Taming fires in an ecological way

Scientists have converted acids found in tea leaves and buckwheat into fire-resistant chemicals. Does this mean humans will not be able to combust internally anymore? Using compounds from plants, researchers are concocting a new generation of flame retardants, which one day could replace the fire-quenching chemicals added by manufacturers to furniture, electronics and other consumer products. Many traditional synthetic flame retardants have come under fire for being linked to health problems like thyroid disruption and cancer. These retardants that leach out of trash in landfills can persist in the environment…

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