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Video: It takes The Slow Mo Guys a few attempts and false starts to hit the burning wick of a candle with an air gun. But when they actually do, it's damn impressive to see in slow motion, because it basically vaporises on impact and the candle's flame follows the bullet in a wonderful, fiery trail until it disappears.

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Video: I don't think it's possible to make anything cooler with your own two hands than this homemade multicolour fire tornado that spins around and weaves itself together with absolutely no moving parts. The only thing you need to do is cut up a glass cylinder and then offset the half-cylinders a little bit to let air flow do its thing to create the fire vortex.

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On Wednesday, web developer Rick Bross was faced an unusual problem. His electric skateboard's battery malfunctioned, filling his entire apartment with smoke and scaring the hell out of his roommate. The incident was just one of two recent cases involving Boosted Boards, a brand of electric skateboards, where the batteries spontaneously "vented", a non-technical term used by the company to describe an electrical engineering problem also known as thermal runaway that causes batteries to overheat and potentially explode.

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A Twitter user at Chicago's O'Hare airport tweeted out a photo showing a plane on fire this morning. Popular conservative columnist Michele Malkin also tweeted out her own photo from a plane where she just landed. Ironically, this is the same day that O'Hare was conducting fire drills and telling people on social media not to be afraid if they saw anything unusual. But this one is legit.

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Video: Using a magnifying glass to scorch anything unfortunate enough to cross your path on a sunny afternoon is a popular past time among kids. But when you were younger you'd never dream of focusing that solar death ray on your beloved LEGO toys. Nor would you today, since the YouTube channel Let's Melt This has done it for you.

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Video: Making matches at a factory involves some staggering numbers: two million splints an hour get fed into a perforated steel plate so that they can be ready to get dipped in the red lighter material, 500 boxes of matches get made per minute to house the matches, and 200 matches are processed per second. It's a doozy. And surprisingly goopy.

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When they appear in the wild they can be devastating, but in a controlled environment fire tornadoes are not only mesmerising to watch, it turns out that a new iteration might also provide a more eco-friendly way to deal with man-made disasters like oil spills.

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Ah, in a tale as old as ice and fire, here's a liquid nitrogen 'squirt gun' versus a flamethrower. The Backyard Scientist outfitted a liquid nitrogen canister with a release valve that basically turns liquid nitrogen into a freeze ray death weapon of sorts (as in, the pressure makes the liquid nitrogen shoot out pretty strong). He pitted it up against a flame thrower to see how long it would take the liquid nitrogen shooter to win and it's quite the battle.