10 Things You Never Knew About Stevie Wonder

first_imgTo celebrate the great Stevie Wonder‘s birthday, we wanted to revisit some classic tidbits about the illustrious musician. Without further ado, here are ten fun facts about the legend himself, Stevie Wonder.1. Stevie Wonder wasn’t born Blind.In an interview with Larry King, Stevie Wonder stated that he wasn’t born blind. A major cause of Wonder’s blindness was an overabundance of oxygen he experienced as an infant in a hospital incubator. This was an accident on the part of the hospital, which coupled with being six weeks premature resulted in Wonder becoming permanently blind. You can watch him talk about the incident below:[Video: CNN]2. As a result of a 1973 car crash, Stevie Wonder temporarily lost his sense of smell and taste.On August 6, 1973, Stevie Wonder was in a car accident. The crash left Wonder in a coma for four days and ultimately resulted in him losing both his sense of smell and taste for a short time. In a twist of fate, exactly 15 years later on to the date, Wonder was gifted with a son named Kwame.3. He was the youngest solo artist to have a #1 song on Billboard.In 51 years, no one has come close to the record Stevie Wonder achieved when he was only 13. As Little Stevie Wonder, his song, “Fingertips – Part 2”, reached #1 on the Billboard Top 100, making him the youngest artist to do so. The track simultaneously became the #1 R&B song in the country—also a first. Here’s a clip of Little Stevie performing the song:[Video: TheEyesofwonder]4. He once sang “No Church in the Wild” to Frank Ocean.Around the time of Channel Orange, many music critics and fans were comparing Frank Ocean to Wonder, as they were both R&B proteges that sought to change the world through music. When the two met at a party, Wonder sang “No Church in the Wild” back to Ocean. The song was a collaboration off the album Watch the Throne, where Ocean provided a stellar hook for hip-hop’s current titans, Jay-Z and Kanye West.5. Wonder helped popularize the Moog Synthesizer.Synthesizers have become the norm in popular music over the past 50 years. If you’re listening to the latest pop or EDM hit, chances are there are a variety of synths at work. However, the synthesizer wasn’t always regarded as a legitimate instrument. In a 1972 interview from Rock’s Backpages, Wonder had to defend his own use of the new technology stating, “A lot of people don’t consider the Moog an instrument, in a sense, and they feel it’s gonna take a lot of work away from musicians and all that. But I feel it is an instrument and is a way to directly express what comes from your mind. It gives you so much of a sound in the broader sense.”6. He performed “Superstition” on Sesame Street.“Superstition” is one of Wonder’s best and most popular songs. For that reason, it’s not a surprise he performed the track on Sesame Street. However, what is surprising is how intact Wonder keeps the original composition. The intensity of the song isn’t dialed down for a child audience, and is even improved upon. Stevie and his band go on a 3-minute jam session, and the energy from the kids dancing is palpable. If you’re a fan of Wonder, then this performance is one to watch.[Video: Ryan’s Smashing Life]7. He once told Lil Wayne to shut up.According to Lil Wayne, Stevie Wonder once told the New Orleans rapper to shut up at a party. Allegedly, Stevie was in the middle of a performance at a club when Wayne came in. Lil’ Wayne didn’t know Stevie was performing at the time, but that didn’t stop the singer from yelling at the former Best Rapper Alive to be quiet while he was playing.[Video: Mass Appeal]8. Wonder was the first person to own the E-Mu Emulator, an early sampler.It would be hard to imagine what the last thirty years of music would be like without sampling technology. The art of sampling has been instrumental in a wide variety of genres like hip-hop and electronic dance music, helping both genres shape the foundations of their sound. The E-Mu Emulator was one of the first affordable samplers on the market, and Stevie Wonder was its first owner.9. Stevie Wonder’s Eivets Rednow is actually “Stevie Wonder” spelled backwards.Stevie Wonder’s 1968 easy-listening album, Eivets Rednow, saw the legendary artist play harmonica, drums, piano, and clavinet, though he does not sing. Marking his ninth studio album, Eivets Rednow was actually his first album with songs credited solely to Wonder alone. However, the name of the album comes from spelling “Stevie Wonder” backwards, something that many fans missed initially, causing several reissues to have “How do you spell Stevie Wonder backwards?” to be printed on the album sleeve.10. Stevie Wonder’s single, “Happy Birthday,” is a big reason why Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday is a National Holiday.In 1981, Wonder, along with many other supporters, were rallying for the government to recognize Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday as a national holiday. “Happy Birthday” was Wonder’s way of spreading the word. He even helped organize the Rally for Peace Conference in 1981. President Ronald Reagan would ultimately approve the holiday thanks to these efforts two years later.last_img read more

Nanshu Lu, engineer of ‘electronic tattoos,’ named to TR35

first_img Read Full Story For wiring up the human body with “electronic tattoos,” Nanshu Lu, a 2009 Ph.D. graduate of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), has been recognized by Technology Review magazine as among the world’s 35 top innovators under the age of 35.A panel of expert judges and the editorial staff of Technology Review, published by MIT, selected her for the TR35 from a pool of more than 300 nominees.Most celebrated for her work on the “electronic tattoo,” Lu is an expert at integrating tiny electronic parts into stretchable materials. Her creation is an extremely thin and flexible silicone device that adheres to skin and mimics its texture and elasticity. The device contains sensors that can monitor vital signs like pulse, temperature, vocal vibrations—and potentially also brain signals. The breakthrough that enabled this work was Lu’s use of silicon “islands” connected by a mesh of nanoscale metallic ribbons, rather than conventional wires, which would weaken under stress.Holding a bachelor’s degree in engineering mechanics from Tsinghua University in China, Lu completed her master’s and doctoral degrees at Harvard, focusing on solid mechanics with advisers Zhigang Suo and Joost Vlassak. Their work explored various ways to create patterns of metallic thin films on elastic substrates that could stretch and buckle without breaking the circuitry.last_img read more

One Fine Day! Release Date Set For Beautiful Cast Recording

first_img Jake Epstein The new album will feature dozens of Carole King hits, including “You’ve Got a Friend,” “One Fine Day,” “I Feel the Earth Move” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.” Can’t wait for the album’s release? Click below to stream “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” right now! Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Jarrod Spector Related Shows Anika Larsen We haven’t lost that lovin’ feeling, so we’re eagerly awaiting the previously announced cast album for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical! Ghostlight Records will release the original cast recording digitally April 1, and the album will be available in stores May 13. The digital version can now be pre-ordered on iTunes. Beautiful stars Tony nominee and Broadway.com video blogger Jessie Mueller as the groundbreaking singer-songwriter. The cast also features Jake Epstein, Anika Larsen, Jarrod Spector, Liz Larsen and Jeb Brown. Directed by Marc Bruni and featuring a book by Douglas McGrath, Beautiful is currently playing at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. View All (4) View Comments Jessie Mueller Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 27, 2019last_img read more

Watch Kristin Chenoweth, Jonathan Groff & More Sing Carole King

first_img View Comments Star Files Jonathan Groff Kristin Chenowethcenter_img Someone put these kids and Broadway superstars in Beautiful, stat! Stage and screen favorites unite with artists and children around the world in this touching international music video from Artists Striving To End Poverty (ASTEP), an organization that connects performing and visual artists with underserved youth worldwide to spark creativity and critical thinking and to help break the cycle of poverty. Kristin Chenoweth, Jonathan Groff and Looking costar Frankie Alvarez, Tituss Burgess, Debra Monk (who knew she was such a good drummer?), Julia Murney, Andrew Lippa, the cast of Big Fish and many more join forces with children of all over to perform the Carole King classic “Where You Lead.” Take a look, sing-along, and see who you can spot! Learn more about ASTEP here. Debra Monklast_img read more

On the Blogs: Tech Giants Keep Raising Bar on Renewables to Power the Cloud

first_imgOn the Blogs: Tech Giants Keep Raising Bar on Renewables to Power the Cloud FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享BY ALAN BOYLE for GeekWire: Microsoft is kicking up its targets for environmentally sustainable cloud computing by pledging that half of the electricity to power its data centers will come from renewable sources by 2018.The bar will be raised to 60 percent for the early 2020s. “And then we’ll just keep on getting better from there,” Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer, told energy executives today at a gathering of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance, or REBA.Smith’s announcement provided a timely kickoff for this week’s REBA Summit on the Microsoft campus in Redmond. More than 300 representatives of companies that produce, sell and buy electrical power are meeting to trade information, recap successes and failures, and make deals.The stakes are high, especially due to the rapid rise of cloud computing. Analysts say the data centers that provide the infrastructure for the cloud could consume almost 50 gigawatts of power this year. By 2030, communication technology could account for as much as 51 percent of global electricity usage and – be responsible for as much as 23 percent of the world’s greenhouse-gas emissions.Two of the Seattle area’s top tech firms, Microsoft and Amazon, are also two of the world’s top companies in cloud computing. Facebook and Google are close behind.“Our data centers, for each company, consume as much electrical power as a small state,” Smith said at the summit. “And there is going to come a time in the future, some decades ahead, when each of these companies will consume as much electrical power as a medium-sized nation.”REBA’s goal is to help companies get that power from renewable sources such as solar, wind and hydroelectric rather than from fossil fuels. The alliance is led byBusiness for Social Responsibility (a.k.a. BSR), the Rocky Mountain Institute, theWorld Resources Institute and the World Wildlife Fund. More than 60 companies, including Amazon and Microsoft, take part in REBA’s initiatives.Full article: http://www.geekwire.com/2016/microsoft-renewable-energy-cloud-reba-summit/last_img read more

HHS orders more antivirals for national stockpile

first_img The antiviral courses were sent to Mexico at the request of the Mexican government, she said. The amount sent to Mexico accounts for less than 1% of the SNS, HHS said. HHS said in a press release that the purchase would cost about $251 million and is intended to replace the 11 million courses that it just sent to states and the shipment to Mexico, plus extra for other outbreak needs. Apr 30 HHS press release In other developments, a research team from the University of Hong Kong today published a modeling study that suggests early use of a secondary antiviral medication at the local level during a pandemic might delay resistance to the primary drug. The findings appear in an early online edition of Public Library of Science Medicine (PLoS Medicine). They also evaluated an early combination therapy strategy and calculated that it could also help delay antiviral resistance, but they reported it wasn’t practical because the safety of zanamivir-oseltamivir therapy has not been established. May 1, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Federal officials will acquire 13 million more courses of antiviral medication for the nation’s Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) and have begun sending 400,000 treatment courses to Mexico to help control the spread of the virus, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced yesterday. “As this flu virus outbreak expands across the country, we have been taking necessary steps to ensure states have the resources they need,” Sebelius said in the statement. “The 13 million additional treatment courses that we will purchase will allow us to replenish our national stockpile and further ensure we are prepared to provide the American people with the treatments they may need to stay healthy.” In the current swine influenza outbreak setting, the authors said the secondary drug would be zanamivir (Relenza), the only other drug besides oseltamivir (Tamiflu) that has shown to be effective against the new virus. Apr 30 PLoS Medicine press release See also: Anne Schuchat, MD, interim deputy director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) science and public health program, said at a press briefing today, “We don’t know if we’ll need them [the extra antivirals], but we want to be ready.”last_img read more

Ex Wallaby Steve Moore kicks home goals with new Brissie pad

first_imgStephen Moore at Suncorp Stadium. Picture: Annette Dew.QUEENSLAND rugby legend Stephen Moore is kicking some serious home goals with his latest property purchase.Talk of the Town can reveal Moore and his wife, Courtney, have forked out just over $3 million for a historic Queenslander in leafy Graceville. This historic home in Graceville has sold.The former Wallabies captain’s new home has seven bedrooms and four bathrooms and sits on a huge 1600 sqm block.It’s easy to see why the Moores fell in love with the home. The Graceville house has pressed metal ceilings and VJ walls.It’s brimming with character, featuring wide verandas, pressed metal ceilings, French doors and hand-blown glass windows.There’s also a pool, entertaining deck, home security system and landscaped gardens. The wide verandas of the home in Graceville.The couple sold their Paddington pad at 98 Howard Street for $3 million at the start of this year.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoMoore has several properties in Brisbane, including a house in Red Hill and units in South Brisbane and Alderley.Moore played Super Rugby for the Brumbies and Queensland Reds and won 129 caps for Australia internationally during his career, including 24 tests as captain.In 2017, Moore announced he would retire from international rugby at the end of the year and retire from Super Rugby at the end of 2018. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2019. Former Wallabies hooker Stephen Moore, with his wife, Courtney, and their three children at the home they recently sold in Paddington. Photo: Christopher Frederick Jones.last_img read more

Batesville MS Grapplers Battle Pirates

first_imgThe Batesville Middle School Wrestlers hosted the Greensburg Pirates in a hard fought out evening that the bulldogs came up short 81-29.The Bulldog grapplers got off to an impressive start as Joey Gutzwiller received a forfeit at 75, JT Linkel and Andy Gutzwiller put together a pair of wins with a 9-5 decision and a 17-9 major decision over their opponents respectively.  The gym heated up as the 95 ponders hit the mat; Isaiah Riffle and rival Kyle Stark bout back an forth within the four minute regulation time and ended in a 8-8 heading into an overtime period.  Riffle persevered through and fought hard as he had one final takedown to end the match 10-8.Rounding out the lighter weight classes was Henry Lipinski at 100, who came out with a quick takedown for a .59 second pin in the first period. Batesville’s final 6 points came from 130-pound Cole Streuwing’s forfeit.  Other wrestlers who wrestled with great intensity, yet came up short were Caleb Bischoff-Niece, Dallas Lamping, Jackson Wooldridge, Noah Hewitt, Ethan Gibbs, Hunter Hon, and Mitchell Thomas.As the night came to a close, both Enrique Arnold and Dylan Holcomb saw mat time in reserve matches.Batesville Varsity wresters will travel for their final meet of the year Saturday March 8th to Franklin County High School for the Franklin County Middle School Wrestling Tournament with wrestling starting at 9:15 AM.Submitted by Cassie Mumaw.last_img read more

Trojans Freshman Football Team Winners Over Dogs

first_imgBatesville Freshman Football team lost a tough 27-6 game to East Central to drop their record to 2-1.Offensively, the Bulldogs scored on a 12 yard TD run from Luke Schroeder. Garren WIlliamson had a nice catch for the offense while Josh Maple, Logan Mears, and Denny Sweezey blocked well for the Bulldogs.Defensively, Hunter Hon and Josh Maple lead the defense with multiple tackles for loss. Andrew Deputy and Logan Mears also played very hard and made nice plays for the Bulldogs. Drew McCleod also recorded an Interception.Batesville will play Lawrenceburg at home next Thursday at 5:30.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Eric Feller.last_img

Ulloa: Work needed during break

first_img In contrast to Leicester, many connected with Saints will see this international break as unfortunately timed. Ronald Koeman’s side are in wonderful form right now, with the defeat of Leicester their fifth straight win in all competitions. It has helped Southampton continue their best-ever start to a top-flight campaign – success which has surprised many onlookers, but not summer signing Dusan Tadic. “After 11 games nobody thought Southampton would have been second in the league, but we believe in our team and our group and until now everything is going well,” the Serbia international said. “We understand each other very well and other players also do. We have great organisation and because of that we are getting good results “We work very hard as professionals and everything is going very well up to now.” Press Association Leonardo Ulloa believes Leicester need to display more physical and mental strength if they are to avoid relegation this season. The poor form means Leicester will be in the relegation zone during the upcoming international break – a time Ulloa knows will require renewed focus at the training ground. “It is a difficult situation,” the Argentinian said. “We knew that this game would be difficult, but we need to be thinking about the next game now. “At moments we played well but they created more chances. We think positively and ahead to the next game. “The first half we played okay enough with the ball and defended. The second half started well and after they had the ball they created chances. “We need to think about the next game.” That next match looks a vital one, with fellow strugglers Sunderland heading to the King Power Stadium before they face another relegation-threatened side, QPR. “[The international break] is important for us,” Ulloa said. “We need to forget about this game and the last games. “We will think about the next game, just the next game. We need more mentally and physically.” A decent start to life in the top flight has quickly tapered off, with Nigel Pearson’s promoted side without a win since September 21. Furthermore, the goals have dried up since that memorable 5-3 defeat of Manchester United, with Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at high-flying Southampton the fifth game out of six they have failed to score in. last_img read more