The World's Oldest Underground Fire Has Been Burning for 6,000 Years

If you've heard of underground coal fires, then you've probably heard of the one raging under the abandoned town of Centralia, Pennsylvania, since 1962. Fifty-two years is a long time—and a lot of coal—but that's barely a blink compared to Burning Mountain in Australia, which has been ablaze for 6,000 years. Read More >>

How a Build-Up of Methane Gas Caused a Toilet to Explode

We've all looked at a public toilet and thought it was a bit too ropey to plonk our butts down on, but rarely does it end with anything worse than a turned stomach and a serious shower once we've got home. But to come away with third degree burns from a trip to the loo? Read More >>

Manholes That are so Full of Methane They're Ready to Explode

Washington, DC may not really have been built on a swamp, but it can't escape the swamp gas. Scientists just published a survey that maps a whopping 5,893 natural gas leaks in the city's ageing pipelines. Read More >>

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This Mulit-Million Degree Gas Cloud Spans Half a Million Light Years

This glowing purple cloud may look stunning, but you wouldn't want to get too close—because it's actually a multi-million degree celsius gas cluster. Read More >>

Deadly Cloud: The Science Behind the Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack

Nerve agents were invented accidentally by a Nazi-era scientist trying to make a more effective pesticide. That’s why these molecules are so similar in their structure to the most common class of insecticides, chemicals called organophosphates because they contain carbon based ('organic') groups coupled to a phosphorous atom. The way a nerve agent kills you is very similar to the way an organophosphate pesticide kills an insect. Read More >>

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This Eternal Flame Burns as a Result of Natural Fracking

This is a light that never goes out: An eternal flame, hidden behind a waterfall in Erie county, New York, which is a result of natural gas seeping out from underground rocks. Read More >>

Iran Has Hacked US Energy Companies

According to the WSJ, Iran has hacked US oil, gas and power companies. The hackers were able to gain access to control-system software "that could allow them to manipulate oil or gas pipelines". Basically, the hackers are far enough inside that people are starting to get worried. Read More >>

Wireless Networks of Cows Will Keep Gas Under Control

I'd hate to be the IT guy fixing this network. By dropping electronic devices into the stomachs of cows and networking them together, researchers hope to reduce the climate-warming farts and burps they produce. Read More >>

Space Jump Man Isn't the Only One With Bad Gas

It looks like British Gas customers are in for a nasty shock to their gadget funds. Despite an increase in profits, apparently British Gas is about to shove up its gas prices, which could make an extra £100 dent in your wallets. Damn, that's a quarter of a Galaxy S III. [Evening Standard] Read More >>

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Five Scientifically Surprising Facts About Booze

People sharing drinks love to lay out the facts of life, love, and, of course, liquor. Wouldn't it be even better if this cocktail science were actually right some of the time? Here are five bits of booze trivia that smart drinkers can use to blow their buddies off their barstools. Read More >>

This Simple Petrol Pump Nozzle Screen Could Save Millions of Litres of Dripped Fuel

Spilling petrol on your shoes after you fill your car seems like just a small annoyance. But it happens to everyone, and apparently all that wasted fuel adds up to about half a billion litres of fuel lost every year. An epidemic this simple mesh cap promises to solve. Read More >>

When All Our Cars Are Electric, This Is How Pumps Should Be Used

The dawn of electric motoring is taking a little longer to gain traction than many hoped. But when it does, this is how we should be using the old pumps: repurposed as dog houses, amplifiers, bookshelves and coffee machines. Read More >>

Dinosaur Flatulence Caused Jurassic Climate Change

A lot of dinosaurs were big eating machines. Now, scientists have calculated how much gas they would have expelled as a result of their digestion—and the quantities they produced probably meant that they warmed their own climate through letting rip. Read More >>

Chinese Villages Use Giant Balloons to Steal Natural Gas

What would simple gas to cook, or heat your home during the winter? Would you be willing to fill a giant bag full with natural gas and carry it into your home, at the risk of, well, exploding? Because that's what villagers in the Shandong Province of China are doing. Read More >>

Champagne Really Is Better Out of a Flute

Champagne, the posh man’s bubbly of choice, is often said to taste better out of a tall thin glass than it does in a traditional wine glass or coupe. Now scientists have proved it – it’s all to do with the bubbles. Read More >>

Who Needs Petrol When You Can Run Your Car On Seaweed?

Some folks bang on about biofuels being the future of car fuels. In reality, though, they're expensive, and that's largely because they're a pain in the arse to make. The solution might be seaweed. Read More >>


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