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Aug. 24, 2012

Tree Rings Tell Tales of Ancient Fires and Climate

Are the movements of wildfires as predictable as the weather? And does climate change cause bigger, hotter blazes?

fire, tree rings, dendrology, climate change, wildfires, forest fire

Sep. 28, 2012

Fires and Invasive Grass Threaten American West

Cheatgrass, an invasive weed, chokes out native sagebrush -- and sets the stage for massive blazes.

cheatgrass, wildfire, wild fire, forest fire, prairie fire, invasive species, ecosystem, weed

May. 13, 2011

The Physics Of Setting Leaves Aflame

Even if cheap pyrotechnics isn't your thing, the physics behind how this works is relevant to anyone with eyes.

film video flora lens leaf sun light

Sep. 23, 2011

Managing Forests To Manage Wildfires

Scientists discuss how to control the fires that have shaped and scarred the Southwest.

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Jun. 08, 2012

The Winning Answer to a Burning Question

The winner of Alan Alda’s ‘Flame Challenge’ draws on animation, song and a physics background.

science communication, education, kids, children, schools, teaching science, flame, oxidation, burning

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\tWinter weather means more than sledding and snowmen. Next snowstorm, grab a magnifying glass and try snowflake hunting. Bullet rosettes, stellar plates, and capped columns are just a few of the varieties of snow crystal you can find in your backyard. Kenneth Libbrecht, physicist at Caltech and snowflake expert, shares secrets of the snowflake.

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