I…am…Scientist…Asian…Rockstar… (O.K. maybe not a rockstar). What science subject should I write my next song about?

Yes, it’s true! In my younger days, I had many a futile dream of being a rockstar in a rock band. Nowadays, I live this dream vicariously with the odd song (poorly) written and recorded for science’s sake. Generally, this is done as a challenge, whereupon I make the comments section a place for suggestions.

For example, below is a song I had to put together because someone threw in the word “mitochondria.”

Here is the mp3 for your listening pleasure (best with headphones) – just click to listen.

Floating round in a cell,
making A T P
In your own kind of hell
in the cytoplasmic sea

You got own DNA
Came maternally
Never sure how you stayed

Mitochondria, Mitochondria, Mitochondria, Mitochondria
Mitochondria, Mitochondria, Mitochondria, Mitochondria

Inner membrane, oxidation, many cristae, metabolism
Electron transportation chain!


Anyway, enough with the organelle talk – leave some suggestions below and I’ll do my best to have something written within 2 to 3 weeks.

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David (@ng_dave) is Faculty at the Michael Smith Labs. His writing has appeared in places such as McSweeney's, The Walrus, and boingboing.net. He plans on using Terry as another place to highlight the mostly science-y links he appreciates. In fact, if you liked this one, you might also like his main site generally - this can be found at popperfont.net.