And here we have Lily Bui’s last pick. What if the solar system was a musical instrument? Find out here. (This does have auto-playing audio, just as an FYI friends). 

Another from our guest picker from last week, Lily Bui. 

To navigate, you must be brave, and you must remember. Learn the ancient Polynesian art of wayfinding. (This does have auto-playing audio, just as an FYI friends). 

Lily Bui is a STEM Story Project associate the Public Radio Exchange (PRX), a citizen science editor at SciStarter & Discover Magazine, and an M.S. candidate in MIT’s Comparative Media Studies program. You will likely find her playing the ukulele, tinkering with sensors, or eating burritos. In no particular order.

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The Molecularium

Our guest picker this week is Lily Bui. First up:

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There is a nanotechnology theme park online, and admission is free. Welcome to the Molecularium.

Lily Bui is a STEM Story Project associate the Public Radio Exchange (PRX), a citizen science editor at SciStarter & Discover Magazine, and an M.S. candidate in MIT’s Comparative Media Studies program. You will likely find her playing the ukulele, tinkering with sensors, or eating burritos. In no particular order.

6nanotechnology, interactive, large,

Getting across a visceral sense of climate change is one of the hardest problems in science writing. Daniel Crawford, an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota decided to use a tool that’s inherently visceral — music. He wrote “Song of a Warming Planet.” It’s a small thing, but with the incredible complexity of climate change it’s going to take a lot of very different ideas to help people understand the big picture. Read more at Ensia.

» Ben

6video, music, climate change,

99% Invisible-114- Ten Thousand Years

Ten Thousand Years

Roman Mars calls his podcast 99 Percent Invisible “a tiny radio show,” but in this episode they tackle a gigantic time scale. Here, they take a trip both back to 1990 and forward to ten thousand years in the future, when all of us are gone and the waste at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant is still there. How do you explain radioactivity to people who won’t have the same language or culture you do? 

» Rose

Source: SoundCloud / Roman Mars

699pi, design, radioactivity, science, podcast, radio, audio, roman mars,

Universe Splitter

Here is the final pick from Sean Carroll, this week’s guest picker! It’s part two of an exploration of the many world’s interpretation of quantum mechanics. (Part 1 is here, part 2 is here.)

We’ll close out with something a little different: an iPhone app called “Universe Splitter.” You type in two alternatives (e.g. “go to the gym” and “eat ice cream”). The app pings a laboratory in Geneva, which sends a particle down a beam-splitter, observes which way it goes, and returns the answer to you. According to Many-Worlds, once that happens there will be two copies of the universe, each one of which you got one of your two possible answers. If you follow through on the alternatives, there will be one universe in which you enjoyed the ice cream, and another in which you worked out. Seriously.

Download Universe Splitter here »

Sean Carroll is a theoretical physicist at Caltech, specializing in cosmology, gravitation, and quantum mechanics. His most recent book is The Particle at the End of the Universe.

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Quantum Mechanics (an embarrassment)

Here is the second pick from Sean Carroll, this week’s guest picker! It’s part two of an exploration of the many world’s interpretation of quantum mechanics. (Part 1 is here, part three is here.)

Next we have one from Sixty Symbols, which is a combination of live interviews and demonstrations from Brady Haran in the UK. This one actually features me, but I recommend it anyway.

See more from Sixty Symbols »

Sean Carroll is a theoretical physicist at Caltech, specializing in cosmology, gravitation, and quantum mechanics. His most recent book is The Particle at the End of the Universe.

6physics, video, quantum mechanics, sean carroll,

Parallel Universes: Many Worlds

Our guest picker this week is Sean M. Carroll! He’s put together a collection on the many worlds formulation of quantum mechanics. Strap in as we take a tour through this fascinating part of fundamental physics. (Parts 2 and 3 coming Wednesday and Friday.)

I have two YouTube videos to recommend. Both are about quantum mechanics and many-worlds, but I also want to promote the larger series of which they each are a part. First up is an offering from Minute Physics, which is a wonderful series of hand-drawn animations by Henry Reich.

See more Minute Physics videos here »

Sean Carroll is a theoretical physicist at Caltech, specializing in cosmology, gravitation, and quantum mechanics. His most recent book is The Particle at the End of the Universe.

6physics, video, quantum mechanics,

How Mendel’s pea plants helped us understand genetics

Most of us remember the tedium of filling out Punnett squares in 7th-grade biology class. Remember, those grids showing how genetic alleles segregate from one generation to the next? Oh, you don’t remember? This animation gives a fun reminder, which will probably be helpful the next time you read about the latest genetic study. Punnett squares have never been so cute. 

See the full lesson on TED-Ed »

This is the final pick by our first guest picker, Virginia Hughes. Also note the voiceover, by our own Rose Eveleth.

Virginia Hughes is a journalist based in Brooklyn, New York, who writes for a wide variety of magazines. She focuses on the brain, behavior, and genetics for her blog, Only Human, which is hosted by National Geographic.

6video, biology, genetics,

Please welcome our first guest picker, Virginia Hughes! Here’s her first pick:

A few weeks ago I saw UCSF neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley give a talk about his group’s Glass Brain project, which produces three-dimensional visualizations of a live human brain based on data from a suite of brain-imaging technologies. This clip takes you on a short, flashy ride through our most mysterious organ.

Read more about the Glass Brain Project here »

Virginia Hughes is a journalist based in Brooklyn, New York, who writes for a wide variety of magazines. She focuses on the brain, behavior, and genetics for her blog, Only Human, which is hosted by National Geographic.

6neuroscience, video, visualization,

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