So, that James Bond hydrogen villain isn't all that realistic, huh?
Keith Ross, a professor at Salford University who's studying hydrogen's role as a petroleum replacement, finds this climactic finale a bit disturbing. He says, "I was perturbed to watch the James Bond film's climax. It was unrealistic and may perpetuate the fear that hydrogen should be avoided. Although potentially explosive in a confined space, the fuel can be handled quite safely. If released into the open air, hydrogen would only burn with a blue flame – a fact obviously of no interest to a film-maker! Like the famous photographs of the Hindenburg disaster, the scene's images could well stick in the public's consciousness." A quantum-sized concern or much ado about nothing?
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