Playlist: 4 great talks on the magic of microbes


From the TED-Ed lesson A needle in countless haystacks: Finding habitable worlds – Ariel Anbar

Microbes! These tiny organisms do big things for our bodies (and our habitat), but how much do you know about them? Below, school yourself on the world of microbes with these 4 great talks from TEDx events around the world:

Are we too clean? How changing a body’s microbes leads to illness | Claire Fraser | TEDxMidAtlantic

Microbiologist Claire Fraser is a self-professed lover of bacteria. At TEDxMidAtlantic, she describes the complex microbial ecosystem within the human body and suggests that the contemporary trend of drastically altering the colonies of bacteria that call our bodies home — through the overuse of antibiotics and antibacterial cleansers — might not be so good for us.

The fascinating lives of microbes | Alex Penn | TEDxSouthamptonUniversity

At TEDxSouthhamptonUniversity, Alex Penn gives a tour of some of the complex communities of microbes in our world — from those around networks of fungal roots to cyanobacteria in the oceans, and introduces a crowdsourced project to analyze microbe colonies in her town.

Managing the magic of microbes | Jessica Green | TEDxPortland

Can architects use microbes to create buildings that help us stay healthy? At TEDxPortland, TED Fellow and microbe expert Jessica Green explores.

Down and dirty — a pile of reasons to fall in love with soil | Nicole Masters | TEDxTauranga

Learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about soil, thanks to soil expert / agroecologist Nicole Masters at TEDxTauranga.

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