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Futurist Ari Wallach presents three approaches to help us reframe our view of what lies ahead — and to help us tackle our toughest problems

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A selection of uplifting reads — all suggested by TED speakers — for your end-of-year break.

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Artist Fabian Oefner works with everyday materials to create astonishing, unrecognizable images. He shares a look at how he does it.

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Robert Fischell invented the rechargeable pacemaker and the implantable insulin pump — not to mention created the precursor to GPS. The 87-year-old shares a peek into his creative process.

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Cities are the the 21st century’s dominant form of civilization — and they’re where humanity’s struggle for survival will take place. Robert Muggah and Ben Barber spell out the possibilities.

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Biohacker Andrew Pelling has figured out a way to create living, functional biological objects that don’t exist in nature — without deliberately modifying DNA in any way. In one experiment, he uses apples and human cells to make ears. But what? And how? And why? Read on.

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What drives invention? Sometimes, it’s back pain. Here’s how to prime your own creativity to make something new.