Here's a great artsy, nerdy thing: A bunch of scientists plugged sensors into actor/awesome guy Stephen Frye and comedian Alan Davies, and measured their heart rate, blood pressure, and other physiological responses while they watched a performance of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra at the Royal Opera House. The subsequent panel discussion is a fascinating and quite funny look at what's happening inside of us when we have an emotional response to art. (A fun fact I learned: People are far more likely to be "moved to tears" by music than by any other art form.)

h/t to Open Culture.