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Would you sleep in this treehouse? This is the Treehotel in Sweden, designed by Scandinavian studio Tham and Videgård Arkitekter. It’s a perfect 4-meter cube large enough to fit two people — talk about cozy! On the outside, it seems to disappear into the forest thanks to the mirrored glass exterior; however, a transparent ultraviolet coating was added to help birds avoid accidentally flying into it. To see more incredible buildings, check out architect Marc Kushner’s #TEDBook, “The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings,” at go.ted.com/architecturebook

Photo by Åke Eson Lindman


There are 450,000 people locked in US jails who have not been convicted of anything. They simply can’t afford to pay bail. That has severe consequences: “If you’re held in jail on a misdemeanor, 90% of people will plead guilty, even if they didn't commit the crime," says Robin Steinberg, CEO of The Bail Project. "But when we pay bail, over half of cases are dismissed, and only 2% ever go to trial." With the help of The Audacious Project, a new initiative from TED, The Bail Project is launching a massive effort to pay bail for 160,000 people across the US -- the largest non-governmental decarceration in American history. Watch Robin's #TEDTalk from #TED2018 at go.ted.com/bailproject


This staircase is the first work gallery-goers see when they enter Takashi Murakami’s retrospective exhibition, The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg. Takashi was trained in the Nihonga style of Japanese painting, which is characterized by vivid colors and meticulous detailing. Over time, he developed his own concept called “Superflat,” which was inspired by the cultural attributes of post-World War II Japan. Swipe through to see more of the incredible work featured at the Vancouver Art Gallery exhibition. #Empty
Photos by @sachachavega


We're in Vancouver for #TED2018! This year we're exploring the amazing future — and all of its exciting (and scary!) potential. Follow along all week for a behind-the-scenes look at the action.

Photo by @fotojay


Your memory can be strengthened and enhanced just like any other muscle in your body — and you might be able to do it in your sleep. Many scientists believe that your brain transfers short term memories into long term memory while you rest, but what if you could use sound to hack your brain while napping? Neuroscientist Greg Gage and Joud M’ari did an experiment to test whether listening to certain noises improved one’s ability to recall information, and they found that it actually works! To see how they tested it out, watch this week’s episode of DIY Neuroscience, a new original video series from TED, at go.ted.com/memoryhack

Animation by @swartstephanie


What if we could eliminate malaria entirely? Build a city to welcome refugees? Create equality in every country? We need big ideas to change the world — now more than ever. That's why we're launching The Audacious Project, a new initiative from TED. So far, over $250 million has been raised to fund 7 world-changing ideas, and we’re just getting started. Let’s explore what humanity is truly capable of when we work together. To learn more about the #audaciousproject, visit go.ted.com/audaciousintro

Illustration by @mike_lemanski


This is a frozen slice of human brain. Scientist Allan Jones studies brains like this one to try to create a map of the 25,000 genes inside of our heads. His work will help us better understand how drugs can treat illnesses like depression and schizophrenia. “For those who are undaunted, but humbled by the complexity of the brain, the future awaits,” Allan says. To learn more, visit go.ted.com/brainmap.
Photo by David Clugston


There’s a deceptive new kind of polar ice floating in the Arctic right now. It looks thick and stable from space, but in reality it’s fragile and can break apart upon contact. This is scary for researchers like David Barber. Satellite images had suggested that much of the Arctic was covered in multi-year ice measuring several meters thick, but the reality is that the cameras were merely picking up a relatively new form of “rotten ice” — Arctic ice in an advanced state of decay. This means the situation is worse than we thought. To learn more about David’s work studying the ice caps, visit go.ted.com/rottenice

Photo by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center


This is the Imawari Yeuta, one of the largest cave systems underneath the table mountains of Venezuela. Three rivers flow through it, and new life forms may have been quietly developing there for millions of years. Geologists like Francesco Sauro study this world beneath the Earth’s surface to learn more about primitive times. It’s truly an exploration into the beautiful unknown. “What seems only a dark, empty environment could be in reality a chest of wonders full of useful information,” Francesco says. To learn more, visit go.ted.com/millionyearcave

Photo by @shonephoto


Do you think it’s possible to define and measure how wise you are? Psychiatrist Dilip Jeste is trying to figure that out. We currently don’t have a scientific classification of wisdom, so Dilip is exploring ways in which we can quantify it and ultimately increase the trait within ourselves. Who wouldn’t want that? So far he has found that wisdom seems to be associated with happiness, but he’s currently working on studies that measure how increasing your wiseness affects your overall wellbeing. To see some of the questions Dilip asks to determine how wise a person is, visit go.ted.com/wisdomstudy

Illustration/GIF by @thokamaer


This tiny camera is used to film human rights violations in the world’s most dangerous places. Wearing these cameras is life-threatening, but ordinary people are brave enough to do it because it's often the only way to expose injustice. Activist Oren Yakobovich was inspired to arm people with cameras after his experience as an officer in the Israeli military. He witnessed abuses against Palestinians in the West Bank, and it gave him a new perspective on the conflict. This sparked a deep commitment to uncovering, verifying, and publicizing injustice — all made possible because of these tiny cameras. “Today, there is a new front in the fight for human rights," Oren says. "I used to carry a big gun. Now, I am carrying this.” Learn more at go.ted.com/tinycamera

Photo by @duncandavidson


Have you ever worked with a narcissist? What about a humble narcissist? Yes, that combo does exist! It’s actually the collection of traits that some of the best leaders have in common. “Narcissists believe they’re special and superior; humble leaders know they’re fallible and flawed,” says organizational psychologist Adam Grant. “Humble narcissists bring the best of both worlds: they have bold visions, but they’re also willing to acknowledge their weaknesses and learn from their mistakes.” Humility — remembering that, at the end of the day, we’re all human — is the hidden ingredient in successful leaders and organizations. To learn more about why it matters so much, visit go.ted.com/humblenarcissism
and listen to episode two of WorkLife with Adam Grant at go.ted.com/humblestars
Illustration by @salmi_anna


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