She Gives The Perfect Reason Why You Should Never Call Yourself Ugly (Video)

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You are not your Instagram likes or your Facebook statuses. When Dove Self-Esteem Project’s Meaghan Ramsey had the opportunity to take the coveted TEDTalk stage, she chose to speak about the ways in which self-image is affecting our lives every day. If teenagers determine self-worth through social media, they grow into underachieving, unhealthy adults. Those adults […]

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2 Monkeys Were Paid Unequally; See What Happens Next — And Hear The Rest Of The Story

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Settle in, folks, ’cause this one’s gonna make ya think. In a captivating speech, Frans de Waal explains that animals have far more “human-like” characteristics than we given them credit for. Things really get going at 0:55, when the chimpanzees come into play. The experimental footage starting at 3:30 is pretty cool and gave me […]

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How One Small Mental Shift Hundreds Of Years Ago Is Actually Still Screwing Us Over

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Ever notice that we tend to treat creative people as not only unimaginably talented but also as fragile and unstable? Elizabeth Gilbert, author of “Eat, Pray, Love,” knows this all too well. And she’s got a few ideas about how we ought to be doing things instead. At 1:02, hear some of the hilarious (and […]

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What Gives A Dollar Bill Its Value

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Back in the day, the dollar was connected to silver and gold. The older dollar bills even say ‘silver certificate.’ But that all changed during the Nixon administration. Now all money is fiat, meaning it has value based only on federal law. TED-Ed explains the complex story behind what gives a paper dollar bill actual value.     […]

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This Conference Hopes to Be TED for Video Games

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Jamin Warren saw a problem with video game conferences. They only addressed the needs of two groups of people: those who consume video games and the developers who make them. As the co-founder of the print and digital publication Kill Screen, Warren says his goal was to explore the intersection between culture and games, and […]

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The Mosquito Explained Animation

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The mosquito is no doubt one of the most annoying and hated insects across the world. The buzzing, the biting, it’s infuriating!  Rose Eveleth explains in this animation by TED-Ed how the mosquito has co-evolved with us over the centuries, and how scientists aren’t sure if it would be wise to rid the world of the pesky blood […]

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