Fuelling a passion for science...BunsenBurner is for all those who care about science. BunsenBurner aims to unite the scientific community in order improve the public persona of science and to actively promote the subject.
Welcome to our collection of damn interesting things. DamnInteresting.com was founded, designed, and developed by Alan Bellows in September of 2005. Our site is often mistaken for a news site, but that's not what we're aiming for. Though we occasionally post bits which could be described as "news," our primary aim is to collect and dispense damn interesting facts and ideas, whether they appeared in the past, the present, or the (anticipated) future.
I created Geology News in order to provide a central place on the internet about all sorts of geology related news and research. While there are a few sites dedicate to providing geology news, I felt they werent what I was specifically looking for. This site was created and is maintained by Dave Schumaker.
Theatre of Science coming to NYC. Drs. Richard Wiseman and Simon Singh are auctioning two front row tickets and the chance to get zapped by a million volts of electricity in front of a live audience. Available dates are Nov. 9-12. Place your bid now!
Mentos Explosion - For the five or six of you who haven't seen the video yet, here's what happens when you mix science geeks and a lust for fame on YouTube.
Corn Starch Holes - Down to Earth blog posted this goofy video from the UT-Austin Center for Nonlinear Dynamics. It shows how corn starch mixed with water becomes a dilatant fluid. You know what that is, right? It also has a groovy soundtrack.
Queerer Than We Can Suppose - TEDTalks hosts a talk by famous Oxford University Professor Richard Dawkins on the nature of the universe.
Efforts Needed to Remove Barriers Against Women in Science [National Academies] - The National Academies released a report Monday on the barriers that women scientists face in academia and suggested steps for eliminating gender bias that currently shrinks the pool of women at every step of the ladder from high school to college to tenure review. You can read the full report online for free from the National Academies Press.
Enlisting Science to Entice Shoppers [NY Times] - Multivariate statistical analysis, once devised to build a better nuclear bomb, is now being used to design better shopping experiences for consumers.
Princeton Researchers Hack a Diebold Electronic Voting Machine [CITP] - A group of Princeton researchers has shown just how easy it is to falsify voting results on Diebold voting machines with malicious computer code that can be virally spread through multiple voting machines. The CITP website hosts a video demonstrating how this is done. According to the research team, "Mitigating these threats will require changes to the voting machine's hardware and software and the adoption of more rigorous election procedures."
I'm Bruce Sterling, author, journalist, editor, critic, blogger for Wired. I'm best known for writing science fiction novels, but I like to go mess around with all kinds of weird events, places and issues in order to introduce some useful grit into my compositional process.
Anousheh Ansari, the world's first female space tourist, has been blogging about her experience aboard the International Space Station and sending back videos, which are posted on the X Prize Spaceblog. Ansari, a 40-year-old, Iranian-born entrepreneur from Dallas, Texas, paid $20 million for a 10 day journey to the ISS. In one of her entries about experiencing weightlessness, Ansari writes, "I guess the closest thing to moving in weightlessness is floating in water. But there is a major difference. In water when you move your arms and legs, you move… in here you can move your arms and legs all you want, but you are not going anywhere. The only thing that can help you move is the gentle air flow from the fans…The guys up here wanted to show me how this concept works so they put me in the middle of the Node, which is one of the American Modules, and I couldn’t reach anything to push myself… so I was just floating in the middle of the Node and no matter how much I moved myself I did not go anywhere. They were all laughing at me and finally the gentle breeze from the fan slowly got me close to a handle on the ceiling and I was able to free myself." Ansari left the International Space Station today and is returning home aboard the Soyuz TMA-8 spaceship, which will land in Kazakhstan this evening. The timeline for her return can be found here.
Benjamin Wardhaugh explains the connection between mathematics and music by way of Leibniz and Euclid in the September issue of Plus magazine: "A little while ago I was reading some letters written by the 17th century German mathematician Gottfried Leibniz to an obscure contemporary of his, Conrad Henfling. The letters were about music theory and the details of how to tune musical instruments. I was surprised to find that at one point Henfling started to use Euclid's algorithm to justify his musical reasoning. How useful could a mathematical technique from the third century BC be to a 17th-century musician? Very useful indeed, it turns out. Euclid's algorithm provides a way of dealing with equations of musical pitch, potentially helping musicians and instrument makers to tune musical instruments." Read on here.
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Ive moved all my stuff from my old to my new computer, and Im planning on doing a lot more blogging, and Im working at a mad pace to get my Mindcast shows uploaded. Ive put it off for too long and disappointed my, heh, fans. It is awesome hearing that there are people elsewhere who miss listening to me go on about science into a microphone, and Ive got a whole bunch of wonderful stuff with a spring and summer-load of interviews just waiting to go online. The first is done, available, and took more editing than the next few will, so expect to see a flood of episodes! But thats not the update I really want to talk about here. (more)