Researcher Invents New Field to Study Life Found in Smoke

As flames still burn from another year of disastrous fires, Leda Kobziar (of the University of Idaho) works to grow a new field of study, Pyroaerobiology, that surveys life found in the puffs of smoke emitted from forest fires. Not only bacteria, fungi, and archaea flourish here, but allergens and viruses, too. When the ashen clouds rise and permeate faraway places, so do the things …

Marta’s Custom Wood-Fire Grills Evoke Brilliant Flavors

Executive chef Lena Ciardullo explains why wood fire is crucial to the Manhattan restaurant

Inside the near triple-height ceilings of The Redbury Hotel New York‘s Marta (an Italian restaurant from the Danny Meyer-owned Union Square Hospitality Group), ample airspace allows for the smoke of two wood fires to dissipate. One fuels the restaurant’s pizza oven. The second keeps the grill, cooktop, and convection chamber face-meltingly hot. Behind both, on most nights, is executive chef Lena Ciardullo. “Wood fire is …

Tom of Finland + Jalo Helsinki Fire Blankets

Extinguishing small blazes, one chiseled hunk at a time

Lifesaving fire blankets, like a fire extinguisher, aren’t meant to be hidden in the closet—because when an emergency occurs, you want it at an accessible and highly visible place. And an eye-catching design helps. Known for making smoke alarms less of an eyesore and more user-friendly, Finnish design company Jalo Helsinki has also made fire safety blankets a lot more exciting through a collaboration with …