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HIGHLIGHTS FROM TEDx SMU.

"In a town notorious for early departures, there were as many people standing for a performance by the Polyphonic Spree at the end of the program as there were sitting for the big-screen opener of Bobby Haas' aerial photography nine hours before.

In between, we heard:

•What it's like to be an astronaut aboard the International Space Station.

•The unusual "teamwork" needed for giant whale copulation.

•How to get the United States off oil by 2040.

•How to get our minds to work faster than calculators.

•How living with a terminal, excruciating disease can be fulfilling.

•The engineering marvels of Dallas' new Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre.

•How to help solve malnutrition among India's orphans with peanut butter bars.

•Why our ocean world may be more important than our dirt one. Each topic was covered in less than 18 minutes."

TEDxSMU upends conventional wisdom


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