Weekend OVW Picks: TED

This year’s TED talks are beginning to come online and talks from the past few years continue to be added every week. So next time you have about 18 minutes, check out some of our picks below, or the whole library here.

Above: Craig Venter is creating synthetic life which carries with it the “modest goals of replacing the whole petrochemical industry.” Fourth generation fuels will be able to generate energy from CO2, the question is only how to manufacture them at scale. Also see TreeHugger’s more in depth post. h/t.

Above: Ray Gould of Harvard and Curtis Wong of Microsoft demo the WorldWide Telescope.

Above: Howard Rheingold on Way-New Communication and the common design traits of successful cooperative agreements.