Turning tree rings into music

Media artist Bartholomäus Traubeck turns tree rings into music.

Today I came across what might be the most amazing thing I've seen in a long time: the rings of a tree translated into music.Media artist Bartholomaus Traubeck has found a way to take the rings that appear naturally in the trunk of a tree and turn them into musical sounds using a high speed camera, a mathematical formula, and a special turntable.In a 2012 interview with PRI's environmental news magazine Living On Earth, Traubeck explained: "The tree slice is turning like a disk and t … [Read more...]

Hollywood plays host to the 26th Annual Genesis Awards, Saturday March 24, 2012 (Updated with winners)

Ian Somerhalder will be presented with the Wyler Award at the 26th Annual Genesis Awards.

Tomorrow night, the Humane Society of the United States and Hollywood will honor the major news and entertainment media who over the last year have produced "outstanding works that raise public awareness about animal issues" with the 26th Annual Genesis Awards.The list of nominees includes (full list at the end) features films like "Dolphin Tale," "Rio," "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," and "War Horse" as well as talk shows like The Ellen DeGeneres Show."Dancing With The Stars" judge Ca … [Read more...]

Humane Society of United States announces winner of hymn contest (video)

I love that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has launched a faith outreach dedicated to engaging people and institutions of faith with animal protection issues, recognizing that religious values call upon us all to act in a merciful way toward all creatures.And to launch that outreach, the HSUS held a contest and invited people to submit a video of themselves performing their interpretation of the hymn “O God Your Creatures Fill the Earth,” by lyricist Pastor Carolyn Gillette. A … [Read more...]

The Cat Duet, as performed by The Little Singers of Paris

This wonderfully amusing video is making the Facebook rounds, and since it showcases not only talent but humor, I thought I'd share it with you.It appears that this is performed by Les Petits Chanteurs A la Croix De Bois, or The Little Singers of Paris, one of the most famous children's choirs in the world. The choir was started in 1906, when two young students, Pierre Martin and Paul Berthier (Father of the composer Jacques Berthier and grandfather of France Gall), were on holidays in the a … [Read more...]

Help Katy Perry celebrate her birthday with a donation to the ASPCA

 Pop star Katy Perry celebrated her 27th birthday today and in honor of her special day she's asking fans to make a donation to the ASPCA. On a special donation page on the ASPCA website, Katy tells fans, "Thank you to everyone for your donations! These funds will make a lot more kittens (& other animals) happy in this world!"You can learn more on the ASPCA website. … [Read more...]

Sweaters for penguins campaign brings in hundreds of donations

When the Liberian-flagged Rena crashed October 5th on the Astrolabe Reef, about 14 miles (22 kilometers) from Tauranga Harbour on New Zealand's North Island, gallons of oil and hazardous materials spilled into the waters, washing up on the pristine beaches and creating an environmental disaster.In the weeks since, nearly 1,300 birds have died as a result of the spill. But some crafty bird lovers jumped at the chance to help - knitting sweaters for penguins.When I first saw the story, I … [Read more...]


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