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November 30, 2018

Keep your Leftovers Fresh!

Plastic is a durable, waterproof material that can be used for many reasons.  One great way plastic is used in everyday life is to preserve the life of our food.  With the holidays upon us, keeping those leftovers fresh is a great way to reduce waste.  Here are some great ways plastic can keep your […]

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November 9, 2018

Stephanie L. Kwolek: Inventor of Kevlar

In 1965, Stephanie Kwolek created what we now know as Kevlar, a durable plastic that has over 200 applicable uses, including protective vests, ropes, cables, and vehicles.  Her invention of this super synthetic fiber is a very important discovery for the plastics industry. Kwolek was born in 1923 in New Kensington, Pennsylvania.  Her father passed […]

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October 22, 2018

The World’s Largest Single Dome Greenhouse in the Works

The world’s largest single dome greenhouse is set to be built in France’s Pas-de-Calais.  Tropicalia’s designs were drawn up by France’s own Coldefy and Associates, in partnership with Dalkia.  The greenhouse will be a whopping 215,000 square feet. The single double insulated roof is unlike anything the world has ever seen. It’s being called the […]

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October 8, 2018

The History of Vinyl Records

People love the sound of music when played on a vinyl record.  There are many audiophiles who love collecting vinyl records, and there are even some that are worth a ton of money.  But how did vinyl records get their start? Edouard-Leon Scott, a French inventor, invented the Phonautograph in 1857.  The Phonautograph was a […]

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September 26, 2018

Plastics Make Car Repair Easy

Getting into a car accident is a horrible experience.  Taking your car to the shop to get it repaired can be a long and arduous process.  Thankfully, the researchers at the American Chemistry Council and Michigan State University think so, too, and have developed a “magic glue” that can be bonded, unbonded, and then rebonded […]

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September 14, 2018

ExoShield Protects Windshields from Breaking

Researchers from Ontario, Canada have developed a new technology to help protect your windshield from damages.  ExoShield is a thin plastic film that is applied to the top of windshields that safeguards them much like the protective coating on cell phones.   ExoShield is only .13 millimeters thick and increases the impact resistance by six […]

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August 31, 2018

Super Water Resistant Plastic

Plastic packaging is a great invention used to keep sensitive electronics and food protected from the elements, particularly moisture.  While it is widely used for this purpose, plastic is still able to be permeated by water, making its effectiveness over time not ideal. When moisture gets inside this plastic packaging, it can cause devastating damage […]

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August 23, 2018

Super Absorbent Plastics Stop Unwanted Leaks

Any parent knows, the more absorbent the diaper, the better.  No one wants what’s in those things leaking! What makes disposable diapers able to hold so much liquid? Before the invention of disposable diapers, cloth diapers were the go to for keeping your baby dry and clean.  They didn’t hold much liquid, and they had […]

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August 12, 2018

Oleo Sponge Cleans Up Ocean Oil Spills

A new polyurethane foam sponge has been invented to clean up oil spills in the ocean.  A team from the Argonne National Laboratory created this sponge to tackle the unfortunate problem of oil messes in large bodies of water, messes that harm wildlife and destroy natural habitats. The Oleo Sponge is polyurethane foam which is […]

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August 4, 2018

The History of Playmobil

Playmobil figurines and playscapes have enchanted people young and old for over 45 years.  It’s hard to imagine that a small toy made from acrylonitrile butadiene styrene could make such an impact on the toy world, but it has! Playmobil was created in the early 1970’s during a time when oil prices were going up, […]

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