Since 1956, European nations have been participating in EuroVision, a live, televised competition for the best musical performance. Yesterday's competition in Copenhagen was a surprisingly science-heavy lineup of music, for a sufficiently arm-waving definition of science.
If you're willing to indulge in some exuberant hand-waving along to the music, read on for the most science-reliant entries for this year's competition.
Baking is science for hungry people. It sounds trite, but ask any chemist about their day-to-day labwork and you'll quickly realize they're following recipes of how to combine ingredients with careful measurements, exact temperatures, precise methods of mixing. Looking at it from the other direction, every baker is an experimentalist, testing recipes to test out a vegan alternative or to use on-hand ingredients to substitute for something exotic on the formal recipe.
Moving on from that, this upbeat entry from Latvia tackles changing climates from melting ice caps to bringing rain to a desert, a bit of astronomy, and playing with antigravity. If that's not enough, the opening verse also includes a reference to the most logical of pop-culture heroes, Sherlock Holmes.
Cake to Bake came in 13th in the first semi-finals, and in the words of my brother, is a Cascadia hipster anthem waiting to be discovered.
This entry from F.Y.R. Macedonia is impatient for more crewed deep space missions. Where? Who cares, as long as we get off-planet and start exploring the stars with more than robots.
The entry from the Ukraine is a tribute to the inevitable progression of time, with a tiny shout-out to geology.
The entry from Belarus advocates for learning geography, even if it misses out on the complex protein restructuring necessary for a smooth, delicious cheesecake.
While electrifying bones would be far more unpleasant than implied in the opening verse, the rest of the lyrics in this folk-pop entry from Malta contain a satisfyingly accurate description of linking observations to weather patterns.
Felix Baumgartner's Red Bull Stratos jump lasted around 10 minutes and still wasn't actually in space, so a sky diver's space jump would probably last substantially longer than 3 minutes. However, I have a soft spot for mixing space science and skydiving, so they get a pass on the accuracy of their lyrics.
The entry from Austria contains more about the malleability of biology than physical science, but it won, so I'm including it anyway.