From Curiosity To Discovery : TED Radio Hour Why do some people spend years trying to answer a single question, or even risk their lives to discover something new? In this hour, TED speakers explore how curiosity leads to unexpected places.

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Life's biggest questions, explored.

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From Curiosity To Discovery

Why do some people spend years trying to answer a single question, or even risk their lives to discover something new? In this hour, TED speakers explore how curiosity leads to unexpected places.

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Why Did A Hollywood Film Director Journey To The Bottom Of The Ocean?

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How Do You Build A Toaster ... From Scratch?

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Wendy Chung shares her discoveries about autism on the TED stage. James Duncan Davidson/TED/Courtesy of TED hide caption

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Could Genetics Hold The Answer To Curing Autism?

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Adam Savage talks on the TED stage about where curiosity has led him. James Duncan Davidson/TED/Courtesy of TED hide caption

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How Do Simple Questions Lead To Big Discoveries?

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Are Microbes The Next Frontier?

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How Far Can Curiosity Take You?

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TED Radio HourTED Radio Hour

Life's biggest questions, explored.