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Experiments of note:

  1. “Now the Snow” [Download]
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  2. “Isopods In My Aquarium” [Download]
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  3. “Beautiful (Have Another Plum)” [Download]
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  4. “When the Lights Go Out” [Download]
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  5. “Flip the Switch” [Download]
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  6. “If I Believe It” [Download]
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  7. “Inside the Box” [Download]
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  8. “nobody else can hear” [Download]
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  9. “Might As Well Be (Considering Inkayacu paracasensis)” [Download]
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  10. Leatherback, Crossing [Download]
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  11. “Move It Close to You” [Download]
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  12. “National Primate Home” [Download]
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2014

  1. “The Impossible One” [Download]
    , by grant
    , based on “Earth-mass exoplanet is no Earth twin,” Nature, 6 January 2014.
    Song details here.
  2. “The Road We Wander.” [Download]
    , by grant
    , baased on “Monarch migration may become extinct,” Laboratory Equipment, 30 January 2014.
    Song details here.
  3. “Starter Home.” [Download]
    , by grant
    , based on “Home Tweet Home: High-Tech Solutions for House and Apartment,” New York Times, 7 March 2014.
    Song details here.
  4. “Growing Batteries” [Download]
    , by grant
    , based on “Process Turns Cellulose into Energy Storage Devices”, Laboratory Equipment, 8 April 2014.
    Song details here.
  5. “Something Missing” [Download]
    , by grant
    , based on “Man prefers $50 3-D printed hand to $42,000 prosthetic”, Washington Post, 23 April 2014.
    Song details here.
  6. “Colonies” [Download]
    , by grant
    , based on “Bees build mental maps to get home”, Nature, 2 Jun 2014.
    Song details here.
  7. “Step Into The Sky” [Download]
    , by grant
    , based on “A new raptorial dinosaur with exceptionally long feathering provides insights into dromaeosaurid flight performance”, Nature Communications, 15 July 2014.
    Song details here.
  8. “Rosetta” [Download]
    , by grant
    , based on “‘We’re in orbit!’ Rosetta becomes first spacecraft to orbit comet”, CNN, 6 Aug 2014.
    Song details here.

2013

  1. “In the Light,” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “Zoologger: The first solar-powered vertebrate”, New Scientist, 18 January 2013.
    Song details here.
  2. “Spirit of the Words,” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on Computer program roots out ancestors of modern tongues”, Nature, 11 Feb 2013.
    Song details here.
  3. “So Heavy,” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “Super-dense celestial bodies could be a new kind of planet,” Nature, 13 March 2013.
    Song details here.
  4. “Aeronaut, Come,” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “Charles A. A. Dellschau Dreams of Flying: The Amazing Story of an Airship Club That Might Never Have Existed,” The Atlantic, 21 March 2013.
    Song details here.
  5. “Back to the Printer,” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “MIT and Harvard’s 3D-Printed Inchworm Robot Can Assemble Itself,” Inhabitat, 13 May 2013.
    Song details here.
  6. “Beautiful People” (penitential cover) [Download]
    , by grant
    , originally by The Books.
    Song details here.
  7. “Inside My Eyes” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “Fossil brain teaser: New study reveals patterns of dinosaur brain development,” PhysOrg, 20 May 2013.
    Song details here.
  8. “Better Angels” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media,” The Guardian, 17 March 2011.
    Song details here.
  9. “Regenerative Medicine” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “Decellularized Mouse Heart Beats Again After Regenerating With Human Heart Precursor Cells,” Science Daily, 13 August 2013.
    Song details here.
  10. “Better Man” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “Just thinking about science triggers moral behavior,” Scientific American, 27 August 2013.
    Song details here.
  11. “The Hardest of Carbon” by [Download]
    grant
    , based on “Diamond drizzle forecast for Saturn and Jupiter,” Nature, 9 October 2013.
    Song details here.
  12. “Kiss the Earth” by [Download]
    grant
    , based on “World’s biggest dinosaur takes first steps in 94 million years – digitally, that is,” Digital Trends, 1 November 2013.
    Song details here.
  13. “Like A Rooster At Dawn” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “Duck-billed dinosaur had rooster-like cock comb,” New Scientist, 12 December 2013.
    Song details here.

2012

  1. “Bioluminescence at the Dragon Vent,” [Download]
    by Squid Pro Crow
    , based on “Exotic creatures discovered living at deep-sea vent in Indian Ocean”, Guardian, 28 Dec 2011.
    Song details here.
  2. “Antarctica Awakes!” [Download]
    , by grant
    , based on “Scientists close to entering Vostok, Antarctica’s biggest subglacial lake”, Washington Post, 31 Jan 2012.
    Song details here.
  3. “Back into flow,” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “What it’s like to wear a brain-stimulating ‘thinking cap'”, BoingBoing, 4 Mar 2012, and “Zap your brain into the flow: Fast track to pure focus”, New Scientist, 6 Feb 2012.
    Song details here.
  4. “Inside the Box,” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “CEOs and the Candle Problem”, Nature, “A Mad Hemorrhage” blog, 2 Apr 2012.
    Song details here.
  5. “This Stupid War,” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “Pesticide exposure linked to brain changes: study”, AFP, via Yahoo!News, 30 Apr 2012.
    Song details here.
  6. “Tired (A Neanderthal Complains),” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “Neanderthals may have been first human species to create cave paintings”, Guardian, 14 June 2012.
    Song details here.
  7. “National Primate Home” by [Download]
    grant
    , based on “Call for NIH research chimpanzees to be retired”, Nature, 6 July 2012.
    Song details here.
  8. “Hi There! (We’re Robots From Earth)” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “Mars rover Curiosity zaps ‘Coronation’ rock with rapid-fire laser (+video)”, Christian Science Monitor, 20 August 2012, and @MarsCuriosity, Twitter, 6 Aug 12.
    Song details here.
  9. “Particle” [Download]
    by grant
    (with apologies to Antonio Vivaldi), based on “How Fungi Create the Amazon’s Clouds”, Time, 5 September 2012.
    Song details here.
  10. “Is There A Light?” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “New Planet Is Closest Yet: Earth-Size Lava World a Space ‘Landmark'”, National Geographic, 17 October 2012.
    Song details here.
  11. “Cloudbusting”(a penitential cover) [Download]
    , by grant
    .
    A song about Wilhelm Reich’s tragic life (through the eyes of his son), written by Kate Bush, although I kinda favor Gemma Hayes’ version.
    Song details here.
  12. “Complicated Man.” [Download]
    , by grant
    , based on “New carnivorous harp sponge discovered in deep sea”, Nature, 9 November 2012.
    Song details here.
  13. “Starts Beating” [Download]
    , by grant
    , based on “Scientists build a biological pacemaker by injecting a modified virus into the heart”, io9.com, 17 December 2012.
    Song details here.
  14. “Mesopotamia” (penitential B52s cover) [Download]
    by grant
    , originally by the B52s.
    Song details here.

2011

  1. “Leatherback, Crossing,” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “Secret voyages of leatherback turtles revealed using transmitters”, Guardian, 5 January 11.
    Song details here.
  2. “Answering the Call.” [Download]
    , by grant
    , based on Koalas bellow to attract a mate, BBC News, 18 Feb 11.
    Song details here.
  3. “Blood Sweat Horses (Hàn Xiě Mǎ)” [Download]
    , by grant
    , based on “Mausoleum find rekindles ancient Chinas blood sweating horse legend, Archaeology Daily, 21 February 11.
    Song details here.
  4. “Grains of Aragonite” [Download]
    , by grant
    , based on Primitive sea creature sports eyes made of rock, LiveScience, 14 Apr 11.
    Song details here.
  5. “Without the Sun” [Download]
    , by grant
    , based on Stress can shorten telomeres in childhood, Nature, 17 May 11, and Our Galaxy Is Littered with Orphan Planets, Popular Mechanics, 18 May 2011.
    Song details here.
  6. “Humidity” [Download]
    , by grant
    , based on Star Found Shooting Water “Bullets”, National Geographic, 13 June 2011.
    Song details here.
  7. “The Shape of Your Words,” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “Kiki or bouba? In search of language’s missing link”, New Scientist, 19 July 2011.
    Song details here.
  8. “Evert 1 Pipkin” (penitential cover) [Download]
    by grant.
    Originally by Man or Astro-Man?
    Song details here.
  9. “One In Ten.” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “Minority Rules: Scientists Discover Tipping Point for the Spread of Ideas”, ScienceBlog, 25 July 2011.
    Song details here.
  10. “Turn Me Inside Out,” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “Gut instinct: Tantalising evidence that intestinal bacteria can influence mood”, The Economist, 3 Sep 2011, and “Antibiotics: Killing Off Beneficial Bacteria … for Good?”, Wired, 26 Aug 11.
    Song details here.
  11. “Move It Close to You,” by [Download]
    grant
    , based on “Mind-guided robotic arm lets paralyzed man touch girlfriend”, CBS News, 10 Oct 2011.
    Song details here.
  12. “Shining Stone (Calcite Double Refraction),” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “Magical Viking stone may be real”, The Telegraph, 2 Nov 2011.
    Song details here.
  13. “Rocket Africa,” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “One man’s mission to put Ugandans in space”, CNN, 4 Oct 2011.
    Song details here.

2010

  1. “A Tiny Golden Mean” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “Golden Ratio Discovered in Quantum World: Hidden Symmetry Observed for the First Time in Solid State Matter,” ScienceDaily, 7 Jan 2010.
    Song details here.
  2. “My Girlfriend’s a Robot” (penitential cover) [Download]
    by grant
    . Originally by The Hanson Brothers.
    Song details here.
  3. “Staring” [Download]
    by grant
    . Based on “Body of Sea Urchin is One Big Eye,” LiveScience, 28 Dec 2009.
    Song details here.
  4. “The Stick That Never Strikes the Snare” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “Scientists supersize quantum mechanics,” Nature , 17 March 2010.
    Song details here.
  5. “Aquarium” (penitential cover) [Download]
    by grant
    . Originally by Robyn Hitchcock.
    Song details here.
  6. “Mexican Coke” [Download]
    , by grant
    , based on “A sweet problem: Princeton researchers find that high-fructose corn syrup prompts considerably more weight gain,” Princeton University, 22 Mar 2010.
    Song details here.
  7. “Golden Record” [Download]
    by grant
    , partially based on “Have aliens hijacked Voyager 2 spacecraft”, Daily Telegraph, 12 May 10, and partially based on “Barnard’s Star” by Kate Horowitz.
    Song details here.
  8. “Crocodile Surf” [Download]
    , by grant
    , based on “Crocodiles go with the flow”, Nature, 7 June 2010.
    Song details here.
  9. “nobody else can hear” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “Super squid sex organ discovered”, BBC News, 7 July 2010.
    Song details here.
  10. “Rising Like the Sun” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “Antidepressants in water cause shrimps to ‘swim towards the light'”, BBC News, 7 July 2010.
    Song details here.
  11. “The Imperial Worm” [Download]
    , by grant
    , based on “Warrior Worms Swallow Enemies Whole”, Discovery News, 14 September 10.
    Song details here.
  12. “Run Straight Down” (penitential cover) [Download]
    by grant
    . Originally by Warren Zevon.
    Song details here.
  13. “Might As Well Be (Considering Inkayacu paracasensis)” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “36 million-year-old penguin was five feet tall and had reddish-brown feathers”, io9.com (quoting Science), 30 September 10.
    Song details here.
  14. “Beyond the Ends of the Earth” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “100 Year Starship: Nasa’s plan to colonise galaxy”, The First Post, 27 October 10.
    Song details here.
  15. “Planet of Diamonds” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “Scientists Discover the First Carbon-Rich Planet – Which May Have Mountains of Diamonds”, BigThink.com, 14 December 10.
    Song details here.

2009

  1. “Iguana Rosada” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “Rare, Storied Pink Iguana Discovered”, Popular Science, 5 Jan 2009.
    Song details here.
  2. “Army Ants” (penitential cover) [Download]
    , by grant
    , originally by Tom Waits.
    Song details here.
  3. “Mama Never Taught Me” [Download]
    , by grant
    , based on “Can experiences be passed on to offspring? “, New Scientist, 9 Feb 2009.
    Song details here.
  4. “Visibility” [Download]
    , by grant
    , based on “Strange fish has a see-through head”, MSNBC/LiveScience, 23 Feb 2009.
    Song details here.
  5. “64 Actuators” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “Jacket Lets You Feel the Movies”, IEEE Spectrum, 18 March 2009.
    Song details here.
  6. “If I Believe It” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “The science of voodoo: When mind attacks body “, New Scientist, 13 May 2009.
    Song details here.
  7. “This is the Sound” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “Acoustic Black Hole Created in Bose-Einstein Condensate”, Technology Review, 10 June 2009.
    Song details here.
  8. “Hast Thou Considered the Tetrapod?” (penitential cover) [Download]
    , by grant
    , originally The Mountain Goats.
    Song details here.
  9. “Like Salamanders Do,” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “Regenerated legs no big trick for salamanders”, Reuters, 1 July 2009.
    Song details here.
  10. “Close Your Eyes” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “Scary music is spookier with eyes shut “, New Scientist, 28 July 2009.
    Song details here.
  11. “Up, Up, Up” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “Maori legend of man-eating bird is true”, The Independent, 14 Sep 2009.
    Song details here.

    Also:

    Up, Up, Upsub 1 [Download]
    , a crunchy, anthemic remix.
    Song details here.
  12. “Let’s Take the Boat Out” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “A Rocket for the 21st Century”, SEED, 29 Sep 2009, and “Letter to rocket scientists from kid, 1957: ‘You put in other details,'”BoingBoing, 13 Oct 09.
    Song details here.

  13. “A Strong Enough Lie” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “Vanished Persian army said found in desert”, Discovery News, 9 Nov 2009.
    Song details here.
  14. “Dear Winter” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “Humans Have Hidden Sensory System”, LiveScience (via Yahoo! News), 8 Dec 2009.
    Song details here.

2008

  1. “Flip the Switch” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “Deep brain stimulation may help Alzheimer patient’s memories”, Telegraph.co.uk, 31 January 2008.
    Song details here.
  2. “My Fingertips Are Weightless” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “Origami spaceplane aims for space station descent”, New Scientist, 21 January 2008.
    Song details here.

  3. “After the End” [Download]
    , by grant,
    based on “Arctic ‘Doomsday’ Seed Vault Opens”, Science Friday, 7 Mar 2008.
    Song details here.
  4. “Mesonychoteuthis Hamiltonii” [Download]
    , by grant,
    based on “Colossal Squid Comes Out Of Ice”, BBC News, 28 April 2008.
    Song details here.
  5. “Bathysphere” (penitential cover) [Download]
    , by grant,
    originally by smog.
    Song details here.
  6. “All Our Tomorrows” [Download]
    , by grant,
    based on “DNA Retrieved from 1,000-Year-Old Vikings”, LiveScience.com, 28 May 2008.
    Song details here.
  7. “We Climb” [Download]
    , by grant
    , based on “Fossil fills out water-land leap”, BBC News, 25 Jun 2008.
    Song details here.
  8. “When the Lights Go Out”, by grant, based on “Sleep-deprived brains alternate between normal activity and ‘power failure'”, Labspaces.net, 21 May 2008.
    Song details here.
  9. “(We Can Blame Peter Higgs) At the Collider” [Download]
    , by grant
    , based on CERN progress updates throughout 2008.
    Song details here.
  10. “Now the Snow” [Download]
    , by grant
    , based on “It’s snowing on Mars”, iTwire, 30 Sep 2008.
    Song details here.
  11. “Build us a House (They Could See From Space).” [Download]
    , by grant
    , based on “Ancient Peru pyramid spotted by satellite”, Discovery, via MSNBC.com, 6 Oct 2008.
    Song details here.
  12. “Isopods In My Aquarium” [Download]
    , by grant
    , based on “Antarctica Has More Species than Galapagos”, LiveScience, 2 Dec 2008.
    Song details here.

2007

  1. “A World Without Us” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “An Earth Without People”, Scientific American, July 2007.
    Song details here.
  2. “Beautiful (Have Another Plum)” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “Primates on the Pill”, New Scientist, 19 July 2007.
    Song details here.
  3. “An Awful Lot of Empty” by grant, based on “Colossal void may spell trouble for cosmology”, New Scientist Space Blog, 29 August 2007.
    Song details here.
  4. “Something in the Air” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “Lap dancers ‘in heat’ are the ones to watch”, New Scientist, 11 Oct 2007.
    Song details here.
  5. “Across the Night” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on sources in the post “Virtual Mars mission – 500 days in a box,” 12 Nov 2007.
    Song details here.
  6. “Jaekelopterus!” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “Giant Claw Points to Monster Sea Scorpion”, New Scientist, 21 Nov 07.
    Song details here.
  7. “You’ve Got Power” [Download]
    by grant
    , based on “PopSci’s Best of What’s New 2007: Innovators”, Popular Science, December 2007.
    Song details here.
  8. “First Man in Space” (penitential cover) [Download]
    , by grant
    , originally by Jarvis Cocker (of Pulp) and Phil Oakey (of the Human League).
    Song details here.
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