Showing posts from April, 2011

Neuroscience: The Musical!

How do our brains process music? It turns out that it is not as simple as we might think! Apparently our "brains understand music not only as emotional diversion, but also as a form of motion and activity." Researchers are discovering that subtle changes in tempo and cadence are just as important as the melody and rhythm to how we process and react to music (or even more so!) Read all about it in the NYTimes.

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Extreme Spring Weather

April showers bring May flowers, but sometimes they also bring tornadoes and damaging hail. If you live in a tornado-prone area, make sure you have en emergency plan and know what to do in the event of a tornado warning; you never know when one of these may strike!

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Renaissance Man

Today is the birthday of an extraordinary painter, an amazing sculptor, an ingenious inventor, a brilliant scientist, a skilled engineer and an renowned anatomist. All of these talented individuals were born in 1452 in the person of Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci. The archetype of the "Renaissance Man," Leonardo was arguably one of the most talented individuals mankind has ever produced. Take a peek inside his notebooks and see images based on or inspired by his work.

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April 14, International Moment of Laughter Day: They say laughter is the best medicine, AND that it is contagious. So take a moment and have a good laugh, and then pass it on. Perhaps these people can get you started!

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Today in Space Travel History

April 12th marks two historic anniversaries in the history of space travel. First, on April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space when his Vostok 1 rocket blasted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome. Twenty years later, the maiden voyage of the US space shuttle took place, with John Young and Robert Crippen piloting the Space Shuttle Columbia on its first journey into space. Look at images of these two historic journeys here.

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Bosons and Muons and Quarks, Oh My!

Researchers at Fermilab reported this week that an analysis of data from the Collider Detector at Fermilab (CDF) experiment showed evidence of the possible existence of a hitherto unknown particle or force. If confirmed, this particle could revolutionize our understanding of subatomic physics, and result in a major revision of the Standard Model. While the data is intriguing, the scientists will now begin analyzing data from 2 other Tevatron experiments to see if there is similar evidence of the particle, and will also look at collisions taking place at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Ironically, the Tevatron is scheduled to be shut down later this year due to budget cuts. Read more about the findings here:

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