The Resistance | Think Like A Coder, Ep 2

From TED Ed. The adventure continues! Episode 2: Ethic and Hedge search for the leader of the Resistance. Can they solve the puzzles blocking their way? — This is episode 2 of our animated series “Think Like A Coder.” This 10-episode narrative follows a girl, Ethic, and her robot companion, Hedge, as they attempt to…

Are we living in a simulation? – Zohreh Davoudi

From TED Ed. Is our reality a detailed computer simulation? And how can we know for sure? Explore the scientific and philosophical theories surrounding this debate. — All life on Earth— living and inanimate, microscopic and cosmic— is governed by mathematical laws with apparently arbitrary constants. And this opens up a question: If the universe…

The first and last king of Haiti – Marlene Daut

From TED Ed. Dive into the life of Henry Christophe, a former slave and leader in the Haitian Revolution and the only king of Haiti. — The royal couple of Haiti rode into their coronation to thunderous applause. After receiving his ornate crown, Henry Christophe ascended his throne, towering 20 meters in the air. But…

The Prison Break | Think Like A Coder, Ep 1

From TED Ed. The adventure begins! Episode 1: Ethic awakens in a mysterious cell. Can she and robot Hedge solve the programming puzzles blocking their escape? — This is episode 1 of our animated series “Think Like A Coder.” This 10-episode narrative follows a girl, Ethic, and her robot companion, Hedge, as they attempt to…

Einstein’s twin paradox explained – Amber Stuver

From TED Ed. Follow two astronauts into outer space to explore time dilation and Einstein’s theory of relativity through the Twin Paradox thought experiment. — On their 20th birthday, identical twin astronauts volunteer for an experiment. Terra will remain on Earth, while Stella will board a spaceship. Stella’s ship will travel to visit a star…

The myth of the Sampo— an infinite source of fortune and greed – Hanna-Ilona Härmävaara

From TED Ed. Download a free audiobook version of “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” and support TED-Ed’s nonprofit mission: https://www.audible.com/ted-ed Check out our full book recommendation: https://shop.ed.ted.com/collections/ted-ed-book-recommendations/products/kalevala — After a skirmish at sea and long days of being battered by waves, Väinämöinen— a powerful bard as old as the world…

Think Like a Coder | Teaser Trailer | TED-Ed 9/30/19

From TED Ed. Coming soon to TED-Ed! Our new 10-episode coding series, Think Like A Coder, follows a duo trying to save the world— and solving programming puzzles along the way. — We’re thrilled to announce our upcoming series: Think Like A Coder. This 10-episode narrative follows a girl, Ethic, and her robot companion, Hedge,…

Can you solve the secret sauce riddle? – Alex Gendler

From TED Ed. As a top spy trained in infiltration and safecracking, it’s up to you to steal the competition’s secret sauce recipe. Can you figure out where it’s hidden? — One of the top chefs from Pasta Palace has been kidnapped by operatives from Burger Bazaar hoping to learn the location of their secret…

A brief history of chess – Alex Gendler

From TED Ed. Trace the storied history of the game of chess, from its origins in 7th century India to the computer software we use today. — The attacking infantry advances, their elephants already having broken the defensive line. The king tries to retreat, but the enemy flanks him from the rear. Escape is impossible.…

Why should you read “Midnight’s Children”? – Iseult Gillespie

From TED Ed. Dive into Salman Rushdie’s masterpiece, “Midnight’s Children,” a work of magical realism that deals with India’s transition from British colonialism to independence. — It begins with a countdown. A woman goes into labor as the clock ticks towards midnight. Across India, people wait for the declaration of independence after nearly 200 years…

The secret student resistance to Hitler – Iseult Gillespie

From TED Ed. Learn the story of the WWII student resistance group, called the White Rose, fighting against Hitler in Nazi Germany. — In 1943, Allied aircraft rained tens of thousands of leaflets on Nazi Germany below. The leaflets urged readers to renounce Hitler, to fight furiously for the future— and to never give up…

The rise and fall of the Mongol Empire – Anne F. Broadbridge

From TED Ed. Trace the rise and fall of the Mongol Empire which, under the leadership of Genghis Khan, became the largest contiguous land empire in history. — It was the largest contiguous land empire in history— stretching from Korea to Ukraine, and from Siberia to southern China. And was forged on the open plains.…

The myth of Jason and the Argonauts – Iseult Gillespie

From TED Ed. Download a free audiobook version of “Circe” and support TED-Ed’s nonprofit mission: https://www.audible.com/ted-ed Check out our full book recommendation: https://shop.ed.ted.com/collections/ted-ed-book-recommendations/products/circe — Hercules, the strongest man alive with a mighty heart to match. Orpheus, charmer of nature and master of music. Castor and Pollux, the twin tricksters. The Boreads, sons of the North…

The mysterious origins of life on Earth – Luka Seamus Wright

From TED Ed. Where on Earth did life begin? Explore the hydrothermal vents in Earth’s crust as simple compounds gave way to complex life. — Billions of years ago, simple organic compounds assembled into more complex coalitions that could grow and reproduce. At the time, Earth had widespread volcanic activity and a hostile atmosphere that…

A day in the life of a Cossack warrior – Alex Gendler

From TED Ed. Join the Cossack soldier Stepan as he tries to keep order in the battalion and help his people regain their independence. — The year is 1676, and a treaty has officially ended hostilities between the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Ottoman Empire. Despite a serene sunset on the Dnipro river, the mood is…

Why should you read “Kafka on the Shore”? – Iseult Gillespie

From TED Ed. Follow the entwined destinies of Kafka and Nakata in Haruki Murakami’s mind-bending novel “Kafka on the Shore.” — Desperate to escape his tyrannical father and the family curse he feels doomed to repeat, Haruki Murakami’s teenage protagonist renames himself “Kafka” after his favorite author and runs away from home. So begins “Kafka…

The high-stakes race to make quantum computers work – Chiara Decaroli

From TED Ed. Get to know the unique properties of quantum computers and the obstacles that have prevented this theoretical technology from becoming a reality. — Quantum computers could eventually outstrip the computational limits of classical computers. They rely on the behavior of atomic and subatomic particles, whose quantum states are incredibly fragile and easily…

How do viruses jump from animals to humans? – Ben Longdon

From TED Ed. Discover the science of how viruses can jump from one species to another and the deadly epidemics that can result from these pathogens. — At a Maryland country fair in 2017, farmers reported feverish hogs with inflamed eyes and running snouts. While farmers worried about the pigs, the department of health was…

How turtle shells evolved… twice – Judy Cebra Thomas

From TED Ed. Check out the fascinating science behind the evolution of the turtle shell, over 260 million years in the making. — Modern turtle shells are almost as diverse as the turtles themselves. Sea turtles have flatter, lighter shells for gliding through the water. Land-dwelling tortoises have domed shells that can slip free of…

A brief history of cannibalism – Bill Schutt

From TED Ed. Human cannibalism is a lot more common than you might think. Dive into its complex history and see its uses in medicine, cultural rituals and in times of survival. — 15th century Europeans believed they had hit upon a miracle cure: a remedy for epilepsy, hemorrhage, bruising, nausea and virtually any other…

Ancient Rome’s most notorious doctor – Ramon Glazov

From TED Ed. Learn about the Greek physician and philosopher Galen of Pergamon, whose experiments and discoveries changed medicine. — In the 16th century, an anatomist named Andreas Vesalius made a shocking discovery: the most famous human anatomy texts in the world were wrong. While Vesalius knew he was right, announcing the errors would mean…

Can you solve the dark matter fuel riddle? – Dan Finkel

From TED Ed. An ancient, abandoned alien space station has been discovered. Can you beat everyone in the galaxy and reach it first? — It’s an incredible discovery: an abandoned alien space station filled with precursor technology. Now every species in the galaxy is in a mad dash to get there first, but you’ve got…