Category: Interviews

Watch: A cellular biologist animates the life cycle of HIV in this hypnotic video

Animated and narrated by Janet Iwasa (Department of Biochemistry, University of Utah)   While the musical soundtrack is wholly a product of the imagination, everything else in this spellbinding animation of the HIV virus — created by Janet Iwasa — [...]

These kids build tiny houses, chicken coops — and life skills

A new curriculum makes design-build projects into a part of every student’s education. How can a well-designed home change someone’s life? During the 2014-2015 school year, some high school students in Berkeley, California, asked that question as they took on [...]

Here’s the real danger that Facebook, Google and the other tech monopolies pose to our society

Most people fear and loathe monopolies because they dominate their categories or markets and squeeze out competition. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg of the threat they hold, warns technology analyst Jamie Bartlett. The threat that tech monopolies [...]

How to exit a conversation without being a jerk

Kio Stark loves to talk to strangers — but she knows every exchange started is one that must be ended. Here, she shares how to gracefully step away. I’ve spent much of the last decade studying (and having) conversations and [...]

How playing Dungeons & Dragons has helped me be more connected, creative and compassionate

Power doesn’t just come from having money or lifting weights — you can gain strengths and abilities you didn’t know you had from fantasy role-playing games, says writer Ethan Gilsdorf. You’re a member of a team of adventurers, and your [...]

Why you think you’re right, even when you’re wrong

Are you a soldier or a scout? Your answer to this question, says decision-making expert Julia Galef, could determine how clearly you see the world. Imagine for a moment you’re a soldier in the heat of battle — perhaps a [...]

How to build closer relationships

Advice from 7 TED speakers on creating better connections. “Why don’t I feel closer to my parent/sibling/friend/co-worker?” It’s a question that many of us have pondered at some point, and it usually comes out of our desire to feel more [...]