Translator: Joseph Geni Reviewer: Morton Bast Life is about opportunities — creating them and embracing them. And for me, that was the Olympic dream. That’s what defined me. That was my bliss. As a cross-country skier and member of the Australian ski team headed towards the Winter Olympics, I was… Continue Reading Janine Shepherd: A broken body isn’t a broken person

It’s a pleasure to be here in Edinburgh, Scotland, the birthplace of the needle and syringe. Less than a mile from here in this direction, in 1853 a Scotsman filed his very first patent on the needle and syringe. His name was Alexander Wood, and it was at the Royal… Continue Reading Mark Kendall: Demo: A needle-free vaccine patch that’s safer and way cheaper

We have a global health challenge in our hands today, and that is that the way we currently discover and develop new drugs is too costly, takes far too long, and it fails more often than it succeeds. It really just isn’t working, and that means that patients that badly… Continue Reading Geraldine Hamilton: Body parts on a chip

Applying for jobs online is one of the worst digital experiences of our time. And applying for jobs in person really isn’t much better. [The Way We Work] Hiring as we know it is broken on many fronts. It’s a terrible experience for people. About 75 percent of people who… Continue Reading How to make applying for jobs less painful | The Way We Work, a TED series

Here’s a question for you: how many different scents do you think you can smell, and maybe even identify with accuracy? 100? 300? 1,000? One study estimates that humans can detect up to one trillion different odors. A trillion. It’s hard to imagine, but your nose has the molecular machinery… Continue Reading You smell with your body, not just your nose | Jennifer Pluznick

So, imagine a company hires a new employee, best in the business, who’s on a multimillion-dollar contract. Now imagine that whenever this employee went to go meet with her team members, the appointments were ignored or dismissed, and in the meetings that did happen, she was yelled at or kicked… Continue Reading Why you should treat the tech you use at work like a colleague | Nadjia Yousif

I know what you’re thinking: “Why does that guy get to sit down?” That’s because this is radio. (Music) I tell radio stories about design, and I report on all kinds of stories: buildings and toothbrushes, mascots and wayfinding and fonts. My mission is to get people to engage with… Continue Reading Why city flags may be the worst-designed thing you’ve never noticed | Roman Mars

Do you think it’s possible to control someone’s attention? Even more than that, what about predicting human behavior? I think those are interesting ideas. For me, that would be the perfect superpower, actually kind of an evil way of approaching it. But for myself, in the past, I’ve spent the… Continue Reading The art of misdirection | Apollo Robbins

The Olympic motto is “Citius, Altius, Fortius.” Faster, Higher, Stronger. And athletes have fulfilled that motto rapidly. The winner of the 2012 Olympic marathon ran two hours and eight minutes. Had he been racing against the winner of the 1904 Olympic marathon, he would have won by nearly an hour… Continue Reading Are athletes really getting faster, better, stronger? | David Epstein

A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is a disruption in brain function caused by an external blow to the head. And when you hear that definition, you might think about sports and professional athletes, since it’s the kind of injury we’re used to seeing on the playing field. And this… Continue Reading The surprising connection between brain injuries and crime | Kim Gorgens