Friday Fun: She Blinded Me With Science

This week’s Friday Fun song has a direct correlation to this week’s Cool Job of the Week: “She Blinded Me With Science“!

This 1982 hit from Thomas Dolby has also been covered by – of all people – William Shatner.

Another fun fact: apparently Dolby created the idea for the music video before he’d even worked out the song! He also directed the video, which features various mad scientists in a Home for Deranged Scientists.

While it’s obvious that not all scientists are mad, as the old saying goes: “You don’t have to be crazy to work here, but it helps!”


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Cool Job of the Week: Physicist

While you may think the coolest physicist in America is Neil deGrasse Tyson, you might be interested to learn that one of the U.S.’s most accomplished physicists is actually a 24-year-old student named Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski.

Currently a PhD candidate at Harvard, where she is billed as “the next Einstein,” Sabrina is originally from Chicago and studied at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. Just one of her many impressive achievements is maintaining a perfect attendance record from kindergarten through her senior year at MIT. She also built her own single-engine airplane from scratch at age 14 and flew it at age 16. Sabrina maintains the website with a running list of her achievements, and doesn’t mess around with time-wasting social media. (Now that’s smart!)

So, at this point you might be wondering: What does a physicist actually do?

That’s an interesting question, since there are many different career paths for those interested in physics. From celebrities like deGrasse Tyson and comedian David X. Cohen (writer and producer of the TV series Futurama) to billionaire entrepreneurs like Elon Musk, there are plenty of high-profile career opportunities to be had.

Check out this list of accomplished physicists at APS Physics for more ideas about where a career in physics can take you.

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Friday Fun: Kung Fu Fighting

Along the lines of last week’s post on “Paperback Writer,” this week’s Friday Fun song is also deviating from a strict career theme with “Kung Fu Fighting,” performed by Cee Lo Green and Jack Black:

This cover of a disco hit, originally performed by Carl Douglas in 1974, was also featured in the Disney film Kung Fu Panda (hence Jack Black’s inclusion here, as the panda in question). The film focuses on a panda’s discovery that he is the Dragon Warrior and, despite a portly appearance and a total lack of kung fu training, he is the only one who can save his village from the fearsome Tai Lung.

Basically, it’s about being underestimated, and learning to overcome the limitations society places upon you.

This tune is just plain catchy, and it’s a great way to burst into the weekend while practicing your roundhouse kicks.


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