Girl, it’s time to automate (Open Thread)

2010 September 12
by Terri

A friend of mine works in a biology lab working on cell motility and breast cancer research, and a while back she shared this amusing piece of marketing:

Biology equipment boy band! And it’s actually a surprisingly catchy tune.

Math also seems to inspire some entertaining music. For example, the “Finite Simple Group (of Order Two)”.

Got any other math and science related videos to share? Or anything else? This is an open thread, so feel free to discuss older threads, threads you’d like to see, links you’d like to share, or whatever else strikes your fancy.

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Terri is a web security researcher, open source developer, teacher, amateur photographer, naturalist, geek, gamer, musician, and woman in technology. She blogs/tweets under the name terriko, and maintains a web security blog at

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13 Responses
  1. Ann permalink
    September 12, 2010

    The PCR song, by Scientists for Better PCR

  2. mara permalink
    September 12, 2010

    there’s also for primer synthesis

  3. Danielle permalink
    September 12, 2010

    “CSIRO” from the 2009 Sydney Uni Science Revue:

  4. ContainsCaffeine permalink
    September 12, 2010

    The Math Song by the Darkest of the Hillside Thickets is a personal fave of mine.

  5. John permalink
    September 12, 2010

    Under the category of “something else,” here’s a proof of the undecidability of the halting problem in the style of Dr. Seuss: Scooping the Loop Snooper.

  6. Leo permalink
    September 12, 2010

    I listen to a lot of heavy metal, and I really like this band Gojira, since they talk about science a lot. Here is a song called “Space Time” which is about looking at the universe and wondering how it all works.

  7. VinaigretteGirl permalink
    September 13, 2010

    Production values not brilliant, but good stuff from young women mathmos:

  8. September 13, 2010

    For lots of science-music goodness, there’s the Geek Pop festival and podcast:

    Edit by Terri: fixed the broken link

  9. Burn permalink
    September 13, 2010

    Tenaya Hurst:

    She does a Geology Cabaret that I have seen, which is also on YouTube.

    (It’s in 8 parts.)

  10. Maile permalink
    September 13, 2010

    Fun post. There’s also the Large Hadron Rap .

    Edit by Terri: fixed the spelling of Hadron

  11. Clare permalink
    September 14, 2010

    Not a maths or science vid, I’m afraid, I just wondered if anyone else had seen this event:

    It made me pretty angry. The twee, bolded pink gender essentialist header, and then the final sentence “Like with Playboy, we know you must be interested in the inspiring stories” just strikes me as appallingly dismissive. Surely the joke about Playboy’s articles is that it’s an excuse to try and legitimise looking at pornography? So is the event not saying that you can pretend to listen to these women’s presentations while you’re ogling them? (Not that there’s necessarily anything wrong with pornography or looking at naked people, but to constantly reduce professional women to sex objects is not on.)

    It’s a shame, as the speakers look like they’re going to be really interesting.

  12. vass permalink
    September 20, 2010

    ThinkGeek’s women’s shirt sizing is really small. How small is really small? A commenter on my post about the problem noticed that the smallest women’s size is the same size as the 4T size they offer for four year old children. And another commenter noticed that the smallest men’s size t-shirt has the same bust measurement as the largest women’s size, even though women have larger busts than men usually.

    Here’s my post about it:

  13. Restructure! permalink
    September 20, 2010

    Black Public Media Web Producer Project – $20,000 for interactive web series (DUE DATE: SEPTEMBER 27) also supports the production of interactive online content designed to engage any audience interested in African Diaspora content online. You can download the annual Web Series Open Call guidelines for 2011 here.

    The Open Call awards project requests of up to $20,000 for interactive web series concepts; genres of content are Social Satire, Narrative Fiction, and News & Documentary. Download the guidelines for more details on categories. Selected projects will be published on, made available for public broadcasting options, and executive produced by the National Black Programming Consortium.

    “More information can be downloaded here.”

    Black Start Up Weekend?

    “Gina, who stays incubating ideas, is trying to gauge interest for a black start up competition. She writes about her experience at Start Up Weekend, noting:”

    For the most important question, were there any Black people. There were three Black people in the room and after doing the local startup circuit thing for about two months, y’all are just going to have to get over seeing other Black folks in the room. I of course was the only Black woman and there were only four other women present. Again, if its tech related, you’re going to be outnumbered. [...]

    I definitely got my $75 worth. I met some new people. Made great contacts. Learned a bunch about the mythical world of startups (It’s not rocket science). Most important, I can OWN MY EXPERTISE.

    So next year we’ll be hosting Startup Events for Black Folks in various cities in the US. Do some “market evaluation” and take this survey if you would be interested in attending an even near you.

    “Head over to the site and take the survey if you’re interested in a Black Start Up weekend.”

    Race and Fandom Call for Submissions

    (Via Racialicious: Announcements – $20,000 for Black Media Web Projects, Elevator Pitch 2010, Poc In Fandom, Asian American Entrepreneurs)

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