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A TEDGlobal friendship, straight from the Amazon: Mark Plotkin and Tashka Yawanawá


Mark Plotkin and Chief Tashka were pleased to share the stage at TEDGlobal 2014. Photo: James Duncan Davidson A few years ago, ethno-botanist Mark Plotkin injured his foot.

TED gets the SNL treatment, a 3-D printed exoskeleton, and a look at the meaning of ‘yep’ versus ‘yup’

The members of the TED community have been very busy over the past two weeks. Below, news briefs on what a few have been up to.

A TEDGlobal friendship, straight from the Amazon: Mark Plotkin and Tashka Yawanawá


Mark Plotkin and Chief Tashka were pleased to share the stage at TEDGlobal 2014. Photo: James Duncan Davidson A few years ago, ethno-botanist Mark Plotkin injured his foot.

Thanksgiving dinner with Aunt Bertha: A quick way to find free holiday meals


No, Aunt Bertha will not pinch your cheeks. That’s because she is not actually a person. Aunt Bertha is a service, created by TED Fellow Erine Gray, that connects people in need of food, healthcare and housing with the wide variety of programs available in their area.

The other butterfly effect: A youth reporter finds out how monarchs fight their own parasites


Biologist Jaap de Roode studies the Monarch butterfly’s ability to use medicinal plants. Jaap de Roode is a biologist who studies parasites and their hosts — particularly Monarch butterflies.

A wildlife conservationist talks to a teen reporter about the past and future of a lush, green NYC


Eric Sanderson’s project Manahatta 2409 lets people imagine what New York City will look like in about 400 years.

The house is a witness: A TED Fellow makes art from the rubble of her homes lost to war


Zena el Khalil poses in the midst of her new exhibit, which makes the rubble of her mother and father’s destroyed homes in Lebanon into art.

Meet the family that’s translated 2,000 talks


Between the two of them, Tal and Ido Dekkers have translated 2,000 TED Talks into Hebrew. Photo: Courtesy of the Dekkers The Open Translation Project has a global family of over 18,000 volunteers.

TED@StateStreet offers words to inspire leaders at every level


At TED@StateStreet, Patrice Thompson shares how two generations with very different ideals can work together effectively.

Amanda Palmer on expanding her TED Talk into a book and getting a lesson in vulnerability from Brené Brown


Amanda Palmer’s new book grew out of a simple fact: that she couldn’t cram every relevant story into her 14-minute TED Talk.

The house is a witness: A TED Fellow makes art from the rubble of her homes lost to war


Zena el Khalil poses in the midst of her new exhibit, which makes the rubble of her mother and father’s destroyed homes in Lebanon into art.

A wildlife conservationist talks to a teen reporter about the past and future of a lush, green NYC


Eric Sanderson’s project Manahatta 2409 lets people imagine what New York City will look like in about 400 years.

The house is a witness: A TED Fellow makes art from the rubble of her homes lost to war


Zena el Khalil poses in the midst of her new exhibit, which makes the rubble of her mother and father’s destroyed homes in Lebanon into art.

TED@StateStreet goes boldly toward what’s next: Words to inspire leaders at every level


At TED@StateStreet, Patrice Thompson shares how two generations with very different ideals can work together effectively.

Amanda Palmer on expanding her TED Talk into a book and getting a lesson in vulnerability from Brené Brown


Amanda Palmer’s new book grew out of a simple fact: that she couldn’t cram every relevant story into her 14-minute TED Talk.

How a model of mentorship is helping TEDx grow throughout Iran


Reza Pakravan talks about cycling at TEDxTehran 2014, themed “On the Verge of Breakthrough.” Photo: Ali Taheri It’s not every day that you see a desert cyclist, a Tanbour virtuoso, a Persian literature professor and a health systems expert in the same room together.

Worlds far and near, of the past and of the future: A recap of Session 1 of TEDYouth 2014


Lisa Kaltenegger talks about the “fingerprint” of distant planets at TEDYouth 2014. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED By Cynthia Betubiza, Ella Dawson and Kate Torgovnick May Session 1 of TEDYouth 2014 brought us to many worlds imagined.

TEDYouth 2014, in pictures


TEDYouth 2014 was an explosion of “Worlds Imagined.” On Saturday, November 15, New York students gathered for a day of punchy, inspiring talks that brought them to the Sahara Desert when it was a river wonderland for dinosaurs, to the surface of Mars as the Curiosity Rover makes its way up a mountain, and into the kitchen of a tiny house built by a 14-year-old.

Why we need to build the stuff of science fiction: A teen reporter talks to a music technologist


Engineer and musician Gil Weinberg builds musical robots that improvise. This robotic drumming prosthesis can play beats no human can.

Amanda Palmer on expanding her TED Talk into a book and getting a lesson in vulnerability from Brené Brown


Amanda Palmer’s new book grew out of a simple fact: that she couldn’t cram every relevant story into her 14-minute TED Talk.


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