What IS fire? (and what happened in Beirut?)

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Seriously. What is fire? This week Melissa and Jam hop out of the frying pan. What are those warm orange wisps? We all sort of know what fire is but also, do we? It's hot, it can be good, it can be bad. But why does it look like that? And what really IS it? Let's try to find out
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References from this episode
  1. https://unto.com/beirut
  2. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/08/05/beirut-explosion-how-help-victims-lebanon/3300822001/
  3. https://mypages.iit.edu/~smart/pawebar/lesson3.html
  4. https://www.chem.fsu.edu/chemlab/chm1020c/Lecture%207/01.php
  5. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.jchemed.5b00333
  6. https://www.sbu.edu/docs/default-source/life-at-sbu-documents/chemistry-of-a-fire.pdf?sfvrsn=0
  7. https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Ammonium-nitrate#section=Boiling-Point
  8. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-is-ammonium-nitrate-the-chemical-that-exploded-in-beirut/
  9. https://www.cisa.gov/an-security-statutes-and-regulations
  10. https://www.cisa.gov/ammonium-nitrate-security-program
  11. https://fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/R43070.pdf
  12. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2015/08/03/congress-pushes-rules-explosive-fertilizer/31075955/



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