Ray Zahab: My trek to the South Pole
Aug16

Ray Zahab: My trek to the South Pole

In January 2009, Ray Zahab broke the record for fastest unsupported trek across Antarctica, to raise awareness and money for kids’ environmental education. In 2006, he ran across the Sahara to raise awareness of water shortages. Listening Watch the TED talk, listen carefully and answer the questions below:   Comprehension Questions   How many days did it take them to trek to the South pole?   How many days did...

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Joe Landolina: This gel can make you stop bleeding instantly
Aug13

Joe Landolina: This gel can make you stop bleeding instantly

Forget stitches — there’s a better way to close wounds. In this talk, TED Fellow Joe Landolina talks about his invention — a medical gel that can instantly stop traumatic bleeding without the need to apply pressure. Listening Watch the TED talk, listen carefully and answer the questions below:   Comprehension Questions   What does he want you to imagine?   How many years has he been working on...

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Angela Lee Duckworth: Grit: The power of passion and perseverance
Aug08

Angela Lee Duckworth: Grit: The power of passion and perseverance

Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success. Listening Watch the TED talk, listen carefully and answer the questions below:   Comprehension...

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Graham Hill: Less stuff, more happiness
Aug02

Graham Hill: Less stuff, more happiness

Writer and designer Graham Hill asks: Can having less stuff, in less room, lead to more happiness? He makes the case for taking up less space, and lays out three rules for editing your life. Listening Watch the TED talk, listen carefully and answer the questions below:   Comprehension Questions   What has happened to our happiness levels in the last 50 years?   What does less stuff and less space equal?   What was...

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Sebastian Thrun: Google’s driverless car
Jul28

Sebastian Thrun: Google’s driverless car

Sebastian Thrun helped build Google’s amazing driverless car, powered by a very personal quest to save lives and reduce traffic accidents. Jawdropping video shows the DARPA Challenge-winning car motoring through busy city traffic with no one behind the wheel, and dramatic test drive footage from TED2011 demonstrates how fast the thing can really go. Listening Watch the TED talk, listen carefully and answer the questions below:...

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