Dancing Science?

It’s not too often that the worlds of science and dance mix, but choreographer Liz Lerman is one of those starting to change that. Lerman has created two pieces as of now that deal with scientific topics: “Ferocious Beauty: Genome” (2006) and “A Matter of Origins” (2011). “Ferocious Beauty: Genome” focuses, as the title suggests, on the human genome—more specifically genetic research and engineering. “A Matter of Origins” is more physics related, focusing on the idea of beginnings: especially the world’s beginning and the Big Bang theory. Through her choreography, Lerman brings together scientific ideas and research with the art of dance to cumulatively make science more accessible for the everyday folk. Her pieces educate the audience on the facts of the topic, and bring up the questions that surround the research, such as the various ethical questions within the field of genetic engineering, and how it will change our futures. Scientific dance is still being developed, and explored (especially for its educational potential) but goes to show the beauty behind nature’s artwork, and the different ways people continuously find to explore and showcase that beauty.

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Issac Newton: Chickens at rest tend to stay at rest, chickens in motion tend to cross roads.
Darwin: Chickens, over great periods of time, have been naturally selected in such a way that they are now genetically dispositioned to cross roads.
Albert Einstein: Whether the chicken crossed the road or the road moved beneath the chicken depends upon your frame of reference.
Heisenberg: Because the chicken is moving very fast, you can either observe the
chicken or you can measure its speed, but you cannot do both.
Jean Foucault: It didn’t. The rotation of the earth made it appear to cross.
Galileo: To get a better look at the stars.
Ohm: There was more resistance on this side of the road.
Pascal: It was pressured to cross the road.
Volta: The other side had more potential.
Hawking: There exist numerous parallel universes in which the same chicken is in differing stages of crossing the road. Only when one of the chickens has completed crossing the road do their ave functions coallesce.
Grandpa: In our days, we didn't ask why the chicken crossed the road. Someone told us that the chicken had crossed the road, and that was good enough for us.

Perfect relationship. 
“How does Sodium (Na) and Chlorine (Cl) have the perfect relationship?”
Simple explanation;
Sodium (Na) has a positive charge of 1+ and chlorine (Cl) has a negative charge of 1-. Since all of the elements want to be like the almighty noble gas, they need to find a partner that can give them what they need. Because they can balance each other out, its a match made in heaven — or a chemistry lab if you will.  


Perfect relationship. 

“How does Sodium (Na) and Chlorine (Cl) have the perfect relationship?”

Simple explanation;

Sodium (Na) has a positive charge of 1+ and chlorine (Cl) has a negative charge of 1-. Since all of the elements want to be like the almighty noble gas, they need to find a partner that can give them what they need. Because they can balance each other out, its a match made in heaven — or a chemistry lab if you will.  

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A wave and a circle are both two-dimensional projections of a helix.


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Professor: You are a Christian, aren’t you, son?
Student: Yes, sir.
Professor: So, you believe in God?
Student: Absolutely, sir.
Professor: Is God good?
Student: Sure.
Professor: My brother died of cancer, even though he prayed to God to heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But God didn’t. How is God good, then? Hmm?
(Student was silent)
Professor: You can’t answer, can you? Let’s start again, young fella. Is God good?
Student: Yes.
Professor: Is Satan good?
Student: No.
Professor: Where does Satan come from?
Student: From.. God.
Professor: That’s right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?
Student: Yes.
Professor: Evil is everywhere, isn’t it? And God did make everything. Correct?
Student: Yes.
Professor: So who created evil?
(Student didn’t answer)
Professor: Is there sickness? Immortality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world, don’t they?
Student: Yes, sir.
Professor: So, who created them?
(Student had no answer)
Professor: Science says you have 5 senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Tell me, son.. have you ever seen God?
Student: No, sir.
Professor: Tell us if you have ever heard your God.
Student: No, sir.
Professor: Have you ever felt your God, tasted your God, smelt your God? Have you ever had any sensory perception of God, for that matter?
Student: No, sir. I’m afraid I haven’t.
Professor: Yet you still believe in Him?
Student: Yes.
Professor: According to empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, Science says your God doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?
Student: Nothing. I only have my Faith.
Professor: Yes, Faith. And that is the problem Science has.
Student: Professor, is there such a thing as Heat?
Professor: Yes.
Student: And is there such a thing as Cold?
Professor: Yes.
Student: No, sir, there isn’t.
(The Lecture Theatre became very quiet with this turn of events)
Student: Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat, mega heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat. But we don’t have anything called cold. We can hit 458 Degrees below Zero which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of Heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.
(There was a pon-drop silence in the Lecture Theatre)
Student: What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?
Professor: Yes. What is night if there isn’t darkness?
Student: You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of something. You can have Low Light, Normal Light, Bright Light, Flashing Light… But if you have No Light constantly, you have nothing and it’s called Darkness, isn’t it? In reality, darkness isn’t. If it is, You would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?
Professor: So what is the point you are making, young man?
Student: Sir, my point is, your Philosophical Premise is flawed.
Professor: Flawed? Can you explain how?
Student: Sir, you are working on the Premise of Duality. You argue there is Life and then there is Death, a good God and a bad God. You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, Science can’t even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life, just the absence of it. Now tell me, Professor, do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?
Professor: If you are referring to the Natural Evolutionary Process, yes of course, I do.
Student: Have you ever observed Evolution with your own eyes, sir?
(The professor shook his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument was going)
Student: Since no one has ever observed the Process of Evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor, are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a Scientist but a Preacher?
(The class was in uproar)
Student: Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor’s brain?
(The class broke out into laughter)
Student: Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor’s brain, felt it, touched or smelt it? .. No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established Rules of Empirical, Stable and Demonstrable Protocol, Science says that you have no brain, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures?
(The room was silent. The Professor stared at the student, his face unfathomable)
Professor: I guess you’ll have to take them on Faith, son.
Student: That is it, sir.. exactly! The link between man and God is Faith. That is all that keeps things alive and moving!
The student's name was Albert Einstein.


Rolling in the Higgs (Adele Parody) by Tim Blais and A Capella Science

There’s a collider under Geneva
Reaching new energies that we’ve never achieved before
Finally we can see with this machine
A brand new data peak at 125 GeV
See how gluons and vector bosons fuse
Muons and gamma rays emerge from something new
There’s a collider under Geneva
Making one particle that we’ve never seen before

This is my new jam.

having a nerd moment. OMGGGGGalkadjfeiaopfjdaskl;fd. okay done.

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“The Periodic Circle” by Clearly Crafty


Neil deGrasse Tyson on how unrepresentative our representatives are

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Iana Salenko.
Photo (c) Maria-Helena Buckley.


Iana Salenko.

Photo (c) Maria-Helena Buckley.

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