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For nearly a decade, the best thing on YouTube has been Cooking With Dog. Its conceit was strange and delightful. Chef (a middle-aged Japanese woman whose name is never revealed) cooked beautiful, intricate food, while her trusty dog sidekick Francis sat on the counter, "narrating" the recipes in English.

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In the past day you may have seen the internet lighting up with appreciations for the writer and neurologist Oliver Sacks. He died earlier this week at age 82, leaving behind a lifetime of illuminating writing that helped us to understand our own brains as beautiful, imperfect machines. Here are a few of our favourite books and stories.

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Charles Townes, the physicist whose work would help lay the foundations for the development of the laser died today. He was 99. His career also ranged far beyond an interest in lasers, into astronomy and a fascination with spirituality.

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Dolby Laboratories founder Ray Dolby died today in San Francisco at the age of 80. He'll be remembered as the man who made the movies sound as spectacular as they look. Today, his technology is used in movie theatres around the world.

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Dr Amar Bose, the man who founded one of the best-recognised consumer audio equipment brands in the United States has died at the age of 83. The MIT-trained Electrical Engineer, professor and entrepreneur significantly altered the way people think about consumer audio, especially over the last few years as audio technology has become increasingly small and portable.