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March 15, 2019

World’s Largest 3D Printed Bridge is Built in China

The world’s largest bridge was built this year in Shanghai.  Designed by Professor Xu Weiguo, who teaches at the Tsinghua University Zoina Land Joint Research Center for Digital Architecture after the ancient Anji Bridge in Zhaoxian, China. The bridge is a single arch pedestrian bridge 86 feet long and 12 feet wide.  Professor Weiguo’s team […]

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February 18, 2019

Cooking with Sous Vide

Sous vide is a French method of cooking.  Sous vide means “under vacuum”, and that’s exactly the way this cooking method works.  Food is vacuumed sealed inside a plastic bag, then cooked in a water bath at a very particular temperature.   With sous vide cooking, you are in control of the temperature of your […]

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February 1, 2019

Fruit Waste Used to Make Plastic Packaging

Plastic packaging is getting a bad rap lately about being bad for the environment, so an Italian firm is working on a bioplastic made from fruit waste. Bio-on is an Italian bioplastics company who is teaming up with an agricultural firm called Gruppo Rivoira to produce Zeropack, a packaging solution for fruits and vegetables.  Zeropack […]

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January 14, 2019

Plastic Sails Used to Tow Boats Ashore

Large boats stranded at sea can be a big problem, and an even bigger problem to tow them back to shore.  It can cost thousands of dollars to help a ship back to land, and the additional fuel used to tow the ships can negatively impact the environment.   The idea of using a kitesurf […]

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December 14, 2018

Toys R Us Closures Cause Waves in the Toy Industry

The announcement of Toys R Us filing for bankruptcy sent shockwaves through the toy industry.  They closed a total of 735 stores nationwide, but not before they slashed the prices on all of their merchandise.  Consumers scrambled to buy up as many toys and children’s products as they could at these low prices. “A significant […]

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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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