How our music is shaped by technology, part 1: Alan Cross

Mr. Penner, my seventh-grade science teacher, was trying to teach us about the three states of matter. “The shape of a solid is obvious,” he said, “but a gas or liquid assumes the shape of the container in which it is stored.” I thought of Mr. Penner when preparing for a TEDx Talk in Winnipeg next month on the way technology shapes music. Tech is the container into which we stuff music. And the results, while subtle, change the very nature of how we make and listen to music. Before…

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Marrakech To The Maldives: My Year In Travel Part II

There’s no grander place to see Edinburgh than from the old railway hotel that is the Waldorf Astoria Caledonian. Dating back to 1903, it is found at the heart of the city in Princes Street and its design captures the property’s standout period details – such as the central marble staircase and the buzzy Peacock Alley, a huge lobby-lounge carved out of what was once the old station ticket office (Caledonian Railway was formerly ran underneath the hotel) complete with the original Victorian station clock. The hotel’s grand central staircase.(CREDIT: ANGELINA VILLA-CLARKE) Tartan-trousered…

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Part of brain continues to grow even in adulthood

Have you ever noticed that the ability to recognise faces, a critical aspect for everyday social interactions, improves from childhood to adulthood? A study has revealed that in humans, a part of the brainresponsible for face recognition continues to grow into adulthood, while the region that helps to recognise places stays the same. The study was published in journal of Science. According to researchers, the ability to recognise faces, which is critical for everyday social interactions, improves from childhood to adulthood. In seeking to better understand brain activity to recognize…

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Smoking of Hookahs to be Monitored as Part of Anti-Tobacco Move: WHO FCTC

Aiming to curb consumption of tobacco among the youth at an early stage, the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) has urged its 180 member nations to monitor waterpipe (Indian hookah) tobacco use through a national surveillance system to cover all age groups. Strengthening the policies against tobacco consumption, the FCTC is also discussing banning the use of flavourings in waterpipe tobacco products. The FCTC — the world’s highest convention against anti-tobacco policies — is brainstorming and focusing on inclusion of awareness against waterpipe use in…

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Yale Researchers Find the Part of the Brain That Determines How Well You Handle Stress

Humans are amazingly resilient in crises, but some cope with life’s stresses better than others. On any given day people face any number of minor annoyances such as being stuck in traffic or spilling coffee on their shirts or forgetting their keys. Then there’s the persistent stressors that come from work, relationships and finances. And there’s the uncontrollable anxieties of global terrorism, mass shootings and Zika-carrying mosquitoes. But why are some people able to deal with it all so calmly, while others freak out? A team of researchers at Yale…

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