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Cell biology text books and The Beatles

When the third edition of the popular text book Molecular Biology of the Cell (MBOC) came out in 1994, the author photo on the back cover showed the six authors walking across the famous crosswalk near the Abbey Road studios in North-West London. Like many tourists who visit the spot,…

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Interrailing through Europe with Borodin and Mendeleev

This post first appeared on The Finch and Pea.   Long ago, in a kingdom that no longer exists, a bohemian traveller was mistaken for a fugitive revolutionary, and arrested. The traveller was Russian chemist and composer Alexander Borodin, who was on his way to Italy with his friend Dmitri…

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Musisci Quarterly

Off the back of the musisci survey, I also started a newsletter. It only comes out four times per year, but it will be worth it! You can see issue 1 here, and subscribe here (or in the sidebar to the right of this post) to receive future issues. Issue…

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Musicians and scientists survey results

Recently, I asked people to tell me how much music and science played a role in their lives, by answering a few survey questions. A total of 763 people* answered the survey, and the results are interesting! The short version: 256 participants were both scientists and musicians. 130 were only…

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Science and Music survey closes soon!

It’s the final days of the survey about science and music. If you haven’t yet taken it, you can do so here. If you want to know what one lucky survey participant can win, check here. (It’s so much stuff!) When you diligently click your way through the questions, there…

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Science/music prize for survey draw

I promised an update about the prize pack you can win if you participate in the science and music survey. Now that most of the items are in, I thought I’d show you what’s at stake:   One random participant in the survey will win a music and science-themed prize…

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The Music and Science survey

After spending a few years interviewing people involved in music and science, and reading a bit on the topic, it was time to find out a bit more about people’s interests in music and science. I’ve created a survey, which only takes a few minutes to fill out, and you…

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Science music playlist

For your entertainment, I have created a short YouTube playlist of some science-y songs. It includes some songs about science, and some science-themed parody covers.  Perfect for playing in the lab! I included this video of Uri Alon singing about peer review, which I recorded at the Horizons conference career…

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Beyonce the Biochemist

Satire site The Onion recently launched a sister site called Clickhole. It’s a parody on Upworthy, Buzzfeed, and other such sites, but of course the content on Clickhole is all in Onion style. So, instead of quizzes like “Who’s Your Celebrity Best Friend?”, where you can figure out (based on…

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Earworms

I’ve preloaded the MusiSci blog with a bunch of posts for the coming week. They’re mostly reblogs from elsewhere on Tumblr: I’m getting a lot of mileage out of Tumblr’s new feature where you can search for TWO tags at once to find the science/music overlap. I also wrote an…