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Written By: grant on September 30, 2014 No Comment

Washington Post reveals a secret scientific conspiracy to sneak as many Bob Dylan lyrics into publications as possible:

While writing an article about intestinal gasses 17 years ago, Karolinska Institute researchers John Lundberg and Eddie Weitzberg couldn’t resist a punny title: “Nitric Oxide and inflammation: The answer is blowing in the wind”.

Thus began their descent [...]

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Written By: grant on September 23, 2014 No Comment

SONG: “Could You Tell Me Your Name?” [Download]

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SOURCE: Based on“Anxiety and sleeping pills ‘linked to dementia’”, BBC News, 9 September 2014, as used in the post “Worried? Trouble sleeping? Congrats, you might have a higher risk of Alzheimer’s.”

ABSTRACT: For the first week of September, [...]

Written By: grant on August 24, 2014 No Comment

SONG: “Rosetta.” [Download] (To download: http://guildofscientifictroubadours.com/choons/grant-Rosetta2.mp3 )

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SOURCE: Based on “‘We’re in orbit!’ Rosetta becomes first spacecraft to orbit comet”, CNN, 6 Aug 2014, as used in the post “Rosetta is orbiting a comet right now.”

ABSTRACT: This isn’t *really* a song about a friend’s child. It’s [...]

Written By: grant on July 23, 2014 No Comment

SONG: “Step Into The Sky.” [Download] (To download: double right-click & “Save As”)

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Based on “A new raptorial dinosaur with exceptionally long feathering provides insights into dromaeosaurid flight performance”, Nature Communications, 15 July 2014, as used in the post “A: Prehistory’s largest micro-raptor. (Four [...]

Written By: grant on July 8, 2014 No Comment

Nature has more on the suitably self-recursive premiere of a uniquely mathematical piece of music:

The piece, “The Hilbert Heartbreak Hotel” by Danish composer Niels Marthinsen, was the brainchild of computer scientist Thore Husfeldt of Lund University in Sweden and IT University of Copenhagen. “I probably have some latent frustration about the increasing fragmentation [...]

Written By: grant on June 24, 2014 No Comment

SONG: “Colonies.” [Download] (To download: double right-click & “Save As”)

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Based on “Bees build mental maps to get home”, Nature, 2 Jun 2014, as used in the post “Bees know their way. As in they *know*. They remember.”

ABSTRACT: Bees. I’d been keeping them for the [...]

Written By: grant on June 18, 2014 No Comment

Science Daily has MRI proof that all those *boring* scales help switch on problem-solving, better-judgement brain areas:

Executive functions are the high-level cognitive processes that enable people to quickly process and retain information, regulate their behaviors, make good choices, solve problems, plan and adjust to changing mental demands.

“Since executive functioning is a strong predictor [...]

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Written By: grant on June 16, 2014 No Comment

Argalnath makes music from hard drives and floppy drives. Like a DJ, Argalnath spins.

Written By: grant on May 23, 2014 No Comment

SONG: “Something Missing.” [Download] (To download: double right-click & “Save As”)

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Based on “Man prefers $50 3-D printed hand to $42,000 prosthetic”, Washington Post, 23 April 2014, as used in the post “A $50 home-printed hand beats a $42,000 prosthetic.”.

ABSTRACT: Sometimes the words all fall [...]

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