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Autism, Empathy And The Sally-Anne Test

Hannah Brown | Posted 05.17.2013 | TED Weekends
Hannah Brown

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI asked if he had brushed his teeth, knowing he hadn't gone into the bathroom, and he grinned at me, saying, "Yeah!" In the parallel universe of autism parenthood, I jumped for joy and called his therapist to share the good news.

Are We Thinking of Art All Wrong?

Laura Cococcia | Posted 06.29.2013 | TED Weekends
Laura Cococcia

Think of how physically taxing painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel must have been; think of how many assistants and workmen must have been needed to complete it. Someone, surely, had to get the ceiling there to be painted on in the first place.

Documenting Secrets And Lives: The Web's Immortal Effect

Laura Cococcia | Posted 04.19.2013 | TED Weekends
Laura Cococcia

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIt also makes technology's powerful ability to save pieces of the recent past for us crystal clear. Who knew something as mundane as a saved voice mail could be such a simple yet profound document of life and death and love?

My Life In Comets

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted 02.19.2013 | TED Weekends
Zoe P. Strassfield

I'm lucky to live at a time when my species is doing such incredible things, and there are surely plenty of historic moments still to come. And I'm hopeful about Comet ISON next November...

WATCH: Forget Multitasking, Try Monotasking

Posted 12.16.2012 | Healthy Living

For many of us, multitasking is part of everyday life: Tweeting, evaluating a revolutionary business startup and preparing a sandwich all in the s...

Chevy and the Argonne: The Quest to Create the Volt Battery

Kate Silver | Posted 02.09.2013 | TED Weekends
Kate Silver

Like Jason's quest to find the Golden Fleece with the help of the Argonauts, GM enlisted the Argonne (National Laboratory) to help them produce the revolutionary battery for Chevrolet's Volt.

The Good Doctor

Jesse Dylan | Posted 01.09.2013 | TED Weekends
Jesse Dylan

We must acknowledge that our health care system is composed of people -- it doesn't just take care of people. Those people -- our cardiologists, nurse practitioners, X-ray technicians, and surgeons -- work better when they work together.

Making Great Ideas Even Greater: Introducing TEDWeekends

Arianna Huffington | Posted 01.02.2013 | TED Weekends
Arianna Huffington

TED and HuffPost are planning an exciting experiment in the weeks ahead. We want to highlight some of today's most intriguing ideas. But to do so in a way that sees those ideas morph and develop in real time, in response to input from thousands of contributors, perhaps including you. Every weekend for the next year, we'll introduce a theme, anchored to a TEDTalk we think has at its core a powerful and timely concept. But rather than simply offering it up as is, we're opening it up to you to write your own post about it, leave a comment behind, and help refine it. Because that's the thing about ideas. They're not set in stone. When exposed to thoughtful people, each of whom may bring an additional insight, they're capable of adaptation until they find their most potent form. A form that can truly go viral and perhaps impact millions of minds.

Error, Expertise, and the Elephant in the Room

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | TED Weekends
David Katz, M.D.

There is a macabre joke about the blindness of modern medicine's reductionistic erudition, and you have likely heard it: "The operation was a great success. Unfortunately, the patient died." That would be a whole lot funnier if it weren't so close to a perilous truth.