Musical Innovation

Western classical musical instruments have remained pretty much static for the last couple of centuries. Now there’s a piano that’s tunable in real-time (without electronics), so you can adapt it to different scales and microtonal music on the fly. Unfortunately the video doesn’t clearly show the sound of it, as they add a bunch of other background instruments, but it seems to sound something between a fortepiano and a sitar. Also includes a bonus harp :-)

A great idea

Assistance dogs for the emotionally traumatized:

Tuesday is a so-called psychiatric-service dog, a new generation of animals trained to help people whose suffering is not physical, but emotional. They are, effectively, Seeing Eye dogs for the mind.

Tuesday is with Mr. Montalvan at all hours. Taught to recognize changes in a person’s breathing, perspiration or scent that can indicate an imminent panic attack, Tuesday can keep Mr. Montalvan buffered from crowds or deliver a calming nuzzle. Other dogs, typically golden retrievers, Labradors or Labrador retriever blends, are trained to wake masters from debilitating nightmares and to help patients differentiate between hallucinations and reality by barking if a real person is nearby.