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Burn, baby, burn: the surprisingly complex chemistry behind matches [video]

While the process of lighting a match is so simple a child can do it (unless you only have two or three, and then it’s impossible), the chemistry behind them is surprisingly complex.

Watch as Reactions explains process that puts fire at our fingertips and see what it looks like in slow motion.

Warning: Don’t try seeing this at home, because that would involve sticking a hot match by your eyeball. Always a bad idea.

Full story at YouTube via Kottke.

Science at work.

Graphics credit: Canva

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