So I was in church this morning, and in the prayers, our minister had prayed against gay marriage, and hoped that marriage will not be redefined in the UK, and so at the end of the service I went up to him and asked if I could say a few words.
Now, if you know me, you’ll know that standing up and…
“Being a librarian today means being more than an archivist, more than a researcher, more than an educator. It means being a guardian of the embattled values of knowledge, public space and sharing that animate your profession. You may not have chosen it, but the fight against privatization and in defense of the public good has been thrust upon you – by the mania for privatization, public private partnerships, and outsourcing.”
This Friday and Saturday, November 30 and December 1, over 150 TEDx events will join the anchor TEDxWomen event in Washington D.C. in a global conversation about the state of women in the world today.Right now, influential and inspiring women are making great strides in the field of science, from the study of tiny microbes to the development of quantum computing. In the spirit of TEDxWomen, we present seven talks from women who are helping to expand our scientific horizons.
When Larissa Oliveira arrived in Peru to study a new species of fur seal, she discovered that it was already threatened by the loss of its primary food source due to overfishing and the effects of climate change. She shares her story of taking action to convince governments and communities that the the little-known anchovita fish — and the creatures who depend on it — are worth saving. (Spanish, with English subtitles).
Flowers are astoundingly manipulative, and need to be if they are to defend themselves against predators, find food and reproduce. Heather Whitney sheds light on the invisible tactics flowers use to exploit their pollinators.