Watch how a paralyzed man can use a quadrotor drone to fly

It's all drones all week at TED, with experts asking if these things will save us or destroy us. But as shown in this remarkable talk delivered teleremotely by quadriplegic Henry Evens, they have the potential to expand the worlds of bedridden people by giving them the sense of flight. » 11/20/13 12:59pm 11/20/13 12:59pm

The incredible story of how scientists finally found a giant squid

Edith Widder was one of the marine biologists who, last year, successfully filmed a giant squid living in its natural habitat. In this captivating TED Talk, Widder recounts details of the expedition (all 400+ hours of it), squid summits, and optical luring — a key insight that made it possible to film this deep-sea… » 3/05/13 2:20pm 3/05/13 2:20pm

A Skylab astronaut remembers his NASA career in animated form

Retired astronaut Jerry Carr was commander of Skylab 4 from November 1973 to February 1974 and logged more than 2,000 hours in space. In a recent TED Lesson, Carr shared his experience as a NASA astronaut, from training up until he was assigned to Skylab. It touches on the parts of astronaut life that don't happen in… » 2/02/13 5:00pm 2/02/13 5:00pm

Biggest Box Office Hits and Misses of Summer 2012

This was another brutal summer, where movie titans did battle. And now that it's over, some films stand tall and victorious, while others lay dead in the killing fields. Back at the start of the summer, we asked you which movies would be a sleeper hit, and which movies would be a surprise flop. Now it's time to find… » 8/13/12 12:13pm 8/13/12 12:13pm

Ted is basically a 106-minute Family Guy episode

Anyone who's seen an episode of modern Family Guy — discount the halcyon seasons of 1999-2002, when nobody watched it — is immediately familiar with the cartoon's formula. That is, nostalgia-fueled pop culture gags paired with smash cuts plus a sincere yearning for Golden Age of American animation coupled with a few… » 6/29/12 10:15am 6/29/12 10:15am

Top 10 Most Traumatizing Movies About Toys

Today sees the release of Ted, the movie about a teddy bear who grows up and gets foul-mouthed along with his owner — and we're pretty sure anyone who still loves stuffed animals will be scarred emotionally. But no matter what, Ted can't be one of the most soul-wrenching toy movies — because so many other toy movies… » 6/29/12 10:00am 6/29/12 10:00am

If this video doesn't make your heart swell, there's a decent chance you …

Here comes your daily dose of optimism. Filmmaker Michael Marantz has just released The Future is Ours, a rousing two-minute tribute to the people and companies pushing humanity forward. Full screen, HD, headphones if you've got 'em. Fair warning: this will, at a minimum, give you chills — but don't be surprised if… » 6/26/12 11:20am 6/26/12 11:20am

4 clips from Ted shows what happens when your Teddy Bear grows up and…

We're hesitant about Seth MacFarlane and Mark Wahlberg's strange comedy Ted, mostly because the bear (voiced by MacFarlane) is basically his Family Guy character Peter Griffin with fur. Then again, some of the jokes are pretty funny. Watch these four clips, and let us know what you think: adorable magical story about… » 6/18/12 10:40am 6/18/12 10:40am

High-res Ted photos show you how to party like a teddy bear

Looks as though the magically animated teddy bear gets his party on, big time, in Seth MacFarlane's Ted, judging from a dozen high-res photos that just came out. There is something about the sight of a teddy bear in a suit, or a teddy bear on a couch with four hot babes, that leaves you thinking this could have some… » 6/15/12 5:30pm 6/15/12 5:30pm

Which Underdog Movie Could Be This Summer's Sleeper Hit?

Every summer, there's at least one smaller movie that breaks out of the pack. A film that's not based on a huge comic book or toy franchise, with a budget under $100 million. Even though summer is supposed to belong to the big superhero and toy movies, there's always at least one upstart that surprises everybody. A » 5/04/12 1:40pm 5/04/12 1:40pm

TED launches a groundbreaking online education initiative

Last month, the folks at TED announced their new education initiative. They call it "TED-Ed," and it's part of a brand new platform designed to "capture and amplify the voice of the world's greatest teachers" in the form of short, sharp, animated videos. On Wednesday, TED-Ed took a big step forward by unveiling the Beta… » 4/28/12 12:30pm 4/28/12 12:30pm

33 Science Fiction and Fantasy Movies that Could Rock Your Summer

This year's summer movies just won't let up. There's Joss Whedon's Avengers, Chris Nolan's third Batman film, and Ridley Scott's long-awaited return to space horror. Plus maybe a dozen other movies that look like they could be totally fantastic. Here's our complete list of 32 movies coming out between now and September … » 4/23/12 2:13pm 4/23/12 2:13pm