I've always wondered why it is possible to pick things up with a burning ember if those things also catch fire.
The simplest example I know of, or perhaps just common, is the "cherry" falling off a cigarette. It is relatively easy to reconnect the ember to the main shaft, often by simply bringing them in contact. Even upside-down against gravity.
Somewhat obviously the ember is 'chasing' the nearest, best fuel source. What causes the force holding the two objects together? I naively assume electromagnetism at some level is at play but if so, please elaborate. If not, why is it sticky?
**Edit: ** As per request, I've uploaded a video demonstration. Admittedly not the best demo of this effect but it shows the general idea. Test any ember-to-ember connections, (for instance firework "punk" sticks) and the ease of adherence is readily noticeable compared to unlit material. https://youtu.be/st3ShzwB_xs