Fire Syringe

When air is compressed very quickly, it can reach high temperatures. In this demonstration we show how cotton wool can reach the point of auto-ignition by quick compression of air in the fire syringe.


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  1. Thats the fire piston. Discovered in the Philippines back in the 16th century. Robert Doyle first played around with the fire piston given to him by Galileo and soon discovered the reason behind its then miraculous fire creating power. As one might say it was the Philippines who created the first piston.

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