Tag: fire

Dec 29, 2014

Engineers Retrofit a Tank with Jet Engines to Fight Oil Fires

Engineers Retrofit a Tank with Jet Engines to Fight Oil Fires

Hungarian engineers have created the ultimate fire extinguisher from a decommissioned Russian tank combined with the jets from a MiG-21 fighter jet. Known as the Big Wind, it’s capable of blowing powerful shots of water to stop oil fires in an instant.

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Dec 4, 2014

There’s a 225 ft Gas Crater in Turkmenistan That’s Been Burning Since 1971

There’s a 225 ft Gas Crater in Turkmenistan That’s Been Burning Since 1971

© Tormod Sandtorv / Darvasa gas crater panorama / CC BY-SA 2.0 Nicknamed the ‘door to hell’, the Darvaza Crater in Turkmenistan has been burning for over 40 years. The 225 ft wide (69 meters) and 98 ft deep (30 meters) crater is located in the middle of the Karakum Desert which occupies…

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Nov 25, 2014

Tesla Portrait Made from Sparks of Electricity

Tesla Portrait Made from Sparks of Electricity

Watch artist Phil Hansen ‘paint’ a portrait of Nikola Tesla using sparks of electricity! You can find many more interesting art projects by Phil on his website and Facebook page.

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Oct 28, 2014

Painting with Fire and Smoke

Painting with Fire and Smoke

Watch artist Steve Spazuk use fire and smoke to create amazing works of art. Filmed by Patrick Peris, we go behind the scenes to explore Spazuk’s creative space and observe his artistic process. If you’re digging fire/smoke art, be sure to check out our previous post on the bottled smoke art of Jim Dingilian…

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Oct 10, 2014

Picture of the Day: Firefighters Put Out Blaze, Rescue Hamsters

Picture of the Day: Firefighters Put Out Blaze, Rescue Hamsters

Photograph by Lacey Fire Department Firefighters from the Lacey, Washington Fire Department recently responded to a call about a burning mobile home. The crew quickly extinguished the fire and noticed a family of pet hamsters inside the burning building. They grabbed the five hamsters—later identified as Oreo, Madonna and three unnamed babies—and brought them…

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Sep 10, 2014

Picture of the Day: Embrace Impermanence

Picture of the Day: Embrace Impermanence

Photograph by TREY RATCLIFF Website | Flickr | Google+ | Facebook | Prints Embrace was a 72 ft wooden, cathedral-like sculpture of two human figures, “in celebration of all our relationships”. The site-specific artwork was created by the Pier Group for Burning Man 2014. It was the largest project to date for the Pier…

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Jun 19, 2014

Bottled Smoke Art by Jim Dingilian

Bottled Smoke Art by Jim Dingilian

Jim Dingilian creates incredible subtractive images from bottles filled with smoke. The artist begins by coating the bottles’ inner surfaces with smoke. He then uses brushes and small implements mounted on the ends of dowels to reach inside. With a steady hand, Jim slowly and selectively erases certain areas. The smoke which remains on…

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Jun 10, 2014

Picture of the Day: Weddings and Wildfire

Picture of the Day: Weddings and Wildfire

WEDDINGS AND WILDFIRE Photograph by JOSH NEWTON Website | Facebook | Twitter | Blog Michael and April Wolber had picked the perfect place for their outdoor wedding, Rock Springs Ranch in Oregon. The couple had been planning for ages for their special day with friends and family. But before April could walk…

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Apr 24, 2014

Kanzi, a Male Bonobo, Learns How to Build a Fire and Toast Marshmallows

Kanzi, a Male Bonobo, Learns How to Build a Fire and Toast Marshmallows

Kanzi (born October 28, 1980) is a male bonobo currently living in the United States at Georgia State University’s Language Research Center. On a recent episode of BBC’s Monkey Planet, we see Kanzi build a fire, light it using matches and proceed to toast marshmallows on it. The bonobo (Pan paniscus) is a great…

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Apr 20, 2014

These Guys Made a Music Visualizer with 2,500 Individual Gas Flames

These Guys Made a Music Visualizer with 2,500 Individual Gas Flames

A Rubens’ tube (also known as a standing wave flame tube or flame tube) is a physics apparatus for demonstrating acoustic standing waves. Invented by German physicist Heinrich Rubens in 1905, it graphically shows the relationship between sound waves and sound pressure. Sune Nielsen and the team at Aarhus decided to take the Rubens’…

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