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Flame retardant material from bacteria-on-sponge

San Diego - Bacteria found on a marine sponge can produce toxic flame retardant-like compounds, according to a new study. Researchers are investigating the human health implications of the discovery.

Fire resistant paper developed thanks to nanotech

A step forward in safety: researchers have developed a fire resistant paper, based on nanowires. In addition, the paper is also bacterial resistant and this helps reduce the spread of infections.

Record amount of retardant used on growing Calif. wildfire

As of Friday night, the King wildfire in Northern California had burned 76,376 acres. Officials with CalFire and the U.S. Forest Service say the massive fire, one of nine in the state, is only 10 percent contained.

All-natural mixture is a promising fire retardant

A dash of clay, a dab of fiber from crab shells, and a dollop of DNA is not a magic potion but the ingredients of promising green fire retardant.

How DNA is a fire retardant

Scientists have found an unusual property about DNA: it is flame retardant. The finding came about after a cloth was coated with DNA from herring sperm.

U.S. considering curbing aerial fire retardant use

To reduce environmental harm from toxic fire retardants, the U.S. Forest Service is planning to cut drops on or near waterways, and expand off-limits areas by the end of the year. But these first changes may not reduce the overall use of the chemicals.

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File photo: Air support fire retardant slurry drop on the Taylor Fire  photographed by the Northern ...
File photo: Air support fire retardant slurry drop on the Taylor Fire, photographed by the Northern Arizona Incident Management Team
USDA Forest Service, Coconino National Forest

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