Sciences

 
The cup of water that took away Tchaikovsky

Given the way medical advancements have significantly prolonged life expectancies around the world, it is hard to imagine that old-age diseases such as cholera are still affecting people in our world today. The cholera epidemic that recently hit Haiti has [...] more >>

by Desiree Ho | May 20th, 2011
 
I sing, therefore I speak

When Charles Darwin proposed the theory of Evolution, it quickly became common knowledge that organisms constantly adapt to their environment for survival. This is where the catchphrase “survival of the fittest” or “natural selection” comes into play. Favourable traits that [...] more >>

by Desiree Ho | March 25th, 2011
 
How music affects our emotions

Have you ever heard the song Gloomy Sunday, the 1933 tune composed by Hungarian pianist and composer Rezső Seress? This song is said to be the saddest tune ever composed, and is rumoured to have sparked hundreds to commit suicide. [...] more >>

by Desiree Ho | March 11th, 2011
 
Why were opera singers fat?

Picture in your head an image of an opera singer. Like many people, you may see the stereotype of a fat lady in an extravagant gown belting it out like there was no tomorrow. Why are opera singers fat? Or, [...] more >>

by Desiree Ho | February 4th, 2011
 
Blindness and musical talent

He is the youngest person to have his US number 1 hit at the age of 13. He has had over 100 million albums sold, over 30 U.S top-ten hits, 25 Grammies, 10 US number-one hits on the pop charts, [...] more >>

by Desiree Ho | January 21st, 2011
 
Does it take incredible intelligence to produce a music genius?

The musical genius of Beethoven, though witnessed over 200 years ago, is still deeply admired by many because Ludwig van Beethoven once described his talent saying, “I keep a thought in my mind for a very long time. I am [...] more >>

by Desiree Ho | January 7th, 2011
 
Does Listening to Mozart Make You Smarter? The truth about the Mozart effect

In 1993, Dr Frances Rauscher and her colleagues from the Centre of Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, University of California published a letter in “Nature” magazine that shook the music world. The report suggested that listening to Mozart’s music could [...] more >>

by Desiree Ho | December 22nd, 2010
 
Wrong Diagnosis and Wrong Operation for Handel

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759), the great German-English composer, was almost completely blind by 1751. As a result, he was unable to finish his final piece of music “Jephtha”. Handel was told by Samuel Sharp, an eye specialist at Guy’s hospital, [...] more >>

by Desiree Ho | November 19th, 2010