Feb
01
2005

Your feedback will help us improve this website

"A big part of the Science Buzz project here at the Science Museum is about promoting our community's voice. That means we want to hear what you think. Most of the stories in the Buzz Blog and Ask a Scientist sections allow you to post your ideas and questions.

Recent Comments

Keep an eye out for the most recent comments to see what interesting conversations are happening right now. We also want to know:

  • What Current Science stories would you like to see exhibits about at the Science Museum or online?
  • Do you have a science question that doesn't fit anywhere else?
  • Do you have an idea about how to improve the website or exhibit?

Comment here to let us know what you think. Or you can contact us directly with your questions.
"

Your rating: None Average: 4.9 (21 votes)

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

roger_robot's picture
roger_robot says:

I would like to see an exhibit about stem cell research.

posted on Thu, 02/03/2005 - 10:44am
Liza's picture
Liza says:

See the Buzz Blog story about human cloning and motor neuron disease. Also, see the link to the Tissues of Life website for more information, and visit the stem cell area of the Human Body gallery. Other content coming soon!

posted on Wed, 02/09/2005 - 3:48pm
peach42321's picture
peach42321 says:

hi

posted on Fri, 10/28/2005 - 10:13pm
peach42321's picture
peach42321 says:

hi the museam is realy cool i love the omie theater

posted on Fri, 10/28/2005 - 10:15pm
??????????'s picture
?????????? says:

if you get a good spot!!!!

posted on Fri, 11/25/2011 - 4:10pm
stevelaw's picture
stevelaw says:

This museum has so many opportunites to present the science of current events! for example....Ramsey county could be smokefree in bars if citizens only knew the science, the facts....Deaths due to second hand smoke, stink on clothes, filth on windows and in lungs, etc.

posted on Sat, 02/26/2005 - 5:40pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

Steve,

You're right; "Science Buzz" provides a lot of opportunities to cover stories that don't really show up in the rest of the museum.

So what would you like to see? An exhibit about the perils of smoking? (We're collecting ideas for future exhibits/web posts every day.)

Interestingly, there is some research that suggests that people don't change their behavior based on facts, but on emotions. That's why a lot of advocacy exhibits often seem preachy and boring. Apparently, the most effective way to get people to change what they do is to appeal to their emotions and tag some facts on to that emotional charge.

posted on Thu, 03/17/2005 - 5:02pm
Fashion Info's picture

I'm not sure exactly why but this weblog is loading very slow for me. Is anyone else having this problem or is it a issue on my end? I'll check
back later and see if the problem still exists.

posted on Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:54pm
Adele's picture
Adele says:

I have a question about comments...When I go to the section that shows me what is in the news today (What's Abuzz?), if I want to start a thread about a particular story, would this be the place where I start it? Like the golden plover story...it isn't listed as one of the blogs but maybe I have a question to ask or point I want to make about it. Will you editors be the ones to start the new blogs?

thanks

posted on Thu, 02/03/2005 - 12:23pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

Adele, I believe you have to be registered to start a new blog. (Anyone can comment, but only registered users can post new stories?) Anyway, I have a call in to the web moderator and I will provide an official answer as soon as I have it.

posted on Thu, 02/03/2005 - 12:45pm
bryan kennedy's picture

Right now, there isn't a way for you to be able to comment on any of the stories in the What's Abuzz seciton. I will put it on my list of things to try out in the future. This is a great suggestion.

posted on Thu, 02/03/2005 - 2:14pm
Barb W's picture
Barb W says:

Super idea-having fun already and LOVE getting to make comments and ask questions. I say just keep it simple like it is. ;-)

posted on Wed, 02/09/2005 - 3:43pm
BARB W's picture
BARB W says:

I like the info in synopsis form written by staff much better than linking to another website. Simple.

posted on Wed, 02/09/2005 - 3:56pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

I actually prefer having the links. I like being able to go to the original source and see it for myself.

But, it's a big blogosphere. Certainly there is plenty of room for different styles of entries.

posted on Tue, 02/22/2005 - 10:35am
Andy's picture
Andy says:

I think that site staff should cite sources when they answer questions with new info, doesn't need to be a link or anything, just so folks know where the new info came from...

posted on Tue, 03/01/2005 - 3:04pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

We just realized that the button that allows you to create a new thread here disappeared in our last round of changes. We're fixing it, but we're glad you decided to post anyway, even if it didn't work QUITE like it was supposed to.

We also just rewrote our community guidelines, and one thing that we added is that, when possible, we want to see some sort of citation with information, preferably the link, so that people can evaluate the original story for themselves.

Thanks for your suggestions.

posted on Tue, 03/01/2005 - 3:10pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I did want to take a moment to tell you that I really like the breadth and coverage. It's great to have a clearing house that assembles and sorts science stories that are in the news for teachers, students, and the public at large. It looks like you are keeping this up on a daily basis -- big job -- but that makes it really current.

posted on Tue, 03/01/2005 - 3:38pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Hello

First comment is the font size on the home page is too small to read on my computer. There's a lot of distortion. I can figure it out, however many people might not want to bother.

Just an opinion...make it more eyeball friendly.

posted on Tue, 03/01/2005 - 3:39pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I tried to go to the Buzz from my computer at home but it was still trying to load after 5 minutes...hmmmm\r\nI'll try at work tomorrow- maybe it's the phone lines?

posted on Tue, 03/01/2005 - 3:39pm
lap's picture
lap says:

I agree.Whether you use visual HTML editors or notepad, your HTML code contains unnecessary stuff: unneeded spaces, returns, meta tags, default values in HTML elements, etc. They will make your web pages bigger, without serving any real purpose. Bigger web pages takes longer to load, increases data traffic of your web server, and waste precious bandwidth of its internet connection, like this free laptop rating Pages will appear in client's Internet browser in the same way, but they will be about 20%-40% smaller.

posted on Tue, 06/20/2006 - 7:47am
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

I now see the wisdom in just writing the code without an editor. At first I was using an editor and did not know what it was doing, (like opening links in a new window). By investing ten minutes to memorize "a href=", "blockquote", and "h3" I have everything I need. Brian says not to use "break", though.

posted on Tue, 06/20/2006 - 9:22am
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

I agree but an active link would be the user friendly thing to do. Too bad that requires knowing HTML(I plan to get over that hurdle soon).

posted on Thu, 05/12/2005 - 7:53am
Liza's picture
Liza says:

We're trying to figure out a way to easily teach people how to add active links to their stories, or to upload photos without having to do a lot of formatting first.

Stay tuned...

posted on Thu, 05/12/2005 - 10:12am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

I was reading an article about blogging in the Wall Street Journal, and they put forth the proposition that bloggers fall along a spectrum between "Writers" and "Editors." "Editors," in this organization, are folks who find interesting things on the web, and just post a link, with little or no original commentary. "Writers" are bloggers who compile information and compose their own items, often without any links. Many bloggers fall somewhere inbetween, or mix the styles.

Which style do people find more interesting or useful for Science Buzz? I tend to lean toward the "Editor" style -- link to an original article, and maybe add some comments to explain how it fits into the discussion, or to pose a question. I'd rather read the original for myself, rather than have someone condense it for me.

On the other hand, that's kind of what the RSS feed is already doing. What do other folks think?

posted on Tue, 08/02/2005 - 10:34am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Love the T.V to brodcast the news. Me and myfriend Kimhad a blast!!!!!!

posted on Thu, 03/10/2005 - 2:08pm
LG's picture
LG says:

I think the password are too long to remember..I think we should be able to make our own password.

posted on Thu, 03/17/2005 - 4:43pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

Hi, LG.

Once you're a registered user of the Science Buzz website, you can change the assigned password at any time. Go to "Connect" and log on. Then click "edit" and you'll go to a screen where you can enter whatever password you like.

Hope that helps, and that we see you posting again here soon.

posted on Thu, 03/17/2005 - 4:55pm
LG's picture
LG says:

WELL I THINK THAT IT WOULD BE MUCH EASIER TO REGISTER AND MAKE OUR OWN PASSWORD IN STEAD OF LOGGING ON W/ A LONG, COMPLICATING PASSWORD AND THEN CHANGING THE PASSWORD TO ONE YOU WANT. IT WOULD BE MUCH EASIER FOR US TO REMEMBER THE ONE WE REGISTERED WITH INSTEAD CHANGING AFTERWARDS.

posted on Thu, 03/17/2005 - 5:13pm
al's picture
al says:

i agree

posted on Fri, 12/23/2005 - 2:48pm
Giovanni's picture
Giovanni says:

I don't liek the pasword system, also the colors of the Web Site and we want to see more pictures of photographies

posted on Thu, 03/17/2005 - 5:04pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

See the comment above yours for instructions on how to change your password.

We are trying to figure out how to easily let people post photographs. It's a little tough right now, but we know it's important and we're working on it.

The colors of the web site match the colors of the exhibit. Maybe it's your monitor? :)

posted on Thu, 03/17/2005 - 5:17pm
Krystle's picture
Krystle says:

I don't like the password thing at all. You should really let people choose their own password. I know I'll never remember: MjuHhgb ( not my real password, but have I made a point?) How many articles are there in the blog section? There should be more...

posted on Thu, 03/17/2005 - 5:04pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

I agree; there should be more blog entries. There are a lot of science news stories out there, and everyone is interested in different topics. But now that you're a registered user, you can post your own stories, and I'm looking forward to it.

The more, the merrier!

posted on Thu, 03/17/2005 - 5:28pm
chinaboy's picture
chinaboy says:

the pass word is very hard we should make our own, the colors are a little bright

posted on Thu, 03/17/2005 - 5:06pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It might be helpful if the different comments are shown in some sort of order by date. It would make it easier to follow a conversation, especially if people put in post a new entry rather than reply to an existing one. Right now they tend to come up very random.

posted on Fri, 04/07/2006 - 2:03pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Great idea to make comments and ask questions. I would like to see something with more pictures and graphics. I really like this website and find information good.Thanks

posted on Sat, 06/17/2006 - 6:51pm
Gov. School student's picture
Gov. School student says:

I thought that the exhibits were very good. But there was mostly just information on how things work and I was really hoping for a bit more on just history, like about mummies and dinosaurs.

posted on Sun, 06/18/2006 - 1:34pm
marynieting's picture
marynieting says:

I am interested to know about the carbon footprint of group travel. Driving a car for five people burns the same amount of gas as for one, but what happens when the numbers are much higher? My frisbee team has to get between 15 and 20 people to Texas next spring. Is it better to fly or drive? Flying a plane with one of us pollutes the same as if 20 are one board, so that could be better than 5 cars driving from Minnesota to Texas, except the more people flying means more planes in the air? What is most carbon friendly way to have a group of people travel?

posted on Wed, 11/23/2011 - 12:35pm
camel girl89's picture

i like the experimonth idea where you can morph your pics, but i uploaded my photo, and i just found out you can't be under 18, so my photo wasn't used. i don't remember it saying anything in the rules of the photo that you had to be 18. i don't think that is a good idea because i was really looking forward to seeing my photo morphed. why do you need to be 18? i don't think many people would want to upload a photo if there has to be an age limit. and this relates to the smart, hot, honest, or not. so do you think you could take it as a suggestion and maybe give me some feedback.

posted on Tue, 11/29/2011 - 4:54pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Hey

I'm always surprised at how much just a few flights a year raises your carbon footprint. Air travel creates a lot of CO2.

It's not an exact thing, but I'd try using an online carbon calculator (like this one). They're meant to figure out annual footprints, but I bet you can make it work for your trip; it's about 1200 miles from MN to Texas (depending on where you're starting and finishing, of course), so you could figure out how many miles a round trip is, and multiply that by the number of cars, and then just use that as a substitute for "miles driven per year" (probably 10 or 12 thousand.) Then do the same thing for the air travel section, and compare the two results.

Or, you know, you could just not go to Texas. There must be a frisbee game for, like, Nintendo.

posted on Wed, 11/23/2011 - 1:03pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think that the color doesn't really go with the website. I recommend blue or a color that doesn't hurt the eyes as much. Since blue is th science museum logo. I think there should be more pictures( moving charaters)...is this website for everybody or for younger kids? I thinkl to make it more intresting, when you move your mouse, there should be trails of some "thing" that follows wherever the arrow goes.

posted on Thu, 03/17/2005 - 5:07pm
LG's picture
LG says:

When i first read the title " THE BUZZ" i automatically thought BEES...i think it should be called "Whats UP" "Whats NEW" "Whats Happening" " Whats Cracking" "Whats OUT"

posted on Thu, 03/17/2005 - 6:15pm
Krystle's picture
Krystle says:

It would be really cool if there was an article about Tsunamis , or what caused the Tsumani in thr Indian Ocean...

posted on Thu, 03/17/2005 - 6:03pm
bryan kennedy's picture

What about the Tsunami would you like to know more about? When the site first got started we had a short little blurb about the Tsunami. But since it has been reported about extensively in many other places we haven't done anything more about it. I would be very interested to see something about the Tsunami from your perspective.

posted on Thu, 03/17/2005 - 6:12pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

Krystle,

We posted the original tsunami story on December 27. If you go to that post, you'll see that we've added a lot of updates as comments since then. So you may find what you're looking for.

If you don't, tell us what you'd like to see and we'll write it, or you can write it yourself and post it for everyone else.

Thanks for your suggestion.

posted on Fri, 03/18/2005 - 10:52am
Giovanni's picture
Giovanni says:

Ok, How the people can find this web site? because when you wrote current science in the finder of the web page of the science museum, you can't get the web page of buzz, so how strange people can get more easy this page of information because is so difficult to find it.

posted on Mon, 03/21/2005 - 4:47pm
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

I think having Buzz information show up in search engines like google, yahoo, Jeeves, etc. would be a plus. Do you know how to optimize this? Are you pinging Technorati, Blo.gs, weblogs,etc.?

posted on Thu, 05/12/2005 - 8:03am
Liza's picture
Liza says:

I know that we are showing up in Google searches. For example, type "Minnesota" and "polio" into the search box, and you'll see that our story about Sister Kenny pops up. I haven't tried searching on other search engines. Sometimes I think it's a matter of having the "right" combination of keywords in the text.

Webmaster Bryan, do you have any other information to share?

posted on Thu, 05/12/2005 - 10:11am
bryan kennedy's picture

Yes, Liza is correct. It's more about content then anything else. We have optimized to make it easy for search engines to find our Science Buzz content. But it all depends on what you're searching for. If you want info on the geothermal sea vents, you won't find us because we haven't written anything about them (until just now). But, like Liza said, we do show up for some specific searches like:

As more people find interesting stuff on our site, they might link to our content from their websites, which will also help get us a little higher up in the search engines.

As of today we are also "pinging" most of the sites you mentioned. (In case you don't know what ARTiFactor is talking about, pinging causes a little message to go out to lots of other websites and tell them that we just updated our content. Then people who are interested in certain topics--"trees" or "dinosaurs" or "stem cell research," for example--can check and see what's new on the web for them.) Thanks for the great suggestion, ARTiFactor. I had thought of this but hadn't gotten around to doing anything about it.

-----------------------------
bryan kennedy
Science Buzz Site Admin

posted on Thu, 05/12/2005 - 12:00pm
Krystle's picture
Krystle says:

I really like the 'What's Abuzz' section and how it is constantly changing and because of that, this might not be a very smart question but, it would be really nice if there was a comment section for those articles in that section. Not an individual comment section for each article but a general one so visitors could comment and/or read comments about what they've read.

posted on Mon, 03/21/2005 - 7:00pm
bryan kennedy's picture

Hey Krystle,

That's a great idea! It would be hard to have comments about each and every story since they change so often. But a comment section about What's Abuzz might work. I will try it out soon and see how it goes. Thanks for the idea.

posted on Tue, 03/22/2005 - 12:13pm
argennial's picture
argennial says:

How did just the dinosaurs die out, and not every animal?

Also, how did everything explode from a little dot of noting? By the way, I thought that chaos comes from expolsions, not order.

posted on Wed, 04/06/2005 - 12:55pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Those are two things that scientists are studying right now! Argennial, you are right on the cutting edge of science!

65 million years ago, all the dinosaurs died out. But that's not all -- between 60% and 75% of ALL living things also went extinct at that time. In addition to the dinosaurs, some of the other casualties included:

  • flying reptiles (pterosaurs)
  • some sea-going reptiles
  • an important group of shelled sea creatures (ammonites)
  • some microscopic sea creatures (foraminifera)
  • many flowering plants

and a host of others.

But many other things -- birds, mammals, fish, ferns, bugs -- all survived. Why?

The answer lies in biodiversity. The Earth supports millions of different species, each adapted to survive in different conditions. When conditions change -- especially if they change drastically and suddenly -- it's bad news for some species, but good news (or no news) for others. It would take something really, REALLY enormous to wipe out absolutely all life on Earth.

So, when the Earth changed 65 million years ago, it changed in ways that dinosaurs could not survive, but other (mostly smaller) animals could.

No one knows exactly what killed off the dinosaurs and other animals. It was probably a combination of things. There are some good websites where you can learn more:

  • I haven't read the entire thing, but this site seems to do a pretty good job of summarizing the main explanations for why dinosaurs went extinct, and does so in terms that even I can understand!
  • Here's another good site that lays out all the possibilities and the evidence. (Personally, I think they're a bit snotty about explanations they don't agree with, but hey, they're from California.)

= = =

Now, as for your second question -- how did the universe come out of the Big Bang? Well, I have to admit, I don't know as much about space stuff. (Maybe Bryan can chime in?) But I have learned a couple of things:

  1. We know the universe is expanding now. Scientists can measure the galaxies flying away in every direction. Working backwards, they have figured out that the universe must have been really, REALLY small about 13 billion years ago. But when you take all the matter and energy in the universe and squeeze it into such a tiny space, the rules of the universe -- gravity, radiation, how atoms work, etc. -- start to break down. And, because we can't recreate those conditions in the lab, we don't know what rules existed beforehand. The laws of physics explain everything back to the first fraction of a second of the universe. But what happened at the very, very beginning, or what -- if anything -- happened before that? It's possible we may never know.
  2. While it's a little misleading to think of the Big Bang as an explosion -- it was more like blowing up a balloon than popping one -- you are absolutely right: every day, the universe becomes a little more chaotic, a little less ordered. But here on Earth, there's plenty of order. Life is a type of order. How can this be? Well, you have to look at the universe as a whole. In various tiny pockets -- like on planets that support life -- order may arise, while the universe, on average, gets more chaotic.

There are LOTS of websites on the Big Bang, most of which use big words that make my head hurt! This site seems to be one of the more understandable ones. (Like I said, I'm really not an expert on this stuff.)

I hope this helps!

posted on Wed, 04/06/2005 - 11:51pm
Anonymous  22's picture
Anonymous 22 says:

I believe exactly what youre saying its right on the dot thanks alot for that info.\r\n

posted on Thu, 04/07/2005 - 6:24pm
Anonymous23's picture
Anonymous23 says:

I would like to see something with water

posted on Thu, 04/07/2005 - 6:25pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I really like this website and find the information fun!

posted on Sun, 05/15/2005 - 2:52pm
Dinosaur and fossil gallery's picture
Dinosaur and fossil gallery says:

I saw an article on using specialized bone tissue to identify female dinosaurs (egg-laying specialization). It has disappeared. Can you see if you can post it again? Thanks

posted on Tue, 06/14/2005 - 4:25pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

Hey, that story was posted as a comment under the blog entry titled "Tyrannosaurus rex Flesh Pictures." You can find the comment and a link to the original story here.

Enjoy.

posted on Tue, 06/14/2005 - 9:01pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Thanks, it was there, but it doesn't come up with a search. We have had guests try to find it. Could we have it accessible to a search? D&F Gallery

posted on Wed, 06/15/2005 - 10:28am
Liza's picture
Liza says:

Searching is, unfortunately, dependent on the keywords that appear in the entry. If you search for "female dino" or "female T. rex," you'll be taken to the right blog entry, but not specifically to the comment with that particular link.

But if you tell me what words visitors are using when they search, I can make sure that those appear in the blog entry, and then the searching should be easier.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

posted on Thu, 06/16/2005 - 9:22am
Dinosaur and fossil gallery's picture
Dinosaur and fossil gallery says:

They used varied combinations of "egg-bearing bone specialization identifies female t-rex."

posted on Sat, 06/18/2005 - 10:28am
Liza's picture
Liza says:

When I enter "egg bearing bone female T. rex" into the search box, the right story does pop up. The only problem is that the particular information you're looking to see is part of a comment, not an original blog entry.

If it continues to be a problem for people, I will copy the comment and repost it as a new blog entry with a link to the earlier discussion.

Let me know what you're hearing on the floor! Thanks for your input.

posted on Mon, 06/20/2005 - 11:57am
chris the mangafreak's picture

I have registered with science buzz and the only ways to login are to go to the link I was sent via email or to go to the "Community" section and make like I'm registering for the first time. Only then is there a link to login. I feel that perhaps others might not want to take this roundabout way to login. Is there anything that could be done, like provide a login link on the homepage or buzz blog page (or both)?

thanks~

chris the mangafreak has spoken.

posted on Wed, 06/15/2005 - 11:44am
bryan kennedy's picture

Hey Chris,

Thanks for noticing this. I have re-designed the house and seem to have forgotten to install a front door. Woops. Well I am going to add a much easier way to login that will be easy to spot from anywhere on the site. I should be able to add something in the next couple hours. Sorry I made it confusing for you. But thanks for registering.

-----------------------------
bryan kennedy
Science Buzz Site Admin

posted on Wed, 06/15/2005 - 11:55am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I would like to see more museum exhibits devoted to archaeology.

posted on Sun, 07/31/2005 - 12:20pm
James Satter's picture

"New Planet Poll" Clarifier: The planets in our solar system are named after Roman gods (many of whom have Greek counterparts) rather than the Greek gods themselves. The god Zeus is actually the equivalent of Jupiter-so in a way, he's already taken.

posted on Tue, 10/18/2005 - 5:19pm
Fred Thomas's picture
Fred Thomas says:

I have created a website with a database of information on a variety of units of measure. Look for new perspectives on the magnitude of any physical quantity. Numerous scientific & engineering charts, graphs & nomographs. Explore & get calibrated for your next scientific or technical challenge!

posted on Wed, 11/09/2005 - 11:48am

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <h3> <h4> <em> <i> <strong> <b> <span> <ul> <ol> <li> <blockquote> <object> <embed> <param> <sub> <sup>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • You may embed videos from the following providers vimeo, youtube. Just add the video URL to your textarea in the place where you would like the video to appear, i.e. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pw0jmvdh.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Images can be added to this post.

More information about formatting options