Weekend Diversion: Science Rock Stars

“Sounds of laughter shades of life

Are ringing through my open ears

Exciting and inviting me

Limitless undying love which

Shines around me like a million suns

It calls me on and on across the Universe” –The Beatles


Now that you’ve all given thanks for all the great things you’ve got, it’s time to enjoy some of the great music of our world. The Beatles had some amazing songs, such as Across the Universe, and this Rufus Wainwright cover more than does it justice.

Across The Universe
While you’re enjoying that, why not take a look at some of the great things some cancer researchers are doing?

The Rock Stars of Science kicks off their 2010 campaign, pairing six different rock stars, such as Jay Sean (above), with different researchers in the fight against cancer.

In a particularly savvy move, they paired Bret Michaels with neuroscientists working to stop neurodegenerative diseases.

Opinions are mixed about the merits of this project, but it’s caused me to look up the biographies of many interesting scientists doing great work. I wouldn’t have otherwise, and so I’ve got to commend this project for putting it out there.

But why not pair musicians with astrophysicists? I mean, think of the educational possibilities.

Iron & Weinberg, where Steven Weinberg explains the origin of the elements in the Universe — including iron — to the music of Samuel Beam.

Total Eclipse of the Sun, where NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory team shows you what a total Solar Eclipse looks like with its eyes, to the music of Bonnie Tyler.

The Eye of the Cosmos, where cosmologist Rocky Kolb teaches you about the Blind Watchers of the Sky to the Rocky III classic by Survivor.

This is way too much fun for me, and I’ve got to stop because I’m already carried away. So go check out some amazing researchers, and have yourselves a great weekend!