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Old 06-09-2015, 02:43 AM
 
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I saw a news article and so I asked this biologist at my university if it was possible for cell metabolic heat to suddenly set somebody's skin on fire.

She said it was 'impossible', 'because at about 90 C enzymes in cells break down in nanoseconds' So is she right? The media tells me otherwise. This woman has a Ph D.

 
Old 06-09-2015, 08:57 AM
 
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You actually believe the media?!??!???

Think for a second. The body is about 65% water. What does fire not like?
 
Old 06-09-2015, 09:48 AM
 
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The skin's dry though. so the 65% water thing doesn't apply.
It said the cells in their skin caused their skin to catch on fire from metabolic heat.
 
Old 06-09-2015, 02:39 PM
 
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Well, at around 212°F the water in the cells would boil, which would destroy the cells producing the metabolic heat.
 
Old 06-09-2015, 04:08 PM
 
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"It said the cells in their skin caused their skin to catch on fire from metabolic heat."

I believe that only holds true for liar liars wearing pants.

(BTW, fire is an exothermic reaction of oxidation. You can say that an iron pole standing in the rain is "burning" and be technically correct, because it is rusting {oxidizing}.)
 
Old 06-09-2015, 05:10 PM
 
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No, Frank Baker (and his friend who witnessed it) said it happened and flames suddenly appeared on his skin. he went to a doctor and the doctor diagnosed him with partial spontaneous combustion.

Also, Google baby Rahul. the mother repeatedly brought the child to the hospital with severe burns. she angrily denied child abuse.
 
Old 06-09-2015, 09:00 PM
 
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Also, Google baby Rahul. the mother repeatedly brought the child to the hospital with severe burns. she angrily denied child abuse.
I did and this is what I found:

Doctors treating the infant did tests to see if there was any indication that the child could spontaneously catch on fire. According to the Times of India, the tests showed no abnormalities and the doctors were also investigating child abuse or the possibility that the infant was burned accidentally.

Another Indian newspaper had this to say:

Moreover, doubts of foul play persist given that Ms. Karnan’s mother’s home in Villipuram district, 200 kilometers (120 miles) south of Chennai, is in a village where in 2004 several homes burned to the ground because of the presence of the highly inflammable phosphorous in the building material, a fact confirmed by local fire department officials.

And Holy Smokes Batman, this woman just had another baby and guess what?

But doctors have had to revisit the case after Rajeswari once again turned up in emergency with another burned baby boy who reportedly caught on fire on January 15 at her home. Tests are being run on her nine-day-old baby and he will be monitored by surveillance cameras for a month while he is in the neonatal intensive care unit of Kilpauk Medical College and Hospital in Chennai in south India. Doctors are also treating him for 5 per cent burns on his feet.

http://www.news.com.au/world/mother-...-1227190377776

Doesn't sound like SHC, sounds more like Münchausen syndrome by proxy...

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Old 06-09-2015, 09:12 PM
 
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I saw a news article and so I asked this biologist at my university if it was possible for cell metabolic heat to suddenly set somebody's skin on fire.

She said it was 'impossible', 'because at about 90 C enzymes in cells break down in nanoseconds' So is she right? The media tells me otherwise. This woman has a Ph D.
You know it's funny OP that this exactly the same way worded post with the exact same subject line was posted on a different board, the user who posted there is called LisaL and it's worded this way:

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I saw a news article and so I asked this biologist at my university if it was possible for cell metabolic heat to suddenly set somebody's skin on fire.

She said it was 'impossible', 'because at about 90 C enzymes in cells break down in nanoseconds' So is she right? The media tells me otherwise. This woman has a Ph D.
Is This Biologist Right? - The Lounge - Science Forums

Hmmmm I guess because you didn't see anyone replying to your thread there you'd try here instead...
 
Old 06-09-2015, 09:15 PM
 
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There are some hot sauces out there where you think it just might.
 
Old 06-09-2015, 11:33 PM
 
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Heh. The OP needs to post on usenet. There are some AWESOME flame wars there.
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