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TED Talk: Lizzie Velasquez – How Do YOU Define Yourself

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In a time when beauty is defined by supermodels, success is defined by wealth, and fame is deified by how many followers you have on social media, Lizzie Velasquez asks the question how do you define yourself? Once labeled, “The Worlds Ugliest Woman,” Lizzie decided to turn things around and create her own definitions of what she defines as beauty and happiness.

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About mistakes

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The unexpected math behind Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” by Natalya St. Clair

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Physicist Werner Heisenberg said, “When I meet God, I am going to ask him two questions: why relativity? And why turbulence? I really believe he will have an answer for the first.” As difficult as turbulence is to understand mathematically, we can use art to depict the way it looks. Natalya St. Clair illustrates how Van Gogh captured this deep mystery of movement, fluid and light in his work.

Lesson by Natalya St. Clair. Animation by Avi Ofer.

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Babbel Insights: Untranslatable Words from Other Cultures

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Sometimes a country doesn’t have the word in their language, because the people simply don’t have the act in their culture. Danes always need to explain our word ‘Hygge’.

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Space Station Astronauts Grow a Water Bubble in Space

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During Expedition 40 in the summer of 2014, NASA astronauts Steve Swanson and Reid Wiseman – along with European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst – explored the phenomenon of water surface tension in microgravity on the International Space Station. The crew “submerged” a sealed GoPro camera into a floating ball of water the size of a softball and recorded the activity with a 3-D camera.

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How Wolves Change Rivers: What Happened When Wolves Were Re-Introduced Into Yellowstone National Park in 1995

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Yellowstone National Park is on my personal To Go List. This is one of the reasons!
You might have seen this video running around the social platforms. I can’t get enough of it myself.

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Marie’s Dictionary

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Well done, Marie!
This short documentary tells the story of Marie Wilcox, the last fluent speaker of the Wukchumni language and the dictionary she created in an effort to keep her language alive.

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It’s a plastic world

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Watch this! It’s important.

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TED talk: Julian Treasure – How to speak so that people want to listen

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Have you ever felt like you’re talking, but nobody is listening? Here’s Julian Treasure to help you fix that. As the sound expert demonstrates some useful vocal exercises and shares tips on how to speak with empathy, he offers his vision for a sonorous world of listening and understanding.

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Compassion for World Farming: The Secrets of Food Marketing

The Secrets of Food Marketing

This is a must-see talk!

No amount of marketing makes factory farming acceptable. You can stop the spin here.

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TED Talk: Anne Curzan – What makes a word “real”?

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One could argue that slang words like ‘hangry,’ ‘defriend’ and ‘adorkable’ fill crucial meaning gaps in the English language, even if they don’t appear in the dictionary. After all, who actually decides which words make it into those vaulted pages? Language historian Anne Curzan gives a charming look at the humans behind dictionaries, and the choices they make on a constant basis.

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Balan the Blowpipe Maker

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Only a few elders of Borneo’s Penan tribe still know how to make their unique hunting tool, the blowpipe. Balan is the last person in his village who practices the dying craft.

This short film is an extract from the 30 minute documentary Sunset Over Selungo, which will be released online later this year.

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Nothing ever goes away…

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Pro Infirmis: Get closer

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Pro Infirmis, a Swiss organization who helps people with disabilities, created this experiment. It’s not only touching. It makes you think.

Get closer!

And check out one of their earlier events.

Source: Jung von Matt Limmat / Pro Infirmis
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Jim Carrey on how his late father inspired him to follow his dreams

Jim Carrey on how his late father inspired him to follow his dreams

Jim Carrey delivered an inspiring commencement speech to Maharishi University of Management’s class of 2014.

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