Kirsty Gunn isn't 'in' New Zealand most of the time, but her books sure are. Remember the Christine Jeffs film 'Rain'? That was based on Kirsty Gunn's novel. And this new one is a finalist in the NZ Post Book Awards. Review: http://metroarts.co.nz/review/nz-post-book-awards-the-big-music/
Nutrition and the Epigenome - Your mother's diet during pregnancy and what you're fed as an infant can cause critical changes that stick with you into adulthood. Animal studies have shown that deficiency of methyl-donating folate or choline during late fetal or early postnatal development causes certain regions of the genome to be under-methylated for life.
The Euphonia, the 1845 device invented by Joseph Faber, could replicate human speech. Fourteen piano keys controlled the articulation of the Euphonia's jaw, lips, and tongue while the roles of the lungs and larynx were performed by a bellows and an ivory reed. The operator could adjust the pitch and accent of the Euphonia's speech by turning a small screw or inserting a tube into its nose. The Euphonia was ultimately abandoned as just too damn creepy.