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Nanotech Rocks. Literally. Well, Actually, Musically

Posted By Prucia Buscell, Thursday, November 19, 2009
Updated: Thursday, February 17, 2011

What began with an American Chemical Society contest has blossomed into joyous song and dance work that celebrates science with the sort of sophisticated silliness that sticks in the memory.

Nano, nano, nano,
What a wonderful surprise
That ordinary is extraordinary
When you make it nano size!

That's the chorus of "The Nano Song," winner of the ACS contest last spring for the most entertaining scientific explanation of nanotechnology. Ryan Miyakawa, a 27-year-old pianist-composer and engineering graduate student at University of California at Berkeley wrote the words and music. Glory Liu, a junior majoring in classics and political economy at UC Berkeley, who has classical music training and a lovely voice, performed energetically with a cast of puppets. Patrick Bennett, a third year graduate student in the science and technology program with Miyakawa worked on the production.
The students formed The Sounds of Science, and have followed up their fist hit with
"The Safety Song," which gives aspiring scientists a cheerfully tuneful warning against doing really awful things in the lab. The productions have been featured in The Scientist, Scientific American, and Wired.

Aaron Rowe, a biochemist who writes for Wired Science and was one of the judges for the ACS contest, thinks this and other music videos will be a boon for science teachers.

Anyonecan access "The Nano Song" free on You Tube. The UC Berkeley Newsletter says "The Safety Song," which premiered on You Tube in October, already has had 30,000 hits.

And when you have a few minutes, enjoy the Top Ten Wired Science Music Videos. Some are hilarious and most are memorable.

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