40 travel tips from hard-traveling TED staffers TED Blog

40 travel tips from hard-traveling TED staffers. TED staffers travel a lot — to TEDx events all over the globe, to TED conferences in Canada, Brazil, the UK …. so we love to trade travel tips for making the most of work and fun trips. Here are 40 of our best — including some oddball but practical ideas for vacation travel …

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Pico Iyer’s expert travel tips for your next flight TED Blog

Travel writer Pico Iyer is full of advice on making travel relaxing and serene — so you can just gaze out the window and enjoy the view. Photo: Kanegen/CC-BY. Pico Iyer is a global travel writer whose stories have taken him to the snowy mountains of Japan and a …

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9 TED Talks guaranteed to give you wanderlust TED Blog

Severe cases can cause reasonable people to cash out their 401 (k) to buy a camper van and hit the open road. These 9 TED Talks are guaranteed to ignite your need for travel. As a precautionary measure, we’ve included detailed warnings about the possible side effects of each video, but have your passport handy before you press play. Just in case.

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9 devices that could make your commute far more fun TED Blog

It’s not at all a cheap option — it costs a reported $100,000. But in September of 2012, The Daily Mail told the tale of a British businessman who used a jetpack to travel 40 miles up the Thames to work. This man imported his jetpack from manufacturer JetLev.

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Why I put all my stuff in storage to travel cross-country

Why I put all my stuff in storage to travel cross-country and listen to people. In teams of three, the StoryCorps Mobile Tour travels across the United States, facilitating interviews between ordinary people with extraordinary stories. Emily Janssen (center) shares a …

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Meet the 2021 class of TED Fellows TED Blog

Cofounder of Ampaire, a startup developing the next generation of hybrid-electric aircraft to reduce the environmental impact of air travel. Their Electric EEL is the largest hybrid-electric aircraft ever to fly — and the first to have flown a jaw-dropping 341-mile route.

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TED Weekends takes a look at the orgasm TED Blog

TEDWeekends takes a look at the orgasm. Journalist Mary Roach has investigated the nitty gritty of space travel, cadaver research and the afterlife. But at TED2009, she shared some of her most fascinating research yet … into the orgasm. In her talk “ 10 things you didn’t know about orgasm ,” Roach digs deep into scientific research in

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Video: How wolves can alter the course of rivers TED Blog

Wolves will travel to drink from a river. But could the presence of wolves lead a river to change its behavior? George Monbiot: For more wonder, rewild the world In his TED Talk, George Monbiot poetically explains how reintroducing wolves to Yellowstone National Park after a 70-year absence set off a “trophic cascade” that altered the movement of deer, sent trees soaring to new …

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insights from our office TED Blog

TED staffers travel a lot — to TEDx events all over the globe, to TED conferences in Canada, Brazil, the UK …. so we love to trade travel tips for making the most of work and fun trips. Here are 40 of our best — including some oddball but practical ideas for vacation travel (to use up those […]

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10 things you need to know about tapirs TED Blog

Tapirs are wide-ranging animals, moving great distances between various kinds of habitats as they travel from forest patch to forest patch, providing a functional link between them. They eat fruit in one place, swallow the seeds, walk long distances, and defecate on the way — dispersing seeds and creating a plant genetic flow between habitats.

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How law enforcement follows your movements, and why you

As a lawyer, am extremely cautious when I travel internationally, particularly because I often represent clients who are themselves suing the US government, and I feel it would be irresponsible for me to expose those files at the border. So I have a separate computer that I use for international travel, and I don’t take my main computer.

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The Encyclopedia of Life: Animals that travel in schools

Long-beaked common dolphins usually travel in social groups ranging from 100 to 500 individuals. But they have occasionally been seen in larger schools of thousands. A dazzle of zebras Mountain zebras have what’s called a polygynous mating system. They form small breeding herds that consist of one adult stallion and 1 to 5 mares with their young.

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How a service dog helped a veteran step back out into the

Hodge, a TEDActive attendee, is a veteran and one of the 5.2 million adults in the US who have post-traumatic stress disorder. Gander, also a friendly face at TEDActive, is the service dog who saved his life. Hodge served in the military from 1973 to 1981, working in the medical corps.

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An in-office event pulls from the non-fiction shelves of

This longtime travel writer has spent his life crisscrossing the globe — but he’s developed his ability to appreciate travel by going nowhere, taking time to sit quietly with himself and reflect. Iyer recalls a trip to North Korea more than two decades ago. “The trip lasted for a few days,” he says.

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A world of inspiring destinations: The Post Up at TED2017

The medieval Moroccan scholar and traveler Ibn Battuta once wrote: “Traveling leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” If that’s the case, TED2017 is a conference full of storytellers, as showcased in The Post Up project by TED partner Marriott Hotels.

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transportation TED Blog

on Aug 12, 2013. In his TED2013 talk, Robert Gordon points out that in 1900, human beings could only travel as fast as a horse could pull them in a buggy, but by 1960, we could travel at 80% of the speed of sound, thanks to the Boeing 707. Since 1960, though, the needle on how fast we can [ …]

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Robert J. Gordon at TED2013 TED Blog

Robert J. Gordon at TED2013. Could US economic growth be over? That’s the provocative question that economist Robert J. Gordon begins with. And it’s a big question. He points to travel: In 1900 travel was via the open buggy, at 1% the speed of sound. Sixty years later we travelled at 80% of the speed of sound in a Boeing 707.

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Imagination, Invention, Ingenuity: The talks in Session 3

Interstellar travel will take interdisciplinarianism. Mae Jemison was the first woman of color in space, but she’s also an engineer, a physician, an educator and more. It’s this interdisciplinary approach, she believes, that will help human beings travel in space.

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A TED Flight at 30,000 feet, hosted by Delta TED Blog

David Kwong’s TED Talk has been watched at 30,000 feet, accessible through the seat-back TV sets on Delta flights along with a selection of other talks. But on Sunday afternoon, Kwong’s TED talk took to the skies in a very real way. Delta invited the magician aboard the first-ever TED Flight, to entertain 98 lucky TEDsters flying from Los Angeles to Vancouver for the start of the TED2016

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David Deutsch TED Blog

This has been a hard week for lovers and dreamers of space travel — a frequent topic at TED. An explosion at Burt Rutan’s Scaled Composites spaceport caused three victims. It was followed by a report on issues of personal safety at NASA, part of the unfolding story there. Space exploration is …

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Chris Anderson shares his tips for giving a killer

Chris Anderson shares his tips for giving a killer presentation. Watching curator Chris Anderson in speaker rehearsals before a TED conference feels like witnessing the zen of a longtime coach who knows his sport both inside out and backwards. Whenever a trial run of a talk feels just a little askew, a few simple sentences are whispered.

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TEDxGalápagos tells the story of Galapagos’ humans TED Blog

The event was held at the bright and airy Miguel Cifuentes Interpretation Center, part of Galápagos National Park. Eighty attendees — the maximum — signed up in advance, and although 40 didn’t show, 30 walk-ins took their place. That was expected, as on the islands most people travel by boat.

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eL Seed uses ‘calligraffiti’ to transcend language TED Blog

You travel all over the world to paint. Are you usually invited, or do you just turn up? It’s a combination. I was invited to give a talk in South Africa, so I gave the talk and then painted. In Brazil, I was invited for a festival, so they were ready for me to paint inside the city. Afterwards, I had a couple of days, so I said, “I need to

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What will the future look like

April 28, 2017 at 5:14 pm EDT. In conversation with TED’s Head Curator Chris Anderson, serial entrepreneur and future-builder Elon Musk discusses his new project digging tunnels under LA, Hyperloop, Tesla, SpaceX and his dreams for what the world could look like. Below, highlights from the …

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Encyclopedia of Life TED Blog

The Encyclopedia of Life: Animals that travel in schools, towers, bloats and more By Kate Torgovnick May. on Aug 20, 2012 In just two weeks, students will stream back to school. And while all of us know that — coincidentally — fish travel in schools, did you know that a group of hippopotami is called a bloat?

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8 movies about memory manipulation, and how they inspired

Total Recall, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Inception.In today’s talk, MIT neuroscientists Steve Ramirez and Xu Liu admit that their latest study Steve Ramirez and Xu Liu: A mouse. A laser beam. A manipulated memory. — in which they located a specific memory in a mouse’s brain and designed a system to activate and deactivate it at will — might remind people of these …

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I am, because of you: Further reading on Ubuntu TED Blog

Through this act of intense open-heartedness, he was to become the embodiment of what in South Africa we call Ubuntu. ‘I am; because of you.’”. Ubuntu is a beautiful — and old — concept. According to Wikipedia, at its most basic, Ubuntu can be translated as “human kindness,” but its meaning is much bigger in scope than that — it

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Should Science Have a Soul

If Michael Specter could travel through time, he would travel into the future to witness the marvels of technology and progress that inevitably lay upon the horizon. What he fears is the restriction of science and progress by a morality that believes itself to be superior to proof.

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Video: How wolves can alter the course of rivers TED Blog

Wolves will travel to drink from a river. But could the presence of wolves lead a river to change its behavior? George Monbiot: For more wonder, rewild the world In his TED Talk, George Monbiot poetically explains how reintroducing wolves to Yellowstone National Park after a 70-year absence set off a “trophic cascade” that altered the movement of deer, sent trees soaring to new …

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A 3D printed future: 10 surprising things we could see

It is the dawn of the era of 3D printing. From artificial prosthetics to very real human kidneys to filigree skull sculptures — the number and variety of applications for this technology are growing, layer by printed layer. Combine this with the decreasing cost of owning a printer, as well as the cheaper cost of manufacturing in general, and it appears that 3D printers are here to stay.

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8 tips for virtual collaboration, from TED’s tech team

For summits, we plan our agenda collectively in a group wiki, alternate coasts to keep the travel burden fair (we’ve done Denver, Nashville, Portland, Savannah — the only rule for locations is: any continental US city that isn’t Las Vegas), and designate a pair of logistical planners (usually including a local) to figure out the rest.

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8 fascinating talks about Mars, including a new one from

0:00 / 7:50. Live. •. In today’s thrilling TED-Ed lesson, Bill Nye the Science Guy admits that he has S.O.D., otherwise known as Sundial Obsessive Disorder. But there is a good reason for it — a sundial helped Nye’s father escape from a prison camp in China during World War II, launching a lifelong obsession that Nye eventually picked

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TEDIndia post-conference thoughts from attendees TED Blog

November 11, 2009 at 3:00 pm EST. It’s been four days since TEDIndia ended, and the attendees have been making their way home to cities across India and around the world. Thanks to all who’ve spent some of the travel time writing down their thoughts on this extraordinary past week. TED Fellow Dina Mehta rounded up her TEDIndia in tweets

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Imagine There’s No Countries: The talks in Session 7 at

But for many in the world, it’s impossible to travel to Paris, London, New York and other cultural institutions. Instead, there’s Google’s Art Project, presented today by Sood with help from artist Cyril Diagne. In a joy-filled demo, Sood and Diagne zoom through 6 …

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Two TEDsters nominated for Oscars and more TED community

In a column for Hollywood Reporter, Motion Picture and Television Fund head Bob Beitcher says, “ End Game ’s Dr. BJ Miller embodies the commitment and compassion that is crucial to cutting-edge palliative care, helping families and patients travel the difficult journey together.”

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In Short: Driverless cars now legal in California, a

In Short: Driverless cars now legal in California, a glimpse at why people cheat. Enjoy these fascinating reads from across the Internet: California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law yesterday making it legal for driverless cars to travel on public roadways. [ Forbes] Watch Sebastian Thrun’s TEDTalk “ Google’s driverless car ” for a

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All about bees: 3 experts on why they’re fascinating+ why

Three experts on why they’re fascinating, why they’re dying, what can save them. Marla Spivak speaks on the beauty and tragedy of bees. Photo: James Duncan Davidson. In 1945, there were 4.5 million hives of bees in the United States. Today, there are just about 2 million.

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