Inspiration

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?" This is his answer.

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 documentary mini-series.

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, clean hydrogen fuels and record-breaking solar cells.


Computation

Inventing on Principle - Bret Victor invents tools that enable people to understand and create. He has designed experimental UI concepts at Apple, interactive data graphics for Al Gore, and musical instruments at Alesis.

A New Kind of Science - Noted scientist Stephen Wolfram shares his perspective of how the unexpected results of simple computer experiments have forced him to consider a whole new way of looking at processes in our universe.

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 created within a supercomputer, and each creature is tested for their ability to perform a given task, such the ability to swim in a simulated water environment.


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 rainforest in Borneo, saving local orangutans and creating a blueprint for restoring fragile ecosystems.


PHYSICS

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