Morgan Heim is a conservation photographer with an obsession: Thailand’s fishing cats.

These cats, about two times the size of your average house cat, are a rare and elusive breed of wild feline found in the wetlands in South and Southeast Asia, who sleep during the day and swim and catch fish at night.

Unfortunately, development of the swamps, marshes, and other places these cats call home have been leaving them less and less places to go, and it’s estimated that there are less than 3,000 fishing cats left in the wild.

In a talk at TEDxVailWomen, Morgan explains how a new graduate with a degree in journalism found herself 8,000 miles from her home following around a biologist in Bangkok tracking cats who love to swim and bark like dogs.

To learn more, watch her whole talk here»

(Photos: Morgan Heim)

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Leslie Morgan Steiner was in an abusive relationship, though at first she didn’t realize it. In a talk at TEDxRainier, she tells the disturbing story of her relationship, correcting misconceptions many people hold about victims of domestic violence, and explaining how we can all help break the silence.

If you or someone you know is facing domestic violence or an absuive relationship, you can find a list of resources here. The U.S. National Sexual Assault Hotline is 1-800-656-4673 (HOPE), and RAINN offers a secure online hotline.

GoldieBlox, the super cool engineering toy set for girls (and the brainchild of TEDxPSU speaker Debbie Sterling), just released this amazing ad, which combines the Beastie Boys, a Rube Goldberg machine, and some dancing to show why there needs to be more diversity in the toys presented to girls. Not everything needs to be pink and princess-y!
We love this ad almost as much as we love Debbie’s talk,  “Inspiring the next generation of female engineers,” which you should totally watch right now and learn why she decided to start GoldieBlox (Hint: It’s to help girls learn that they can be engineers, despite what anyone tells them.) Well — right after you watch these girls engineer one amazing backyard machine.

GoldieBlox, the super cool engineering toy set for girls (and the brainchild of TEDxPSU speaker Debbie Sterling), just released this amazing ad, which combines the Beastie Boys, a Rube Goldberg machine, and some dancing to show why there needs to be more diversity in the toys presented to girls. Not everything needs to be pink and princess-y!

We love this ad almost as much as we love Debbie’s talk, “Inspiring the next generation of female engineers,” which you should totally watch right now and learn why she decided to start GoldieBlox (Hint: It’s to help girls learn that they can be engineers, despite what anyone tells them.) Well — right after you watch these girls engineer one amazing backyard machine.

I’m here today to show my photographs of the Lakota. Many of you may have heard of the Lakota, or at least the larger group of tribes called the Sioux. The Lakota are one of many tribes that were moved off their land to prisoner of war camps now called reservations. The Pine Ridge Reservation, the subject of today’s slideshow, is located about 75 miles southeast of the Black Hills in South Dakota. It is sometimes referred to as Prisoner of War Camp Number 334, and it is where the Lakota now live.

That’s how photographer Aaron Huey begins his gripping, heartbreaking talk on the dark past and grim present of the United States and the Lakota people. Above, some of his photographs from the Pine Ridge Reservation, a place Huey wants you to see.

Watch his whole talk here.