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TED News in Brief: Diana Nyad on “Dancing with the Stars,” Mikko Hyponnen boycotts the RSA security conference, and moreTED News in Brief: Diana Nyad on “Dancing with the Stars,” Mikko Hyponnen boycotts the RSA security conference, and more

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While we’ve been preparing for next week’s TED conference in Vancouver, BC, some TEDsters have been busy Dancing with the Stars, protesting the NSA and musing on the aftermath of speaking at TED. Here are some illustrious activities from around the TED world this week: Nilofer Merchant (watch her TED Talk) admits that she had […]

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TED News in Brief: Olafur Eliasson puts sunshine in your pocket, Thomas Dolby launching a center for technology + artsTED News in Brief: Olafur Eliasson puts sunshine in your pocket, Thomas Dolby launching a center for technology + arts

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This week, so much TED-related news hit the transom. Below, some of the highlights. Artist Olafur Eliasson (watch his TED Talk) muses on his latest work — “Little Sun,” a miniature solar-powered lamp that puts five hours of sunlight in your pocket — in this awesome video from our friends at The Creators Project. The […]

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

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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 controversyTED 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 […]

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TED News in Brief: “What is TED?” a Final Jeopardy question, Taryn Simon photographs Bond Girls, and much moreTED News in Brief: “What is TED?” a Final Jeopardy question, Taryn Simon photographs Bond Girls, and much more

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“This intellectual forum started in 1984, bringing together people from three different industries, hence its 3-letter name.” This was the Final Jeopardy! prompt on January 1, 2014 — on the very first episode of the new year. The answer, of course: What is TED. Taryn Simon (watch her two TED Talks) has a new exhibit, […]

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TED News in Brief: A ruling on NSA phone surveillance, a beautiful essay from Rose George, and moreTED News in Brief: A ruling on NSA phone surveillance, a beautiful essay from Rose George, and more

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Behold, your weekly recap of TED-related news: Yesterday, a United States federal court ruled that the NSA’s surveillance of phone records is “likely” to be unconstitutional. The New York Times’ editorial board applauded the move today. TED speakers Mikko Hypponen (who gave the talk “How the NSA betrayed the world’s trust”) and Malte Spitz (who […]

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TED News in Brief: A dance that explains chicken sperm competition, a new look at a drowning islandTED News in Brief: A dance that explains chicken sperm competition, a new look at a drowning island

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Here, your weekly recap of TED-related news: Science writer John Bohannon (watch his TED talk) runs the annual Dance Your Ph.D. contest. This year’s winners must be seen to be believed. In the video above: a dance that explains sperm cell competition in chickens. Bloomberg BusinessWeek has a brilliant, troubling cover story on the drowning […]

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TED News in the Brief: J. Craig Venter creates biological fax machine, Jack Andraka honored by Vatican, and moreTED News in the Brief: J. Craig Venter creates biological fax machine, Jack Andraka honored by Vatican, and more

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Over the past week, we’ve noticed a lot of TED-related news items in the ether. Here, some highlights: J. Craig Venter (watch his talks on creating “synthetic life” and sampling the ocean’s DNA) has come up with what The New York Times describes as “a biological fax machine.” Huh? In brief, Venter wants to detect life […]

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TED News in Brief: Yves Rossy flies ‘round Mount Fuji, Twitter co-founder Evan Williams goes long-form, and moreTED News in Brief: Yves Rossy flies ‘round Mount Fuji, Twitter co-founder Evan Williams goes long-form, and more

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Yves Rossy (watch his talk) is known as the “Jetman,” because he zips through the air on a pair of jet-powered wings. Last week, he flew around Japan’s Mount Fuji. Nine times. And then spoke to Business Insider about it. Twitter co-founder Evan Williams (watch his talk) talks to The New York Times about his […]