How Reckless Golfing Almost Burned This City to the Ground

In August of 2010, a fire that burned 12 acres in Irvine, California was allegedly started by a golfer. His ball had strayed off the green and into the rough, and something dangerous happened when he hit the ball off some rocks. After a scientific investigation, we know what lit the fire. » 3/25/14 9:00am 3/25/14 9:00am

This is what happens when you play with fire in space

The simple flame is an extraordinarily complex phenomenon, one that involves thousands of chemical reactions. But fire also plays off the effects of gravity. So what happens when you take that gravity away? As a recent experiment aboard the ISS has shown, you get a very strange flame, indeed. » 6/19/13 7:40am 6/19/13 7:40am

The physics of fire, gasoline, and sheer unbridled idiocy

This is what it looks like when you set a bucket of gasoline on fire, toss it through the air, film it at 2500 fps and then slow down the footage reaaaaal slow. It's totally dangerous, highly inadvisable (don't attempt this at home, etc.) and absolutely awesome to watch. Plus, as Fuck Yeah Fluid Dynamics explains,… » 1/24/13 2:20pm 1/24/13 2:20pm

Watch how the US military fights fire with electricity and sound

Traditional fire fighting techniques have relied on dousing flames with water or chemicals. But in an effort to fight fires in combat environments, DARPA has developed a groundbreaking technique where flames can be extinguished by using electricity and sound. But while the proof of concept has been established, the… » 7/13/12 4:31pm 7/13/12 4:31pm