TED 2007: Icons, Geniuses, Mavericks
Over the past week, the official TED Blog has provided great coverage of the goings-on at TED 2007 in California, which this year has the tagline of "Icons. Geniuses. Mavericks." The event has already received a torrent of publicity, from the likes of CBS News, Business Week and the New York Times, which are positioning the event as the U.S. equivalent of Davos. The event is also being covered by a team of about 10-15 bloggers, including Diego Rodriguez of Metacool, giving TED 2007 a distinctive online voice as well. Anyway, be sure to check out the snippets from a great list of more than 50 speakers, including Philippe Starck, physics Nobel prize winner Murray Gell-Mann, venture capitalist John Doerr, entrepreneur Richard Branson, former U.S. President Bill Clinton and former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold.
[image: The crowd at TED 2007]
How a cataclysm worse than what killed the dinosaurs destroyed 90 percent of all life on Earth.
While the demise of the dinosaurs gets more attention as far as mass extinctions go, an even more disastrous event called "the Great Dying” or the “End-Permian Extinction” happened on Earth prior to that. Now scientists discovered how this cataclysm, which took place about 250 million years ago, managed to kill off more than 90 percent of all life on the planet.
A new study discovers the “liking gap” — the difference between how we view others we’re meeting for the first time, and the way we think they’re seeing us.
We tend to be defensive socially. When we meet new people, we’re often concerned with how we’re coming off. Our anxiety causes us to be so concerned with the impression we’re creating that we fail to notice that the same is true of the other person as well. A new study led by Erica J. Boothby, published on September 5 in Psychological Science, reveals how people tend to like us more in first encounters than we’d ever suspect.
Using advanced laser technology, scientists at NASA will track global changes in ice with greater accuracy.
Leaving from Vandenberg Air Force base in California this coming Saturday, at 8:46 a.m. ET, the Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite-2 — or, the "ICESat-2" — is perched atop a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, and when it assumes its orbit, it will study ice layers at Earth's poles, using its only payload, the Advance Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS).
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