How does your body know what time it is? - Marco A. Sotomayor
How does your body know what time it is? - Marco A. Sotomayor
How does your body know what time it is? - Marco A. Sotomayor
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View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-does-your-body-know-what-time-it-is-marco-a-sotomayor

Being able to sense time helps us do everything from waking and sleeping to knowing precisely when to catch a ball that’s hurtling towards us. And we owe all these abilities to an interconnected system of timekeepers in our brains. But how do they work? Marco A. Sotomayor details how human bodies naturally tell time.

Lesson by Marco A. Sotomayor, animation by TOGETHER.

The surprising reason you feel awful when you're sick - Marco A. Sotomayor

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-surprising-reason-you-feel-awful-when-you-re-sick-marco-a-sotomayor It starts with a tickle in your throat that becomes a cough. Your muscles begin to ache, you grow irritable, and you lose your appetite. It’s official: you’ve got the flu. It’s logical to assume that this miserable medley of symptoms is the result of the infection coursing through your body — but is that really the case? Marco A. Sotomayor explains what’s actually making you feel sick. Lesson by Marco A. Sotomayor, animation by Henrik Malmgren.

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How does your body know you're full? - Hilary Coller

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The neuroscience of imagination - Andrey Vyshedskiy

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-neuroscience-of-imagination-andrey-vyshedskiy Imagine, for a second, a duck teaching a French class. A ping-pong match in orbit around a black hole. A dolphin balancing a pineapple. You probably haven’t actually seen any of these things. But you could imagine them instantly. How does your brain produce an image of something you’ve never seen? Andrey Vyshedskiy details the neuroscience of imagination. Lesson by Andrey Vyshedskiy, animation by Tomás Pichardo-Espaillat.

Why do cats act so weird? - Tony Buffington

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The psychology behind irrational decisions - Sara Garofalo

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How do glasses help us see? - Andrew Bastawrous and Clare Gilbert

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-do-glasses-help-us-see-andrew-bastawrous-and-clare-gilbert Today, glasses help millions of people with poor vision be able to see clearly. But how? Andrew Bastawrous and Clare Gilbert help unravel the answer by explaining refraction — the ability of a transparent medium, like glass, water, or the eye, to change the direction of light passing through it. Lesson by Andrew Bastawrous and Clare Gilbert, animation by Andrew Foerster.

What would happen if you didn’t sleep? - Claudia Aguirre

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What would happen if you didn’t drink water? - Mia Nacamulli

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The benefits of a bilingual brain - Mia Nacamulli

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Why do our bodies age? - Monica Menesini

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What happens during a heart attack? - Krishna Sudhir

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One of the most difficult words to translate... - Krystian Aparta

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Why is Vermeer's "Girl with the Pearl Earring" considered a masterpiece? - James Earle

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