The ballet that incited a riot – Iseult Gillespie

From TED Ed. Dive into the history and controversy of Igor Stravinsky’s ballet, “The Rite of Spring,” which shattered the conventions of classical ballet. — Ballet is typically thought of as harmonious, graceful and polished— hardly something that would trigger a riot. But at the first performance of Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring,” audience…

The Artists | Think Like A Coder, Ep 5

From TED Ed. The adventure continues! Episode 5: Ethic and Hedge arrive in the 198forest in search of the second artifact. Can they sneak past the guards to get to the tower? — This is episode 5 of our animated series “Think Like A Coder.” This 10-episode narrative follows a girl, Ethic, and her robot…

Could a breathalyzer detect cancer? – Julian Burschka

From TED Ed. Discover how scientists are analyzing compounds in the breath to create a versatile breathalyzer capable of detecting disease. — How is it that a breathalyzer can measure the alcohol content in someone’s blood, hours after they had their last drink, based on their breath alone? And could we use this same technology…

A brief history of alcohol – Rod Phillips

From TED Ed. Trace the 7,000 year old history of alcohol, from its first known origins in China to cultures all over the world fermenting their own drinks. — Nobody knows exactly when humans began to create fermented beverages. The earliest known evidence comes from 7,000 BCE in China, where residue in clay pots has…

The philosophy of cynicism – William D. Desmond

From TED Ed. Explore the ancient Greek philosophy of cynicism, which calls for the rejection of materialism and conformity in favor of a simple life. — In the 4th century BCE, a young Diogenes of Sinope was found to be counterfeiting coins. He was stripped of his citizenship, his money, all his possessions and sent…

Why should you read “Dune” by Frank Herbert? – Dan Kwartler

From TED Ed. Discover Frank Herbert’s science fiction classic, “Dune,” which tells the story of a man catapulted into the middle of a planetary revolution. — A mother and son trek across an endless desert. Wearing special suits to dissipate heat and recycle moisture, the travelers aren’t worried about dying of thirst. Their fears are…

Hacking bacteria to fight cancer – Tal Danino

From TED Ed. Explore how synthetic biologists are programming bacteria to fight cancer by manipulating their DNA. — In 1884, an unlucky patient who had a rapidly growing cancer in his neck came down with an unrelated bacterial skin infection. As he recovered from the infection, the cancer surprisingly began to recede. The infection had…

The Train Heist | Think Like A Coder, Ep 4

From TED Ed. The adventure continues! Episode 4: The trio plot how they can steal the first artifact— the Node of Power. Can they take it without being discovered? — This is episode 4 of our animated series “Think Like A Coder.” This 10-episode narrative follows a girl, Ethic, and her robot companion, Hedge, as…

How does chemotherapy work? – Hyunsoo Joshua No

From TED Ed. Discover how chemotherapy drugs use cytotoxic agents to attack cancer cells and the impact they have on your body. — During World War I, scientists were trying to develop an antidote to the poisonous yellow cloud known as mustard gas. They discovered the gas was irrevocably damaging the bone marrow of affected…