Rockbots and Animals

Here’s an interesting hypothesis: kids remember stuff when it’s in a song. It appears on the cover of Science, by Teacher and the Rockbots. One of the tracks, “Scientific Method,” might suggest ways of testing the hypothesis. But it’s not one of the stronger tracks on the album. Truth be told, it’s not a terrific album: the 14 tracks are rather similar in style but uneven in quality.

That said, TatR use the style well, they really rock. Here they are on the classification of animals.

Long Tails of Astronomy and Genetic Engineering

miceIn The Long Tail (Revised and Updated Edition), Chris Anderson uses astronomy as his lead-off example of “new producers.” Amateur astronomers complement the work of professionals by, among other things, observing the heavens: there’s a lot of heaven to observe. Much of the observation is due to the long tail comprising these amateurs.

That wasn’t the only example of a long tail of production in science that I encountered today. Amateurs are trying genetic engineering at home, reports Yahoo News. The article doesn’t mention whether these amateurs are producing life forms with long tails. I found the article via Reddit, where it has prompted some interesting comments.

I also found the image via Reddit. These two mighty galaxies are pulling each other apart. Known as ” The Mice” because they have such long tails, each spiral galaxy has likely already passed through the other.