuclei. Nucleosynthesis. For physicist Veronica Bindi, this is everyday vocabula...
Posted September 23, 2014
The rational-minded Robin Ince conducts live experiments in comedy.
Written by the educators who created The Edge of Knowledge, a brief look at the key facts, tough questions and big ideas in their field. Begin this TED Study with a fascinating read that gives context and clarity to the material.
Charles Leadbeater went looking for radical new forms of education -- and found them in the slums of Rio and Kibera, where some of the world's poorest kids are finding transformative new ways to learn. And this informal, disruptive new kind of school, he says, is what all schools need to become.