Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad sits down to talk about music—its purpose, its function, its meaning—with filmmaker Mac Premo in this wildly frenetic video and somehow manages to explain why music is so special. Abumrad says that unlike words, which are basically just a code or an agreement between people, music just is what it is, and the response we have is innate. Music can magically get around a person’s rational defenses and is something that makes us who we are.
Today, Mike Tyson celebrates a milestone that looked unlikely when he was at his wildest—a 50th birthday.
Quick. Check your bank account. How’s it looking? Now, just for the sheer hell of it, compare your current financial standing in life to this: $3.3. billion. That’s the magic number that’s earned Scarlett Johanssonthe title of highest-grossing actress of all time, with recent hits Captain America: Civil War and The Jungle Book boosting Johansson to the top.
Michael Phelps, who came out of retirement in 2014 and rededicated himself to the pool, punched his ticket to the Rio Games on Wednesday by winning the 200 meters butterfly at the U.S. Olympic trials.
A common pitch for self-driving cars is safety benefits—a common figure is that they could save 300,000 lives per decade if implemented in the United States.