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The Flame Explained (theairspace.net)
102 points by poinsettala 1120 days ago | 18 comments



This is amazing. I remember being a kid and asking the question, what kind of matter exactly is a flame? Is it plasma?

The first satisfying answer I've ever seen. (And please, if you've seen other good resources, post them here too!)

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Hopefully somebody will eventually help to curate all of these great teaching aids / resources and help educators discover and use them too...

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TIL I learned about what actually makes a flame. I never really asked myself what makes up a flame. I kind of took it for granted.

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Despite being a top science student at school, I learned more in those 7 minutes than any given 7 minutes of a science class in my life.

Could more of education look like this? Why doesn't it?

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While everything the video was talking about is correct, this also only scratches the surface of what is going on (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redox). Science at school has to go into much more detail to prepare you for when you chose chemistry as your topic for University.

A comparable video that actually gives all that detail is very hard to do (if it's at all possible) and it's also likely to be very boring - unless you are into chemistry at which point you don't need a video like this in the first place because the books are perfectly fine for you (they were for me and I have nothing but interest into chemistry - no education aside of what you'd get in High-School).

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But why does school have to prepare you for every college there is, including those you aren't going to attend?

95% high schoolers aren't going to any college requiring chemistry. Why not teach the fun and memorable flame to them, instead of boring chemistry flame they wouldn't understand or remember?

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Why does it have to be boring? A good science teacher and method can make all elements fascinating. I'd reference the Feynman lectures as an example of this.

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...Came expecting a detailed interesting dissection of the recent Flame virus... left disappointed...

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Came expecting a detailed interesting dissection of the recent Flame virus, left even happier. After all, I'll encounter fire much more often than Flame.

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...Came expecting a detailed interesting dissection of why fire makes a flame (seriously)... Left pleased and satisfied...

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To be fair, it is really bizarre that the article chooses to phrasing “the flame.” “Flames” would make more sense.

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I was 100% sure this was going to explain the Flame virus.

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Same. I was thinking an explanation of Flame that an 11 year old could understand might help Fox News figure out what the hell they're babbling on about.

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The following article might be of interest to you then: CWI cryptanalist discovers new cryptographic attack variant in Flame spy malware http://www.cwi.nl/news/2012/cwi-cryptanalist-discovers-new-c...

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National Public Radio Science Friday segment about the flame explanation challenge, with interview of the creator of the winning video:

http://www.sciencefriday.com/video/06/08/2012/what-is-a-flam...

I heard this on air on Friday 8 June 2012 in Minnesota.

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This is a surprising and refreshingly entertaining video. I have always been curious as to what flames really were, but it has always been on my "Things to look up eventually list" that I never get around to. The song at the end was a nice touch too (though I'm not a fan of the M83-esque yelling in it).

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The blog has crapped out does anyone have a direct link to the video?

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video: https://vimeo.com/40271657

info: http://flamechallenge.org/

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