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Halloween Week on Unknown Country: Why We Should Still Be Creatures of the Night

Halloween, the time when we lure strangely-clad strangers to our homes by lighting lanterns in our windows, and offering them food and welcome at our doors.

This tradition is firmly associated with the celebration of ghosties and ghoulies and long-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night, but does it also fulfil some deep...
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More Wildfires on the Way

In some places, forest fires make up an important part of the natural ecosystem. Wild fires burn is an area of land greater than the country of India every year.
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A Case of Human Combustion

In Ireland, it looks as if a man has spontaneously burned up. A coroner has ruled that a man who burned to death in his home was a victim of spontaneous human combustion. This is the first time in 25 years that an Irish court has recorded this verdict. "Spontaneous combustion" occurs when a living human body is burned without an apparent...
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Wildfires are Burning: Another Reason Why

In past decade, almost 78,000 fires have burned almost 7 million acres in the US and Texas is burning right now. There are several reasons for this: one of them has to do with climate change, but the other may be invasive plant...
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Water It!

Once ignited, a dry Fraser fir, one of the most popular Christmas tree choices, bursts into flames in less than 7 seconds, and it will be consumed by fire in slightly more than a minute. But if a well-watered Fraser fir briefly ignites, the flame soon dies, which is why keeping your Christmas tree moist can be a matter of life-and-death importance...
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Spontaneous Human Combustion

Spontaneous Human Combustion is thought to occur when aperson is found burned to death, but nothing much aroundthem has caught on fire. Often only the bed or chair theywere on shows signs of being burned, while the rest of thearea is intact. The theory that the human body canspontaneously combust is controversial, but a recent case inFlorida...

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Mysterious Fires in Africa

We have been following the saga of themysteriousfires that have broken out spontaneously in Sicily?amystery that has never been solved. Now it turns out thatthis has been happening in Africa as well.

Oswald Shivute writes in The Namibian that churches in thevillage of Oshoogolo in Namibia have been holding prayervigils to try to chase...

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Investigating the Mysterious Fires in Italy

We've written about the fires that are breaking out spontaneously, without an obvious cause, in a small town in Sicily. People there have also been unable to unlock their cars without setting off their alarms. (The same thing has happened to cars in Nevada and the U.K.) Scientists, engineers, police and paranormal researchers have come to the...

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Spontaneous Italian Fires Supernatural?

Fires have been breaking out spontaneously on the island of Sicily recently, and in 1990, the same thing happened near Venice. Twenty years ago, similar fires in Italy were blamed on the supernatural powers of a woman who was put in jail for starting them.

While the U.S. has its history of persecuting witches in Salem, Massachusetts, it'...

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Spontaneous Fires Break Out in Italy UPDATE: It Happened Before

Fires have broken out in part of a Sicilian village, and no one can figure out what's causing them. It can't be electricity, since the power has been cut off. Despite this, washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators, electricity meters and cables have been spontaneously bursting into flames. A fire even started in a water pipe. There's no...

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Summer Wildfires Affect the Weather?and our Health

These days, summer always seems to bring a long season of wildfires, clouding the skies with smoke. Dr. Paul Epstein says, "The rise of U.S. wildfires is turning global warming into a real and direct health threat for American adults and children."

Epstein says, "The chief concern has to be that global warming, if left unchecked, will...

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Static Electricity Can Be Hazardous

We think of static electricity as a minor annoyance, but it can lead to major fires. At a gas station, a spark of static electricity can start a fire that engulfs you in flames. There have been at least 130 confirmed cases of static fires in the last three years.

52 -year-old Bob Clewis was filling gas cans in his truck in San Antonio...

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Fighting Fires from Space

With fires rampaging through the western United States, we desperately need some new, sophisticated fire fighting equipment. Now we have it: the GOES satellite, a weather satellite 23,000 miles away, in orbit around the Earth.

U.S. and Canadian firefighters are using satellite data from both GOES and the European Space Agency to monitor...

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