Science Music Corner, Accelerator Edition

Some history to relate on a Sunday evening:

Following on yesterday’s music post on the Higgs boson, it’s worth visiting the small history lesson over at Scientific American‘s website.  They recount the story of the Tevatron, a U.S. collider at Fermilab that was also looking for the Higgs.  (It was the underdog in the fight.)  It failed to make it to the finish line of the contest, running out of funding last fall.

As part of the film mentioned in the piece, you can find what could well be the first science rap of note.  If you can’t wait to hear a Fermilab rap (a tour of the facility), it’s on the YouTube.  Do remember the video is 20 years old, and comes from a science outfit, which can make it dated that much faster (roughly 1:45 in).

This does appear to displace what I understood to be the first science rap video that got any distribution – the LHC rap.

Finally, some music science rather than science music.  Reuters is reporting on a study from researchers in Spain analyzing the Million Song Dataset.  The dataset covers pop songs from 1955 to 2010.  According to the analysis, you’re not just getting old, music does sound more alike than it used to.  And it’s louder.  If we all just agree to stay off each other’s lawns, things should be okay.


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