Stories tagged holiday

Charles R. Knight greeting card
Charles R. Knight greeting cardCourtesy Public domain via Wikipedia
This clever greeting card was created over 90 years ago by paleo-artist, Charles R. Knight. I thought it'd be a great way to wish all readers of Science Buzz a very Happy New Year!

I'm a big fan of Knight's work. Many of his best prehistoric-themed murals can be seen at the Field Museum in Chicago. Additional paintings can be found at colleges, libraries and other museums in the US, including the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles. Painting by Charles R. Knight: Dinosaurs and Fossils gallery at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Lucy Knight Steel gave her father's 1930 painting to Einar G. C. Lofgren, who donated it to the museum.
Painting by Charles R. Knight: Dinosaurs and Fossils gallery at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Lucy Knight Steel gave her father's 1930 painting to Einar G. C. Lofgren, who donated it to the museum.Courtesy Mark Ryan
We're lucky to have one here at the Science Museum of Minnesota. It's a large original painting of a Stegosaurus done by Knight in 1930 (see photo). It hangs in the Dinosaurs and Fossil gallery next to the Camptosaurus exhibit. The painting was the template for the mosaic that graces the entrance to the Reptile House at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

The World of Charles R. Knight
More about Charles R. Knight
Book review of "Charles R. Knight: the Artist Who Saw Through Time".

As seen in your high school chemistry class...: the Bunsen Burner!
As seen in your high school chemistry class...: the Bunsen Burner!Courtesy Charles D. Winters/Photo Researchers, Inc.
While making my occasional visit to my favorite obscure holidays website, I was delighted to see that today is Bunsen Burner Day! The holiday is an annual celebration of the birth of German chemist Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen who is credited with inventing the bunsen burner.

"Bunsen Burner Day celebrates the birthday of its creator. German chemist Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen was born on March 31, 1811. And, you guessed it, von Bunsen created the Bunsen Burner.

If you are a high school student, you know all about the bunsen burner. If you work in a chemistry laboratory, chances are you use the burner in your job. If its been a while since high school chemistry class, the memory of the bunsen burner may have faded somewhat.

In case you memory has faded, the Bunsen Burner is a long, hollow tube. Gas and air are combined to create a hot flame. The burner is used in a wide range of scientific and laboratory projects.

Spend a few minutes today to appreciate the value of this important scientific tool. We will let you determine how many minutes to spend in reflection."

So go out and celebrate the Bunsen Burner!

A British ecologist, Dr. Markus Eichhorn, gives you some scientific context for the ever popular Christmas Tree.

Jul
18
2008

Lake Superior Day: Swimmers enjoy the waters of Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota's Canal Park.
Lake Superior Day: Swimmers enjoy the waters of Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota's Canal Park.Courtesy Mark Ryan
How do you celebrate one of the largest pools of freshwater on Earth? By participating in the annual Lake Superior Day, that’s how! This Sunday, July 20, is Lake Superior Day, a day of celebrations for the world’s largest and cleanest freshwater lake.

Towns and communities lining the shores of Superior in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, and the Canadian province of Ontario are planning all sorts of events in tribute to the greatest of the Great Lakes.

Picnics, beach clean-ups, library displays, kite flying, concerts, hikes, an essay contest, and government proclamations are all part of the day’s celebration to bring attention to this huge body of water that holds 10 percent of Earth’s fresh water. Events are planned all around the lake. For example, games and activities promoting water conservation will take place in Red Rock, Ontario. A family picnic is scheduled at Silver Harbour in Thunder Bay, Canada. Afternoon events will take place on Barker’s Island Festival Park in the city of Superior, Wisconsin, and scientists and lake area experts will be on hand at the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center at Canal Park in Duluth with information about the lake’s natural history, regional culture, and invasive aquatic species.

The annual event takes place on the third Sunday of July, and is sponsored by the Lake Superior Binational Forum, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Environment Canada. So, if you're anywhere near Gichigami this coming Sunday, join in the festivities, or just go jump in the lake!