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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

Originally posted on TED Blog:

TED Fellows at the White House

TED Fellows Jane Chen, David Lang and Manu Prakash pose in the Oval Office. Photo: Courtesy of Jane Chen

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, Jose Gomez-Marquez and Katrina Conanan, plus longtime TEDster Emeka Okafor. The group stopped to snap the pic above in the Oval Office. (Watch Jane’s TED Talk, “A warm embrace that saves lives.” And David’s talk, “My underwater robot.”)

Elon Musk made the bold decision to share Tesla’s patent portfolio with the world. Musk explained in a blog post, “Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path…

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