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Week in Geek: Hip Hop Edition

'...a marble size, very unstable, in time it would come with a periodic table'
/ Source: MSNBC TV

'...a marble size, very unstable, in time it would come with a periodic table'

Gary Grice, aka GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan, has been working for the past few years on an album entitled Dark Matter. Inspired by the Universe and his fascination with science, GZA is currently collaborating with Prof. Christopher Emdin at Teachers College at Columbia University to improve science education in New York City. I, for one, cannot wait to hear the full album after getting a taste of this Big Bang teaser he presented at the University of Toronto last fall. In addition to composing such evocative lyrics about our origins, GZA had this astute advice for students:

“The main thing I want you to take away from this is no matter where you start out in life or what career you choose, do not stop learning about yourself and the Universe and your surroundings, whether physically or metaphysically. Challenging myself to explore outside my comfort zone has enabled me to make amazing, brilliant new friends and colleagues and given me the tremendous opportunity to speak to you today.”

And on that note, here’s some stuff to learn about the Universe and your surroundings:

Flyover the floodplains of MarsDogs poop inline with the Earth’s magnetic fieldfinding the elusive Waldo3D printers invading the kitchenA guide to parallel universesadermatoglyphiaglass sculptures of microorganismsBioluminescent house plantsDo number 1 pencils existmap of the internetpredictive textSmartNewsAsk Smithsonian

May your 2014 be full of geek!