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My 10 favorite “Before I die” responses: Candy Chang celebrates the release of her book

TED Blog

[ted_talkteaser id=1553]When artist and TED Fellow Candy Chang first installed “Before I Die” — a public artwork that invites passers-by to share their life’s wishes on the side of an abandoned New Orleans building — she had no idea that the project would become a global phenomenon. Over the last two and a half years, people have taken it upon themselves to create “Before I Die” walls in 62 countries around the world, in 26 languages. An incredible 32 new walls were created in 12 countries in the last month alone.

Today, Chang launches the Before I Die, the book, documenting walls around the world and featuring the stories of the people who made them. “It’s a reminder of our shared connections as we try to make sense of our lives,” Chang tells the TED Blog.

To celebrate the release of the book, she sent us 10 of…

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A promising first step for those with spinal cord injury: Further reading on electrical stimulation and how it’s helped rats (and one human!) walk again

TED Blog

Grégoire Courtine and the scientists in his lab helped a paralyzed rat learn to walk again, voluntarily, through a treatment that combined drugs, electrical stimulation of the lower spinal cord, the support of a robotic arm and a little bit of chocolate. When their study appeared in the June 2012 issue of Science, it sparked a lot of excitement. Articles in Scientific American (“With Willpower, and a Jolt of Electricity, Paralyzed Rats Learn to Walk Again”) and The New York Times (“In Rat Experiment, New Hope for Spine Injuries”) followed, as did a segment on ABC News (“Paralysed rats on ‘incredible’ road to recovery”).

[ted_talkteaser id=1860]Today, Courtine shares the story behind this work. The keys to his breakthroughs: a riveting call to action from Christopher Reeve, and a mentor who encouraged wild experimentation.

“The spinal cord below most injuries contains all the…

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Drape Your Dashboard In Living Color

The WordPress.com Blog

When we launched a makeover of the dashboard, one of the features you requested the most was the ability to shake up its color scheme. Starting today, you can do just that. You can now choose between eight different color settings:

mp6-colors

To switch color schemes, go to your dashboard, then look in Users (or Profile)Personal Settings (or just click on this direct link). Among the new color schemes you’ll also find a light-grey one (MP6 Light), which we designed for users who are sensitive to light.

Aside from the new color choices, we’ve kept improving and polishing your publishing experience. Taking your feedback into account, we’ve streamlined the under-the-hood look of your site. Here, for example, is the Publish Module, before and after our recent changes:

mp6v1-vs-v2

We hope you’ll enjoy playing with color!

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