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Post-Halloween links

• How Do Our Brains Process Music? Former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne mixes personal experiences with tidbits from the scientific literature. (Thanks to Terry Nathan of UC-Davis for the link.) • Metabolic melodies. Another article about Oregon State biochemistry … Continue reading

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Music from Mars

The latest science music-related publicity blitz concerns the first-ever transmission of a song to Earth from another planet — in this case, Mars. The song is “Reach For The Stars” by will.i.am of the hip hop group The Black Eyed … Continue reading

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Linkin’ log (Presidents’ Day weekend edition)

• The Best Pop Science Song of All Time and Best Science Song of All Time, Verse 2 (from ScientificAmerican.com) “For reasons that are obscure to me, the article triggered a memory of the old Johnny Cash tune, Folsom Prison … Continue reading

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Nobel Laureate uses music to explain ribosomes

Venkatraman (“Venki”) Ramakrishnan, a 2009 Nobel Laureate in chemistry for his work elucidating the structure of ribosomes, was a featured speaker at the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay’s 2012 Tech Fest. As reported by ExpressIndia.com: In a presentation of his research … Continue reading

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A sleighful of links

• Will.i.am Pushes Science Education During Rover Launch. “As part of the initiative, will.i.am announced the release of his new song ‘Reach for the Stars’ which will be available in fall 2012 after the rover lands on Mars. The song … Continue reading

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Bjork’s Biophilia buzz

Biophilia, the latest album from Icelandic recording artist Bjork, was released on October 11 after months of anticipation. This collection of tunes and corresponding iPad apps is perhaps the most noteworthy science-related release from a mainstream musical act since They … Continue reading

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Musical science links du jour

• 10 Scientist Rock Stars. Brian May, Greg Graffin, Milo Aukerman, Brian Cox, Dan Snaith, Tom Scholz, Mira Aroyo, Diane Nalini de Kerckhov, Art Garfunkel, and Dexter Holland. • Q&A: Caribou’s Dan Snaith. “It’s a theme in popular culture that … Continue reading

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Harry Potter and the Prince of Science Songs

“Tom Lehrer, in my opinion, is the cleverest and funniest man of the 20th century.” So said Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry Potter in the movies based on the J.K. Rowling novels, in a recent BBC telecast. Then, as if … Continue reading

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Benoit Mandelbrot: a song to remember him by

Thanks to Curtis Silver of Technorati for writing this up before I had the chance: In Memory: “The Mandelbrot Set” by Jonathan Coulton Those with highly sensitive ears should be warned that the song contains the phrase “bad-ass f***ing fractal.” … Continue reading

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Rock stars of science

Here is a site that I was surprised to discover. There aren’t a whole lot of places on the web where you can find biographies of Harold Varmus and Anthony Fauci alongside those of Sheryl Crow and Seal. So what’s … Continue reading

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