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Watch These Guys Extinguish Fire With Sound Waves

50 Cent's music could probably douse a fire.

Last updated on July 3, 2018, at 1:11 p.m. ET

Posted on March 25, 2015, at 3:48 p.m. ET

These two badasses from George Mason University invented a device that puts out fire with sound waves, even though some of their professors thought they'd totally fail.

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But their device flawlessly worked. This is how they did it:

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Basically, fire needs oxygen to burn. Since sound waves are also pressure waves, it agitates the air and it separates the oxygen in the fire from the fuel, GMU student Viet Tran explained to the Washington Post.

They used a frequency generator that was connected to an amplifier to make the waves.

They found that it only works with low-frequency sounds, like the "thump-thump" bass in hip hop music.

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The fire started to extinguish at a range of 30 to 60 hertz. "Rappers like 50 Cent could probably douse a fire," Tran joked to the university's research office.

But in an earlier study, students were able to extinguish a candle to the tune of Nickelback's "How you remind me."

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In a 2004 study published in the The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, University of West Georgia students noticed that the fire went out when the song hit a low note. At the time, nobody was really sure why this occurred.

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