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This Could Be The Biggest Threat To Our Climate If We Don't Act Fast

When you think “peatland”, you probably picture water, or mosquitoes, or creepily preserved human artefacts. What most of us don’t consider are catastrophic wildfires — but that’s precisely what scientists are now worried about when it comes to one of the most carbon-rich ecosystems on Earth.


Terrifying Helmet Doubles As Flamethrower

Two fundamental rules in most science labs are 1) always have protective eyewear on and 2) don’t stick your face next to stuff that’s on fire. For these reasons, Sufficiently Advanced‘s flamethrower welding helmet presents a conundrum.


Unprecedented Number Of Tree Deaths In California Points To A Catastrophic Fire Season

One more horrific prediction has come to pass for California’s drought-ravaged forests. According to the US Forest Service, trees are dying at an even more astonishing rate than they were last summer (Australia’s winter), creating fuel for what will almost certainly be the worst wildfire season in memory.


A Big LA Fire Isn't Worse Because People Are Finally Preparing For The Worst

It had all the elements of a catastrophe: A truck hit an electrical pole in the bone-dry canyons outside LA, exploding a transformer. Winds were brisk with temperatures above 32C. Despite that, the 500-acre blaze that looked particularly scary has only damaged three structures, reportedly because local residents had take the right precautions to protect themselves from bushfire.


How To Create A Rainbow-Coloured Pyrotechnics Show

Video: Winter is coming, and what goes perfect with dropping temperatures? That’s right, fire. This rainbow pyrotechnics show was put together with materials you can probably find at the hardware store.


Those Lame Fire Snakes Get Way More Impressive When You Super-Size Them

Video: Aside from sparklers, the most least piece of fireworks kids have access to are black snakes, those tiny pucks that grow into long ashen serpents as they burn. As far as pyrotechnics go, black snakes incredibly lame, except when YouTube’s NightHawkInLight super-sizes them. Once the mix powdered sugar and baking soda ignites, it becomes a miniature active volcano that appears out of nowhere.


Mushroom Cloud In Iconic Photo Of Hiroshima Is Not Actually A Mushroom Cloud

Nuclear experts say this famous photo of an apparent mushroom cloud rising above the city of Hiroshima is not what it appears to be. The towering plume is actually billowing smoke rising up from the raging firestorms that followed the explosion.


It's Time To Adapt To Megafires

Earlier this month, a devastating wildfire swept through the Canadian city of Fort McMurray, prompting more than 88,000 residents to evacuate. As the out-of-control blaze continues to swell in size, a bigger picture is starting to emerge: major fires like this are the future, and we’d better get used to it.


Lighting A Match With A Rubber Band Is A Handy Trick

Video: If your five o’clock shadow isn’t rugged enough to light a match with, and there’s nowhere else to strike one, a rubber band and a second match are all you need to get a fire started. This one’s going to require some practice to master, and some amateur sniper skills, but MacGyver would be proud.


Bad Arse Photo Of A Fighter Jet Against Fire

Image Cache: Just a great photo. Here’s the wall of fire display at the 2016 Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina. The silhouette of the plane against the giant dark orange and black flames makes it look more like art from some comic book than a real life shot.


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