What is a flame

Now, there are some times when very interesting science videos come up. This is one of them. The Center for Communicating Science made a contest in which one has to explain what a flame is in the best and most understandable way... to an 11-year-old. Hundreds of contestants were fighting for the winner's place. At the end, however, an American physicist Ben Ames, 31, made an outstanding 7-minute video with his explanation of what a flame is and finally won the contest.

Ben and his daughter

Ben Ames, 31, is an American working on his PhD in quantum optics at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, exploring how atoms interact with light on the tiny, tiny, quantum level.

He grew up in Kansas City, Mo., the youngest of eight children, in a home filled with music. As a child, he played piano and guitar, performed in high school plays, studied ballet, and danced each year in a local production of The Nutcracker. (Ben’s mother is a ballerina and ballet teacher.)

Ben’s earliest ambition, however, was to be an inventor, like Thomas Edison, and he loved to watch Bill Nye the Science Guy on television. He became intimidated by science in grade school, but in college he rediscovered his passion for asking questions about the natural world. Ben received a bachelor’s degree in applied physics from the University of Utah, and studied in Finland before moving to the University of Innsbruck.  Ben’s wife, Missy, is an artist and former art teacher. Their daughter, Adelaide, is 2.

Ben writes:  “I also have a passion for music, film, and the performing arts. So when I learned about this wonderful contest, I had finally found a project where I could put all of my interests to use. I locked myself in my basement for a solid week, writing, narrating, animating, and composing every element of the film.”  Ben would like to thank his wife and daughter for their love and support.


Enough with the info. Here's the video at its best:

TOP 5 funniest songs of all time

Hello again, my dear readers!

It’s been a while since I last posted something. A lot has changed. I live in the UK, Oxford, now. I am currently getting ready for my exams next week. Anyway, I still find time to listen to music. So, here’s my TOP 5 funniest songs of all time:

5th place

An American mathematician, song-writer and comedian Tom Lehrer has written a song called “The Element Song”. Basically, the song consists of all the names of chemical elements(at least of those they had got back then when the song was written) in periodic table. Although it’s plain chemistry, I believe this song might seem funny to not only chemists and scientists, but also to those who don’t speak Japanese.

4th place

3x Hey to JACK SPARROW! An American(yes, American, AGAIN) band called The Lonely Island has a song “Jack Sparrow”, which is really fun to listen. The song is hip-hop style, so… if you don’t like hip-hop, skip this video.

3rd place

An Australian band Axis of Awesome has a song called “4 Chords”. The song consists of small extracts of popular other songs, like Poker Face, Forever Young etc. What is interesting, that all those popular songs are sung by Axis of Awesome using only 4 chords.

2nd place

Back to Merton. One of the finest songwriters I’ve ever seen. I just could not leave him out of my TOP 5 funniest song list. If you like to learn more info about him, just read another article I wrote some time ago.


Anthem of the Internet. “le Internet Medley” by The GAG Quartet. Everything, from Nyan Cat to Trololololo and Rick-rolled. Just lovely!


So, this is it. My TOP 5 list of funniest songs of all time. Hope you enjoyed it! See you :)!

Search Engine Optimization: How do search engines work?


What I have here is the second part of my previous post about search engines. Since the previous article was of an interest to a lot of people, I decided to post another one explaining the search engine optimization even further.

Search engines don’t really understand the things that humans understand, like text and images and videos. So if you ask how they are able to index and rank results, they usually refer to Meta tags or Meta information that is included in the pages of your web sites. The use of algorithms that show link analysis also helps in the ranking system of the contents. Sites with higher quality of information earn more popularity and votes than their lower in quality and less useful peers. Deciding which site is the “best” would be very difficult since this is subjective, however search engines already have their own list of standards that would help them determine their favourite site of information. They should be user-friendly and easy to understand, they should be able to give direct information that is in relation to the query, modern browsers should be able to read the design of the page, and the contents of the page should be in high quality, credible and legitimate. The excitement and positive attention around the new site will be eventually transferred into an algorithmically valuable collection of links. Everything will eventually be calculated into the potential performance or ranking for the related queries inputted in the search engine.

Users who make use of the SEO usually have a specific intent in mind — whether to understand, fix, solve, buy, find or learn, results should be able to satisfy the said intent in the best way possible. Being able to address and fulfil the needed content by the searcher would excellently help your site earn top rankings. Understanding the different intent flavours will also help you effectively use SEO.

  • NAVIGATIONAL – this is the kind of search intent wherein you usually have the initial objective of visiting directly the website, however, you aren’t sure of the website address or URL. So you use the search engine and indicate the keyword you need to indentify the exact location.
  • INFORMATIONAL – this could go on and on and on and just be about every topic you can think of. From the weather, to the latest Hollywood gossip, to song lyrics or band albums, to events and celebrations, or just about everything would be returned as a result in your SEO.
  • COMMERCIAL – this is more of a canvassing type of purpose of search. It’s not purely informational but not transactional as well. This is when the users usually look for different company websites or product sites and check out the reviews and rates of the particular product. The search may not always result in any market transaction however it isn’t purely informational as well.
  • TRANSACTIONAL – a market search objective that is purely for transacting or conducting a buy-sell process.
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