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94%VideoSep 2011

What we can learn from five million books

(14:09) Google have digitised millions of books (15 million to date), but short of reading them all, how can we practically use the accumulated words today? Google have created NGrams that allow you to trace the usage of any word or phrase in the historical record, opening up the science of 'culturomics' (the application of massive scale data collection and analysis to the study of human culture). From a TEDTalks in 2008 with Erez Lieberman Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel.


94%VideoJun 2012

Who is tracking you as you surf the internet?

(6:41) As you surf the web, information is being collected about you and your habits, without your knowledge or consent.


94%VideoSep 2012

Katie Melua's song about the size of the observable universe

(1:51) American science writer Michael Shermer tells of when Katie Melua changed her lyrics for science. From a TEDTalk in 2006.


94%VideoMar 2013

How to green the world's deserts and reverse climate change

(22:20) Zimbabwean biologist and environmentalist Allan Savory describes what is happening to about two-thirds of the world's grasslands, desertification, when land turns to desert.


94%VideoJul 2014

TEDtalks - Which is the goodest country in the world?

(17:55) A side effect of globalisation is that problems that once would have stayed local - say a bank lending out too much money - now has global consequences.


94%VideoAug 2014

TEDtalks - Depression is a disease of civilisation


94%VideoApr 2015

David Puttnam - The reality of climate change

(16:34) A disregard for human suffering in the pursuit of profit. British film producer David Puttman looks at climate change through the lenses of economics, health and environmental sustainability.


93%VideoJan 2012

The back story behind SOPA, and why you need to know

(14:00) American author and consultant on social and economic effects of Internet technologies, Clay Shirky, gives a history of sharing and copying, from the era of the humble cassette, to where we are today with SOPA.


93%VideoMay 2012

Hans Rosling: Do some religions have a higher birth rate than others?

(13:21) Swedish statistician Hans Rosling speaking at the TEDxSummit in Doha, Qatar, reaches some surprising conclusions about global population trends.


93%VideoNov 2015

Jamie Oliver: Teach every child about food

(21:53) Powerful TEDtalk by British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, making the case for an all-out assault on our ignorance of food.