Archive | November 2012

Should “Happy Birthday” be Protected by Copyright?

In this video we get an explanation about the origins and copyright to the song “Happy Birthday”.

You know how chain restaurants always sing some weird unknown birthday tune, instead of the actual Happy Birthday song we know and love? It’s because “Happy Birthday To You” is protected by COPYRIGHT!!!! They are legally not allowed to sing it in public, and neither are you. Copyright was originally created for two reasons: to protect the original creators so they could benefit from their work AND have creative works enter the Public Domain. Unfortunately, the whole system has gotten out of whack with copyright extensions that extend far beyond the life of the creator. The current holder of the Happy Birthday copyright is the Warner Music Group and the original creators of the song stopped having birthdays a long time ago because they’re dead. It makes you wonder if copyright law hasn’t deviated a bit from it’s original intentions. Or maybe you just shouldn’t celebrate your birthday in a Red Lobster.

Everything You Need to Know About Finance and Investing

As a follow-up to my last post about an economics, we get more information about the finance and investment world.

We all want to be financially stable and enjoy a well-funded retirement, and we don’t want to throw out our hard-earned money on poor investments. But most of us don’t know the first thing about finance and investing. Acclaimed value investor William Ackman teaches you what it takes to finance and grow a successful business and how to make sound investments that will grant you to a cash-comfy retirement.

Does the Universe Have a Purpose?

What is the purpose of the Universe?

This is the question that minutephysics is trying to answer in this short video (from physics point of view).

Neil deGrasse Tyson was asked by the Templeton Foundation to answer the question “Does the Universe Have a Purpose”. Then he read his answer aloud and I drew some pictures for it.

How did English evolve?

In this post about the English language we find the meaning of two expressions: “a hearty welcome” and “a cordial reception”.

What is the difference between “a hearty welcome” and “a cordial reception”? In a brief, action-packed history of the English language, Kate Gardoqui explains why these semantically equal phrases evoke such different images.

The beautiful math of coral

How can we visualize the power of mathematics ?

Science writer Margaret Wertheim re-creates the creatures of the coral reefs using a technique invented by a mathematician — simultaneously celebrating the amazements of the reef and deep-diving into the hyperbolic underpinnings of coral creation.


Lessons from the Top

In this talk from RSA we find out some of the top lessons from most successful world leaders.

The most successful leaders educate, persuade and bring about change through the stories they tell, but we rarely have the background knowledge to explore how they do so.

What is Touch?

Do object really touch each other?

In this talk from Minute Physics we gen an answer to this question from physics point of view.

In this quantum world, what does it mean to touch something?
Do we really hover above the chairs we’re sitting in?

What if money was no object?

In this age, how do we answer to this question, posed by Alan Watts ?

Is Biomedical Research Really Close to Curing Anything?

A colony of embryonic stem cells, from the H9 ...

A colony of embryonic stem cells, from the H9 cell line (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Are we really close to curing anything?

This is the question that “The Floating University” is trying to answer in this long (43 min) video.

A century ago, people would suffer and die from what we now consider routine bacterial infections. With the discovery of penicillin, a miracle occurred where it became possible to cure people who previously had been left for dead. We’re now at the edge of a similar revolution due to remarkable innovations in the field of regenerative biology. In this lecture, Dr. Douglas Melton introduces the astounding advances being made today to unlock the powerful potential hidden within our own cells. Cloning, regeneration, “man-made” stem cells, an end to aging as we know it; these may all sound like science fiction, but they’re closer than you think.

Three anti-social skills to improve your writing

Do we need anti-social skills, along with social ones, in order to write ?

You need social skills to have a conversation in real life — but they’re quite different from the skills you need to write good dialogue. Educator Nadia Kalman suggests a few “anti-social skills,” like eavesdropping and muttering to yourself, that can help you write an effective dialogue for your next story.