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Al Gore Talks at TED About Global Warming

Watch this video from TED featuring Al Gore on HowStuffWorks. Al Gore, in his own words, "used to be the next President of the United States of America" but has since changed professions. See how global warming works from Al Gore in this video from TED (w

Watch this video from TED featuring Al Gore on HowStuffWorks. Al Gore, in his own words, "used to be the next President of the United States of America" but has since changed professions. See how global warming works from Al Gore in this video from TED (w

Al Gore Talks at TED About Global Warming

Watch this video about how the brain works on HowStuffWorks. Cognitive Neuroscientist Al Seckel uses visual illusions to explain why our brains respond differently to varying images. Learn about the brain's visual perceptions in this video from TED.

Al Seckel on How The Brain Works

Watch this video about a sustainable future for the planet on HowStuffWorks. Worldchanging.com co-founder Alex Steffen discusses energy conservation and our planet's other big challenges. Learn how energy conservation can help us create a sustainable futu

Alex Steffen on a Sustainable Future

Watch this video from TED featuring author Steven Johnson on HowStuffWorks. Steven Johnson describes "The Ghost Map," telling the story of a cholera outbreak in 1854 London, and the famous map of the disease's path, which not only proved cholera was water

Author Steven Johnson on Infectious Diseases

Watch this video from TED featuring Barry Schwartz on HowStuffWorks. Schwartz is a sociology professor at Swarthmore College and author of "The Paradox of Choice". In this talk he persuasively explains how and why the abundance of choice in modern society

Barry Schwartz on Consumer Behavior

Watch this video about arctic safaris on HowStuffWorks. Arctic Explorer Ben Saunders recounts his solo journey to the North Pole and explains three things people should know before skiing to the North Pole. Learn about skiing on arctic safaris in this vid

Ben Saunders Talks About Arctic Safaris

Watch this video from TED featuring Bill Clinton on HowStuffWorks. Accepting his 2007 TED Prize, Bill Clinton makes one wish: Help him build a world-class health care system in Rwanda, and then expand it to the developing world. Learn how health care syst

Bill Clinton on Healthcare in Developing Countries

Watch this video from TED featuring Economist Bjorn Lomborg on HowStuffWorks. Lomborg makes a persuasive case for prioritizing the world's biggest problems. His recommendations controversially place global warming at the bottom of the list (and AIDS preve

Bjorn Lomborg on World Problems

Watch this video from TED featuring Rock star and activist Bono on HowStuffWorks. Bono, the Grammy-award winning and pop icon, accepts the 2005 TEDPrize with a riveting talk about our moral obligation (and economic incentive) to help lift Africa out of po

Bono Talks on Lifting Africa Out of Poverty

Watch this video on how to build a windmill for electricity on HowStuffWorks. William Kamkwamba of Malawi, who built his family an electricity-generating windmill from spare parts, talks about his intentions to build a bigger windmill to provide irrigatio

Building A Windmill for Electricity in Africa

Watch this video from TED featuring legendary spacecraft designer Burt Rutan on HowStuffworks. Burt Rutan won the $10,000,000 Ansari X-Prize for SpaceShipOne. He's now collaborating with Virgin Galactic to build the first rocket ship for space tourism. Le

Burt Rutan on Exploration and Space Tourism

Watch this video about a global housing crisis on HowStuffWorks. Cameron Sinclair, co-founder of the nonprofit organization, Architecture for Humanity, explains how passionate architects and designers can help solve the global housing crisis. Learn about

Cameron Sinclair on the Global Housing Crisis

Watch this video showing Carolyn Porco as she talks at TED about Saturn. Porco shows the audience pictures from the Cassini satellite's voyage to Saturn. See how Saturn, its rings and its moons work in this video from TED.

Carolyn Porco Talks About Saturn at TED

Watch this video from TED featuring author Charles Leadbeater on HowStuffWorks. Charles Leadbeater weaves a tight argument that innovation isn't just for professionals anymore. Thanks largely to the open-source movement, everyone is an inventor and busine

Charles Leadbeater on a Networked World

Watch this video from TED featuring Dan Dennett on HowStuffWorks. Dan Dennett is a Tufts philosophy professor and cognitive scientist, most famous for his books, Consciousness Explained (1991) and Darwin's Dangerous Idea (1995). In this talk, he responds

Dan Dennett Talks at TED About Religion Design

Watch this video showing David Bolinsky talk about cells and the beauty of biology at TED on HowStuffWorks. Bolinsky is a master at medical animation and showed the TED Conference an animated movie of how our body works at the cellular level. See how cell

David Bolinsky Talks About Cells at TED

Watch this video of Dean Kamen showing off his new prosthetic arm on HowStuffWorks. The Department of Defense contracted with Kamen to build a better prosthetic arm - one with 21 degrees of freedom - so that they can help the 1,600 soldiers returning from

Dean Kamen Shows New Prosthetic Arm

Watch this video showing Deborah Scranton talk at TED about her film discussing the war in Iraq on HowStuffWorks. Scranton's film, "War Stories" tells the story of Charlie Company, a National Guard unit in Iraq, and how modern warfare affects them. See ho

Deborah Scranton on the War in Iraq

Watch this video from TED featuring E. O. Wilson on HowStuffWorks. Wilson accepts his 2007 TED Prize and makes a plea to learn more about the biosphere by creating the Encyclopedia of Life. See how the biosphere works in this video from TED (www.ted.com).

E.O. Wilson Talks About the Biosphere

Watch this video from TED featuring Eva Vertes on HowStuffWorks. Eva Vertes is a Princeton student recognized as a teenager for her research on Alzheimer's, and now embarking on a career focused on new ways of thinking about cancer. See how fighting cance

Eva Vertes Talks at TED About Cancer

Watch this video from TED featuring Hans Rosling on HowStuffWorks. Hans Rosling is professor of international health at Sweden's world-renowned Karolinska Institute, and founder of Gapminder, a non-profit that brings vital global data to life. See how the

Hans Rosling Talks at TED About the World Population

Watch this video from TED featuring Iqbal Quadir on HowStuffWorks. Quadir is co-founder of GrameenPhone, an innovative wireless operator offering services to poor rural villages in Bangladesh. See how wireless networks work in this video from TED (www.ted

Iqbal Quadir on Rural Wireless Networks

Watch this video from TED featuring Jacqueline Novogratz on HowStuffWorks. Jacqueline Novogratz is the founder of Acumen Fund. In this video she persuasively argues for a new approach to foreign aid: "The question isn't 'how do we fix this?' The question

Jacqueline Novogratz on Foreign Financial Aid

Watch this video from TED featuring James Nachtwey on HowStuffWorks. Accepting his 2007 TED Prize, James Nachtwey shows his searing, powerful photographs of war, and makes his wish: to help him cover a not-yet-named story that must be brought to the world

James Nachtwey Talks at TED About War Photographs

Watch this video from TED featuring Jeff Han on HowStuffWorks. Jeff Han is a research scientist for NYU's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, and the inventor of an "interface-free" touch-driven computer screen. See how touch screens work in this

Jeff Han Talks About Touch-Driven Computer Screens

Watch this video about the movie industry on HowStuffWorks. Former eBay President Jeff Skoll, talks about his new endeavor into motion pictures and the people who inspired him during his life. Learn about the movie industry in this video from TED.

Jeff Skoll Talks About His New Movies

Watch this video from TED featuring TEDPrize winner Jehane Noujaim on HowStuffWorks. Jehane Noujaim is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, responsible for Control Room and Startup.com. See how global diversity works in this video from TED (www.ted.com

Jehane Noujaim Talks at TED About Global Diversity

Watch this video showing John Doerr talk about global warming on HowStuffWorks. John Doerr, partner in the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, discusses the global climate crisis and global warming. See how John Doerr is helping to curb

John Doerr on Global Warming at TED

Watch this video about "elegant simplicity" featuring MIT Media Labs professor, John Maeda, on HowStuffWorks. Maeda discusses a move back to a simpler time and how media, architecture and technology are all trying to preach the values and virtues of elega

John Maeda Discusses Elegant Simplicity

Watch this video from TED featuring Joshua Prince-Ramuson on HowStuffWorks. Joshua Prince-Ramus is architect of the Seattle Public Library and principal of REX (Ramus-Ella Architects). See how architects work in this video from TED (www.ted.com).

Joshua Prince-Ramuson Talks at TED About Architecture

Watch this video about the future of genomics on HowStuffWorks. Juan Enriquez explains how studying and understanding genomics will help to solve many of the world's biggest problems. Learn about genomics in this video from TED.

Juan Enriquez on the Future of Genomics

Watch this video showing Julia Sweeney perform at TED on HowStuffWorks. Julia Sweeney is a comedian and playwright, performing here an excerpt from "Letting Go of God." See Julia Sweeney perform in this video TED (www.ted.com).

Julia Sweeney Performs at TED

Watch this video showing Dean Kamen on one of the first Segways on HowStuffWorks. Kamen also talk about global over-population and educating tomorrow technology and science students. See how the segway and other new technologies will work in this video fr

Kamen on the Segway

Watch this video from TED featuring Larry Brilliant. TEDPrize winner Larry Brilliant is an epidemiologist who led the successful WHO campaign to eradicate Smallpox. He was recently named Executive Director of the Google Foundation. See how disease control

Larry Brilliant Talks at TED About Disease Control

Watch this video from TED featuring Majora Carter on HowStuffWorks. Majora Carter is the Macarthur-winning founder of Sustainable South Bronx, an organization dedicated to holistic community development, sponsoring projects that create jobs, protect the e

Majora Carter Talks at TED About Sustainable Living

Watch this video from TED featuring Malcolm Gladwell on HowStuffWorks. Malcolm Gladwell is a staff writer for The New Yorker, and best-selling author of "The Tipping Point" and "Blink". Learn what  every business can learn from spaghetti sauce in this vid

Malcolm Gladwell Talks at TED About Business Strategies

Watch this video from TED featuring MIT professor Neil Gershenfeld on HowStuffWorks. Gershenfeld offers a glimpse at life after the digital revolution by sharing some of the projects created in Fab Labs - low-cost fabrication labs that encourage invention

Neil Gershenfeld on the Digital Revolution

Watch this video from TED featuring Nicholas Negroponte on HowStuffWorks. Nicholas Negroponte is former Director of the MIT Media Lab, and founder of the non-profit, One Laptop Per Child. See how One Laptop Per Child works in this video from TED (www.ted.

Nicholas Negroponte Talks at TED About One Laptop Per Child

Watch this video showing George Dyson at TED discuss the amazing story of Project Orion, a massive, nuclear-powered spacecraft that could have taken us to Saturn in five years. Learn what could have been and might still be in space exploration.

Nuclear-Powered Spacecraft

Watch this video showing Paul MacCready talk at TED about solar planes and other inventions on HowStuffWorks. MacCready has worked on human-powered aircraft since the 1970s and in this talk he discusses some of the highlights of his career and his hopes f

Paul MacCready on Solar Planes

Watch this video from TED featuring Oxford statistician Peter Donnelly on HowStuffWorks. Donnelly explores the common mistakes humans make in interpreting statistics, and the devastating impact these errors can have on the outcome of criminal trials. See

Peter Donnelly on Statistical Mistakes

Watch this video from TED featuring musician and activist Peter Gabriel on HowStuffWorks. Gabriel is co-founder of the international human-rights organization Witness, which provides tools, technology and training to ordinary citizens in order to prevent

Peter Gabriel on Human Rights

Since its very first gathering in northern California in 1984, TED-Technology, Environment, Design - has been showcasing some of the most visionary thinkers. Many of the presenters are focused on the environment, including our Top  5 Eco TEDsters.

Planet 100: Top 5 Eco TEDsters

Watch this video about the  future of "nano" robotics on HowStuffWorks. Inventor and engineer Ray Kurzweil explains how advances in robotics and nanotechnology will make life easier and safer. Learn how "nano" robots will work in this video from TED.

Ray Kurzweil on the Future of Nano Robotics

Watch this video from TED featuring outspoken biologist Richard Dawkins on HowStuffWorks. Richard Dawkins is the author of "The Selfish Gene" and Oxford University's "Professor for the Public Understanding of Science." See how DNA and genetic science work

Richard Dawkins on the Science of Genes

Watch this video about motivation featuring Rick Warren, author of "The Purpose Driven Life" on HowStuffWorks. Warren's best-selling book is the most popular book in the last three years and here at the TED Conference, Warren talks about the value of bein

Rick Warren Talks at TED about The Purpose Driven Life

Watch this video from TED featuring medical inventor Robert Fischell on HowStuffWorks. Fischell accepts the 2005 TEDPrize, and explains his quest to discover new cures for brain disorders. See how brain disorders work in this video from TED (www.ted.com)

Robert Fischell on Cures for Brain Disorders

Watch this video from TED featuring Ross Lovegrove on HowStuffWorks. Ross Lovegrove is an industrial designer, perhaps best known for his work on the Sony Walkman and Apple iMac. See how industrial design works in this video from TED (www.ted.com)

Ross Lovegrove Talks at TED About Industrial Design

Watch this video from TED featuring inventor Saul Griffith on HowStuffWorks. Griffith shares some innovative ideas - now made real - from low-cost eyeglasses to a "smart" rope that senses when it's in danger of breaking. See how innovation and geniuses wo

Saul Griffith on How Innovation Works

Watch this video about Pac-Man playing apes on HowStuffWorks. Susan Savage-Rumbaugh shows wild Bonobo monkeys and their physical similarities to humans. Learn how these primates are evolving and learning in the wild in this video from TED.

Savage-Rumbaugh on Pac-Man Playing Apes

Watch this video from TED featuring legendary biologist Sheila Patek on HowStuffWorks. She gives a wide-ranging talk on the effort to measure the world's fastest animal movements, using video cameras recording at 20,000 frames per second. The hyper fast a

Sheila Patek Talks at TED About Measuring Animal Movements

Watch this video showing how the Earth works on HowStuffWorks. Cosmologist Sir Martin Rees explains why the 21st century is a unique and pivotal century not just for mankind but for the entire planet. Learn about how the Earth works in this video from TED

Sir Martin Rees Talks About Earth

While Ted is away from the shop, Robin gets a local artist to give a Ford Galaxie a unique paint job.

South Beach Classics: A Colorful Response

When Ted says, "I hate it. I hate it. I hate it," there's a reason. See the beast his customer would like to trade for a Chevy Nova.

South Beach Classics: A Hideous Car

Ted heads to a nearby car corral to trade vehicles with Jimmy, the owner of a 1948 Willy Jeep.

South Beach Classics: Classic Swap

After Ted notices several problems with a car he was about to deliver, he and Robin get into a heated debate about who's to blame.

South Beach Classics: Pretty P'ed

At the Zephyrhills car auction, Ted Vernon examines -- and then bids on -- a 1951 Chevy sedan. See how that turns out.

South Beach Classics: Wait Like an Eel

Watch this video showing Stephen Petranek talk at TED about Armageddon on HowStuffWorks. Have you ever wondered how the world will end or when will be our last day on Earth? Petranek discusses a few ways that we all could buy our ticket to the big farm in

Stephen Petranek on a Possible Armageddon

Watch this video from TED featuring Steven Levitt on HowStuffWorks. Levitt is an economics professor at the University of Chicago and the best-selling author of Freakonomics. See how economics work in this video from TED (www.ted.com)

Steven Levitt on Economics at TED

Watch this video about global warming and it affects on sea life on HowStuffWorks. Marine Biologist Tierney Thys, takes us into the world of the Mola Mola, or giant sunfish, to help us understand life in the open sea and how global warming creates problem

Tierney Thys Talks About Global Warming

Watch this video from TED featuring Wade Davis on HowStuffWorks. With stunning photos and stories, National Geographic Explorer Wade Davis celebrates the extraordinary diversity of the world's cultures, and argues passionately for the preservation of the

Wade Davis Talks at TED About Cultural Diversity

Watch this video from TED featuring Ze Frank on HowStuffWorks. Ze Frank rose to Internet fame in 2001 with his viral video "How to Dance Properly," and has been a purveyor of imaginative online comedy ever since. See how internet comedy works in this vide

Ze Frank Talks at TED About Internet Comedy

Watch this video showing paleoanthropologist Zeresenay Alemseged talk at TED about fossils and the key to humanity on HowStuffWorks. Africa is home to the beginning of the human world and Alemseged explains that we need to better understand our past to so

Zeresenay Alemseged on Fossils

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