Tuesday, May 30, 2017
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Building “self-aware” robots

Can robots and humans interact the way that human beings interact with each other? Guy Hoffman researches embodied cognition and intelligence in robots. My job is to design, build and study...
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This is why your brain needs sleep

The brain uses a quarter of the body's entire energy supply, yet only accounts for about two percent of the body's mass. So how does this unique organ receive and, perhaps...
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How our microbes make us who we are

Rob Knight is a pioneer in studying human microbes, the community of tiny single-cell organisms living inside our bodies that have a huge — and largely unexplored — role in our...

Brain-to-brain communication

You may remember neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis — he built the brain-controlled exoskeleton that allowed a paralyzed man to kick the first ball of the 2014 World Cup. What’s he working on...
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New device allows deaf people to ‘hear with their tongue’

Cochlear implants are expensive, invasive and are occasionally unsuitable for elderly patients - so scientists are working on a device which sends small electric shocks to the wearer's tongue and allows...
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How to look inside the brain

There have been remarkable advances in understanding the brain, but how do you actually study the neurons inside it? Using gorgeous imagery, neuroscientist and TED Fellow Carl Schoonover shows the tools...
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Building a dinosaur from a chicken

Renowned paleontologist Jack Horner has spent his career trying to reconstruct a dinosaur. He's found fossils with extraordinarily well-preserved blood vessels and soft tissues, but never intact DNA. So, in a...
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This gel can make you stop bleeding instantly

Forget stitches — there's a better way to close wounds. In this talk, TED Fellow Joe Landolina talks about his invention — a medical gel that can instantly stop traumatic bleeding...
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A lab the size of a postage stamp

Traditional lab tests for disease diagnosis can be too expensive and cumbersome for the regions most in need. George Whitesides' ingenious answer is a foolproof tool that can be manufactured at...
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Japan robot firm showcases thought-controlled suits

A Japanese robot-maker shows off suits that the wearer can control just by thinking, as it says it is linking up with an industrial city promoting innovation. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULH-W8zsi1E&w=500&h=300]
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Robot Revolution: Androids are coming

The race is on to build robots for the consumer market. But are there consequences to co-existing with humanoid machines? 16x9 speaks to some of the world's most brilliant people while...
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Architects of Mind: A Blueprint for the Human Brain

Is the human brain an elaborate organic computer? Since the time of the earliest electronic computers, some have imagined that with sufficiently robust memory, processing speed, and programming, a functioning human...

Cellular Surgeons: The New Era of Nanomedicine

Pills the size of molecules to seek and destroy tumors. Miniscule robots performing surgery inside patients with a precision never before achieved. Nanobots, a billionth of a meter across, fixing...
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Suzanne Lee: Grow your own clothes

Using bacterial-cellulose, Lee aims to address pressing ecological and sustainability issues around fashion and beyond. A Senior Research Fellow at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, she is working...