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The Future We Will Create: Inside the World of TED

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Presents highlights from TED 2006. TED is an annual conference at which leading innovators in technology, entertainment and design share their thoughts and visions for the future
DVD
2007
Clemons (Stacks)
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Body Building [electronic resource]

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This episode is about the remarkable advances being made to repair and replace damaged human body parts. You'll learn about a self-contained artificial heart, a lab where tissue is grown for body parts like livers and eye retina, look at the innovative "liver chip," and learn about efforts to grow new nerve cells that might help injured spinal cords heal themselves. Finally see courageous paralyzed volunteers test the Functional electrical stimulation (FES) systems.
Online
2005; 2000
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Factory Made

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Explores the innovation and manufacture of everything from jet airplanes, blue jeans, and trumpets to motorcycles, popcorn machines and stamps. Goes behind the scenes to reveal the stories of design challenges overcome, engineering puzzles solved and the marvels of production volume and efficiency.
DVD
2010
Clemons (Stacks)
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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: David McKay - a Reality Check on Renewables

How much land mass would renewables need to power a nation like the U.K.? An entire country's worth. In this pragmatic TEDTalk, information theorist and computer scientist David MacKay walks viewers through the basic mathematics that reveal worrying limitations on our sustainable energy options...and then explains why we should pursue them anyway.
Online
2012
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Camera Sees Around Corners [electronic resource]

Super-short light pulses build up pictures behind walls.
Online
2012
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How to Design a 51-Star Flag [electronic resource]

Mathematics points the way to updating Old Glory if another state joins the union.
Online
2013
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New Mirror Eliminates Blind Spot [electronic resource]

A mathematician has designed a mirror to increase a driver's field of view.
Online
2013
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Modern Marvels: James Bond Gadgets [electronic resource]

To be a spy requires courage, daring, and the best toys technology can offer. Real life spy gadgets often inspire the bewildering array featured in motion pictures and vice versa. From rocket packs to James Bond's car collection, take a look at how technology helps carry spies around the world in style.
Online
2002
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Modern Marvels: Inventions of War [electronic resource]

Countless everyday items from hair brushes to microwaves are direct descendants of wartime innovations. Many of the greatest modern inventions have emerged from the horrible carnage, disease and suffering of war. Wartime research and development have revolutionized communication, transportation and medicine.
Online
2000
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The Art of Movement [electronic resource]

The invention of the airplane was only a first step. Engineers enviously look at the sky and marvel at the elegance of their natural role models. Other researchers hope to develop amphibious spider vehicles or actuators that work like fish fins. Numerous examples of efficient locomotion can be found in nature. And many of these sustainable ideas are still unexploited. There is an enormous, still neglected potential. The first episode gives an introduction into the field of the new science of biomimicry. How can this new discipline help us overcome our limits? What can we learn from nature beyond that?
Online
2011
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Order in Chaos [electronic resource]

Our human habitat has radically changed through communication technology and media. Economic processes require decisions by the minute and in our cities traffic control is becoming increasingly complex. Globally we take more and more environmental risks and our receptiveness is reaching its limit. Can a close look at nature help solve these challenges? In the third episode in this four part series on biomimicry, we learn how to decode dolphin communication; how collective ant intelligence works; and how slime mold helps us improve traffic routes.
Online
2011
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Making Stuff Stronger [electronic resource]

What is the strongest material in the world? Is it iron? Are Kevlar and carbon nanotubes the way of the future, or will the powerful properties discovered in natural spider silk one day replace steel? NOVA begins this series with a quest for the world's strongest stuff. Host David Pogue helps viewers understand what defines strength, examining everything from mollusks to a toucan's beak and testing the world's strongest materials. Pogue travels from the deck of a U.S. naval aircraft carrier, to a demolition derby, to the country's top research labs to check in with the experts who are re-engineering what nature has given us to create the next generation of strong "stuff.
Online
2011
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Making Stuff Smaller [electronic resource]

How small can we go? Could we one day have robots taking "fantastic voyages" in our bodies to kill rogue cells? The triumphs of tiny are seen all around us in the Information Age: transistors, microchips, laptops, cell phones. Now, David Pogue takes NOVA viewers to an even smaller world in Making Stuff Smaller, examining the latest in high-powered nano-circuits and micro-robots that may one day hold the key to saving lives and creating materials from the ground up, atom by atom. Pogue explores the star materials of small applications, including silicon, the stuff of computer chips, and carbon, the element now being manipulated at the atomic level to produce future technology. Smaller and more portable stuff has already revolutionized the way we live. The nanotechnology to come could [...]
Online
2011
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Making Stuff Cleaner [electronic resource]

In Making Stuff Cleaner, David Pogue explores the rapidly developing science and business of clean energy and examines alternative ways to generate it, store it, and distribute it. Is hydrogen the way to go? One scientist is even using America's abundance of chicken feathers to create a cheap way to make hydrogen cars safer. What about lithium batteries? Will they solve an energy problem or create a new dependency - in this case, on South America for a resource as limiting as oil? Can scientists instead develop a process in which batteries run on molten salts found in cheap abundance in the U.S. or on genetically engineered viruses? Pogue investigates the latest developments in bio-based fuels and in harnessing solar energy for our cars, homes, and industry in a fascinating program f [...]
Online
2011
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Making Stuff Smarter [electronic resource]

What can nature teach us about building smarter materials? Can we create materials that sense and respond? When describing "smart materials," one analogy scientists use is the evolution from the first Terminator robot, a machine made of metal and circuitry, to the shape-shifting "liquid guy" in Terminator 2. This program looks into the growing number of materials that almost seem alive - able to react, change, and even learn. An Army tanker truck that heals its own bullet wounds. An airplane wing that changes shape as it flies. Knowledge and inspiration drawn from nature are showing scientists new ways to give our materials amazing new abilities. By understanding how geckos climb even smooth walls, scientists have created a gecko adhesive that lets robots do the same. Studying the pr [...]
Online
2011
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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Kevin Kelly - How Does Technology Evolve? Like We Did

Author of the book What Technology Wants, tech enthusiast Kevin Kelly explores what appears to be his life's core question: "How should I think about new technology when it comes along?" In this TEDTalk, Kelly explains that technology's movement toward ubiquity and complexity is much like the evolution of life. Whether by renouncing all material things save his bicycle, founding the All-Species Foundation to catalog all life on Earth, or touting new gadgets in WIRED, Kelly hasn't stopped exploring the phenomena of technical and biological creation. This video will appeal to environmentalists and techies alike who are interested in the future of scientific breakthroughs. Fashiontribes.com calls him, "Thinker, environmentalist and philosopher extraordinaire ... A one-man force of nature.
Online
2006
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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: George Dyson - Stories From the Birth of the Computer

A member of the fabulous Dyson clan, George Dyson is sometimes defined as a son-of or brother-of, but he has found his own unique voice as a chronicler and philosopher of science and the future. Son of physicist Freeman Dyson, George spent his early adulthood living in a treehouse and designing and building Aleutian kayaks which he chronicles in his book Baidarka: The Kayak. His book Darwin Among the Machines made a case for the Internet as a growing organism, an evolving life force. In this TEDTalk, Dyson tells stories from the birth of the modern computer - from its 17th-century origins to the hilarious notebooks of some early computer engineers.
Online
2008
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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Billy Graham - Technology, Faith, and Human Shortcomings

Graham has preached the Gospel to more people in live audiences than anyone else in history - nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories. Graham is the author of more than 25 books and his appeal in both the secular and religious arenas is evidenced by the wide range of groups that have honored him. He was the first major evangelist to speak behind the Iron Curtain, calling for peace in countries throughout Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, and during the Apartheid era, he refused to visit South Africa until its government allowed for desegregated audiences. Speaking at TED in 1998, this legendary TEDTalk shows the Reverend Billy Graham marvel at technology's power to improve lives and change the world. He believes the end of evil, suffering, and death wi [...]
Online
2008
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Pushing the Boundaries [electronic resource]

The endeavor, innovation and technological breakthroughs of the first half of the 20th century are illustrated through newsreel footage and the 1950s narration of the original Time to Remember documentary series. This episode includes footage of tanks on the battlefields of the Great War; Scott's expedition to Antarctica; Mallory and Irvine on Everest; Roosevelt at the Boulder Dam; and a car testing its very necessary roll-bar.
Online
2011
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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Garrett Lisi - a Beautiful New Theory of Everything

Physicist Garrett Lisi has proposed a new "theory of everything" - a grand unified theory that explains all the elementary particles as well as gravity. His theory is based on a mathematical shape called E8. With 248 symmetries, E8 is large, complex, and beautiful, and Lisi believes the relationships of its symmetries correspond to known particles and forces, including gravity. His work, explained in his paper "An Exceptionally Simple Theory of Everything," and in an ongoing discussion on FOXi, is still on science's speculative fringe. In this TEDTalk, Lisi presents a controversial new model of the universe that attempts to answer all the big questions while pointing a way to a truly unified theory.
Online
2008