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Stuck at home? These world famous museums offer virtual tours

Travel and Leisure »

There is a way to get a little culture and education while you’re confined to your home. According to Fast Company, Google Arts & Culture teamed up with over 500 museums and galleries around the world to bring anyone and everyone virtual tours and online exhibits of some of the most famous museums around the world..

Now, you get “go to the museum” and never have to leave your couch.

» Musée d’Orsay, Paris »

» Pergamon Museum, Berlin »

» Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam »

» Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam »

» Uffizi Gallery, Florence »

» British Museum, London »

» MASP, São Paulo »

» National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City »

» The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles »

» National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul »

» Guggenheim Museum, New York »

» National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. »

New algorithm generates every possible melody to curb copyright lawsuits

Matt Binder, Mashable »

The goal: to copyright every single combo in order to give it to the public so musicians and artists can use melodies without worrying about copyright issues down the line.

The algorithm created by the two programmer-musicians can put together every single 8-note, 12-beat melody combo. According to Riehl, the algorithm can generate 300,000 melodies per second. In order for these melodies to be copyrighted, they must be created as a work. So, the algorithm outputs MIDI files of the melodies to a hard drive.

People who frequent art galleries, museums, attend the theatre, concerts may live longer

Vishwadha Chander, Reuters »

Even after accounting for a wide range of other health and social factors, researchers from University College London found that people over 50 who regularly engaged with arts activities were 31% less likely to die during a 14-year follow-up than peers with no art in their lives.

Those who took part in arts-related activities only once or twice a year still had 14% lower odds of dying during the study.

“These findings support previous statistical analyses and anthropological work suggesting there may be benefits of the arts to individuals as they age,” said Daisy Fancourt, an associate professor of psychobiology and epidemiology at University College London and co-author of the study.

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