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The Sundowner Experiment

May 15, 2018

The Santa Ynez Mountains rise abruptly from the coast above Santa Barbara and have an east-west orientation. This…
Research Becomes Reality in Study of Fire Impact on Sonoma Water Resources

November 20, 2017

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) spent a decade developing world-class modeling…
NIST Study Suggests Frailty Makes Elderly More Likely to Die in Home Fires

August 26, 2017

A new study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) shows scientifically for the first time that…
Studying Flame Behavior in Microgravity with a Solid “High-Five”

May 31, 2017

Fire is used to heat our homes, cook our food and fuel our trips. Whether we burn fuel…
The new game of Russian Roulette for fire-prone ecosystems

April 20, 2017

Increasing prolonged periods of severe hot and dry weather during the first summer after wildfires is inhibiting vegetation recovery…
Researchers keen to learn what causes fires in wind turbines

November 13, 2016

When a fire breaks out in a wind turbine, it often spreads quickly and uncontrollably. Destructive fires are…
Fire Dancing Bluetooth Speaker

August 30, 2016

The Fireside Audiobox is a Bluetooth-enabled audio player with flames that respond to a music. The lightweight, self-contained audio system…
Cancer-causing chemical in drinking water traced to fire-fighting foam

August 10, 2016

Fire-fighting foam containing highly fluorinated chemicals is contaminating drinking water supplies around many of the nation’s military bases,…
Newly Discovered ‘Blue Whirl’ Fire Tornado Burns Cleaner for Reduced Emission

August 10, 2016

Fire tornados, or ‘fire whirls,’ pose a powerful and essentially uncontrollable threat to life, property, and the surrounding…
Smokin’ Hot

June 29, 2016

The Sherpa fire, which broke out June 15 in mountainous terrain at the top of Refugio Road in…
Waterfowl Populations Resilient to Fires in the Western Boreal Forest

June 22, 2016

A new U.S. Geological Survey report released Tuesday suggests waterfowl throughout the boreal forest of North America are…
Aerial ‘fire drone’ passes Homestead test

April 25, 2016

An innovative University of Nebraska-Lincoln-designed drone designed to ignite prescribed fires in grasslands and forests was used successfully…
The pyrophilic primate

April 13, 2016

Fire, a tool broadly used for cooking, constructing, hunting and even communicating, was arguably one of the earliest…
Fire in the Hole: Studying How Flames Grow in Space

September 17, 2015

Understanding how fire spreads in a microgravity environment is critical to the safety of astronauts who live and…
Decade-long Amazon rainforest burn yields new insight into wildfire vulnerabilities, resiliencies

September 3, 2015

The longest and largest controlled burn experiment ever conducted in the Amazon rainforest has yielded new insight into…
Fired Up: Controversy Still Raging Like Wildfire Over Tree-Cutting Plan in East Bay

July 10, 2015

As drought continues to crisp up California — increasing the potential for catastrophic fire and further taxing plants already…
The shape of a perfect fire

June 11, 2015

From ancient Egyptians roasting a dripping cut of beef next to the Great Pyramid of Giza to a…
NIST Makes ‘Bio Inspired’ Flame Retardants in a Jiffy

April 15, 2015

After devising several new and promising “green” flame retardants for furniture padding, National Institute of Standards and Technology…
Weightless experiments prevent fires in space

April 9, 2015

Associate Professor Grunde Jomaas from DTU Civil Engineering is coordinating an international research programme targeted at fire safety…
Engineering the spark that starts the wildfire

February 11, 2015

Hot metal fragments can be created from power lines, overheated brakes, railway tracks or any other manner of…
Humans Learned to Harness Fire Only 350,000 Years Ago, Study Shows

December 16, 2014

While most scientists agree that fire played a key role in human evolution, the exact time when it…
Forest fires in Spain have evolved with the climate since 1968

August 14, 2014

 The abandonment of agricultural land and higher temperatures have contributed to intensifying the fires.  For the very first…
NASA image: Fires in the Yucatan Peninsula in April 2014

April 30, 2014

Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team. April is in the middle of the dry season, which runs…
Fire and drought may push Amazonian forests beyond tipping point

April 16, 2014

This shows experimental fires burning the understory of a transitional forest located between Cerrado and Amazônia, Mato Grosso,…
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