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How Dynamite Spawned the Nobel Prizes

8 Oct 2021

Alfred Nobel wasn't in the best of health but he knew he wasn't dead. Yet, there was his obituary, prominently featured in the morning newspaper. To make matters worse, not only had the newspaper...

National Bunsen Burner Day

20 Mar 2017

March 31st was National Bunsen Burner Day. Bunsen (1811-1899) should be remembered. After all, the “Bunsen Burner” is a typical symbol of chemistry. But there is more to Bunsen than just a burner....

What causes a geyser to erupt?

20 Mar 2017

The science of geyser eruptions was worked out by none other than Robert Bunsen- of burner fame. Actually Bunsen did not invent the burner but did improve upon existing equipment by showing that...

Do they really pump oxygen into Vegas casinos?

20 Feb 2017

I’m sure you’ve heard the myth that oxygen is pumped into casinos to give people more energy and keep them awake. This is, in fact, the enduring Vegas myth of all time. There’s no doubt that the...

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