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TED Fellows take over the Oval Office, Elon Musk opens Tesla’s patent trove, Sebastian Thrun on the NanoDegree and much more

TED Fellows take over the Oval Office, Elon Musk opens Tesla’s patent trove, Sebastian Thrun on the NanoDegree and much more

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Several members of the TED community appeared in the news this week. Below, some highlights: Yesterday marked the first-ever White House Maker Faire, which brought together 100 students, entrepreneurs, engineers and tinkerers from across the country. A 17-foot robotic giraffe attended, as did TED Fellows Jane Chen, David Lang, Manu Prakash and Jose Gomez-Marquez, plus []

Skybox gets Googled, David Binder wins a Tony,  Steven Pinker on writing in the 21st century, and more

Skybox gets Googled, David Binder wins a Tony, Steven Pinker on writing in the 21st century, and more

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Several members of the TED community are popping in the news this week. Below, some highlights: Dan Berkenstock’s Skybox Imaging, which uses small satellites to create close to real-time imagery of the planet, has been bought by Google. The internet giant’s website explains, “Skybox’s satellites will help keep our maps accurate with up-to-date imagery. Over []

A Hans Rosling quiz, a newly-discovered “Godzilla of Earths,” a new doc from Sebastian Junger, and why octopus arms don’t tangle

A Hans Rosling quiz, a newly-discovered “Godzilla of Earths,” a new doc from Sebastian Junger, and why octopus arms don’t tangle

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Members of the TED community saturated the news in the past two weeks. Below, just a few of these headline-makers: Eight years ago, Hans Rosling shared “The best stats you’ve ever seen” at TED2006, flipping our thinking on global health. BigThink.com is marking the anniversary of that talk. Take their very fun quiz that tests []

An album with charm (bracelet), a Mayday call to action, an astronaut sing-along and more

An album with charm (bracelet), a Mayday call to action, an astronaut sing-along and more

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Just a few of the intriguing headlines involving members of the TED community this week: Jill Sobule’s new album, Dottie’s Charms, is streaming free at Harper’s. Each song is inspired by a charm on a vintage bracelet, with lyrics penned by a writer Jill admires, including Jonathan Lethem and Sam Lipsyte. (Watch Jill sing “Global warming’s theme song, ‘Manhattan in January.’”) Larry []

TED News in Brief: Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly to speak at TED2014, 37signals commits to staying small, and much more

TED News in Brief: Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly to speak at TED2014, 37signals commits to staying small, and much more

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This week has brimmed over with TED-related news. Here, some highlights: In 2011, Arizona legislator Gabby Giffords was shot in an assassination attempt. Now she and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, have founded Americans for Responsible Solutions, a bipartisan organization that has raised $6 million in six months for the creation of sensible gun []

TED News in Brief: Krista Donaldson’s D-Rev gets big attention, Lawrence Lessig starts a 185-mile walk, and a new look at the TED controversy

TED News in Brief: Krista Donaldson’s D-Rev gets big attention, Lawrence Lessig starts a 185-mile walk, and a new look at the TED controversy

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Please enjoy your weekly roundup of TED-related news: This week, the New York Times took a look at Krista Donaldson’s nonprofit, D-Rev, which designs medical equipment for the developing world. (Watch her  talk about their $80 prosthetic knees.) The article reads, “D-Rev is one of dozens of small Silicon Valley start-ups aiming to use market dynamics to []