Links: science in pop music, music in the brain, earth science in the theatre

Thanks to colleagues Steve Korn and Becca Price for some of these!

5 Famous Songs That Prove Musicians Don’t Understand Science (cracked.com). The supposed offenders: “Promise of a New Day” by Paula Abdul, “Perfect” by Hedley, “This Kiss” by Faith Hill, “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac, and “Save The Best for Last” by Vanessa Williams. Not all of the “mistakes” seem egregious to me, but the cartoon illustrations about each song are very cool.

Why Music Makes Our Brain Sing (New York Times). Neuroscientists Robert Zatorre and Valorie Salimpoor grapple with the question of why music is so important to us.

New Marlborough students become forces of nature for Earth-science themed play (Berkshire Eagle). “Students from New Marlborough School presented an original play with poetry and songs in a production called ‘Under Our Feet,’ presented this week in the New Marlborough Meeting House. The production, along with an exhibit of art and writing, focused on the study of Earth science. It was presented in partnership with Flying Cloud Institute, a grassroots organization that promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics education through the arts.”

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