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7 Spooky(ish) Scary(ish) TED-Ed Lessons to Wat…

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Vampires: Folklore, fantasy and fact – Michael Molina

Animation by The Moving Company Animation Studio

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Beware of nominalizations (AKA zombie nouns) – Helen Sword

Animation by Bran Dougherty-Johnson

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The terrors of sleep paralysis – Ami Angelowicz

Animation by Pew36 Animation Studios

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Diagnosing a zombie: Brain and behavior – Tim Verstynen & Bradley Voytek

Animation by TED-Ed

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The science of stage fright (and how to overcome it) – Mikael Cho

Animation by KAPWA Studioworks

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The brilliance of bioluminescence – Leslie Kenna

Animation by Cinematic Sweden

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How do you decide where to go in a zombie apocalypse? – David Hunter

Animation by @provinciastudio

Happy Halloween! <3 TED-Ed 

Pre-game for Halloween with some Spoooooooky TED-Ed Lessons!

Why Do Cats Do That? (Vol.4)

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Happy #Caturday Tumblr! For the next several Saturdays, we’ll be trying to help you understand what’s up with your house cat.

In the wild, cats needed sharp claws for climbing, hunting and self-defense.  

Sharpening their claws on nearby surfaces kept them conditioned and ready, helped stretch their back and leg muscles, and relieved some stress too.  

So, it’s not that your house cat hates your couch, chair, ottoman, pillows, curtains and everything thing else you put in her environment. She’s ripping these things to shreds and keeping her claws in tip top shape because this is exactly what her ancestors did in order to survive.

Curious about cats? Check in with us every Saturday for some more #catfacts!

From the TED-Ed Lesson Why do cats act so weird? – Tony Buffington

Animation by Chintis Lundgren

It’s Cat Day, Tumblr! Wanna play ‘Why’s my cat so weird??’ with us?

From the TED-Ed Lesson Why do cats act so weird? – Tony Buffington

Animation by Chintis Lundgren

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More Mole Day facts for you!!

If you covered the Earth in a mole of donuts, how thick would that layer be?

8 km!

Happy Mole Day!

From the TED-Ed Lesson How big is a mole? (Not the animal, the other one.) – Daniel Dulek

Animation by Augenblick Studios

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Happy Mole Day!

Not every number is cool enough to have its own nickname, let alone two. Way to go 6.02 x 10^23 (aka Avogadro’s number aka the mole)!

How big is a mole? (Not the animal, the other one.) – Daniel Dulek

Animation by Augenblick Studios

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A little girl power for you on International Day of the Girl.

Check out this lesson on confidence we made in partnership with the Always‪#‎LikeAGirl‬ campaign: 3 tips to boost your confidence

Animation by Kozmonot Animation Studio

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It’s World Smile Day! Commit an act of kindness today – help make one person smile! 😀

From the TED-Ed Lesson The science of attraction – Dawn Maslar

Animation by TOGETHER

“The Art of Disagreeing”

“The Art of Disagreeing”

Want to get better at making your case and changing minds?

Here’s a hint: It’s not always about facts. This TED-Ed animation analyzes why some arguments change people’s minds in some cases and backfire in others? Hugo Mercier explains how arguments are more convincing when they rest on a good knowledge of the audience, taking into account what the audience believes, who they trust, and what they value.

Check it out here to improve your skillz!

Animation by TED-Ed // Charlotte Arene

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Today is the International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”). Established in 1981 by a unanimous United Nations resolution, the General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.”

Get involved.

From the TED-Ed Lesson What are the universal human rights?

Animation by Sarah Saidan

From the TED-Ed Lesson How can you change some…

From the TED-Ed Lesson How can you change someone’s mind? (hint: facts aren’t always enough) – Hugo Mercier

Animation by TED-Ed // Charlotte Arene

Did Ancient Troy really exist?

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When Homer’s Iliad was first written down in the 8th century BCE, the story of the Trojan war was already an old one. From existing oral tradition, audiences knew the tales of the long siege, the epic duels outside the city walls, and the cunning trick that finally won the war. 

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In the end, the magnificent city was burned to the ground, never to rise again. 

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But had it ever existed? By the time the field of archaeology began to take shape in the 19th century, many were skeptical, considering the epic to be pure fiction, a founding myth imagining a bygone heroic era. But some scholars believed that behind the superhuman feats and divine miracles there must have been a grain of historical truth – a war that was really fought, and a place where it happened.

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Frank Calvert was one such believer. He had spent his youth traveling and learning about ancient civilizations before accompanying his brother Frederick on a diplomatic mission to the northwest Anatolian region of Çanakkale. It was here that Homer described the Greek encampment at the mouth of the Scamander river. And it was here that fate brought Frank into contact with a journalist and geologist named Charles Maclaren. Locals and travelers had long speculated that Troy might’ve stood on one of the surrounding hilltops. But Maclaren had been one of the first to publish a detailed topographical study of the area. He believed he had found the site – a 32-meter mound known by the name Hisarlık, derived from the Turkish word for “fortress.” Frank Calvert began to survey the site, but lacked the funds for a full excavation. This was where the wealthy German businessman and amateur archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann came in. At Calvert’s invitation, Schliemann visited the grounds in 1868, and decided to excavate. Eager to find the ancient city, Schliemann tore massive trenches all the way to the base of the hill. There, he uncovered a hoard of precious artifacts, jewelry, and metalwork, including two diadems and a copper shield. Schliemann took full credit for the discovery, announcing that he had found Troy and the treasure of its king Priam. But the real treasure was elsewhere.

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When later archaeologists studied the site, they realized that the mound consisted of no less than nine cities, each built atop the ruins of the last. The layer Schliemann had uncovered dated back to the Mycenaean Age, more than 1,000 years too early for Homer. But inside the mound was indeed evidence for a city that had thrived during the Bronze Age, with charred stone, broken arrowheads, and damaged human skeletons suggesting a violent end. It was Troy VII, contained in the middle layers and now ravaged for a second time by Schliemann’s careless excavation. The settlement, spanning some 200,000 square meters and home to as many as 10,000 people, thrived until around 1180 BCE. Its position at the southern entrance of the Dardanelles strait would’ve made a formidable strategic location for both defense and trade. Most importantly, there are the remains of a massive fortification wall – perhaps the very same one from which Priam and Hector once watched the Greeks approach. 

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Of course, it’s difficult to be certain that these ruins are the true remains of ancient Troy, and scholars still dispute whether the Trojan War as described by Homer ever happened. Yet the evidence is strong enough that UNESCO has labelled Hisarlık the archeological site of Troy. Regardless of its identity, thanks to persistence, a bit of faith, and a lot of research, archaeologists are bringing the long-buried secrets of an ancient, lost city to light.

From the TED-Ed Lesson Did ancient Troy really exist? – Einav Zamir Dembin

Animation by Cabong Studios