Science-y Songs You’ll Hear at ACL
With the ACL lineup released for 2018, we here at the UT Natural Sciences Council naturally geeked out at all the science-y song names we could find for the festival’s 17th year.
Butterfly Effect – Travis Scott
Chaos theory pioneer Edward Lorenz coined the term “butterfly effect”, describing the phenomenon where a small change in one thing can result in a very large change in something else. While the butterfly effect has applications in many areas of science, Lorenz’s naming designation was inspired by the effect of a butterfly’s flapping wings on the location and formation of tornadoes.
Fluorescent Adolescent – Arctic Monkeys
When using a microscope to look for something specific in a specimen, being able to highlight what you’re trying to see makes the job much easier. Scientists have identified Aequorea victoria, a species of jellyfish with glowing body parts, which led to the discovery of GFP (Green Fluorescent Protein). GFP fluoresces a bright green when excited by blue light, and scientists have been transfecting it into cells ever since to help locate them under a microscope.
Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds – The Beatles, Paul McCartney
While GFP is one of the most common tools scientists use in fluorescence microscopy, two-photon microscopy takes it one step further by using diamonds to achieve an incredibly sharp resolution (<1mm). UT Biomedical Engineering Professor Andrew Dunn works on Diamond Raman Lasers, whose optical properties allow for two-photon microscopes to observe fluorescence in such detail.
Science/Visions – CHVRCHES
Everything is bigger in Texas - especially our computers. The Texas Advanced Computer Center (TACC) has some of the most powerful computing systems in the world. One of their stunning projects, the Visualization Laboratory (Vislab), is housed on campus in the POB building. The VISLAB contains the Stallion 80-screen display and the massive Lasso touchscreen setup as well as other systems like Google Glass and Oculus Rift.