Can we make the globe a better place in 15 years

16 Oct 2015Soolmaz NeishabooriHigher Intermediate3
Is it possible to overcome international crisis such as hunger, poverty, and gender inequality or stop climate change in the next 15 years? According to the governments we can. They, agreed to a new series of Global Goals for the development of the world to 2030. Michael Green, an expert in Social progress, tells us about an idea which leads to attain these goals.

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A look at the first 21 days of a bee's life

03 Jul 2015Sepideh SalavatizadeHigher Intermediate3
We’ve heard that bees are disappearing. But what is making bee colonies so vulnerable? Photographer Anand Varma raised bees in his backyard to get an up close view. This project, for the May 2015 issue of National Geographic Magazine, gives a lyrical glimpse into a bee hive.

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Magical houses, made of bamboo

18 Jun 2015Sepideh SalavatizadeHigher Intermediate2
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, bridge and bathroom is exquisitely unique. In this beautiful, immersive talk, she shares the potential of ba

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Why we laugh

12 Jun 2015Sepideh SalavatizadeLower Intermediate5
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 case for engineering our food

28 May 2015Sepideh SalavatizadeAdvanced1
Pamela Ronald studies the genes that make plants more resistant to disease and stress. In an eye-opening talk, she describes her decade-long quest to isolate a gene that allows rice to survive prolonged flooding. She shows how the genetic improvement of seeds saved the Hawaiian papaya crop in the 1990s — and makes the case that modern genetics is sometimes the most e

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