This episode: ideas about why the search might be more important than what you find. iStockphoto hide caption

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In Search Of

How far would you go to find something that's just out of reach, or maybe not even real? In this hour, TED speakers tell stories about searching for elusive sea creatures and distant aliens.

Will we find signals from intelligent life in the next few decades? SETI astronomer Seth Shostak says yes. Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech hide caption

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Why Should We Search For ET?
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Kraken Glide

The elusive Kraken wasn't seen in its natural habitat until Dr. Edith Widder came up with some innovative technology. Kraken Attack by Ben Wooten/Used with permission of Paizo Publishing hide caption

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What Did It Take To Find The Giant Squid?
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Chef Dan Barber explains how he went on a journey to find the perfect fish. James Duncan Davidson/Courtesy of TED hide caption

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Can Organic Farming Make Perfect Fish?
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John Hodgman explains what searching for aliens and love have in common. Andrew Heavens/Courtesy of TED hide caption

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Finding Love ... And Aliens?
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