Smart phones contain a silicon chip inside the camera that might be used to detect rare, high energy particles from outer space. J. Yang/Courtesy of WIPAC hide caption

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Game designer Jane McGonigal says we need to harness the beneficial aspects of video games. James Duncan Davidson/Courtesy of TED hide caption

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Primatologist Isabel Behncke Izquierdo says play helps to foster creativity, trust, and cooperation. James Duncan Davidson/Courtesy of TED hide caption

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Planet: bottom of a glass containing half and half, water, food coloring. Moons: bottom of a glass containing coconut milk, water, food coloring. Stars: salt, cinnamon, baking powder, Tums. Navid Baraty hide caption

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Eating at your desk day after day? Research suggests "staying inside, in the same location, is really detrimental to creative thinking," says management professor Kimberly Elsbach. 145/Tom Grill/Ocean/Corbis hide caption

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"Although we human adults are really good at understanding other minds, we weren't always that way." - Rebecca Saxe James Duncan Davidson/TED hide caption

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"Once I awoke...I could not walk, talk, read, write; I could not recall any of the details of my life. Jill Bolte-Taylor died that day." - Jill Bolte-Taylor Andrew Heavens/TED hide caption

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"Human cognitive science and cognitive neuroscience are starting to give us an answer to...who we are as thinkers." - Nancy Kanwisher James Duncan Davidson/TED hide caption

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"Understanding consciousness is a real key, I think, both to understanding the universe and to understanding ourselves." - David Chalmers James Duncan Davidson/TED hide caption

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A slice of pork belly, with a thick layer of fat. "If we confirm that fat is a basic taste quality, it's the equivalent of saying chartreuse is a primary color," Richard Mattes of Purdue University says. "It changes our basic understanding of what taste is." Xiao He/Flickr hide caption

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Robert Davies (standing) and the quartet during a performance of "The Crossroads Project." Musicians include (left to right) Robert Waters, Rebecca McFaul, Anne Francis Bayless and Bradley Ottesen. Andrew McCallister /Courtesy of The Crossroads Project hide caption

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