A flirtatious aria Danielle de Niese on TED.com

Can opera be ever-so-slightly sexy? The glorious soprano Danielle de Niese shows how, singing the flirty “Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiss.” Which, translated, means, as you might guess: “I kiss so hot.” From Giuditta by Frans Lehár; accompanist: Ingrid Surgenor. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2011, July 2011, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Duration: 5:55.) [ted id=1235] Watch … Read more

A US lecture tour for Thomas Dolby and the Floating City

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEqJeua-_1M] TED’s musical director, Thomas Dolby, will be touring the United States in October, talking about his online game, The Floating City, and playing songs from his new album live. Here’s where you can catch him: Washington, DC, The Loft: Oct. 3. New York City, Tribeca: Oct. 5. Chicago, Martyr’s: Oct. 7. Seattle, The Triple … Read more

Naif AlMutawa and his 99 superheroes fight on

At TEDGlobal 2010 Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa introduced us to THE 99, a comic book and animated series featuring a team of 99 young superheroes inspired by the 99 attributes of Allah. These young characters are the world’s first superheroes based on Islamic culture. Earlier this year at TEDGlobal Al-Mutawa discussed the criticisms he received for … Read more

The augmented reality of technomagic Marco Tempest on TED.com

Using sleight-of-hand techniques and charming storytelling, techno-illusionist Marco Tempest brings a jaunty stick figure to life onstage at TEDGlobal. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2011, July 2011, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Duration: 5:45.) [ted id=1262] Watch Marco Tempest’s talk on TED.com, where you can download it, rate it, comment on it and find other talks and performances from … Read more

Science versus wonder? Robin Ince on TED.com

Does science ruin the magic of life? In this grumpy but charming monologue, Robin Ince makes the argument against. The more we learn about the astonishing behavior of the universe — the more we stand in awe. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2011, July 2011, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Duration: 8:38.) [ted id=1276] Watch Robin Ince’s talk on TED.com, … Read more

There are no mistakes on the bandstand Stefon Harris on TED.com

What is a mistake? By talking through examples with his improvisational Jazz quartet, Stefon Harris walks us to a profound truth: many actions are perceived as mistakes only because we don’t react to them appropriately. (Recorded at TEDSalon NY 2011, November 2011, in New York, New York. Duration: 13:11) [ted id=1298] Watch Stefon Harris’s talk on TED.com, … Read more

The beautiful math behind the ugliest music Scott Rickard on TED.com

Scott Rickard set out to engineer the ugliest possible piece of music, devoid of any pattern, using a mathematical concept known as the Golomb ruler. At TEDxMIA, he shares the math behind musical beauty (and its opposite). (Recorded at TEDxMIA, September 2011, in Miami Beach, Florida. Duration: 9:46) [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RENk9PK06AQ] Watch Scott Rickard’s talk on TED.com, … Read more

TED Fellow wins an Oscar!

Congratulations to Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, who won an Oscar this evening for her short documentary Saving Face. Obaid-Chinoy accepted the award with co-director Daniel Junge. She may be the first person from Pakistan to win an Oscar — and she’s definitely the first of our TED Fellows to take home an Academy Award. Watch the powerful … Read more

Meet the TED2012 House Band

Less than 24 hours before TED and just a few miles away in sunny Beverly Hills, the TED2012 house band gathers for its third day of rehearsal. It’s a very cool group of dudes, jamming away in the hidden, but fascinating Gibson Showcase Theater, where guitars of the one-of-a-kind variety dangle from the walls, threatening … Read more