Learning Points from Jack Andraka’s TED Talk on “A Promising Test for Pancreatic Cancer…from A Teenager”

A valiant effort from your run-of-the-mill teenager, Jack Andraka, who was spurred on to find better, cheaper and faster means of detecting pancreatic cancer following the death of an uncle-like figure. https://www.ted.com/talks/jack_andraka_a_promising_test_for_pancreatic_cancer_from_a_teenager Using antibodies which react with mesothelin infused onto a carbon nanotube, it is hypothesized that the reaction with the antibodies will change the… Continue reading Learning Points from Jack Andraka’s TED Talk on “A Promising Test for Pancreatic Cancer…from A Teenager”

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Learning Points from Sal Khan’s TED Talk on “Let’s Use Video to Reinvent Education”

Could this be the way forward for education? The education concept sounds similar to one of those proposed by Ricardo Semler which I reviewed earlier this year. https://www.ted.com/talks/salman_khan_let_s_use_video_to_reinvent_education This free online classroom is already a reality, so in essence anyone with assess to an internet connection can really educate themselves (reasonably well I assume) to do well in… Continue reading Learning Points from Sal Khan’s TED Talk on “Let’s Use Video to Reinvent Education”

Learning Points from Paul Stamets’s TED Talk on “6 Ways Mushrooms Can Save the World”

Can the food many of us love, the mushroom, be so miraculous so as to save the world? To be accurate, not just the mushroom, but the fungi family. Read on to find out more about this amazing organism. https://www.ted.com/talks/paul_stamets_on_6_ways_mushrooms_can_save_the_world 1. Mushroom mycelium breaks down hydrocarbons and in the process, create fungal sugars which eventually… Continue reading Learning Points from Paul Stamets’s TED Talk on “6 Ways Mushrooms Can Save the World”

Learning Points from Oliver Sacks’s TED Talk on “What Hallucination Reveals About Our Minds”

An interesting sharing by neurologist Oliver Sacks on the Charles Bonnet syndrome, where visually impaired people experience visual hallucinations. What is the meaning behind these hallucinations and what causes them? https://www.ted.com/talks/oliver_sacks_what_hallucination_reveals_about_our_minds So these Charles Bonnet syndrome hallucinations come about not because the subject is deranged or mad, but because they once had vision, but have… Continue reading Learning Points from Oliver Sacks’s TED Talk on “What Hallucination Reveals About Our Minds”

Learning Points from Scott Galloway’s TED Talk on “How Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google Manipulate Our Emotions”

How powerful are Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google? Very, it seems, going by what Scott Galloway says. In this rant, he shares about how the quest for profits have marginalised almost everything else. https://www.ted.com/talks/scott_galloway_how_amazon_apple_facebook_and_google_manipulate_our_emotions 1. Google is the equivalent of God. We trust Google more than any other entity in the history of the world.… Continue reading Learning Points from Scott Galloway’s TED Talk on “How Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google Manipulate Our Emotions”