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Jul 27, 3:03 PM

In this image, dancer and choreographer Richard Move portrays 20th century dance icon Martha Graham. Richard often uses dance to explore a non-binary view of gender, gender nonconformity and gender identity. One of his newer pieces, XXYY, was greatly inspired and informed by Earl Lind (one of the earliest known trans individuals in America) and Alessandro Moreschi (the Vaticans last castrato). I feel that both Moreschi and Lind sacrificed themselves for the betterment of humanity, says Richard, a @TEDFellow. The essence of these very special beings is more relevant than ever as LGBTQ lives, and in particular trans lives, are more under siege than ever. To see more activist art from the @TEDFellow community, visit go.ted.com/activistart Photo by Josef Astor

Jul 25, 5:47 PM

In honor of #SharkWeek, meet a biofluorescent swellshark. Marine biologist David Gruber found this glowing guy in a deep, dark canyon off the coast of California, and its the first one ever documented on camera. These sharks are only capable of seeing blue-green, so they use their sparkling fluorescents to add some color contrast to the ocean. To learn more about the seas other biofluorescent inhabitants, watch Davids #TEDTalk at go.ted.com/greenglow

Jul 21, 1:47 PM

This is a Cricket Shelter, a modular farm for growing edible insects. Architect and @TEDFellow Mitchell Joachim wanted to encourage sustainable eating, so he created this design to help incorporate insects into a Western urban diet. 100 grams of cricket contains 12.9 grams of protein, and it requires less than 2% of the land that wed need to get the same amount of protein from cows. Theres no place on earth that hasnt been affected by humans influencing the environment, Mitchell says. And its all becoming this one new nature. I just see city as another version of that nature, no different than Yosemite in many ways. To see more of his earth-friendly designs created for the next generation of urban living, visit go.ted.com/ecohabitat

Jul 19, 11:44 AM

Doesnt this habitat diorama look real? Artist Aaron Delehanty spent months meticulously crafting every tiny detail, going back and forth with botanists and biologists to make sure the final product was an accurate representation of the environment. Aarons mission is to teach people to love rare animals animals they probably wont ever see in person, like the near-threatened striped hyenas represented here. Thats the goal of a great diorama, to make it feel like a real encounter with nature, he adds. To learn more about the art and science behind these incredible murals, visit go.ted.com/diorama Photo by John Weinstein #fieldmuseum #projecthyenadiorama

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