TED Talks / Lower-intermediate

Why we laugh

12 Jun 2015Sepideh SalavatizadeLower Intermediate3
Did you know that you're 30 times more likely to laugh if you're with somebody else than if you're alone? Cognitive neuroscientist Sophie Scott shares this and other surprising facts about laughter in this fast-paced, action-packed and, yes, hilarious dash through the science of the topic.

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The secret of bat genome

14 May 2015Sepideh SalavatizadeLower Intermediate2
In Western society, bats are often characterized as creepy, even evil. Zoologist Emma Teeling encourages us to rethink our attitude toward bats, whose unique and fascinating biology gives us insight into our own genetic makeup.

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The shocking move to nonviolent protest

14 Mar 2015Morvarid AkhbariLower Intermediate2
In 2002, investigative journalist and TED Fellow Will Potter took a break from his regular beat, writing about shootings and murders for the Chicago Tribune. He went to help a local group campaigning against animal testing. Instead, he was arrested, and so began his ongoing journey into a world in which peaceful protest is branded as terrorism.

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For parents, happiness is a very high bar

07 Mar 2015Morvarid AkhbariLower Intermediate0
The parenting section of the bookstore is overwhelming—it's "a giant, candy-colored monument to our collective panic," as writer Jennifer Senior puts it. Why is parenthood filled with so much anxiety? Because the goal of modern, middle-class parents—to raise happy children—is so elusive. In this honest talk, she offers some kinder and more achievable aims.

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Hidden miracles of the natural world

05 Mar 2015Morvarid AkhbariLower Intermediate0
We live in a world of unseeable beauty, so subtle and delicate that it is imperceptible to the human eye. To bring this invisible world to light, filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg bends the boundaries of time and space with high-speed cameras, time lapses and microscopes.

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