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Lab Track: Stellar Alchemist

Lab Track: Stellar Alchemist

Today’s Lab Track, suggested by Jamie Bernstein, features the sound of a star remixed into an electronica track and combined with some clever lyrics about nucleosynthesis. Cool, no? Cracked thought so. They named this particular track — Stellar Alchemist by Kim Boekbinder, aka The Impossible Girl — #1 on their list of The 5 Best Songs Hiding On YouTube. I can’t possibly top... »

MAL Exclusive: Gripp – We Should Be So Lucky

MAL Exclusive: Gripp – We Should Be So Lucky

Marshall “Gripp” Gillson is a favorite of the Lab. He’s been featured in not one, but two Lab Tracks (*gasp!*), one of which also showcased the vocal stylings of SGU’s Jay Novella. He dropped us a line to let us know that he’s releasing a brand-new album later this month, and gave us the very first access to one particularly skeptical track. “We Should Be So Luc... »

Jesus-Free Music for a Merry Secular Christmas

Jesus-Free Music for a Merry Secular Christmas

Merry Christmas from your friends at the Lab! What did you get us? Oh, you left it in the car? No worries, we’ll get it later, I’m sure. Well, we got you something extra special. It’s a Spotify playlist filled with 50ish songs that are free of Jesuses, Marys, mangers, drumming boys, angels, frankincense, and donkeys. Unfortunately for the diehard skeptics out there, there is stil... »

How to Not Infuriate a Woman Musician

How to Not Infuriate a Woman Musician

The Huffington Post blog article “Infuriating Things People Say to Women Musicians” has been making the rounds in my social circles lately. In it, feminist advocate and rocker Steph Guthrie shares the many examples of maddening things people say to musicians of her gender, as crowdsourced from other female musicians on Twitter. A few examples: “You girls must be singers.” &... »

Lab Track: Make a Circuit with Me

Lab Track: Make a Circuit with Me

While the subgenre of science- and skepticism-themed music might be small, there are definitely examples to be found. Everybody loves using evolution, astronomy, and religion as metaphors in their music, after all. Electrical engineering, however, is not such a popular theme, which is why I love this track that Anne submitted. The Polecats, a London rockabilly band active in the 1970s and still to... »

My Favorite Winners of the 2013 Photomicrography Competition

My Favorite Winners of the 2013 Photomicrography Competition

Nikon Small World is a website that celebrates the teeny tiny images scientists capture with light microscopes. Just as satellite images of Earth can be as visually stunning as pieces of art, microscopic images of neurons, bacteria, and insect embryos can make a person stop in their tracks and see the world from a different angle. The annual Photomicrography Competition awards up to $3,000 to the ... »

Lab Track: Infinitesimal

Lab Track: Infinitesimal

Givin’ Canada some love. Today’s Lab Track features Canadian indie band Mother Mother. (You may have heard them on a recent Kraft commercial.) Their song “Infinitesimal” does science lyrics right, in my opinion — it puts forward accurate facts about the world and makes them personal by turning them into metaphors for the writer’s own inner life. It’s also ... »

Lab Track: Nikola Tesla vs. Thomas Edison

Lab Track: Nikola Tesla vs. Thomas Edison

Have you heard of Epic Rap Battles of History? It’s a slickly produced, hilariously inspired series wherein commenters suggest famous historical (or fictional) figures they’d like to see engage in a rap battle, and the creators make those suggestions a reality. There’s Ghandi vs. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rasputin vs. Stalin, Mozart vs. Skrillex…even Doc Brown vs. Doctor Who... »

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