Just as the prominence of the World Wide Web has changed drastically, so too has its "raison d’être" — it has gone from a database to a hub of real-time communication and social networks. It spreads ideas, news coverage and multimedia across geographical boundaries instantly, and researchers are constantly trying to make it even more streamlined and efficient.
Peter MacKinnon always shakes your hand the same way. Rather than extending his arm straight forward, he bends it to the side and swoops into the shake with gusto. This practiced manoeuvre is meant to put you at ease, an old friend enthusiastically greeting you.
Although the synthesizer has secured its place in popular music, it was once seen as a curiosity ”” and an inconvenient one at that, with early synthesizers being five foot high monstrosities. Here is a look at the history of the synth.