Episode #507

News Items

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      • Chris Patil

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          • Science or Fiction

            • Item #1 Science

              A 2014 systematic review finds that listening to Mozart, particularly Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, K. 448, significantly reduced seizure frequency and epileptiform discharges on electroencephalogram in seizure patients. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24272274

            • Item #2 Fiction

              Elvis Presley, a prolific song writer, penned more top 40 hits than any other artist. http://www.elvis.com.au/presley/interview_with_elvis_presley_october_28_1957.shtml

            • Item #3 Science

              A 2012 study found that modern pop music has evolved over the last 50 years to an increasingly simplified palette of pitch transitions and timbre. In fact a great deal of modern pop music is based off the same four chord progressions. http://mtg.upf.edu/system/files/publications/srep00521.pdf

            Skeptical Quote of the Week

            “I think the big mistake in schools is trying to teach children anything, and by using fear as the basic motivation. Fear of getting failing grades, fear of not staying with your class, etc. Interest can produce learning on a scale compared to fear as a nuclear explosion to a firecracker.” ― Stanley Kubrick