The Most Astounding Fact - Astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson was asked by a reader of TIME magazine, "What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the Universe?"

We Stopped Dreaming - An expert unpacking of the death of the space age, and passionate call to arms. Here again, Dr. Tyson nails it! Definitely check out his remake of Carl Sagan's Cosmos.

Restorative Design - At TEDSalon in London, Michael Pawlyn uses bio-mimicry to transform architecture and society with radical efficiency & closed loops.

Virus Built Batteries -Angela Belcher programs viruses by selecting for high-performing genes. She's produced viruses that can construct powerful new batteries and record-breaking solar cells.


Inventing on Principle - Bret Victor invents tools that enable people to understand and create. He's designed experimental UI concepts at Apple and interactive data graphics with Al Gore, need I say mo

A New Kind of Science - Noted computer scientist Stephen Wolfram shares his unexpected results of simple computer experiments that give a new way of looking at complexity.

The Future of Programming - "The most dangerous thought you can have as a creative person is to think you know what you're doing." Bret Victor presents at DBX 2013.

Karl Sim's Evolved Creatures - Simulated Darwinian evolutions of virtual block creatures. A population of several hundred creatures is evolved within a supercomputer and they're quite fun to watch!

World Impact

Not Enough Doctors - Journalist Gail Reed profiles a solution: Havana’s Latin American Medical School, which trains global physicians to serve the local communities that need them most.

To Rebuild a Rain Forrest - A complex ecological puzzle, biologist Willie Smits believes he has found a way to re-grow clearcut rainforests in Borneo and save orangutans too.


Lie Group Cosmology - Physicist and surfer Garrett Lisi presents a beautiful model of elementary particles and forces based on E8.