Monthly Archives: July 2013

Further reading and citations on global corruption’s hidden leaders

Originally posted on TED Blog:
At TEDGlobal 2013, Chris Anderson asks Charmian Gooch about her work exposing corruption. Below, find her talk footnoted, so that you can read more on each case she references. Photo: James Duncan Davidson Charmian Gooch, co-founder of anti-corruption NGO Global Witness, tracks money to expose deep-rooted global corruption. In yesterday’s…

The high schooler who invented a promising test for pancreatic cancer: A Q&A with ‘teenage optimist’ Jack Andraka

Originally posted on TED Blog:
Jack Andraka is not your typical teenager. The high schooler spends his free time in the science lab concocting better, cheaper ways to spot disease. One such project — a test for the early detection of pancreatic cancer — won Andraka first place in the 2012 Intel International Science and…

Talks to watch for World Population Day

Originally posted on TED Blog:
Hans Rosling gives one of his patented talks on world population statistics at TED2009. Photo: Asa Mathat Today, July 11, is World Population Day. Established by the Governing Council of the United Nation Development Program in 1989, to commemorate the day global population reached five billion two years earlier, World…

A spoonful of sugar: Reflections on being a wedding officiant and a sexuality educator

Originally posted on TED Blog:
Sex educator Al Vernacchio spends his weekends officiating weddings. Photo: courtesy of Vernacchio Editor’s note: In today’s talk, Al Vernacchio offers a new metaphor for thinking about sex — ordering a pizza. Outside of his Philadelphia-area classroom, where he works as a sexuality educator for high-school students, Vernacchio also serves as…

Beyond where babies come from: Talks for asking tough questions about sex

Originally posted on TED Blog:
Sex educator Al Vernacchio gives us a new analogy for sex — ordering a pizza. Photo: James Duncan Davidson [ted_talkteaser id=1761]Today’s talk, which posits a fascinating metaphor for sex beyond baseball, comes from a passionate and dedicated sexuality educator. Al Vernacchio teaches his students that it’s not just getting the…

Trash TV Trickery: 8 Reasons Why Kirk & Rasheeda’s Fawkery-Filled Storyline Is FAKE

Originally posted on Bossip:
Kirk and Rasheeda evolved from Love & Hip-Hop’s “happily-married couple straight off a Black Love poster” to “deeply-dysfunctional disaster with a fawkery-filled storyline.” But why? To stay on the show because they were too boring for Trash TV and needed the checks? Welllllll, yea, and for those in denial, we compiled…

Pacific Rim: Guillermo Del Toro’s Vision Gives Us More To See

Originally posted on The Password is Swordfish:
It’s not about having a cool idea. Despite what your inner child might scream at you, a movie is not automatically terrific just because it has building-sized monsters fighting building-sized robots. If a cool idea was all it took, Cowboys vs. Aliens would’ve been one hell of a…