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It may seem like a topic from the edge of woo, but hypnosis is getting a new look from researchers studying its fascinating effects on our brains.

Psilocybin mushrooms. Photo: iStock

The trends and upcoming projects that will engage us in 2017 — as predicted by TED’s science, design and technology curators.

Photo by Robbie Shone

A team of geologists has been exploring the caves beneath the table mountains of Venezuela, where new lifeforms may have been quietly developing for millions of years. Journalist Lars Abromeit describes the expedition into the unknown.

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Personal DNA testing machines are bringing lab-grade genetic science within reach of more people. A look at how a farmer is using DNA testing to cultivate the most elusive — and prized — of foods.

Woolly Mammoth, courtesy of the Royal BC Museum and Archives, Victoria, BC, Canada

TED science curator David Biello explores the odd couple behind the de-extinction movement — scientists and hunters — and what this says about our ambivalent attitude towards animals

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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.

In the Appalachian firefly Photinus carolinus, flying males flash in synchrony with their neighbors, creating a symphony in light. Photo by Radim Schreiber.

Sara Lewis studies fireflies. And it turns out they’re not just a pretty flashing light on a summer night. She explains how a firefly glows — and how humans are harnessing that glow for health and medical research (and even to make our food safer).