Happy Halloween! Talks on creepy crawlies, bats and more

From the TED-Ed lesson -- Beware of nominalizations (AKA zombie nouns) by  Helen Sword; Animation by Bran Dougherty-Johnson

From the TED-Ed lesson, “Beware of nominalizations (AKA zombie nouns)” by Helen Sword, animation by Bran Dougherty-Johnson

It’s Halloween! No trick — talks that shine a light on parasites, bats and demo the mask you wish you had this October:

Bats, bat, bats!

The daughter of two scientists, eighth grader Madison Mies held her first bat at just three years old. At TEDxKids@CranbrookSchools, she explains what bats do for us — and why it matters that we protect them.

The lifeforms that feed on us … and make our skin crawl

Parasites aren’t all bad, says Dr. Jeb Byers at TEDxUGA. In this fascinating talk, he shares stories about the heroes of the parasitic world and shows why we should appreciate these much-maligned creatures.

An animated mask

At TEDxMadrid, the artist collective Demodrama shows off their digital, animated mask that lets you have another person’s face for a while. (In Spanish with English subtitles).

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