How turtle shells evolved… twice – Judy Cebra Thomas

Meet Odontochelys semitestacea. This little creature spends its days splashing in Late Triassic swamps with a host of other reptiles. Under the surface lies its best defense against attack: a hard shell on its belly. Odontochelys is an early ancestor of the turtle. Its half-shelled body illustrates an important point about the modern turtle: it […]

Why are sharks so awesome? – Tierney Thys

Sharks have been celebrated as powerful gods by some native cultures. For example, Fijians believe the shark god Dakuwaqa, could protect fisherman from the dangers at sea. And today, sharks are recognized as apex predators of the world’s ocean and include some of the Earth’s longest living vertebrates. What is it that makes these fish […]

The Mystery of Fast-5 and D.I.E.T.: Bert Herring, MD at TEDxRiversideAvondale

Translator: Rhonda Jacobs Reviewer: Peter van de Ven Good morning and thank you. It’s an honor and privilege to be here. I feel very lucky to be one of those invited to do so. So, I’ll begin. First of all, if you came here to hear about the Fast Five movie, or you’re Vin Diesel […]

TEDxSydney – Richard Gill – The Value of Music Education

Translator: Jerson Partible Reviewer: Denise RQ Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. I’ve asked if the lights could be lifted for this session, and David Glover agreed. And the reason, thank you very much, is I like to see the whites of your eyes. (Laughter) And I like to see you as my class. I hope […]

Gender bound | Judi Herring | TEDxJacksonville

Translator: Noppakao “Angel” Leelasorn Reviewer: Denise RQ Teaching says that females have two X chromosomes and males have an X and a Y. That is not the whole story. Eden Atwood is a musician, a teacher, a mother and a person with Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome. AIS is one among a variety of differences of sex […]

Can you solve “Einstein’s Riddle”? – Dan Van der Vieren

Before he turned physics upside down, a young Albert Einstein supposedly showed off his genius by devising a complex riddle involving this list of clues. Can you resist tackling a brain teaser written by one of the smartest people in history? Let’s give it a shot. The world’s rarest fish has been stolen from the […]

Eli the eel: A mysterious migration – James Prosek

Translator: Jessica Ruby Reviewer: Caroline Cristal They’re long and slithery, and they’re not very colorful. But they do have a strange beauty of their own. Their sinuous, nocturnal movements through the water are mesmerizing to watch. And though they may resemble underwater snakes, eels are, in fact, a very interesting type of fish. There are […]

Can you solve the fish riddle? – Steve Wyborney

You are the cargo director on the maiden voyage of the S.S. Buoyant, and you’ve agreed to transport several tanks containing the last specimens of a critically endangered fish species to their new aquarium. Unfortunately, as you’re passing through shark-infested waters, the boat is battered by a fierce storm, throwing your precious cargo overboard. And […]

BOOKSTORES: How to Read More Books in the Golden Age of Content

Bookstores drive me crazy. I’m not talking about libraries, or used bookstores, or art bookstores, or museum bookstores. I’m talking about book stores that sell new books. Crisp, unworn, unwrinkled books. Books with no past. No stains. No previous owners. But why? Why do they drive me so crazy? Well, I think it has something […]

Why do we harvest horseshoe crab blood? – Elizabeth Cox

During the warmer months, especially at night during the full moon, horseshoe crabs emerge from the sea to spawn. Waiting for them are teams of lab workers who capture the horseshoe crabs by the hundreds of thousands, take them to labs, harvest their cerulean blood, then return them to the sea. Oddly enough, we capture […]