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Beau Lotto's TED talk now online

Beau Lotto's second talk at a TED conference, in Edinburgh in June 2012, has just been made available online: to view it, click here.

You can now also watch a remix of Beau Lotto's TED talk with a clickable layer of information that anyone can add to, edit or remix. Simply click on the pop-ups to grab links to papers, video, maps, Wikipedia references and much more data - as well as inspiring quotes from experts in the field of play and education.

The title of this year's talk was 'Science is Play'. Beau set out his idea that Science and Play share much in common since they both: celebrate uncertainty - adapt to change - are open to possibility - are innately cooperative - and are intrinsically motivated. And if Science = Play, then it follows that science cannot ONLY be done by a few experts. In support of this idea, Beau introduced Amy O'Toole, the youngest speaker ever invited to speak at a TED conference. She is also, along with her friends at Blackawton Primary School in Devon, the youngest published scientist in the world, having collaborated with Beau Lotto on the now-famous Blackawton Bees paper, published in December 2010. Amy described how the schoolchildren came up with a game (ie experiment) to answer the question 'Do bees solve complex problems in the same way that humans do?' and how it led to not only new scientific discoveries but a new view of science.

For a more detailed description of the talk, go to the TED Blog. A video of the talk should be available to watch some time in October. For more on the Blackawton Bees, click here.