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Ways To Improve Common Furniture Fire Test
2014-02-11 10:34:13

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) The bench-scale test widely used to evaluate whether a burning cigarette will ignite upholstered furniture may underestimate the tendency of component materials to smolder when these materials are used in sofas and chairs supported by springs or cloth, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and American University researchers report in a new study. The study comes as regulations and methods for evaluating the...

2013-06-06 23:23:54

Flash fires can spring up unexpectedly and cause damage and injury. A water and fire restoration provider explains the phenomena and how it should be handled. Cleveland OH (PRWEB) June 06, 2013 Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water and fire restoration services in the US, is offering tips to property owners on the dangers associated with flash fires. Any sort of fire can be dangerous unless properly contained, but flash fires are especially hazardous due to their...

2012-02-20 12:40:45

In 1997, a forest fire in Indonesia ignited an area of peatlands that smouldered for months. By the time it was over, the fire had released greenhouse gases equal to 20 to 40 percent of the total worldwide emissions that year from fossil fuels. But that could be a drop in the bucket compared to future emissions from peat fires. Indonesian peatlands are dwarfed by Canada's. The total area of all peatland in Canada is estimated to be about twice the size of Saskatchewan. At this week's...

Image 1 - FLEX-ible Insight Into Flame Behavior
2011-11-29 04:49:42

[ Watch the Video ] Whether free-burning or smoldering, uncontrolled fire can threaten life and destroy property. On Earth, a little water, maybe some chemicals, and the fire is smothered. In space, where there is no up or down, flames behave in unconventional ways. And when your entire world is the size of a five-bedroom home like the International Space Station, putting out even a small fire quickly is a life-and-death matter. Since March 2009, NASA's Flame Extinguishment...

Image 1 - NASA Takes A Look Back At A Decade Of Fires
2011-10-20 04:36:48

[ Watch the Video ] NASA's latest Earth-observing satellite, the NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP), is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Oct. 28 to extend key environmental data records established by an earlier generation of NASA satellites. To mark the launch, we are looking back at one of the scientific legacies NPP will build upon: the global fire data record. An instrument on NPP called the Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) will extend this...

2009-02-23 09:44:09

Severe fires in Indonesia "“ responsible for some of the worst air quality conditions worldwide "“ are linked not only to drought, but also to changes in land use and population density, according to a new study in Nature Geoscience led by Robert Field of the University of Toronto. "During the late 1970s, Indonesian Borneo changed from being highly fire-resistant to highly fire-prone during drought years, marking the period when one of the world's great tropical forests became one...

2005-11-10 08:20:00

By Emma Graham-Harrison LIUHANGGOU, China (Reuters) - Cai Zhongyong gestures across barren hills, where two stray camels graze on a few brown-green shrubs, and conjures up a medieval vision of hell. "This used to be a sea of fire. There were flames coming out of holes in the ground," said the mild-mannered engineer who has devoted his working life to putting out underground infernos. Puffs of steam still escape from the ground where fire had blazed for over a century and has since been...

Word of the Day
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'