August 19, 2010
I'm in Melbourne, Australia for the 12th International Congress of Parasitology (ICOPA XII), so ... how about an Australian science song this week? The Backstreet Boys parody shown below was pointed out to me by Janet Newman, a scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO). It is a sort of CSIRO theme song, highlighting its many specialties (climatology, oceanography, immunology, crystallography...). Most boy bands have some degree of carefully engineered diversity -- the cute one, the shy one, the great dancer, etc. -- but this group is a truly interdisciplinary one featuring a biologist, a chemist, a physicist, a math(s) guy, etc.