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Lab Track: Cell Song

Lab Track: Cell Song

Today’s lab track contains a special bonus: in addition to being a song about science, the music video is made from science. Animated by Ewan Jones Morris, the video is crafted entirely of cutouts from vintage science journals, encyclopedias, and magazines. Within the spinning, expanding images, he inserted black and white video of the band performing. John Brownlee of Fast Company Design, w... »

Lab Track: The Return

Lab Track: The Return

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love nerdy hip hop. Deltron 3030 is a hip hop supergroup that’s perhaps the most popular creator of that kind of music — and I’m a little ashamed to say I just found out about it. Dan the Automator, Del the Funky Homosapien, and Kid Koala make up this group that’s based on a science-fictional idea of a universe 1,000 ... »

#MALCosmos Live-Tweet Recap

#MALCosmos Live-Tweet Recap

Last night, a modern reboot of Carl Sagan’s classic TV show Cosmos, hosted by the very worthy Neil deGrasse Tyson, premiered on like eleventy billion channels. No word yet on how many tuned in, but I like to think that it was more than the Superbowl. Did you catch it last night? Waiting until it’s available online? Gonna watch when you have more time? If so, you missed Mad Art Lab̵... »

Band Riders and the Legend of the Brown M&Ms

Band Riders and the Legend of the Brown M&Ms

New York-based photographer Henry Hargreaves and food artist Caitlin Levin have done something amazing. No, I don’t mean their gingerbread recreations of famous art galleries and museums or photographs of deep-fried tech gadgets, though both are equally cool. I mean Band Riders, a photography project depicting the catering requests of various musicians’ riders in the style of a Flemish... »

Lab Track: A Kiss is Not a Contract

Lab Track: A Kiss is Not a Contract

Today’s Lab Track, suggested by Anne, is a little less sciency and a little more on the social side of things. Flight of the Conchords, a comedy music duo from New Zealand, is amazing (and polarizing, at least to my social circle. Half my friends think they’re awesome, half my friends are thoroughly bored by everything they do. I am firmly in the former camp.) This song of theirs is a ... »

Lab Track: I’m Cured

Lab Track: I’m Cured

Labber Anne spotted this one, and it might just be my favorite lab track of all time. Written by comedy writers Stephen Levinson, Joel Moss Levinson, and Rob Kutner along with singer-songwriter Aimee Mann and performed in a video that stars Aimee Mann, David Wain, and Dave Foley (these names, you guys! How can it not be good?), this track is a break-up song from the common-cold virus to the scient... »

Lab Track: Einstein A Go Go

Lab Track: Einstein A Go Go

Today’s Lab Track is a triple threat: one, it deals with the threat of a nuclear holocaust. It was written around the tail end of the Cold War, so the topic surely loomed large in the minds of the band and their fans. Two, it has a fantastic hook: “You better watch out, you better beware. Albert said that E equals MC squared.” Catchy and sciencey! Three, the 80s-drenched music vi... »

Can You Pop a Pill to Learn Perfect Pitch?

Can You Pop a Pill to Learn Perfect Pitch?

Want Perfect Pitch? You Might Be Able To Pop A Pill for That, announces NPR (and dozens of other news outlets, verbatim). When I saw that, like the musician friend on Facebook who had posted it, no doubt, my eyes widened. Achieve perfect pitch — an incredibly useful ability only available to a tiny fraction of humanity — with a pill? I wanted it to be true. So is it? The claim comes fr... »

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