Why bother leaving the house? | Ben Saunders

https://download.ted.com/talks/BenSaunders_2012S-480p.mp4?apikey=172BB350-0008Explorer Ben Saunders wants you to go outside! Not because it’s always pleasant and happy, but because that’s where the meat of life is, “the juice that we can suck out of our hours and days.” Saunders’ next outdoor excursion? To try to be the first in the world to walk from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back again.

A broken body isn’t a broken person | Janine Shepherd

https://download.ted.com/talks/JanineShepherd_2012X-480p.mp4?apikey=172BB350-0008Cross-country skier Janine Shepherd hoped for an Olympic medal — until she was hit by a truck during a training bike ride. She shares a powerful story about the human potential for recovery. Her message: you are not your body, and giving up old dreams can allow new ones to soar.

How to “sketch” with electronics | Leah Buechley

https://download.ted.com/talks/LeahBuechley_2011Y-480p.mp4?apikey=172BB350-0008Designing electronics is generally cumbersome and expensive — or was, until Leah Buechley and her team at MIT developed tools to treat electronics just like paper and pen. In this talk from TEDYouth 2011, Buechley shows some of her charming designs, like a paper piano you can sketch and then play.

Love letters to strangers | Hannah Brencher

https://download.ted.com/talks/HannahBrencher_2012S-480p.mp4?apikey=172BB350-0008Hannah Brencher’s mother always wrote her letters. So when she felt herself bottom into depression after college, she did what felt natural — she wrote love letters and left them for strangers to find. The act has become a global initiative, The World Needs More Love Letters, which rushes handwritten letters to those in need of a boost.

A cyber-magic card trick like no other | Marco Tempest

https://download.ted.com/talks/MarcoTempest_2012G-480p.mp4?apikey=172BB350-0008The suits, numbers and colors in a deck of cards correspond to the seasons, moon cycles and calendar. Marco Tempest straps on augmented reality goggles and does a card trick like you’ve never seen before, weaving a lyrical tale as he deals. (This version fixes a glitch in the original performance, but is otherwise exactly as seen live by the TEDGlobal audience, including the dazzling augmented reality effects.)

Science is for everyone, kids included | Beau Lotto + Amy O’Toole

https://download.ted.com/talks/BeauLotto_2012G-480p.mp4?apikey=172BB350-0008What do science and play have in common? Neuroscientist Beau Lotto thinks all people (kids included) should participate in science and, through the process of discovery, change perceptions. He’s seconded by 12-year-old Amy O’Toole, who, along with 25 of her classmates, published the first peer-reviewed article by schoolchildren, about the Blackawton bees project. It starts: “Once upon a time … “