This is one of those cool things I get to make from time to time. I worked on this video for a client, but I wanted to share it with you because it combines so many of the things we talk about here: science + art + music + inspiration. Oh, and NASA. In this case, NASA’s global temperature data.
Dan, the student featured in the piece, is a welcome reminder to scientists everywhere that thinking more creatively about the presentation of dense data and scientific analysis can be beautiful. He took NASA’s temperature data and charted it to music, which he could then play on his cello. He named it A Song of Our Warming Planet. And it’s lovely.
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Prior to looking into Sherlock’s work, my interest in earthworms pretty much halted with grade school fascinations and my love of the sunglass-sporting worm in Disney’s James and the Giant Peach.
But, as Sherlock points out in this BBC segment, we really should pay more attention.
“Without earthworms in our soils, life would pretty quickly dry up.”
Why is that? Sherlock explains, “(Earthworms) are burrowing down into the soil. They’re letting air in; letting carbon dioxide out. Earthworms are the recyclers of the planet.”
Ever heard the expression, “The early bird gets the worm”? The sassy retort would be, “Well look what the early worm gets!” The innuendo is that the early worm be eaten, of course. It’s partially true! Badgers, birds, and moles are just some of the animals that just can’t resist earthworms.
As for earthworm reproduction, I’ll let Sherlock explain that one.
So the next time it rains and earthworms are scattered on the sidewalk, or your nephew pulls one out of the ground and dares you to eat it, just smile, think of Emma Sherlock, and give the earthworms your humble thanks. “They’re working so hard under out feet.”
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(Photo via BBC)
Post by Emma Bauer, who works as BGC’s official intern. Clearly, she’s got great taste. She is a PR enthusiast, history scholar, tea drinker, fashion devotee, and of course, aspires to Be Geek Chic. On twitter: @emmalynnbauer