Ada Byron (later Countes of Lovelace) -- British mathematician The daughter of poet Lord Byron, her key collaborations in the 1880's with British inventor Charles Babbage led to the earliest computer; she is considered the first computer programmer. Born Augusta Ada Byron in London in 1815, Ada Byron (who would also later be known as the Countess of Lovelace) was the daughter of a brief marriage between the famous Romantic Age poet Lord Byron and Anne Isabelle Milbanke. Ada's mother (known as Lady Byron) separated from Lord Byron just a month after Ada was born. Four months later, her poet father left England. Ada actually never met Lord Byron (who died in Greece in 1823); she was raised by her mother. Wishing Ada to be totally unlike her poetic, eccentric father, Lady Byron (despite realizing that females were not encouraged to pursue intellectual pursuits during that day) saw to it that Ada received the best tutoring in mathematics -- a discipline that Lady Byron … [Read more...] about Women Who Changed the World Through Science & Engineering: Ada Byron
Music can change the world
This feature is part of Music and Your Mind, a series exploring how music affects your brain. Read part 2 on healing and part 3 on torture. (CNN)Music is present in every part of our lives. Our spiritual rituals are framed with songs, children learn the alphabet through song and the malls and cafes we visit during our leisure time are rarely silent. But just how much can this ever-present thing impact us -- and the way we act and feel? Research suggests music can influence us a lot. It can impact illness, depression, spending, productivity and our perception of the world. Some research has suggested it can increase aggressive thoughts, or encourage crime. Recently, a UK study explored how "drill" music -- a genre of rap characterized by threatening lyrics -- might be linked to attention-seeking crime. That's not new, but the emergence of social media allows more recording and sharing. The content of these songs is about gang rivalry, and unlike other genres, the audience might … [Read more...] about How music can change the way you feel and act
A new interactive music map showing the world’s most sung about places features New York, London, Paris as the most sung about - and Eastbourne - ranks as one of the unexpected towns to feature on it. With a total of 239 songs featuring 79 places, the classic anthem Laughing Gnome by David Bowie pushed Eastbourne onto the list, with its famous lyric ‘Then I put him on a train to Eastbourne’.Global travel company Celebrity Cruises teamed up with data scientists and music experts to create the first-of-its-kind interactive music map, which analysed more than 200,000 songs to discover places around the world mentioned the most in songs since the 1960s.America takes the top spot with 1,401 songs mentioning 230 places, with New York being the most popular place in the world to sing about with 161 charting singles featuring it in the lyrics, while London is not far behind with the UK’s capital city being mentioned in 101 songs. The top five most referenced places in … [Read more...] about Eastbourne’s surprising entry on map showing the must sung about places in the world
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Health Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by Laboratories frequently “reclassify” genetic mutations. But there is no reliable system for telling patients or doctors that the results of their genetic tests are no longer valid. ByGina Kolata Oct. 16, 2018 The results of a genetic test may seem final — after all, a gene mutation is present or it is not. That mutation increases the risk of a disease, or it does not. In fact, those findings are not as straightforward as they might seem, and the consequences may have grave implications for patients. While a person’s genome doesn’t change, the research linking particular bits of DNA to disease is very much in flux. Geneticists and testing labs constantly receive new information that leads them to reassess genetic mutations. As a result, a mutation The result: The gene … [Read more...] about The Results of Your Genetic Test Are Reassuring. But That Can Change.
Paul G. Allen, who co-founded software giant Microsoft with childhood friend Bill Gates prior to becoming a billionaire philanthropist, died Monday in Seattle at the age of 65, according to a statement by his company, Vulcan Inc., on behalf of the family. Allen had been battling non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. As soon as the news spread, a flurry of tributes and statements were released. Gates remembers Allen as one of his "oldest and dearest friends" and "personal computing would not have existed without him." Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said Allen "changed the world." Allen had invested his wealth in conservation, space travel, arts and culture and professional sports. He owned the Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle Seahawks, which many on those teams spoke out fondly in Allen's memory. In 1986, Allen and his sister founded Vulcan, the investment firm that oversaw his businesses and philanthropic efforts. "Millions of people were touched by his generosity, his persistence in … [Read more...] about “He changed the world”: Reaction to Paul Allen’s death pours in across the world