DAILY INNOVATION BRIEF by Maryanne Kane, Journalist


By Journalists Edward Kane & Maryanne Kane 


                                                            Source:  Columbia & Stock

  • The government of Columbia is launching a billion-dollar, high tech mission to retrieve what's called the "Holy Grail" of shipwrecks - the legendary San Jose galleon that sank off Columbia in 1708.  Here are some key facts:
  • The San Jose shipwreck is believed to hold $20 billion in gold, silver, jewels and more
  • Columbia has claimed the site for itself and declared it a "protected archeological area"
  • A Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) robot sub pinpointed the wreckage 3,100 feet below the Columbian Caribbean Sea several years ago
  • Now Columbia is using remote sensors to image the wreck
  • They'll also deploy an underwater vessel with sonar-like acoustic positioning technologies and a submersible drone to explore the site and prepare for retrieval
  • The galleon was loaded with treasure from the New World & was heading back to the Court of King PhilipV of Spain
  • It sunk during a skirmish with the British Navy
  • The 62-gun, 3-masted galleon went down on June 8, 1708, with 600 people on board
  • The President of Columbia wants the ship recovered by 2026 but a big fight is brewing over ownership involving the governments of Spain, Columbia, a group of Columbian indigenous people & a US company, Glocca Morra, that claims to have found the wreck 1st; WHOI is not involved in the ownership dispute
  • This is the most valuable shipwreck in history discovered so far and highly advanced technologies are being deployed to explore. it.


                                               Source:  Stock

  • New scientific research demonstrates that children who learn how to play a musical instrument gain enhanced cognition.  Here are some key facts:
  • This new research was just reported by neuroscientists in Chile
  • It involved 40 children aged 10 to 13 years old
  • The group that received musical training - like learning to play the piano - have enhanced cognitive abilities
  • Specifically, they develop better memory and enhanced attention - both essential for learning and academic performance
  • The scientists at Chile's UDP noted changes in the kids' brain waves from learning to play an instrument: the alpha & theta waves in the brain
  • Also, the study suggests musical training increases the brain's capacity to selectively attend to, focus on and process important information while shutting out unimportant information
  • So, if you love playing an instrument for the sheer fun and beauty of it, turns out it's a very beneficial exercise for building your brain power and especially valuable for kids and their cognitive development.
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