How can great musicians seem to do the impossible?



by Joel N. Shurkin, Inside Science

Even old jokes can have a scientific basis in fact.

You know the one about the tourist who stops a native New Yorker on the street and asks, “Excuse me sir, but how do you get to Carnegie Hall?”

"Practice, practice, practice."

That New Yorker is absolutely correct. Scientists have found that the brains of professional musicians are physiologically different from the brains of other people, and they got that way mostly because of practice, practice, practice.

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All children are not treated equally in the U.S., including children from different countries migrating into the country.

There’s a big difference between how Mexican and Central American kids are treated once they cross the border.

Mexican children and teens are deported almost immediately, without ever setting foot in court to argue their case for legal status. Their quick ouster is known as “expedited repatriation.”

Central American children, however, are allowed to remain in the country until they go before a judge.

Lawmakers from Texas are now discussing plans for new legislation aimed at removing Central American kids in a similarly expedited fashionContinue reading.



Google Wants Developers Building Virtual-Reality Apps For A Piece Of Cardboard

As usual, Google handed out an array of freebies to attendees of its I/O conference, hoping to entice developers to build applications for its devices. Among them: a square smatchwatch—their choice of the LG G Watch or Samsung Gear Live, the round Moto 360 watch, and a piece of cardboard.

Though attendees were confused by the cardboard gesture, they soon realized the flat piece of pasteboard could be folded to construct a virtual-reality headset powered by an Android phone. And as with the smartwatches handed out, Google wants apps for Cardboard.

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Launching Remix the City has been a great adventure so far.   The first two workshops have been a resounding success with the kids and we couldn’t be happier with the results.  The “Mix” above, “a cool trip” is just one example of the creativity that kids are showing to tell their stories using our app.

There are a lot more workshops planned over the next 3 months so if you are in Toronto be sure to check our calendar and register your kids ages 10-17.

If you are wondering how come only Toronto gets to experience Remix the City, then I’m going to ask you to help us get to London, UK so we can share this experience with mentors from all over the world at the Mozilla Festival.   If we do, we’ll make sure to pass on all the materials needed to run a workshop to as many people as we can so they can teach kids everywhere.   Vote for our session at the Mozilla Festival.



Summer Solstice, the First Day of Summer, is tonight at 10:04 PST.

Coincidentally, it’ll be followed by the year’s largest supermoon. “In the early hours of Sunday, June 23, the moon will officially reach its full phase and will be the closest to Earth that it will be all year.”

Poland celebrates by releasing thousands of beautiful lanterns (video). You can check out how other countries celebrate, or just make up your own ritual.

Happy Midsummer’s dream, you dreamers.



We’re getting ready to launch Videogami, our most exciting project to date.  If you are familiar with our workshops, you know how much kids love to MAKE things and how efficient this experience is to TEACH them real skills.  Videogami is our attempt to bring this kind of learning experience to every home, by providing a tool that kids can use to teach themselves real skills, the kind that will get them ahead in our increasingly complex and technology-driven world. 

The video was shot during a live workshop.  All the interactions between the kids, the materials in front of them and our iPad app are real and taken during the workshop while they worked for two hours to learn how to build our Magic Cubes, and learn about what we adults call Theory of Computation.