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  • Oct 29 at 6:51 PM
    Writer Lidia Yuknavitch is a self-proclaimed misfit, and she has a message to everyone who feels like they dont quite fit in: embrace it. In her new TED Book, the Misfits Manifesto, she explores how you can take your suffering and your failures and forge your own original path. To be a misfit means to be willing to dive into the waters of ones life, swim to the wreckage at the bottom, and bring something back to the surface, she says. To read an excerpt from her book, visit go.ted.com/sufferingmyth
  • Oct 24 at 2:52 PM
    The term dinosaur has developed a negative connotation, often describing something that is out-of-date or unable to adapt. In reality, these creatures were marvels of speed, size, power and versatility, and they can teach us a great deal about our world, says paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara. They reigned unchallenged for 165 million years what do they reveal about our past, and what can they tell us about our environmental future? To be a dinosaur is to belong to a staggeringly successful group of animals whose reign across time may never be matched by humans or any of our mammalian kin, Kenneth says. To learn more about why we should study and respect dinos, visit go.ted.com/dinosaursmatter. Illustration by @mike_lemanski
  • Oct 20 at 11:56 AM
    Would you believe us if we told you this was made out of paper? Artist Karen Bit Vejle is an expert at psaligraphy, or the art of paper cutting. Using just a pair of scissors, she creates intricate designs that tell elaborate stories stories that often combine her Norwegian heritage and ancient Chinese culture (where this art form originated). This piece depicts a dragon egg, which is a symbol of power and strength in both Asian and Scandinavian cultures. Bit created seven of these for Paper Dialogues, a 2014 exhibit made in collaboration with Chinese art professor and psaligrapher Xiaoguang Qiao. Each egg is filled with icons from Norways past, present and future, with the one pictured here highlighting its present: the high mountains, deep valleys, and the Northern lights. I always tell stories; youll find several in each paper cut, says Bit. If you are a child you will see one thing, if you are an adult you will see something else. To see more of her work, visit go.ted.com/papercut and follow @bitvejleofficial
  • Oct 13 at 4:23 PM
    Youll never look at a bug the same way again after seeing these images. When photographer Levon Bisss young son found a beetle in their garden, he brought it to his dads office and put it under a microscope. Ever since then, Levon has been taking magnified portraits of insects. It took some adjusting to get used to shooting in such microscopic detail each photo takes three-and-a-half weeks to create, and theyre made up of anywhere between 8-and 10,000 separate shots. But the result is absolutely stunning. I''m a visual person, I''m a creative person, but I still needed the eyes of a child to find my extraordinary subject, Levon says. To see more of his work, visit go.ted.com/beautifulbugs and follow @levonbiss

Oct 29, 6:51 PM

Writer Lidia Yuknavitch is a self-proclaimed misfit, and she has a message to everyone who feels like they dont quite fit in: embrace it. In her new TED Book, the Misfits Manifesto, she explores how you can take your suffering and your failures and forge your own original path. To be a misfit means to be willing to dive into the waters of ones life, swim to the wreckage at the bottom, and bring something back to the surface, she says. To read an excerpt from her book, visit go.ted.com/sufferingmyth

Oct 24, 2:52 PM

The term dinosaur has developed a negative connotation, often describing something that is out-of-date or unable to adapt. In reality, these creatures were marvels of speed, size, power and versatility, and they can teach us a great deal about our world, says paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara. They reigned unchallenged for 165 million years what do they reveal about our past, and what can they tell us about our environmental future? To be a dinosaur is to belong to a staggeringly successful group of animals whose reign across time may never be matched by humans or any of our mammalian kin, Kenneth says. To learn more about why we should study and respect dinos, visit go.ted.com/dinosaursmatter. Illustration by @mike_lemanski

Oct 20, 11:56 AM

Would you believe us if we told you this was made out of paper? Artist Karen Bit Vejle is an expert at psaligraphy, or the art of paper cutting. Using just a pair of scissors, she creates intricate designs that tell elaborate stories stories that often combine her Norwegian heritage and ancient Chinese culture (where this art form originated). This piece depicts a dragon egg, which is a symbol of power and strength in both Asian and Scandinavian cultures. Bit created seven of these for Paper Dialogues, a 2014 exhibit made in collaboration with Chinese art professor and psaligrapher Xiaoguang Qiao. Each egg is filled with icons from Norways past, present and future, with the one pictured here highlighting its present: the high mountains, deep valleys, and the Northern lights. I always tell stories; youll find several in each paper cut, says Bit. If you are a child you will see one thing, if you are an adult you will see something else. To see more of her work, visit go.ted.com/papercut and follow @bitvejleofficial

Oct 13, 4:23 PM

Youll never look at a bug the same way again after seeing these images. When photographer Levon Bisss young son found a beetle in their garden, he brought it to his dads office and put it under a microscope. Ever since then, Levon has been taking magnified portraits of insects. It took some adjusting to get used to shooting in such microscopic detail each photo takes three-and-a-half weeks to create, and theyre made up of anywhere between 8-and 10,000 separate shots. But the result is absolutely stunning. I''m a visual person, I''m a creative person, but I still needed the eyes of a child to find my extraordinary subject, Levon says. To see more of his work, visit go.ted.com/beautifulbugs and follow @levonbiss

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