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How cancer cells communicate — and how we can slow them down | Hasini Jayatilaka

How cancer cells communicate — and how we can slow them down | Hasini Jayatilaka

Cancer. It’s a devastating disease that takes an enormous emotional toll. Not only on the patient, but the patient’s loved ones, as well. It is a battle that the human race has been fighting for centuries. And while we’ve made Read more…


How to save a language from extinction | Daniel Bögre Udell

How to save a language from extinction | Daniel Bögre Udell

Languages don’t just die naturally. People abandon mother tongues, because they’re forced to. Often, the pressure is political. In 1892, the US Army general Richard Henry Pratt argued that killing indigenous cultures was the only alternative to killing indigenous people. Read more…


Electrical experiments with plants that count and communicate | Greg Gage

Electrical experiments with plants that count and communicate | Greg Gage

I’m a neuroscientist, and I’m the co-founder of Backyard Brains, and our mission is to train the next generation of neuroscientists by taking graduate-level neuroscience research equipment and making it available for kids in middle schools and high schools. And Read more…


Suzanne Talhouk: Don’t kill your language

Suzanne Talhouk: Don’t kill your language

Translator: khalid marbou Reviewer: Anwar Dafa-Alla Good morning! Are you awake? They took my name tag, but I wanted to ask you, did anyone here write their name on the tag in Arabic? Anyone! No one? All right, no problem. Read more…


Kate Hartman: The art of wearable communication

Kate Hartman: The art of wearable communication

My name is Kate Hartman. And I like to make devices that play with the ways that we relate and communicate. So I’m specifically interested in how we, as humans, relate to ourselves, each other and the world around us. Read more…


How to Gesture Authentically and Spot Fake Body Language

How to Gesture Authentically and Spot Fake Body Language

Speakers who gesture more and have a broader range of gestures that they can pull from while they’re speaking, come across as more charismatic and interesting from the stage. But what if you don’t gesture a lot or you seem Read more…


Could we speak the language of dolphins? | Denise Herzing

Could we speak the language of dolphins? | Denise Herzing

Translator: Joseph Geni Reviewer: Morton Bast Well, now we’re going to the Bahamas to meet a remarkable group of dolphins that I’ve been working with in the wild for the last 28 years. Now I’m interested in dolphins because of Read more…


Why language is humanity’s greatest invention | David Peterson

Why language is humanity’s greatest invention | David Peterson

Spoons. Cardboard boxes. Toddler-size electric trains. Holiday ornaments. Bounce houses. Blankets. Baskets. Carpets. Tray tables. Smartphones. Pianos. Robes. Photographs. What do all of these things have in common, aside from the fact they’re photos that I took in the last Read more…


How to spot a liar | Pamela Meyer

How to spot a liar | Pamela Meyer

Okay, now I don’t want to alarm anybody in this room, but it’s just come to my attention that the person to your right is a liar. (Laughter) Also, the person to your left is a liar. Also the person Read more…


Steven Pinker: What our language habits reveal

Steven Pinker: What our language habits reveal

This is a picture of Maurice Druon, the Honorary Perpetual Secretary of L’Academie francaise, the French Academy. He is splendidly attired in his 68,000-dollar uniform, befitting the role of the French Academy as legislating the correct usage in French and Read more…