Friday, April 28, 2017

Why Do Songs Get Stuck In Your Head?

So, you can't get that song out of your head? You probably have an earworm. Why is this happening? Well, science isn't very clear on this yet. Laci sits down and to discuss what we do know about earworms, and offers some advice on how to get rid of them.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Why Do We Itch? - Emma Bryce

The average person experiences dozens of individual itches each day. We’ve all experienced the annoyance of an inconvenient itch — but have you ever pondered why we itch in the first place? Is there actually an evolutionary purpose to the itch, or is it simply there to annoy us? Emma Bryce digs deep into the skin to find out.

Lesson by Emma Bryce, animation by Sashko Danylenko.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day Event TODAY at Mozart, Einstein & Me!

2017 Earth Day Event at Mozart, Einstein and Me 
in Benicia and Livermore
April 22, 2017 3 - 6pm while supplies last

Fore more information call: (707) 746-7565

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

2017 Earth Day Event at Mozart, Einstein and Me

2017 Earth Day Event at Mozart, Einstein and Me 
in Benicia and Livermore
April 22, 2017 3 - 6pm while supplies last

Fore more information call: (707) 746-7565

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Why Do Animals Have Such Different Lifespans? - Joao Pedro de Magalhaes

For the microscopic lab worm C. elegans, life equates to just a few short weeks on Earth. The bowhead whale, on the other hand, can live over two hundred years. Why are these lifespans so different? And what does it really mean to ‘age' anyway? Joao Pedro de Magalhaes explains why the pace of aging varies greatly across animals.

Lesson by Joao Pedro de Magalhaes, animation by Sharon Colman.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Monday, April 10, 2017

How Does Music Affect the Brain: 16 Great Benefits

If you’re wondering how does music affect the brain then you must know that there are many ways in which music affects the brain. It can bring back memories, it improves focus, it improves our creativity, music increases our verbal IQ levels, music can alter our state of consciousness, it eases pain, musical choices can affect our personalities, music can improve productivity, it improves visual attention, it influences hormone secretion, it eliminates anxiety, it improves our reasoning and motor skills, music can help bring people together, music can help treat heart disease, music can help us to read other people, music can increase your immune system and more.

Playing music helps your brain relax. If you’re tired play your favorite music and you should immediately feel better. I heard once from a scientist that each of us should listen to our favorite music at least for 20 minutes a day.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Can You Solve the Virus Riddle? - Lisa Winer

Your research team has found a prehistoric virus preserved in the permafrost and isolated it for study. After a late night working, you’re just closing up the lab when a sudden earthquake hits and breaks all the sample vials. Will you be able to destroy the virus before the vents open and unleash a deadly airborne plague? Lisa Winer shows how.

Lesson by Lisa Winer, animation by Artrake Studio.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

4 Powerful Benefits Of Learning a Musical Instrument After 50

When you think of a “typical” music student, you might picture a 7-year-old girl, sitting nervously in front of a piano, her tiny fingers resting lightly on the keys. Several decades ago, you may have even been that little girl. Well, if you think that musical instruments are just for kids, it’s probably time to update your soundtrack. There are plenty of reasons people over 50 should consider adding a little music to their lives.

Music is for Your Brain what Circuit Training is for Your Body

As the fitter baby boomers among us know, circuit training involves moving from one exercise machine to another, while giving ourselves a total body workout. There are very few activities that can do the same for your brain – and music is one of them.

According to researchers, most activities use only a few areas of the brain at a time. Playing a musical instrument, on the other hand, sets of a symphony of activity all over your brain.

So, if you are interested in keeping your mind sharp in the decades ahead, you may want to put down the TV remote and pick up a set of drumsticks or a violin bow.

Watch this short TEDvideo for an explanation of exactly how playing a musical instrument affects your brain.

Your Choice of Instrument is a Reflection of Your Personality

Were you forced to play a musical instrument as a child? Many of us are first introduced to playing music when we pick up our first recorder in elementary school. Others are required by, occasionally over-optimistic, parents to learn the piano or violin.

There’s nothing wrong with introducing kids to music. In fact, this is a great idea. At the same time, many of us leave childhood with apathy, if not outright distaste, for playing music. There is something about being forced to do something that steals all of the fun from the activity.

Now that you are in your 50s or 60s, you get to call the shots. Is there an instrument that you have always been fascinated with? Have you, perhaps, always wanted to play the drums? Or, did you idolize guitar players in your youth? Do you have a secret desire to be a DJ? Now is the time to turn your musical dreams into reality.

Learning an Instrument is a Great Way to Make Friends

Life after 50 can be a challenging time from a social perspective. With their kids out of the house, many baby boomers find themselves lacking the social ties that they had in other stages of their lives. In addition, many of us have gone through a divorce or lost a partner.

Learning an instrument can be a fantastic way to get out into the world and meet new people on your own terms. In the beginning, your main interaction may be with your teacher. But, after a while, you will start to meet other musicians who share a passion for your instrument or style of music.

Who knows, after several years, you may even decide to join a band or start one of your own.

Music Can Build Your Self-Esteem

Learning an instrument is one of the best ways to build your confidence. For starters, it is something that you can do from the comfort of your home, at least in the beginning. There are tons of online courses that can teach you anything from guitar to electronic music production. Every note you play will ring out as proof that you can do anything that you set your mind to.

One of the biggest myths about aging is that the older we get the less able we are to learn new things. What nonsense! This isn’t true at 70 and it certainly isn’t true at 50. So, why not add a little music to your life? Your body, brain and social life will thank you!

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Jellyfish Predate Dinosaurs. How Have They Survived So Long? - David Gruber

Some are longer than a blue whale. Others are barely larger than a grain of sand. One species unleashes one of the most deadly venoms on earth; another holds a secret that’s behind some of the greatest breakthroughs in biology. They’ve inhabited the ocean for at least half a billion years, and they’re still flourishing. David Gruber investigates the secret powers of jellyfish.

Lesson by David Gruber, animation by Silvia Prietov.