Recycling Mystery: Is Bubble Wrap Recyclable?

June 23, 2017 by  
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I remember one of the most fun parts of unwrapping packages as a kid was seeing how many bubbles I could pop in the protective plastic packaging. I obviously wasn’t too concerned about reusing this material, let alone whether it could be recycled….

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Incredible coating makes watermelon bounce after 150-foot drop

September 1, 2016 by  
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What happens to a watermelon when it’s sprayed with a protective coating meant for pickup trucks and then dropped 150 feet off a tower ? The Australian trio behind YouTube channel How Ridiculous decided to find out. Here’s what happened: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLpsIuhTb8k How Ridiculous coated a watermelon with Line-X . While the spray is commonly used for truck beds, the How Ridiculous amateur scientists decided to get creative with the protective spray and test it on a squishy food we wouldn’t necessarily think of as resilient. In the video, the watermelon sprayed with Line-X not only remained intact, but it even bounced. Related: Liquipel’s Hydrophobic Nanocoating Makes Gadgets Completely Waterproof! Meanwhile, a watermelon dropped without the coating wasn’t so lucky: it exploded, with pieces flying everywhere. Clearly the protective coating succeeded at keeping the outside of the watermelon undamaged, but when the team opened up the coated watermelon later with a saw, inside the fruit had turned to slush. How Ridiculous has run silly science experiments in the past, like trying to catch a fish with an iPhone , and also perform stunts and tricks like making a basketball shot off a 415-foot-tall dam in Tasmania. The team holds Guinness World Records for the “highest basketball shot” off the dam, a tower, and the Euromast. Their stunts and experiments are entertaining but they also have a meaningful purpose: they aim to inspire viewers to battle poverty . Through a relationship with international organization Compassion , they offer fans of the channel the opportunity to sponsor children in developing countries. There’s more to the story with Line-X as well. The company’s coatings aren’t used just for trucks and watermelons, but for buildings like the Pentagon or emergency response vehicles. According to the company’s website , they were the first company to provide “commercially available pure polyurea,” and they created the first “spray-on blast-mitigation coating” tested by the U.S. military. + How Ridiculous Via Sploid

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Body armor could be made from genetically engineered spider silk

July 17, 2016 by  
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Body armor is essential for protecting soldiers, but it’s also heavy, bulky, and uncomfortable to wear. Research and development into genetically engineered spider silk , however, could revolutionize the future of the protective gear. The U.S. Department of Defense awarded Michigan-based Kraig Biocraft Laboratories with a $100,000 grant to study the potential of “Dragon Silk,” a form of spider silk spun by genetically engineered silkworms.

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How can I reuse or recycle PVC aprons?

May 16, 2011 by  
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We’ve had an email from Ann: The centre where I work has just rebranded and they’ve made us get rid of all the protective aprons we use for messy art classes as they had the old name on them.

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UPDATED: BP Executive Told Congress That Offshore Drilling Has Been "Safe And Protective Of Environment"

May 1, 2010 by  
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This BP representative probably was correct was way off base in his Congressional testimony, made back in November of 2009, that offshore oil drilling in the Gulf has a long history of being “safe.” What he did not mention is that his company,

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