Musical Learning – The Roundup

In your youth was Sesame Street.  If you were lucky when you got older there was Bill Nye.  Now it would seem you’re too old for education set to music.  But if that’s what you think, you’re wrong.  Check out these tunes:

Thanks to ProfDodd for the tip – They Might Be Giants sings all things science on their album (that’s a CD for you young’ns) rightfully titled Here Comes Science.  Listen to track previews on Amazon.

The folks over at The Biomimicry Institute have produced an excellent piece of work which you can also preview on Amazon.

Rapping is taken to a new level by a couple of guys from Stanford.  This video is timely for what we’ve been talking about–ATP, energy, glycolysis–but check out his YouTube page for lots of great videos.


The Roundup

I got a lot of great links quickly after the last The Roundup post, but I wanted to get that post on plant and prokaryote cells out first.  So now that it’s out of the way, here’s what I found for you:

How do you feel about jumping out of an airplane without a parachute? Some guys are working on it, and if you don’t see the science connection yet, it’s only because you haven’t taken physics.

Going really green, literally: using algae oil for fuel.

$9 million hack turns out to be not so profitable after all.

Heart disease isn’t just a modern problem because of Big Macs and 2000 calorie drinks.  Turns out it’s a little older than fast food.

They’ve quantified a lot with regards to attraction.  Now scientists claim to have found an ideal amount of exposed skin.

Long Toes and Smelly Books in The Roundup

The time has once again come to close all those tabs I’ve been keeping open since the last time I shared my links with you, it’s time for The Roundup!

Penn State says to be a faster sprinter, you need longer toes.  Quick, someone get Usain Bolt and a ruler!

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Wired Magazine says judge a book by its odor?

Check out the BBC to see cool, new footage of a huge stingray.

Finally, from the “does my beetle smell funny?” department, check out what this beetle wears.

Smart Cars & the Bad-Driving Gene in The Roundup

I’ve been retweeting a lot of good stuff lately, but I’ve come across a few things I saved for this installment of The Roundup.  This isn’t stuff they tell you about in school…

The story of a New York football Giant and his Smart car from the NY Times.

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Meanwhile, between a quarter and a third of Americans seem to have a bad-driving gene.

Here in Indy, we’re at the peak of the fall colors for just a few more days.  As you know, the leaves turn spectacular colors and then fall from the trees.  But *cue the mystery music* do they fall or are they pushed?

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Could it be that kissing, which is uniquely human, has an immuno-evolutionary basis?

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Follow me on Twitter @AmoebaMike for more of the best science-related stories.

Bed Bugs, Fake Golgi, and Little Goal Posts in The Roundup

A few interesting articles that came through my Twitter feed.  Here’s some that I didn’t retweet:

Dogs for finding drugs, dogs for finding explosives, and dogs for finding people in rubble.  Now, dogs for finding bed bugs!

An interesting little article from the BBC has a bit of history on the longitude 0° 0′ 00″, otherwise known as the Greenwich Prime Meridian.

Scientists have created the first artificial organelle, as described in this article by Scientific American.

Missed field goals change the size of the goal?  What kickers have said for years, appears to be true.

Another Nobel in The Roundup

The 2009 Chemistry Nobel Prize was awarded yesterday for work on identifying ribosome structure.  Whether you’re familiar with them or not, ribosomes are huge (in biology and in life–but not in size).  Basically the ribosome “reads” the DNA and makes proteins.  If DNA is the recipe of life, a ribosome is the chef.

And if that’s of no interest to you, how about bugs? Incredible Insect Macro Photography came across my Twitter feed and I thought you’d love to see these amazing images.

If you’re not following me, obviously you should be.  But why should you read AmoebaMike when you could be keeping up with the Kardashians or following Taylor Swift? (Yes, I ❤ Taylor too.)  I read lots of science tweets and distill the very best stuff that I think the average person would find interesting.

I’m trying out this PicApp thing. Thoughts?
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Nobel Prize Winners and Burgers in The Roundup

Great research is being done on telomeres, which could give us great insight into aging and cancer. For this, 3 Americans were just awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

If you didn’t catch my tweet, check out this news about crime-fighting bees!

From the Smithsonian‘s tweet, a link to NPR’s article on science island.

As both someone certified in food safety and a guy who just loves burgers, this NYT article is an eye-opener. Remember folks, 155 degrees F for 15 seconds when cooking ground beef!

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