TED Talk of the Day #16: How Trees Talk to Each Other

A forest is much more than what you see,” says ecologist Suzanne Simard. Her 30 years of research in Canadian forests have led to an astounding discovery — trees talk, often and over vast distances. Learn more about the harmonious yet complicated social lives of trees and prepare to see the natural world with new eyes. Continue reading TED Talk of the Day #16: How Trees Talk to Each Other

TED Talk of the Day #011: Comedy is translation

Every act of communication is, in some way, an act of translation. Writer Chris Bliss explores the inherent challenge of communication, and how comedy opens paths to new perspectives and how great comedy can translate deep truths for a mass audience. Continue reading TED Talk of the Day #011: Comedy is translation

TED Talk of the Day #009: Massive-scale online collaboration

If you are on Internet, then you are likely to be familiar with CAPTCHA – that irritating question you have to answer to prove that you are human and not a bot.
Well, your irritation is being channelled to solve problems. If you have ever filled the new reCAPTCHA form, then you have UNKNOWINGLY contributed to digitization of a book. Continue reading TED Talk of the Day #009: Massive-scale online collaboration

TED Talk of the Day #004: The secrets of learning a new language

We know that people who speak more than one language fluently have better memories and are more cognitively creative and mentally flexible than monolinguals. Canadian studies suggest that Alzheimer’s disease and the onset of dementia are diagnosed later for bilinguals than for monolinguals, meaning that knowing a second language can help us to stay cognitively healthy well into our later years. Continue reading TED Talk of the Day #004: The secrets of learning a new language