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Mandelbrot Set by Jonathan Coulton

This video is just so awesome. I suppose you might be interested in seeing an actual picture of the Mandelbrot set so here it is: 


  • Here is a video that zooms in on the Mandelbrot Set for over 5 minutes: x

In theory, you could zoom in on the Mandelbrot Set for ever as it is infinitely complex.

  • Then there is this amazing documentary presented by Arthur C. Clarke titled ‘Fractals - The Colours Of Infinity’ : x

If you enjoyed the song, download it for free on Jonathan Coultons website

That Spells DNA by Jonathan Coulton

"DNA, you’re in my heart

DNA, in fact you’re in every part of my body

Each cell has a nucleus, each nucleus has chromosomes

And DNA, baby that spells DNA”


In the song, there are seemingly random combinations of the letters A, C, G, and T. These letters represent the four bases that make up DNA. The A stands for Adenine, C stands for Cytosine, G stands for Guanine and T stands for Thymine. The genetic sequences mentioned in the song are not in fact the gene sequences for cancer or allergies. They are simply made up sequences that appear many times in our genome.

If you enjoyed the song, download it on Jonathan Coultons website for free: x

'Bacteria' by Jonathan Coulton 

There is no official video for this song so this is a fan-made video. I picked this one as it is my favourite and has been made using the Sims 2 so that’s pretty cool! 

I don’t think the song needs much explaining but here are some bacteria-related facts

  • There are at least ten times as many bacteria as human cells in the body
  • Some E.coli bacteria have been genetically modified in order to make human insulin. This insulin is in turn administered to people suffering from Diabetes. 
  • There are approximately 5 x 10^30 bacteria on the planet. For those of you not familiar with scientific notation, that’s a 5 followed by 30 zeros. That is a very large number. 
  • Bacteria thrive best between the temperatures of 5 degrees Celsius and 65 degrees Celsius. That means that bacteria on food stored at this temperature range will multiply and potentially cause food poisoning. That is why it is important to refrigerate and/or to cook foods that may give you food poisoning, especially chicken. 

Also check out the Khan Academy video on bacteria 

and this

If you like the song, you can download it for free on JoCo’s website

Top hats and galaxies

My new art blog that is quickly becoming a music blog too. If you are interested..

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1st movement (Adagio sostenuto) of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor (“Moonlight”).

Performed by Malcolm Bilson on a Thomas and Barbara Wolf replica of a Johann Schantz fortepiano c. 1800.

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Muse || Animals

Animal, you’re an animal
Don’t take anything less
Out of control, you’re out of control
Strike those in distress 

(Source: lizzie83hp)

Cosmos: A Three-Movement Choral Suite (A tribute to Carl Sagan)

Cosmos is a three-movement choral suite composed by Kenley Kristofferson using the text of 20th-century astronomer and science popularizer, Carl Sagan. Recorded by Antiphony at the Manitoba Museum (Planetarium) in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on May 29th, 2012.

It is really quite nice to listen to if you have the time.

Thanks to Nothingbutanswers for the submission!