Lab Scans And Analyzes Sting’s Brain As Part Of Study Of Mental Music Organization

first_imgFollowing a recent show in Montreal, Sting met with Daniel Levitin, a cognitive psychologist at McGill University to have fMRI images of his brain taken as part of an ongoing study of how the brain of a skilled musician analyzes and organizes music. In a paper outlining the study published on McGill’s website, Levitin explains that he and his partners have developed imaging-analysis techniques to provide insight into how gifted individuals find connections between seemingly disparate thoughts or sounds, in fields ranging from arts, to politics, to science. “These state-of-the-art techniques really allowed us to make maps of how Sting’s brain organizes music. That’s important because at the heart of great musicianship is the ability to manipulate in one’s mind rich representations of the desired soundscape.”The research came about as a result of a mutual admiration between Sting and the McGill psychologist. Years ago, Sting read Levitin’s book This Is Your Brain On Music, and asked to meet Levitin and take a tour of his facilities, as many musicians have done over the years. While there, Levitin asked if Sting would be interested in having his brain scanned, and the musician obliged.Both functional and structural scans were conducted in a single session at the brain imaging unit of McGill’s Montreal Neurological Institute on the hot afternoon of his July 5th concert with Peter Gabriel at the Bell Centre (part of their current Rock Paper Scissors Tour). A power outage knocked the entire campus off-line for several hours, threatening to cancel the experiment. Because it takes over an hour to reboot the fMRI machine, time grew short. Sting graciously agreed to skip his soundcheck in order to accurately complete the scan.Levitin then teamed up with Scott Grafton, a leading brain-scan expert at the University of California at Santa Barbara, to use two novel techniques to analyze the scans. The techniques showed which songs Sting found similar to one another and which ones he found dissimilar based not on tests or questionnaires, but on activations of brain regions. Says Grafton, “At the heart of these methods is the ability to test if patterns of brain activity are more alike for two similar styles of music compared to different styles. This approach has never before been considered in brain imaging experiments of music.”According to Levitin, “Sting’s brain scan pointed us to several connections between pieces of music that I know well but had never seen as related before.” The most surprising neural connection was the similarity in brain activity between Piazzolla’s “Libertango”, a tango composition, and the Beatles‘ “Girl” off 1965’s Rubber Soul. While the songs differ greatly in sound and genre, both pieces are in minor keys and include similar melodic motifs. Another example of similar neurological responses to seemingly different songs was Sting’s own “Moon Over Bourbon Street” and Booker T. and the MG‘s “Green Onions”, both of which have the same 132 bpm tempo and a swinging rhythm. While more information is needed to draw any scientific conclusions, these tests provide insight into the connecting factors between different kinds of music in terms of how they are received and processed by the mind of a musician.[via McGill University]last_img read more

Australian company wants wind, solar to power massive new nickel mining project

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Australian mining giant Oz Minerals says it is looking to use wind and solar to provide the bulk of the power needs for a giant new nickel project in a remote part of central Australia near the border of South Australia and Western Australia, some 800kms west of Uluru.Oz Minerals says a 55MW hybrid power plant would look to harness solar and wind energy to provide 70 to 80 per cent of the power needs of the West Musgrave project, backed up and balanced by battery storage and diesel generators.Oz Minerals says lower cost wind and solar are a crucial part of the decision on whether to go ahead with West Musgrave, which is Australia’s largest undeveloped copper and nickel project, given that power costs would account for around 40 per cent of the processing costs.“Large-scale solar photovoltaic and wind solutions are currently economically viable and technically mature solutions to reduce the project’s reliance on high cost fossil fuels for electricity generation,” the company says in a presentation released on Tuesday along with its half year results. “Baseline data collected over the last year has demonstrated a high quality, consistent solar and wind resource is available, with higher wind velocities at night offsetting the lack of solar power.”Oz Minerals is just the latest of a number of big and small mining groups that are now turning to wind and solar to deflect the soaring costs of diesel or gas generators, the traditional source of supply of mining projects such as this. But this would be by far the biggest installation.More: Mining giant looks to wind and solar to power huge nickel project Australian company wants wind, solar to power massive new nickel mining projectlast_img read more

Tesla Drivers to Hold ‘Drive-In’ at Tesla’s Lab

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York About two dozen Tesla Motors electric car owners from the mid-Atlantic region plan to drive this weekend to the site of the planned Tesla Science Center (TSC) at Wardenclyffe, where they plan to raise awareness of Nikola Tesla, the visionary inventor whose technology helped lead to the creation of the most innovative electric car on the market today.From 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, there will be a Wardenclyffe work session to clean up the grounds. It’s closed to the public and limited to the drivers and a small group of select volunteers. The building itself, home to Tesla’s storied last laboratory, is still off limits because of the toxic conditions inside that must be remediated in order for the science center to proceed.The cost of the project has been estimated at $30 million. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, recently donated $1 million to the science center and pledged to set up one of the company’s growing network of superchargers at Wardenclyffe for its electric cars.Starting at 1 p.m., the public is invited to attend the afternoon event, which will feature presentations by Jane Alcorn, TSC president, who will report on the latest developments for the Tesla Center, and Neil Baggett, TSC secretary, who will talk about Tesla and how his pioneering work continues to benefit people today.Jim Thompson, organizer of this Tesla Meets Tesla event, will explain why owners of the electric car, which uses AC motors based on Tesla’s 1888 invention, made the trip and their plans to help raise funds for TSC.Although the 187-foot Wardenclyffe tower was torn down a century ago, the octagonal base still stands, from which Tesla dreamed of providing electricity wirelessly to the world for free.In case of rain, the event will take place Sunday, Oct. 26. The proceedings will be streamed at and there will be an official Twitter feed too, @teslascience, for tweets of the day’s activities, images and announcements. Attendance is limited so to reserve tickets, contact For more information about Tesla Motors, visit: teslamotors.comlast_img read more

League Cup: Manchester United Survive Shoot-out, Chelsea Cruise But West Ham Crash Out

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. London: Manchester United survived a League Cup scare against third tier Rochdale as they won 5-3 on penalties, while West Ham suffered a shock 4-0 defeat at Oxford on Wednesday.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s struggling side were held to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford after 16-year-old Luke Matheson scored a 76th minute equaliser following Mason Greenwood’s opener for United eight minutes earlier. With United in danger of a humiliating exit, they held their nerve in the shoot-out, winning 5-3 as Daniel James converted the decisive kick after Sergio Romero saved Rochdale’s second penalty from Jimmy Keohane.Although United avoided the embarrassment of losing to a team 17th in League One, the sloppy manner of their performance will raise fresh questions about Solskjaer’s ability to inspire his side.United are languishing in eighth place in the Premier League after Saturday’s dismal 2-0 defeat at West Ham left them with just two wins from six games.”We go 1-0 up and you think ‘come on, get a second’. It’s a learning curve,” Solskjaer said.”At this club we don’t sit back and think that’s good enough. That’s not what we want here.”Liverpool eased to a 2-0 victory at third tier MK Dons as Harvey Elliott became the youngest player to start a competitive match for the club.The 16-year-old put in an accomplished display and twice hit the crossbar as James Milner profited from terrible goalkeeping from Stuart Moore to put the Reds in front before Ki-Jana Hoever wrapped up the win.Frank Lampard got a first home win as Chelsea boss under his belt as his youthful side thumped fourth division Grimsby 7-1.Ross Barkley opened the floodgates and Michy Batshuayi struck twice. Photo Credit: ReutersCHELSEA KIDS SHINEThere were also goals for Pedro, Kurt Zouma, Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi — the England winger making his first appearance since suffering an Achilles injury in April.Lampard handed debuts to four academy graduates as well as a first start for Billy Gilmour.Gilmour was a stand-out performer in midfield and fellow rookies James and Marc Guehi also impressed.”I’m pleased, some debuts and the young lads who came on improved the team which was nice. It’s nice to get that first home win,” Lampard said.”I thought Gilmour ran the game from midfield. It says a lot about the academy, and nights like this give the opportunity to mix the team up and give them a chance.”At the Kassam Stadium, third tier Oxford reached the fourth round for the first time in 22 years thanks to a stunning victory against West Ham.Second-half goals by Elliott Moore, Matty Taylor, Tariqe Fosu and Shandon Baptiste left West Ham shell-shocked.Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini made nine changes and handed a full debut to academy graduate Nathan Holland, but the understudies weren’t up to the task.Max Power’s superb 25-yard strike in the ninth minute fired third tier Sunderland to a surprise 1-0 win at Premier League side Sheffield United.Bournemouth were the third Premier League club to crash out as third tier Burton — semi-finalists last season — won 2-0 in a match delayed three times by floodlight failure at the Pirelli Stadium.Wolves beat second tier Reading 4-2 on penalties after a dramatic 1-1 draw.Debutant Bruno Jordao put Wolves ahead but Lucas Boye headed Reading level in the ninth minute of stoppage-time, setting up a shoot-out that the Premier League team won comfortably.Aston Villa cruised to a 3-1 win at Brighton thanks to goals from Jota, Conor Hourihane and Jack Grealish. chelseaGrimsbyleague cupliverpool First Published: September 26, 2019, 7:23 AM ISTlast_img read more