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  • Bunsen, Robert Wilhelm 1811-1899. German chemist who pioneered in spectrum analysis and codiscovered the elements cesium and rubidium. He introduced the Bunsen burner in 1855.

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  • proper n. Robert Wilhelm Bunsen, German chemist
  • n. Bunsen burner


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  • He also made a number of improvements in chemical batteries for use in isolating quantities of pure metals — including one known as the Bunsen battery.

    Bunsen, Robert Wilhelm Eberhard

  • See a brief, but satisfactory statement of the question in Bunsen and Platner, Roms Beschreibung.vol. i.p. 29. —

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • Thence he made his way south to Rome and Naples, spending most of the winter in the former city among very interesting people, such as Bunsen, Niebuhr and Madame de Humboldt.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 17, No. 101, May, 1876

  • They brought him into touch with many interesting people, such as Bunsen and F.D. Maurice; and, in Scotland, deepened the impression that he was a man with a future.

    Principal Cairns

  • I grabbed the Bunsen burner that was still lit on the table.

    The Adults

  • Among his friends was Sir Maurice de Bunsen who shot a milk cow under the impression it was a wizened bison, and the Honorable Gilbert Leigh, a member of Parliament, who went out hunting alone and somehow galloped off a cliff to his death.

    Bird Cloud

  • In the blog Bunsen [es], a cartoon promotes candidate Dr. Mono [Dr. Monkey], supported by the slogan “He is sadistic, he is ignorant, he is a cartoon monkey and still … he is your best option”.

    Global Voices in English » Mexico: Null Ballots and Low Turnout Expected on Election Day

  • Also be aware of how you're communicating the information, and the image you're portraying -- we are more than a bunch of socially awkward, misunderstood geeks playing with beakers and Bunsen burners.

    Joy Gallagher: The Chick Is a Chemist

  • However, in Twitcaps - one of the services that helps Twitter to publish photos using microformats for links - is where the mosaic of null votes can be fully appreciated: ballots crossed out, Twitter's icon Failwhale, ballots in support to the satirical campaign of Dr. Mono as promoted by the Bunsen blog [es], several obscene drawings of penises and curse words, and even Shakespeare's allusions scribbled in crayons.

    Global Voices in English » Mexico: Voters Share Their Null Ballots on Twitter

  • To build something new from scratch requires entrepreneurial spirit, but in most cases it also requires a technical and/or scientific skill set that has slipped to the back Bunsen burner of the American curriculum.

    Tim Devane: On Innovative Education


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