10 fun things you can do to play with fire

Everyone has a little bit of pyromania in them, it just depends on when it wants to come out. After watching this Brusspup video of 10 tricks to do with fire, I know exactly when I'm going to start playing with fire again: the next big power outage. I'm totally going to make fire tornadoes, rising water, candle… » 3/25/15 2:24am Wednesday 2:24am

What Causes Spontaneous Combustion?

Most of us experience combustion, a chemical process where a fuel combines with oxygen to produce heat and light, in the form of a fire where both the fuel and ignition source are well known. » 12/19/13 5:15am 12/19/13 5:15am

What Happens When You Drop a Red Hot Nickel Ball Onto Aerogel

Red hot nickel ball of fire meet your toughest opponent yet: aerogel. In fact, aerogel is such an amazing material and excellent insulator that the eternal flame of the nickel ball does absolutely nothing to it. Like, seriously. It affects the aerogel as much as the normal air around it (or in it too?). But hey.… » 10/18/13 1:00am 10/18/13 1:00am

Watch a Red Hot Nickel Ball Destroy a Box of Crayons

Watching the Red Hot Nickel Ball destroy various materials just never gets old. So here's a Red Hot Ball of Nickel turning a box of crayons into a rainbow of destruction. » 8/29/13 9:21am 8/29/13 9:21am

What Happens When You Drop a Red Hot Ball of Nickel Into Peanut Butter

Everyone's favorite Red Hot Nickel Ball has been on an absurd amount of adventures between boiling a jar of honey and completely demolishing the world's largest gummy bear. Naturally, the next stop on its quest to be submerged in everything known to man is peanut butter. Why not, right? » 8/16/13 9:18am 8/16/13 9:18am

You Won't Believe What Happens When You Light These Chemicals on Fire

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you mixed Mercury(II) thiocyanate (Hg(SCN)2) and Ammonium chromate (NH4)2CrO4 together and then lit it on fire? NO?! What's wrong with you? It's unbelievably hellish and impossibly alien combined with one burning force of what the horrifically kraken insane. » 7/18/13 8:00pm 7/18/13 8:00pm

Watch 15,000 Volts of Raw Power Burn Lightning Strikes into Wood

When lightning flashes across the sky, you only get a chance to glimpse its fractal form for a split second. But when you send 15,000 volts coursing through plywood, you get a much better look at how it grows. Melanie Hoff, a student at the Pratt Institute in New York City did just that, and the result is a… » 3/03/13 1:00pm 3/03/13 1:00pm

F-15 Escapes as Wildfire Dangerously Approaches US Air Force Base

At first I thought this F-15SG was escaping from an attack against a US Air Force base in some war zone. Fortunately, the only attack was a 3,000-acre fire that affected the Mountain Home AFB, in Idaho. » 8/22/11 9:40am 8/22/11 9:40am

This Suit Can Survive 1,800 Degree Flames

This fire resistant suit is being burned at 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit for about 12 seconds. If you were wearing this suit with that kind of fire attacking you, there's still a possibility you might suffer some second degree burns. But if you were wearing traditional fire retardent material, well, you'd be dead. » 3/05/11 12:00pm 3/05/11 12:00pm

This Is What Happens When You Burn Steel Wool

It's so surprisingly fantastic and magical that I'm going to go buy steel wool and light it on fire right now. It's like having front row seats to an intergalactic light show. [Boing Boing] » 11/27/10 7:00pm 11/27/10 7:00pm

Acer Predator Desktop Gaming Units Recalled For Minor House Burning…

About 215 of Acer's ASG7200 and ASG7700 units were just recalled by the consumer product safety commission because their internal wiring could get "bent or stripped", causing them to overheat and create a "burn hazard." » 3/19/09 11:59am 3/19/09 11:59am

Win 7 Tip: ISO Disc Image Burning Is Built Right In

Windows 7's ISO burning feature isn't all that useful for a majority of people, but for the small percentage who do need it, it's phenomenal. » 1/23/09 2:53pm 1/23/09 2:53pm

Laser Tattoo Body-Modding, This Time it's Not Painful: Fingernails

The skin-ablation laser tattoo we showed you recently was creepy mainly because burning your naked skin is going to hurt, but this new laser body-mod tackles a safer target, fingernails. The portraits of famous bods you can see in the image are laser-etched into black nail polish (I know, it looks like they're made of… » 7/15/08 8:10am 7/15/08 8:10am

Guy Uses Laser-Etch Machine to Tattoo Himself (Verdict: Flaming Nutcase)

See that robot there? It's burned by a laser-etch machine. On genyoowine human skin. Ohoho yes: that sent an icky feeling up your spine didn't it? If it didn't, then it should have. Try looking through the gallery, and then watch the video of a skin-etch in action, and that should do the trick... » 7/02/08 7:50am 7/02/08 7:50am

Memorex SimpleSave is Easy DVD Recording For Your Grandparents

Memorex has a crazy (and expensive) new DVD-R line called SimpleSave, which automatically scans your computer for photos and videos and burns them to disc. From the description, these $14.99 for 5 discs sound like they're perfect for your parents or grandparents who don't really know how to use a burner and have… » 6/24/08 5:10pm 6/24/08 5:10pm

Sony Hinting at Blu-ray Recording Directly Inside TVs

Sony's President and Electronics CEO, Ryoji Chubachi, hinted at new areas that their Blu-ray technology could expand into, including burners that sit inside LCD HDTVs with "recording" functionality. If this means that your future Sony TV will be able to record HDTV shows onto Blu-ray, that would be super neat (and… » 4/07/08 3:15pm 4/07/08 3:15pm

Samsung's SH-203N DVD Burner Burns Dual Layer at 16x

Samsung's Super-WriteMaster may not be the fastest burner for regular DVD+Rs (Line-Ons can burn 20x too), but its dual-layer burning seems to be tops. Jumping up from an 10-12x found in other burners, the SH-203 has 16x dual-layer burning, along with 20x for DVD+ and -R, 12x DVD-RAM, 8x DVD+RW and 6x DVD-RW. It runs… » 10/29/07 6:00pm 10/29/07 6:00pm

Burn-Your-Favorite-Cult-Classic DVD Kiosk Coming To Walgreens

New ideas are needed to keep the tumbleweeds from blowing through the Walgreens photo department, and the latest is a burn-your-own-DVD kiosk, specializing in the rare and out-of-print. We were the first to report on the DVD Copy Control Association voting to approve the "DVD Download" CSS format. But many of you… » 10/29/07 8:34am 10/29/07 8:34am

Samsung SE-B046: PC Blu-Ray Burner Looks like a PS3

Samsung's External Blu-Ray is something special to look at. Looks kind of...consoley. Especially in that blue light. The drive writes BD-R discs at 4X and BD-RE at 2x. It uses a second laser to handle DVD and CD burning (I believe burning), and does it all via USB2.0 and Firewire. Coming in 2008. » 3/21/07 12:37am 3/21/07 12:37am

Studios Greenlight Downloaded Movie Burning, Caveats Galore

Despite movie download services popping up left and right, most of them haven't reached any kind of mass appeal thanks to limitations on burning to DVD. Some, like CinemaNow, do allow burns, but have some difficulty with certain DVD players. Thanks to Sonic Solutions, there's a new licensing program called Qflix that… » 1/04/07 4:10pm 1/04/07 4:10pm