Two projects of note:
Music Genome Project - The genius minds over at Pandora are working to "capture the essence of music at the fundamental level" using over 400 attributes to describe songs and a complex mathematical algorithm to organize them. A given song is represented by a vector containing approximately 150 genes. Each gene corresponds to a characteristic of the music, for example, vocal harmony, melody, level of distortion on the electric guitar, lyrics, etc.
They have compiled an in-depth analysis of music. You can start by choosing song or artist you like, and then create a station full of songs with musical qualities similar to your favorites. If, like me, you find yourself listening to a mix of NPR and Raffi, or those classic James Taylor faves, you may want to mix things up a bit and check this site out! www.pandora.com
Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation - DNA analysis with the goal to illustrate how closely we, as members of the human family, are all related. Philanthropist James LeVoy Sorenson (of Salt Lake City), one of the project's founders and the program's namesake says, "I can't think of anything that matters more than reminding people everywhere that in a very real sense, we are all brothers and sisters." The Sorenson Molecular Genetic Foundation hopes to promote tolerance and peace by making people aware of our intricate ties. Request a kit and add your branch to the world genetic tree (for free to boot!). www.smgf.org