A synthetic biologist has created artificial cells that can “talk” to natural cells — but are they really alive?

A flat piece of plastic that shapes itself into a shoe? An orthodontic device that moves into position to straighten teeth? Computational architect Skylar Tibbits is shaking up the material world.

Will the societal shocks of 2016 lead to a bumper crop of art in 2017 and beyond? These TED Fellows aim to channel the energy of activism into creative work that can change hearts and minds.

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How the setting for “Slumdog Millionaire” became the location for a unique and vibrant pushcart museum

Matt Kenyon’s art doesn’t just cast a sardonic eye on the systems around us; it also infiltrates and subverts them. He walks us through some of his projects.

Forget memorial plaques, tombstones, and traditional funerals. New, high-tech ways to celebrate life and death are emerging, and they’re using your digital data.

Why government leaders should publish the reams of data they’re collecting — and why citizens everywhere should push them to do so.