“It’s the equivalent…of smoking two packs of cigarettes a day.”
Nearly half of the world’s population cooks their food on indoor open fires. These improvised stoves contribute to not only respiratory illnesses, but global climate change. Ethan Kay believes that all of this is preventable, and demonstrates the clean, efficient cookstove he has developed. (Filmed at TEDxMontreal)
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Sixth grader and TEDxYouthDay reporter Natasha Yang was a superstar at TEDxYouth@Montreal — going behind the scenes to get the backstory on six of the event’s illustrious speakers.
Below, Natasha’s findings — including a report in French! — accompanied by photos from Amalia Liogas.
David Ragsdale by Amalia Liogas
David Ragsdale is a neuroscientist. At the TEDxYouth@Montreal conference, he talked about the brain and how it works. As a student, he was interested in psychology and the course he found the most interesting was the psychology course about the brain.
He is currently a professor at McGill and he does research about the brain. One of the most interesting pieces of information he learned was about how drugs can give people epilepsy. When you have epilepsy, the channels in someone’s brain are not normal. They normally look like doughnuts but when somebody has epilepsy, the holes of the channels are plugged.
When one of the organizers at TEDxYouth@Montreal asked David to speak, he was really flattered and excited to give the talk. He really enjoys giving talks.
Nadia Sraieb-Koepp by Amalia Liogas
Nadia Sraieb-Koepp est une dame qui vient de Tunisie. Elle a parlé de son pays et comment les gens ont allé contre le gouvernement. Elle a vécu cette expérience affreuse.
Quand les organisateurs de TED ont demandé à Nadia de parler, ça à lui a fait beaucoup de plaisir. La première fois qu’elle a parlé de Tunisie était à une conférence le janvier 2011.
TEDxAmericanRiviera, Photo by Carolyn Newstrom
You don’t have to be a grown-up to wow an audience — and these very musical kids prove it. From a 12-year-old guitar player to the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra’s Academy of Peace Through Art, we’re sure you’ll enjoy these 9 musical performances fueled by raw talent and hard work.
Take your eyes off the screen for a moment and you’ll be sure to believe you’re listening to a vocalist with decades of musical experience. But Andrea Motis is only 15 years old. With her stunning voice and brass talent, she stuns the TEDxMadrid crowd with the American standards, “Our Love Is Here to Stay,” “Slightly Out of Tune,” and “Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone.”
Ray Goren started playing guitar four years ago. He was 8. Now, he spends his time beguiling music critics and amazing crowds nationwide. At TEDxOrangeCoast, he showcases his remarkable talent.