Magical houses, made of bamboo

  May 16, 2015 Magical houses, made of bamboo You’ve never seen buildings like this. The stunning bamboo homes built by Elora Hardy and her team in Bali twist, curve and surprise at every turn. They defy convention because the bamboo itself is so enigmatic. No two poles of bamboo are alike, so every home,…

Explore the world with “happy maps”

  Explore the world with maps Mapping apps help us find the fastest route to where we’re going. But what if we’d rather wander? Researcher Daniele Quercia demos “happy maps” that take into account not only the route you want to take, but how you want to feel along the way Watch >>Explore the world…

Creative problem-solving in the face of extreme limits

Creative problem-solving in the face of extreme limits   Navi Radjou studies “jugaad,” also known as frugal innovation, pioneered by people in emerging markets who create new inventions and new ideas despite very limited resources. And the practice has caught on globally. Sharing a wealth of examples of human ingenuity at work, Radjou lays out…

Jaw-dropping developments in micro-robotics

Jaw-dropping developments in micro-robotics By studying the movement and bodies of insects such as ants, Sarah Bergbreiter and her team build incredibly robust, super teeny, mechanical versions of creepy crawlies … and then they add rockets. See their jaw-dropping developments in micro-robotics, and hear about three ways we might use these little helpers in the…

Direct brain-to-brain communication: How it works

Direct brain-to-brain communication: How it works   You may remember neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis — he built the brain-controlled exoskeleton that allowed a paralyzed man to kick the first ball of the 2014 World Cup. What’s he working on now? Building ways for two minds (rats and monkeys, for now) to send messages brain to brain.…

The mathematics of love

The mathematics of love Finding the right mate is no cakewalk — but is it even mathematically likely? In a charming talk, mathematician Hannah Fry shows patterns in how we look for love, and gives her top three tips (verified by math!) for finding that special someone. Watch now » What if your job didn’t…

Why we all need to practice emotional first aid

Why we all need to practice emotional first aid We’ll go to the doctor when we feel flu-ish or a nagging pain. So why don’t we see a health professional when we feel emotional pain: guilt, loss, loneliness? Too many of us deal with common psychological-health issues on our own, says Guy Winch. But we…

The intriguing mystery of your body’s microbes

The intriguing mystery of your body’s microbes   Rob Knight is a pioneer in studying human microbes, the community of tiny single-cell organisms living inside our bodies that have a huge — and largely unexplored — role in our health. “The three pounds of microbes that you carry around with you might be more important…