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April 8, 2010

 

Why Are Chimps Unafraid Of Fire?

Why are chimps unafraid of fire? It may be because they know where the flame are going...

January 16, 2009

 

How Logs Burn

Fanning the logs can make them burn brighter, even if the fanning temporarily extinguishes the flames.

January 6, 2009

 

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.

October 2, 2008

 

Dinosaur Oil Crisis

There's some new evidence that a giant oil fire might have had something to do with the dinosaurs' demise. Find out more on today's "Moment of Science."

June 17, 2008

 

Flaming Steel

Strike the flint and steel together to make sparks, then use those sparks to start your flame. Learn more on this edition of Moment of Science.

April 16, 2007

 

Fighting Fires, Fighting Cancer

Firefighters expose themselves to dangerous chemicals and heat while they do their job.

March 8, 2006

 

Snuff

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

December 7, 2005

 

Pass That Flame

You held a burning stick up to a non-burning stick. Why do you now have two burning sticks? The answer is in the nature of fire.

September 22, 2005

 

Slow, Smokeless Burning

Robert Frost once wrote a poem about coming across an old woodpile in the forest. In describing it he refers to the “slow, smokeless burning of decay.” What a great line of poetry. Neat part about it is, it’s also technically correct. Decay is an extremely slow burning process. Or, you could say, fire is an extremely fast decaying process. In either case, what you have is the combination of carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

June 2, 2005

 

Fire, Ice, and Mountain-Climbing Lava

A mysterious geological feature can be found on the slopes of Mount Rainier, a volcano in Washington state. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

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