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An invention, a poem and a homemade animation: Meet some of this year’s TEDYouth attendees

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TEDYouth-mainThe speakers at TEDYouth 2014 are a fascinating group, ranging from a paleontologistto a teenage chef. But the middle and high school students who’ll attend are just as interesting.

To apply for this annual conference — which brings togetherstudents for a no-cost day of mind-blowing TED Talks — attendees are asked to share a piece of creative writing, to make a video, to snap some photographs or to showcase another skill of their choosing. Every year, we?re amazed by the wildly imaginative applications we receive.

TEDYouth 2014, themed ?Worlds Imagined,? took placeon Saturday, November 15, at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. Below, just a few of the submissions from this year?s attendees.

In this video, the “Fed Heads” ? a group composedof high schoolersAlexis Cirrotti, Julia MacDonald, Julia Vallone, Jugdip Khokher and Jessica Heine ? adorably share why they want to go to TEDYouth, based on what they?ve learned…

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The ebola vaccine, public speaking tips from our 3rd most-watched speaker, and a J.J. Abrams mystery

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JJ-Abrams-card-sculpture A playing card becomes a sculpture. And it has something to do with TED speaker J.J. Abrams. Image: @theory11

The members of the TED community have been very busy this week. Below, news briefs on what a few have been up to:

Who’ll pay for the ebola vaccine? To end the ebola epidemic, we need a vaccine — and a lot of it, fast. The challenge for drugmakers? That’s not a profitable business. Seth Berkley is in talks with GlaxoSmithKline and others to talk about who might foot the bill. Berkley heads the GAVI Alliance, a consortium backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. (Watch Seth’s TED Talk, “The vaccine strategy,” and see the most recent talk from the Gates, “Why giving away our wealth has been the most satisfying thing we’ve done.”)

Simon Sinek shares his public speaking advice. Simon Sinek gave the…

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Kermit the Frog gives a TEDx Talk, and Twitter loves it

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Kermit surprised the audience at TEDxJackson. Photo: Twitter/@kaotate Kermit surprised the audience at TEDxJackson. Photo: @kaotate

Twitter was ablaze yesterday with some interesting news: Kermit the Frog had just become the first frog (albeit puppet) to give a TEDx Talk. On Thursday afternoon, the green superstar hopped on over to Jackson, Mississippi, to give a standing-ovation-grabbing talk at TEDxJackson. Kermit was a natural fit for the event, as The Muppets creator Jim Henson is a Mississippi native. So, by proxy, is Kermit.

Kermit talked about creativity and the power of “ridiculous optimism,” a mantra treasured by Henson, and still valued by Kermit and friends today. The incomparable Sir Ken Robinson introduced Kermit via video message and Kermit took it from there, perched atop a red ottoman with an iPhone in hand and sweet tea close by.

The Twitter coverage of the event brightened our day, and while we wait for the talk to post online, a few choice tweets…

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