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Scientists Have Discovered A New Kind Of Fire That Could Clean Up Oil Spills

OCTOBER 3, 2016  —  By Matthew Derrick  
Matthew Derrick

Matthew Derrick

Writer and sassy ginger currently residing in central Pennsylvania. Matt spends most of his free time online shopping for clothing that he doesn't need, perfecting the art of eye-rolling, and indulging in all forms of pop culture.

While I may not be a pyromaniac, I can't ignore the fact that fire can be visually stimulating.

And while fire has been around for thousands of years, scientists are still making new discoveries all the time.

Recently, researchers at the University of Maryland discovered a new fiery phenomenon that is sure to hypnotize you or make your head spin.

What starts as a simple yellow flame quickly transforms into a whirling, blue cyclone of fire.

Known as the "blue whirl," this spinning flame of fire is formed when there is enough oxygen within the flame, as well as minimal soot. This enables a quicker combustion as well as a cleaner burn. This new discovery is anticipated to set scientists on a course of exploration that could lead to real-life application in cleaning up potential oil spills.

Wait until you see the blue whirl in action:


Now before you try recreating the blue whirl at home, remember what Smokey the Bear said.


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