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When did slavery actually end in the United States? - Karlos K. Hill and Soraya Field Fiorio

Get to know the history of Juneteenth, a commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States after the Civil War. -- At the end of the Civil War, though slavery was technically illegal in all states, it still persisted in the last bastions of the Confederacy. This was the case when Union General Gordon Granger marched his troops into Galveston,...

Ethical dilemma: Should we get rid of mosquitoes? - Talya Hackett

Explore how the technology of gene drives could lead to the eradication of mosquitoes and what that could mean for our ecosystems. -- Mosquitoes are responsible for more human deaths every year than any other animal, but very few of the 3,500 mosquito species actually transmit deadly diseases to humans. Scientists have been conducting experiments...

Would you take the road less traveled? #shorts

An excerpt of our animated interpretation of Robert Frost's poem "The Road Not Taken" This animation is part of our series, "There's a Poem for That," which features animated interpretations of poems both old and new that give language to some of life's biggest feelings. Check out the full series here: http://bit.ly/TEDEdTheresAPoemForThat #shorts

Can you steal the most powerful wand in the wizarding world? - Dan Finkel

Practice more problem-solving at https://brilliant.org/TedEd -- The fabled Mirzakhani wand is the most powerful magical item ever created. And that’s why the evil wizard Moldevort is planning to use it to conquer the world. You and Drumbledrore have finally discovered its hiding place in a cave, but the wand is hidden by a system of 100 magical...

How to deal with rejection

Dig into the psychology of why rejection causes us pain, and explore strategies to cope with this common experience. -- Rejection hurts. It’s incredibly painful to feel like you’re not wanted — and we do mean painful. Researchers found that we relate rejection to being “hurt,” using terms like “crushed” or “broken-hearted.” So, why does rejection...

Sneak peek at the making of a TED-Ed animation #shorts

Take a look behind the scenes of our new video, "Why do you want to squeeze cute things?", animated by Oksana Kurmaz! Here's how the storyboard images compare to the final animation's scenes. #shorts #animation #behindthescenes

When are you actually an adult? - Shannon Odell

Explore how scientists define adulthood, and find out if there’s a specific age at which we reach maturity. -- Most countries recognize 18 as the start of adulthood by granting various freedoms and privileges. Yet there’s no exact age or moment in development that we can point to as having reached full maturity. If there’s no consensus on exactly...

Mao Zedong's infamous mango cult - Vivian Jiang

Dig into the era of China’s Cultural Revolution, and how communist leader Mao Zedong used mangoes as a propaganda tool. -- In August 1968, factory workers overheard news of a mandatory meeting. Whispered rumors described shipments of a gift from the country’s Communist leader, Chairman Mao Zedong. And sure enough, managers soon distributed a gift...

We’ve just launched *five* new channels! #shorts

Check out TED-Ed's new channels in German, Japanese, Mandarin, Hindi and Spanish! #shorts German: https://bit.ly/TEDEdGermanYTS Hindi: https://bit.ly/TEDEdHindiYTS Japanese: https://bit.ly/TEDEdJapaneseYTS Mandarin: https://bit.ly/TEDEdMandarinYTS Spanish: https://bit.ly/TEDEdSpanishYTS

The bizarre world of parasitic wasps - Miles Zhang

Explore the gruesome evolutionary strategy employed by parasitoid wasps where they feed off other animals to grow their offspring. -- A cockroach and jewel wasp are locked in battle. The wasp latches onto the cockroach and inserts her stinger into the cockroach's brain, where her venom blocks its fight-or-flight response. Now, the cockroach is...

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