Could firefighters one day use an electric wand to zap flames away?
In a new study, Harvard University scientists say they used an electric field to extinguish an open flame more than 1 foot tall - a development they say could yield fire-suppression alternatives to water and chemical retardants.
The scientists, part of a group headed by chemistry professor George M. Whitesides, connected a 600-watt amplifier to a metal wire that was fixed in place and pointed at the base of a methane flame.
When the amplifier was turned on, the wand-like wire, serving as an electrode, generated an oscillating electric field that essentially pushed the flame off its fuel source. This extinguished it, said chemist and lead author Ludovico Cademartiri, a postdoctoral fellow who presented the findings in California on Sunday at a meeting of the American Chemical Society.FULL STORY
Wow! But there are some flammable materials that are better burned than to pollute an area with super-toxic chemicals and other materials that are super-toxic after burning. More paperwork! What was it about a "paper-less society"?
Better start looking for more ways to print paper, too! But maybe a non-flammable kind...
Chooba be careful somebody is using our names for fake posts.
I have been jazz7 for maybe a good month and half , dont know why u think your the real JAZZ7 , but your NOT. End of discussion. O and bye the way I will alter the version of the name, dont want to deal with this anymore.
Hi Chooba, paper-less. Not in the ladies room I hope.
Hi Chooba,so the a lithium laced tin foil hats dont seem to be working.
Ha! I couldn't find any lithium. But they tell me that the mind-control rays are tired this morning, so I'm okay I think. ðŸ˜‰
great breakthrough there, yaho!
Did the fire yell out, "Don't taze me bro?"
jazzy pleeeeez tell me that's you