Mosquito Week, casting “Star Wars: Episode VII,” a dolphin’s first word, and the linguistic use of “totally”

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Bill Gates once released mosquitos into the TED theater to make a point about malaria research. Now, he's started Mosquito Week. Photo: James Duncan Davidson Bill Gates once released mosquitos into the TED theater to make a point about malaria research. Now, he’s started Mosquito Week. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Below, some intriguing news highlights from the TED community over the past month:

You’ve heard of Shark Week, but what about Mosquito Week? Bill Gates declares it a thing on his blog. (Watch the legendary talk in which Bill released mosquitos into the TED audience.)

David Binder cleaned up in the Tony nominations today. His revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, starring Neil Patrick Harris, got eight nominations, while his Of Mice and Men got two. (Watch David’s TED Talk, “The arts festival revolution”)

In other entertainment news, JJ Abrams announced the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII, and fans flip because Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Peter Mayhew (aka Chewbacca) are all returning. (Watch…

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