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Jiggly Atoms

In December the TED site started a video section called Best of  the Web to highlight inspiring talks from elsewhere. I love these talks by physicist, Richard Feynman. I wish I’d had this warm and animated man as my grandpa to nerd-out with and teach me about jiggly atoms as a kiddo.

2010 TED Talks!

The 2010 TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) talks started Tuesday and will continue on through tomorrow. The roster in past years has been impressive and this year’s is no different. I was stoked to see some familiar names listed, such as David Byrne, M. Ward, Sam Harris, Sarah Silverman and Michael Specter. I can’t wait to see what comes out of this year’s talks. In celebration, here is the first (and still my favorite) TED talk I ever saw.

TED Talk: David Gallo – Underwater Astonishments

Another favorite TED talk. David Gallo shows video footage of luminescent deep-sea creatures and camouflaging cephalopods. Have I mentioned lately that I can’t stop thinking about cuttlefish?

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Richard Dawkins – Queerer than we can Suppose: The Strangeness of Science

I love this TED talk by Richard Dawkins in which he describes how our perceptions limit our understanding of the universe.

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TED: Sylvia Earle

If you’re not familiar with the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talks, prepare to be delighted. TED brings together some of the brightest minds of our time, once a year, to give “the talk of their lifetime” in under 18 minutes.

Every year 3 individuals are chosen for the TED prize. In addition to receiving $100,000, they are granted one wish to change the world. These wishes have lead to amazingly successful collaborative efforts. Sylvia Earle was a TED prize recipient of this year’s conference (held earlier this month). She is a renowned oceanographer and “ambassador for the worlds oceans”.

She’s not the worlds most eloquent orator, but I think she’s pretty badass. Also, somewhere in this video there’s a 2 second clip of a whale shark, which I would argue, is the most badass of all sharks. Take that, great white, you showoff.

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