New Type of Flame Could Reduce Emissions & Clean Oil Spills

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New Type of Flame Could Reduce Emissions & Clean Oil Spills

A major problem with burning any type of material is the soot, or residue, left over. But what if a flame produced barely any soot at all? Meet ‘Blue Whirl’ – a new type of flame that products little to no soot. The researchers hail from University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering, and posted their paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science journal

“Fire whirls are more efficient than other forms of combustion because they produce drastically increased heating to the surface of fuels, allowing them to burn faster and more completely. In our experiments over water, we’ve seen how the circulation fire whirls generate also helps to pull in fuels. If we can achieve a state akin to the blue whirl at larger scale, we can further reduce airborne emissions for a much cleaner means of spill cleanup,” said Michael Gollner, Fire Protection Engineering professor and Co-author of the study, “This is the first time fire whirls have been studied for their practical applications.

We’re Getting Closer to a Universal Cure for Allergies

Q3 Technologies is big into healthcare, and is constantly looking for innovations that could change the medical industry for good. At the University of Michigan and Northwestern University, researchers are doing just that, and are very close to finding a permanent cure for allergies. They are doing this by coating allergens with nanoparticles, effectively disguising them as harmless dust particles & allowing them to pass through to our learning centers. Their research is published in a study on

“It’s a universal treatment. Depending on what allergy you want to eliminate, you can load up the nanoparticle with ragweed pollen or a peanut protein. The vacuum-cleaner cell presents the allergen or antigen to the immune system in a way that says, ‘No worries, this belongs here’,” said Stephen Miller, Author & Judy Gugenheim Research Professor of Microbiology-Immunology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

“The findings represent a novel, safe and effective long-term way to treat and potentially ‘cure’ patients with life-threatening respiratory and food allergies. This may eliminate the need for life-long use of medications to treat lung allergy,” he added.

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