No human is illegal

After five years of working as a journalist for the Washington Post, The New Yorker and the San Fransisco Chronicle, Jose Antonio Vargas worked on the biggest story of his life: “coming out” as an undocumented immigrant. At age 16, [...]

Looking for new ways to detect disease … via blood, sweat and tears

Dr. Patricia Maguire is determined to know how a family of tiny bubbles released by our cells could help doctors diagnose and track diseases. These tiny, tiny sacs — called extracellular vesicles (EV) — carry powerful information about our biology, Maguire says [...]

A trip across the Pacific Ocean in a helium balloon

In 2015, adventurers Troy Bradley and Leonid Tiukhtyaev flew over the Pacific Ocean in a helium balloon. At TEDxABQ, Albuquerque resident Bradley shared what it took to complete their “week-long camping trip in the air” — a journey from Saga, [...]

A library where you can check out seeds

At the Butte County Library in Chico, California, there is a seed section. This is the Chico Seed Lending Library (CSLL), a collection of seeds donated from gardens and farms around the region. At CSLL, advanced and burgeoning gardeners can [...]

TEDxSpotlights takes a look at critical health issues from 2016 — and how to tackle them in 2017

How do we protect populations from the Zika virus? Protect the mental health of Syrian parents raising children in war zones and refugee camps? Clean air that makes breathing a health hazard? For our latest TEDxSpotlights series — TEDxSpotlights>Critical Issues  [...]

How to protect New Zealand’s native birds? DIY tech

New Zealand is currently on a mission to protect their birds from predators. “Rats, possums and stoats kill 25 million of our native birds every year,” the nation’s Prime Minister John Key said in a statement this July, “and prey [...]