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Singing Science 129

udderly writes " Wired is running a story about a University of Washington biology lecturer, Greg Crowther, who sings lectures. From the article: 'Crowther bursts into song to the melody of Sugar Sugar, the bubble-gum '60s tune - "Glucose, ah sugar sugar / You are my favorite fuel from the bloodborne substrate pool / Glucose -- monosaccharide sugar -- you're sweeter than a woman's kiss / 'cause I need you for glycolysis."' In college I used many different types of devices to help memorize information like this. Crowther has a page where you can download samples. Among my favorites are The Krebs Cycle and Come On Down (The Electron Transport Chain)."
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  • Re:Samples (Score:2, Informative)

    by EmoryBrighton ( 934326 ) on Sunday December 04, 2005 @03:17PM (#14179445)
    Upon closer inspection, You are wrong, here's the frontpage link: []

    and here's the link I extracted the mp3's from: music.shtml []

    The second link is his own webpage at uwash while the first is a compilation of his cd records.
  • Re:Mother of God (Score:4, Informative)

    by JabberWokky ( 19442 ) <> on Sunday December 04, 2005 @03:24PM (#14179484) Homepage Journal
    Oh, c'mon... this is pretty durn standard stuff. I have a box of cassettes of this kind of music, and a rack of CDs. It's called Filk, and there's both Science and Science Fiction variants. Back before it had a name, it was just music done by scientists and professors. Tom Lehrer was singing about the elements, Wernher Von Braun and New Math starting in the late 50s, and I have a songbook of Medieval students songs that predates that by several centuries.

    Heck, I've written songs about Polyethylene terephthalate and patch panels... they are things I work with and like. I also write and sing songs about corsets and myths and the SCA. Pretty much anything that somebody likes or is into, if they are a musician, gets written about. I have lyrics about the tetramanganese cluster in Photosystem II because my fiance worked with it.

    It's not "nerdy", it's simply people singing about what they do, work and play with. Pretty much the same as all the songs about the railroad, playing baseball or about steelworkers, only these happen to be written by people in the sciences. If you're riding on a railroad, you write "City of New Orleans". If you're working with NMR spec, you write a song about spectroscopy.


  • by davidwr ( 791652 ) on Sunday December 04, 2005 @03:26PM (#14179496) Homepage Journal
    Who can forget Flanders and Swann's The First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics []

    "The First Law of Thermodymamics:
    Heat is work and work is heat"

    "The Second Law of Thermodymamics:
    Heat cannot of itself pass from one body to a hotter body"
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 04, 2005 @03:34PM (#14179522)
    If you run from the Pole-eese, then by God you must be guilty of something.

    If charges are ever brought against you, you must be guilty of something. If you object to the authorities entering or searching your vehicle, your home, or your physical self, you must be guilty of something.

    So,since we already know that you are guilty of something, and you are running from the Pole-eese, then it is likely you deserve to have your fleeing ass shot, after all a bullet is much cheaper than a trial and incarceration, and since you were running, that is as good as a confession that you are guilty of something.

    Guess the only thing left to do is learn to duck when your running, and for pete's sake, stay away from the pole-eese.

  • by massivefoot ( 922746 ) on Sunday December 04, 2005 @05:44PM (#14180257)
    It's Archimedes Principle, it gives the amount of upthrust a body will exprience when immersed in a fluid. And singing lectures do seem to be popular with biologists, I'm told that one of the biology lectures at Cambridge near the end of term is done entirely in song.
  • by kimvette ( 919543 ) on Sunday December 04, 2005 @06:03PM (#14180358) Homepage Journal
    Maybe he got the idea from Happy Days whre the student (Potsie) sings - anyone remember this episode? []

    (scroll down to "Pump Your Blood")

  • by Brataccas ( 213587 ) on Sunday December 04, 2005 @06:25PM (#14180479)
    Ooops...change that last line to: Sign! Sin! Sin!
  • ObPotsie (Score:3, Informative)

    by volpe ( 58112 ) on Sunday December 04, 2005 @07:07PM (#14180706)

    Pump, pump, pumps your Blood.

    The right atrium's where the process begins, where the CO2 Blood enters the heart.

    Through the tricuspid valve, to the right ventricle, the pulmonary artery, and lungs.

    Once inside the lungs, it dumps its carbon dioxide and picks up its oxygen supply.

    Then it's back to the heart through the pulmonary vein, through the atrium and left ventricle.

    Pump, pump, pumps your Blood.


    Pump, pump, pumps your Blood.

    The aortic valve's, where the Blood leaves the heart, then it's channeled to the rest of the bod.

    The arteries, arterioles, and capillaries too bring the oxygenated Blood to the cells.

    The tissues and the cells trade off waste and CO2, which is carried through the venules and the veins

    Through the larger vena cava to the atrium and lungs, and we're back to where we started in the heart.

    Pump, pump, pumps your Blood

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