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May 15, 2013

 

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The Trick Inside A Trick Candle

No sooner are they blown out, then they re-light and can be blown out again. How can a candle light itself?

April 8, 2011

 

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Snuff: How Candle-Snuffers Work

Why doesn't the flame just continue to burn underneath the bell, no matter how flat you crush it? The answer is air.

July 22, 2010

 

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Driving Under Pressure: What Happens When You Stop Suddenly

What happens to helium balloons in a car when the car stops suddenly?

January 6, 2009

 

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Anatomy of a Flame

Fire is a chemical reaction between oxygen molecules and some kind of fuel. This reaction releases the heat and light that we call fire.

June 19, 2007

 

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A Candle in the Dark

You light a candle in a dark room. Now suppose a mirror is brought in. Is the room brighter?

March 8, 2006

 

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Snuff

Why doesn't the flame just continue to burn underneath the bell, no matter how flat you crush it? The answer is air.

February 2, 2004

 

The Fireproof Balloon

Want to try an experiment involving water, fire, and a balloon? Learn about "The Fireproof Balloon" on this Moment of Science.

September 27, 2003

 

The Anatomy of a Flame

You can think of a flame as being like a kind of tent. Heat melts the candle’s waxy fuel, and turns it into a gas. This fuel gas floats away from the wick to fill the inside of the flame’s tent.

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