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NOVA on science and music

My colleague Kate Clark sent me this link several weeks ago, and I’m finally getting around to sharing it. Better late than never, right? It’s an 8-minute NOVA scienceNOW video about Pardis Sabeti, an Iran-born Harvard professor who works on … Continue reading

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Science Song of the Week: “The Nervous System”

In a new study, progress toward allowing paralyzed people to make music is reported by the journal Music and Medicine. As summarized by Nature News, the study was a trial of a computer-music system that interacts directly with the user’s … Continue reading

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Science Song of the Week

Thanks to Dr. Wendy Silk for providing this highly informative guest post! * * * * * * On Monday Science News reviewed an article that showed how the lily blooms in response to stresses induced by differential growth. Liang … Continue reading

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Science Song of the Week: a silky, smooth one!

The New York Times discussed The Reinvention of Silk on March 7. It was not referring to SingAboutScience.org contributor Wendy Silk, but, in honor of both her and the article, let’s listen to a classic by Marais & Miranda, How … Continue reading

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Science Song of the Week: “Two Eyes”

Carl Zimmer might be one of the best science writers out there, and earlier this week he had an interesting piece in the New York Times called In a Marine Worm’s Eyes, the Theory of Evolution. A team of American … Continue reading

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Science Song of the Week: nothing to snooze at?

Among the presentations at the just-concluded annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) was one on the hibernation of Alaskan black bears. As reported by Brian Vastag of the Washington Post, “Five black bears snoozed … Continue reading

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Yet another use for science songs

It’s probably obvious to anyone who reads this blog that I spend more time thinking about science and math songs than almost anyone else on the planet, and thus have lots of ideas about their many possible uses in and … Continue reading

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Grammies for science songs, part 2

Well, They Might Be Giants’ stellar Here Comes Science did not win the Grammy Award for Best Children’s Album last weekend, and a bunch of scientists are pretty upset. In fact, the journal BioTechniques went so far as to create … Continue reading

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Science Song of the Week: “Coral Reef” by Billy B

From Geophysical Research Letters via Science News comes the word that corals off the coast of Japan are moving northward, perhaps in response to the warming of the ocean. The team, led by geographer Hiroya Yamano of the National Institute … Continue reading

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Hey, I was on TV again!

Sorry for yet another bit of self-promotion, but here I am in “UW professor a mad scientist behind songs about science,” a KING 5 TV piece that aired earlier tonight.

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