[tabi] Re: [NOVA] "Musical Minds" and NOVA scienceNOW

  • From: "Barbara Lineberry" <bkblpp@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2009 23:37:51 -0400

Thanks, Lynn.  I'll try to get it.  I just recently finished reading several of 
Oliver Sack's books including Musicophilia which was just great.  I've loved 
every one of his books.  They are not technical, but are observations and 
vastly interesting.  

Barbara
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Lynn Evans 
  To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Monday, June 29, 2009 11:25 PM
  Subject: [tabi] [NOVA] "Musical Minds" and NOVA scienceNOW


  For those who enjoy music and have a brain you may be interested in this show.

  NOVA NEWS
  Be sure to catch Dr. Oliver Sacks's latest book, the national best-seller 
Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

  Musical Minds
  Tuesday, June 30 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on PBS
  Check your local listings 

  Can the power of music make the brain come alive? Throughout his career Dr. 
Oliver Sacks, neurologist and acclaimed author, whose book Awakenings was made 
into a Oscar-nominated feature film starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro, 
has encountered myriad patients who are struggling to cope with debilitating 
medical conditions. While their ailments vary, many have one thing in common: 
an appreciation for the therapeutic effects of music. NOVA follows four 
individuals-two of whom are Sacks's case studies in his latest book, the 
national best-seller Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain-and even peers 
into Sacks's own brain, to investigate music's strange, surprising, and still 
unexplained power over the brain


  Then in the second hour:

  and finally, we meet Luis von Ahn, computer science and gaming expert aiming 
to capitalize on the countless hours we waste at computers with CAPTCHA, a 
system developed to help combat spam.
  Tuesday, June 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on PBS
  Check your local listings 

  In the season premiere, a blindfolded Tyson is led to a top-secret "diamond 
farm" to investigate breakthroughs in the engineering of artificial diamonds; 
then, Neil meets the engineers behind Auto-Tune, the pitch correction software 
that turns sour notes into sweet ones-but can it turn our host into a singing 
star? Next, our cameras track an ingenious technique that highlights key 
mutations in a strain of anthrax to see if researchers can use genetic 
"fingerprinting" to trace the source of the strain; and finally, we meet Luis 
von Ahn, computer science and gaming expert aiming to capitalize on the 
countless hours we waste at computers with CAPTCHA, a system developed to help 
combat spam.

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