Sometimes it’s nice to step outside of your comfort zone and learn about inspirational and interesting topics a little different from our daily dose of news and entertainment.

The official TED app is a great way to do this routinely. It’s a gateway to a more well-rounded way of thinking and ideas that might otherwise not filter in through the echo chambers within our circle of friends.

Whether you’d like to learn about the secret lives of giant olams (we knew they were up to something), the gel that can instantly stop you from bleeding (it’s not from Harry Potter) or the robot that eats pollution (an uprising we can get on board with), there’s a video talk to satisfy your needs.

You can search via topio, speaker and cultural relevance of the subject matter, or simply browse what the rest of the world is watching.

Overwhelmed by the sheer volume of choice and opinions? Don’t fret, just tell the app what sort of mood you’re in and how much spare time you have and it will come up with a curated playlist of possible viewing options. We can feel our minds expanding already.

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