As is required by law, fire retardants are added to a vast array of consumer goods, from electronics to wiring and furniture. Yet one of these chemicals, called brominated fire retardant (BFR), has fell under scrutiny as a potential health and environmental hazard. Released from household products, BFR has been found everywhere from household air to the blubber of sperm whales and many places in between. Studies have found that the chemical can stunt development and impair learning and memory. To find out more, check out our new article on brominated fire retardant.