Category: Talks

When invasive “yellow crazy ants” attack

Some time ago — scientists guess between 1915 and 1934 – the yellow crazy ant (Anoplolepis gracilipes) was accidentally brought to Australia’s Christmas Island. These ants, known for their predatory behavior, can kill organisms over 500 times their size, says [...]

As their island disappears, a tribe becomes the United States’s first climate change migrants

“The whole world is going to be affected by [climate] displaced people,” says environmental scientist Sandra Maina at TEDxSaintThomas. Researchers predict that over 13 million people in the U.S. alone will be displaced by climate change by 2100 — and [...]

Investigative journalism in Kyrgyzstan — reported by youth

Journalist Anna Lelik took on her first investigative report when she was just 17. She was looking into online censorship in Central Asian countries — including in her home country of Kyrgyzstan — and was worried she wouldn’t be taken [...]

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 [...]