Kermit the Frog
April 19th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

Kermit the Frog is an entertainment icon known worldwide for his appearances on The Muppet Show and Sesame Street, as well as a number of feature films. He attributes much of his success to his thirty-five year partnership with Mississippi native and entertainment visionary, Jim Henson. Kermit has received many honors and accolades for his work, including multiple Academy Award nominations, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and a commemorative stamp from the U.S. Postal Service.

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April 10th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

What we think of as 3D printing, says Joseph DeSimone, is really just 2D printing over and over … slowly. Onstage at TED2015, he unveils a bold new technique — inspired, yes, by Terminator 2 — that’s 25 to 100 times faster, and creates smooth, strong parts. Could it finally help to fulfill the tremendous promise of 3D printing? (Published on Mar 19, 2015)

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Avi Reichental: What’s next in 3D printing
September 19th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

Just like his beloved grandfather, Avi Reichental is a maker of things. The difference is, now he can use 3D printers to make almost anything, out of almost any material. Reichental tours us through the possibilities of 3D printing, for everything from printed candy to highly custom sneakers. (Published on Sep 18, 2014)

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Anita Sarkeesian at TEDxWomen 2012
September 5th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

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wordpress logo
September 2nd, 2014 by Michael Sauers

wordpress logoThose of you that know me, know I’m a big fan of WordPress. All of my personal sites run on WordPress, both the Greece Historical Society and Friends of the Aurora Public Library sites which I manage run on WordPress, and Nebraska Libraries on the Web which I’m in charge of runs on WordPress. Ok, I live and breathe WordPress. So, if you do too, you probably know that you can easily embed external content from sites like YouTube and Flickr just by pasting the item’s URL on its own line. But did you know that you can also do this with sites like Instagram, Twitter, SlideShare and TED? No? Well now you do. And, if you’re interested in a complete list you can find it on the Embeds page in the WordPress Codex.

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Karen Elazari
June 20th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

The beauty of hackers, says cybersecurity expert Keren Elazari, is that they force us to evolve and improve. Yes, some hackers are bad guys, but many are working to fight government corruption and advocate for our rights. By exposing vulnerabilities, they push the Internet to become stronger and healthier, wielding their power to create a better world.

Published on Jun 10, 2014

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June 19th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

One could argue that slang words like hangry,” “defriend” and “adorkable” fill crucial meaning gaps in the English language, even if they don’t appear in the dictionary. After all, who actually decides which words make it into those vaulted pages? Language historian Anne Curzan gives a charming look at the humans behind dictionaries, and the choices they make on a constant basis.

Published on Jun 17, 2014

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March 28th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

Published on Mar 18, 2014

Appearing by telepresence robot, Edward Snowden speaks at TED2014 about surveillance and Internet freedom. The right to data privacy, he suggests, is not a partisan issue, but requires a fundamental rethink of the role of the internet in our lives — and the laws that protect it. “Your rights matter,” he say, “because you never know when you’re going to need them.” Chris Anderson interviews, with special guest Tim Berners-Lee.

Published on Mar 20, 2014

After a surprise appearance by Edward Snowden at TED2014, Chris Anderson said: “If the NSA wants to respond, please do.” And yes, they did. Appearing by video, NSA deputy director Richard Ledgett answers Anderson’s questions about the balance between security and protecting privacy.

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October 20th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

In the 1930s, broadcast radio introduced an entirely new form of storytelling; today, micro-blogging platforms like Twitter are changing the scene again. Andrew Fitzgerald takes a look at the (aptly) short but fascinating history of new forms of creative experimentation in fiction and storytelling.

Published on Oct 11, 2013

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October 6th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

Bruce Schneier gives us a glimpse of the future of the internet, and shares some of the context we should keep in mind, and the insights we need to understand, as we prepare for it. Learn more about Bruce Schneier at and TEDxCambridge at

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