July 12, 2013 If mosquitoes used Yelp, they might look for their next meal by searching nearby for a heavy-breathing human with Type O blood, sporting a red shirt and more than a smattering of skin bacteria. Preferably either pregnant, or holding a beer.
July 12, 2013 Look where you like through the 13,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 pounds of our planet, and you will find only one ounce of it. It's really, really, really rare. Possibly the rarest thing in the universe.
July 12, 2013 The biggest loser from this year's heavy rains in the Midwest is the land itself. An environmental group says 50 townships in Iowa have lost more than 5 tons of topsoil per acre, "more than what is tolerable over an entire year."
July 12, 2013 "The world has over a trillion hours a year of free time to commit to shared projects," says professor Clay Shirky. But what motivates dozens, thousands, even millions of people to come together on the Internet and commit their time to a project for free? What is the key to making a successful collaboration work? In this hour, TED speakers unravel ideas behind the mystery of mass collaborations that build a better world.
July 12, 2013 Diplomats from 24 nations and the European Union are meeting in Germany next week to discuss creating a nature preserve that could be larger than three times the size of Texas. Stretches of water around Antarctica are relatively pristine and home to thriving ecosystems.
July 11, 2013 Doctors are supposed to engage patients in shared decision-making over complex choices like whether or not to get tested for prostate cancer. But most doctors don't do that, a survey finds. And efforts to train doctors to do a better job haven't been all that successful.
July 11, 2013 Farmers give antibiotics routinely to pigs, beef cattle and poultry. They say the drugs help keep animals healthy and get them to market faster. Others say this practice practically guarantees that bacteria will develop resistance to these antibiotics more quickly, endangering human lives and the long-term viability of the drugs.