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Why We Think Ignorance Is Bliss, Even When It Hurts Our Health

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As Millions Of People Fast For Ramadan, Does The Economy Suffer?

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Clear and clean, bubble wrap is well-suited to serve as an array of tiny test tubes. Here a dye solution is injected into the bubbles to measure the hemoglobin concentration in blood. American Chemical Society hide caption

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"Success motivates us, but a near-win can propel us in an ongoing quest" — Sarah Lewis James Duncan Davidson/TED hide caption

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How Do Our Near-Wins Motivate Us To Keep Going?

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"It's fulfilling to me to find out what those limitations are, or to blow through the limitations that you thought you had" — Amy Purdy Courtesy of TED hide caption

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How Do We Use Our Challenges To Live Beyond Limits?

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"The Olympic motto is 'Citius, Altius, Fortius.' Faster, higher, stronger. And athletes have fulfilled that motto rapidly" — David Epstein James Duncan Davidson/TED hide caption

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Are Athletes Really Getting Faster, Better, Stronger?

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"When I stand on that shore, the main thing is, I want that destination, I want it" — Diana Nyad Marla Aufmuth/TED hide caption

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What Does It Take To Dive Into Dangerous Waters?

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The solar panels of the International Space Station (ISS) are just one example of the many kinds of fragile scientific instruments that require inventive packing and deployment tricks. NASA hide caption

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To Make A Spacecraft That Folds And Unfolds, Try Origami

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NPR Listeners Show A Keen Ear For Temperature

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What Does Cold Sound Like? See If Your Ear Can Tell Temperature

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