Monthly Archives: September 2010

Science Dance Party 9.24.10

Why do we do it? When it’s 90% failure, why do we do it? Because that 0.5% success rate in science carries us through those deserts of negative data. The process is as fun as the outcome, and the data that mean something-the pieces of the whole that tell a story illuminating our basic understanding of the natural world-send us into the stratosphere. There is nothing like it. Nothing compares to watching a scientific story unfold. There is nothing that mimics it. There is nothing as cool as having a job where you get to deal in the business of ideas, stand on the leading edge of knowledge, and spend your time asking questions about how things work and, armed with the understanding of how to pursue those questions through scientific inquiry, do so.

To celebrate the bright side of science, we have the Yeah Yeah Yeahs this Friday.

(Karen O’s voice makes me a little crazy in all the right ways, I have to say.)

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Science Dance Party 9.17.10

Science is about 10% good ideas (if you’re really awesome) and 90% troubleshooting. In appreciation of the scientist’s unending patience with experimentation and the vast array of negative results (which are still results, mind you) we encounter on the way to scientific success, here are the Sex Pistols.

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Science Dance Party 9.10.10

I give you the English Beat to celebrate this week’s Science Dance Party.  You can pick up some excellent dance moves from this band.

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Science Dance Party 9.3.10

The Modern Lovers make great music for the science doing.  One of my faves.  Shake it while you learn some science!

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