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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 90 degrees. 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 wildfire.

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Alissa Walker

June 5th

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These AR glasses give firefighters Predator-style thermal vision

Firefighter AR Smart Visor
Augmented reality might factor in to the future of firefighting. This week, a team from the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), a research institute in Switzerland, revealed the smart visor they have been working on that will help firefighters see through smoke and darkness while simultaneously freeing up their hands and allowing them to do their jobs with less constraints.

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Jacob Siegal

May 27th

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Playing Soccer with a Ball That’s on Fire

Playing Soccer with a Ball That's on Fire

I get it now! That’s why soccer doesn’t let players use their hands. Just in case they decide to start playing with a fireball. Watch Joltter, Andrew Henderson, and Melody Donchet do tricks with a ball that’s on fire and also hit a free kick too.

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April 7th

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Watch NASA’s Space Fire Experiment Launch Tonight

Normally, space and fire don’t mix well, but NASA is deliberately going to cause a “large fire” inside a Cygnus resupply vessel just to see what happens. The rocket’s launching tonight, and as always, you can watch live.

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Chris Mills

March 22nd

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Nutella Makes For a Deliciously Excellent Firestarter

Nutella is good on toast, with ice cream, or eaten by the spoonful while gently sobbing. But as it turns out, add a dash of potassium permanganate and a little heat, and you have yourself a good little fire.

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March 15th

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Lighting 100,000 Sparklers at Once Is the Quickest Way to Make a Working Volcano

Igniting 10,000 sparklers at once was a cute way to ring in the new year, but assembling 100,000 sparklers into a tower and adding fire is probably as close as one could get to building an artificial working volcano.

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Andrew Liszewski

February 15th

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A Global Tragedy Is Unfolding In Tasmania

The blackened skeletons of scorched trees jut out of the smoldering Earth like angry bee stings. A smell of ash, dust, and death hangs in the air. This isn’t a scene from a post apocalyptic movie. It’s part of a Tasmanian World Heritage Site that harbors some of the oldest trees on Earth.

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Maddie Stone

February 12th

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Score an Amazon Fire Tablet For $40 Today, Plus Save $20 on Kindle E-Readers

I was hoping Amazon would have a deal on the Echo today in light of its Super Bowl commercial appearances, but alas, we’ll have to settle for a $40 Fire tablet and $20 off Kindle e-readers.

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February 8th

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One of the Oldest Forests on Earth Has Been Burning For Weeks

An ancient forest at the end of the world is facing an unprecedented threat. Since mid-January, bushfires sparked by lightning storms have raged across northwest Tasmania, home to relic forests dating back to when the island was part of the Gondwana supercontinent 180 million years ago.

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Maddie Stone

February 5th

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Remember That Crazy Wildfire Season the US Just Had? Now Australia’s Having One.

Remember That Crazy Wildfire Season the US Just Had? Now Australia's Having One.

2015 was a record hot and fiery year , but it may not get to keep the title for long. While the American West is still reeling from a devastating wildfire season , Australia’s pyrotechnic woes are just getting started.

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Maddie Stone

January 12th

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