Category Archives: TED Talks

TED Talk: Geena Rocero – Why I must come out

Human biology can be a tricky subject.  It takes the world of the abstract, with its nondescript cells, mRNA, membrane structures, etc., and puts it into the context of the human experience.  Trisomy 21 is no longer a factoid to … Continue reading

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TED Talk: Gabe Garcia-Colombo – My DNA Vending Machine

The worlds of science and art do not always see eye to eye.  Many people feel that they are almost mutually exclusive.  If you’re artistic, you don’t understand math and science.  If you’re a science geek, you don’t have an … Continue reading

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De-extinction: Resurrecting Lost Species

A hot topic in biology is the idea that we could resurrect extinct species.  Immediately, most people start to think about Jurassic Park and having a dodo as a pet.  Studying the science and ethics of this type of research … Continue reading

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TED Talk: Skylar Tibbits – The Emergence of 4D Printing

In biology, DNA is the blueprint, but it is proteins that are the workhorses of the cell.  For the most part, proteins are the components that actually “do” something.  They catalyze reactions, give the cell structure, communicate information, haul cargo, … Continue reading

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TED Talks: Bill Gates – Teachers need real feedback

Bill and Melinda Gates are the champions of many causes, one of which is education reform.  In the video below, Bill Gates shares his thoughts on ways to improve K-12 education.  The main idea is that public school teachers receive … Continue reading

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TED Talks: Eric Dishman – Health care should be a team sport

In the TED Talk video below, Eric Dishman shares his experiences as a patient with chronic kidney disease.  Eric saw the unfortunate side of medicine with multiple conflicting diagnoses, prescription problems, and lack of concern.  But he has also found … Continue reading

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TED Talk: Michael Pawlyn – Using nature’s genius in architecture

Seminars are a great way to learn about the latest research direct from the horse’s mouth. Academics are constantly traversing the country to give invited talks at various universities and colleges.  During their visits, they meet with other professors to … Continue reading

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