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Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
Three years ago, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University proposed that a warming Arctic was altering the behavior of the...
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ScienceShot: String Theory Sung A Capella
20 September 2013 1:45 pm
Tim Blais, 23, had an unusual personal project last year while he worked on his master’s thesis in physics at McGill University in Montreal: making a capella exploration of string theory on YouTube. “Bohemian Gravity,” as he calls it, is sung to the tune of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and has gone viral online, racking up more than 867,000 views on YouTube since being posted on 16 September. Impeccably arranged and edited, the parody shows Blais singing in harmony with himself, featuring lyrics like “Space is a pure void / Why should it be stringy? / Because it's quantum not classical / Nonrenormalizable.” Blais, who sings and plays several instruments, says now that he’s graduated he wants to pursue life as a musician, though he’s considering other science themed videos in the future. Among the hundreds of online mentions of the video he’s most proud of one from astrophysicist Brian May, the Queen guitarist, who linked to it on his blog.
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