8 talks about tiny phenomena

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These TEDTalks explore the saying, “Good things come in small packages.” A world with lifesaving microchips, the perfectly engineered foot, and vast worlds constructed on pinheads seem fantastical, but the following speakers have turned their ingenious ideas into fascinating realities.

Frederick Balagadde: Bio-lab on a microchip
The sub-Saharan African region has suffered the most losses from the HIV/AIDS epidemic, Ugandan-born research scientist Frederick Balagadde says. As someone who has lost many loved ones to this disease, Balagadde was inspired to create an iPhone-sized microchip that will offer diagnoses to 100 patients, up to 50 times faster, and five to 500 times cheaper than the cost of Western medicine.

Willard Wigan: Hold your breath for micro-sculpture
Feeling defeated by traditional education at a young age, Willard Wigan discovered his inherent talent to make intricate, microscopic sculptures after observing ants in his backyard. After his mother saw the mini-apartments he made from…

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In Defense of Grammar Police

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I’m not the type of Internet user to nitpick grammar errors (unless the error is a misuse of “your” – I can’t let that stand). I highlight glaring errors and let the others pass for the most part. Nonetheless, these meticulous grammar patrolmen and patrolwomen do exist. While some people condemn and berate the online grammar enforcers for being overly critical, I choose to applaud them. Nobody enjoys being caught in the act of committing grammar crimes, and some people do not care enough to rectify their mistakes. However, for those of us who do value the constant improving of our writing skills, there is real value that comes from those punctilious police.

I’d rather be corrected than continue making the same mistakes. 

Remember that time you went an entire evening with a piece of spinach stuck between your teeth? Do you recall that class in which nobody bothered to…

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