Notes From A Queer Engineer: The Science Mixtape

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Hello, my nerdy android brethren! I come to you today bearing a gift for your ear holes: a mixtape of science-related songs. Because I love you. And we both/all love science.

This mixtape is best enjoyed in the range of 20 – 20,000 Hz.

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The Ballad of Marie Curie – Army of Lovers
Bunsen Burner (The Hit Mix) – John Otway
She Blinded Me With Science – Thomas Dolby
Butterfly Song – Have Fun Teaching
Entropy – M.C. Hawking
Scientist – The Dandy Warhols
Space Oddity – Kendra Morris
Radium Girls – Pat Burtis
Galileo – Indigo Girls
I’m Your Moon – Jonathan Coulton
What Is a Shooting Star? – They Might Be Giants
Clever Girl – The Doubleclicks
Chemistry – Kimya Dawson
Female Of The Species – Space
We Are All Made Of Stars – Moby
Onward to the Edge – Symphony of Science

Want to suggest a playlist theme? Hit Stef up and someone on the team might make it for you.

Notes From A Queer Engineer is a recurring column with an expected periodicity of 14 days. The subject matter may not be explicitly queer, but the industrial engineer writing it sure is. This is a peek at the notes she’s been doodling in the margins.

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Laura Mandanas

Laura Mandanas is a Filipina American living in Boston. By day, she works as an industrial engineer. By night, she is beautiful and terrible as the morn, treacherous as the seas, stronger than the foundations of the Earth. All shall love her and despair. Follow her: @LauraMWrites.

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  1. <3 <3 <3 This makes me so happy!

    Also "the Elements" by Tom Lehrer, which I pointlessly memorized as an undergrad for the purpose of impressing other chem-major nerds.
    Also "Supermassive Black Hole" by Muse (which is a lot easier to memorize and to rock out to…)

  2. “Stellar Alchemist” by Kim Boekbinder and “Zero Point” by Tori Amos would fit nicely in this playlist

  3. No joke, I’m Your Moon is going to be the song of my fiancée/future wife and I’s first dance at our wedding :-) It’s such a beautiful little song.

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