Tuesday, July 10, 2012

CERN's greatest hits

CERN made the news big time last week for the Higgs boson discovery, but what do those CERN folks do in their spare time?

Some of them make music. The CERN Music Club Web site lists 16 bands, the first of which was Les Horribles Cernettes, formed 22 years ago. This photo of the Cernettes was the first image published on the World Wide Web, which was developed at CERN.

In spite of their name, the Cernettes are not all that horible. They sing well and the lyrics are clever. Check out their song Collider:

If you like that, there is plenty more on their Web site and on YouTube. The Cernettes are going to disband after a July 21 concert that, I bet, will be posted on YouTube.

The Cernettes were the first CERN group to hit the Web, but they were not the biggest. That honor goes to Katherine McAlpine's Large Hadron Rap. LHR is the coolest science rap song ever. (Admittedly, that's not a wildly popular genre). It's been viewed 7,397,628 times.

One more -- if you worry about the mad scientists at CERN creating a black hole that sucks in The Earth, McAlpine's Black Hole Rap will calm you down:

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