Do you know TED? The TED website describes itself as follows, "TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences -- the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK each summer -- TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and Open TV Project, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize."
There are 100s of TED Talks available on their website. I've watched dozens of them and am almost always inspired by the innovative ideas shared through these videos.
This video about Natalie Jeremijenko's unusual lab was especially fascinating. I found her efforts to put art to work, and addresses environmental woes by combining engineering know-how with public art and a team of volunteers really exciting. These real-life experiments include: Walking tadpoles, texting "fish," planting fire-hydrant gardens and more!