Why should you read “Hamlet”? – Iseult Gillespie

From TED Ed. Explore William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, “Hamlet,” a play about conspiracy, deception and the tragic consequences of indecision. — “Who’s there?” Whispered in the dark, this question begins a tale of conspiracy, deception and moral ambiguity. And in a play where everyone has something to hide, its answer is far from simple. Written…

How do crystals work? – Graham Baird

From TED Ed. What makes crystals grow into their signature shapes? Dig into the atomic patterns and unique properties of crystals. — Many crystals have signature shapes— like the cascade of pointed quartz or a pile of galena cubes. Every crystal’s atoms have a defining feature: their organized, repeating pattern. The pattern isn’t restricted to…

Your body vs. Implants – Kaitlyn Sadtler

From TED Ed. Why do medical implants like insulin pumps and prosthetic knees need replacement? Explore how the immune system fights implants and how new devices are trying to help. — Insulin pumps improve the lives of millions of people with diabetes around the world by monitoring blood sugar, delivering insulin, and preventing the need…

Ugly History: Witch Hunts – Brian A. Pavlac

From TED Ed. Uncover the history of the witch hunts that swept through Europe and the American colonies from the 15th century until the 18th century. — In the German town of Nördlingen in 1593, innkeeper Maria Höll found herself accused of witchcraft. She was arrested for questioning, and denied the charges. She insisted she…

How close are we to eradicating HIV? – Philip A. Chan

From TED Ed. Can we end HIV? Find out how medications like PrEP are helping to prevent the transmission and spread of HIV, and possibly leading to its eradication. — The world is getting closer to achieving one of the most important public health goals of our time: eradicating HIV. And to do this, we…

You are more transparent than you think – Sajan Saini

From TED Ed. Discover how scientists are using light and integrated photonics technology to create medical devices that can diagnose illness. — It’s an increasingly common sight in hospitals around the world: a nurse measures our height, weight, blood pressure, and attaches a glowing plastic clip to our finger. Suddenly, a digital screen reads out…

The lovable (and lethal) sea lion – Claire Simeone

From TED Ed. Plunge into the ocean’s depths to take a closer look at the sea lion’s hunting skills, and to learn more about how climate change is affecting its habitat. — Sunning themselves on rocks or waddling awkwardly across the beach, it’s easy to think of sea lions more as sea house cats. But…

The mysterious science of pain – Joshua W. Pate

From TED Ed. Explore the biological and psychological factors that influence how we experience pain and how our nervous system reactions to harmful stimuli. — In 1995, the British Medical Journal published a report about a builder who accidentally jumped onto a nail, which pierced straight through his steel-toed boot. He was in such agonizing…

Can a black hole be destroyed? – Fabio Pacucci

From TED Ed. Are black holes indestructible? Explore the theory of Hawking radiation, a process that could lead a black hole to gradually lose mass and evaporate. — Black holes are among the most destructive objects in the universe. Anything that gets too close to a black hole, be it an asteroid, planet, or star,…

Why should you read “Crime and Punishment”? – Alex Gendler

From TED Ed. Download a free audiobook version of “Crime and Punishment” and support TED-Ed’s nonprofit mission: https://www.audible.com/ted-ed Check out our full book recommendation: https://shop.ed.ted.com/products/crime-and-punishment — What drives someone to kill in cold blood? What goes through the murderer’s mind? And what kind of a society breeds such people? Over 150 years ago Fyodor Mikhailovich…

How do self-driving cars “see”? – Sajan Saini

From TED Ed. Take a look at the LIDAR and integrated photonics technologies that help self-driving cars navigate obstacles, no matter the environment, weather or light. — It’s late, pitch dark and a self-driving car winds down a narrow country road. Suddenly, three hazards appear at the same time. With no human at the wheel,…