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Posts from the ‘Absorbents’ Category

  • April 18th, 2018

    Don’t Rain on Their Parade

    Tweet April showers may bring May flowers, and in California, the rain is always welcome. But when liquid appears indoors, especially on the floor? Not so much. Consider the typical school lunchroom. Kids can make a mess — they have so much energy! — which is why the team at Impact Absorbents, many of whom are [...]

  • April 11th, 2018

    Spill Hero: No Cape Necessary

    Tweet Heroes and superheroes are staples of pop music, television, movies…the list goes on and on. Enrique Iglesias had a hit with a tune called Hero. The Script sang Superheroes. A current pop song, Something Just Like This, even calls on a host of superheroes by name, from Hercules to Batman, Superman to Spiderman (where are all [...]

  • April 4th, 2018

    Feeling Polar-ized? The Crucial Difference Between Polar and Non-Polar

    Tweet There’s a lot of polarity on the planet. And it doesn’t always stem from people’s magnetic personalities. It also has nothing to do with the North and South Poles. Or polar fleece (which can keep you warm if you’re traveling to a Pole.) It doesn’t even have much to do with polar bears. Except [...]

  • March 28th, 2018

    Emission or Absorption?

    Tweet In an intriguing novel called Chemistry, by Weike Wang (who holds a chemistry degree), she writes, “A laser is colorful by emission. It is green because it emits light. It is not like a leaf that is green because it absorbs red light…In this way, a green laser is a purer form of color [...]

  • March 21st, 2018

    Hazardous Adsorbents, Part 4: Bioremediation

    Tweet Bioremediation — microbes eating oil spills — has taken the energy industry by storm. Oil companies love it because they can pretend oil spills are no longer a threat to the environment, and will just go away with nature’s help. But… The first law of thermodynamics, also known as the law of conservation of [...]

  • March 7th, 2018

    Minding Your D’s and B’s

    Tweet In the English language, the smallest change can make the biggest difference. Take humus and hummus, for example. The first is the organic component of soil, formed as leaves and other plant material decompose. The latter is a thick paste made from ground chickpeas, sesame seeds, olive oil, lemon and garlic. They’re completely different [...]

  • February 7th, 2018

    Hazardous Adsorbents, Part 3: Corn Cob

    Tweet Everybody loves corn on the cob. It’s a staple of summer picnics. What could be better? Corn on the cob is delicious. But corn cob, used as an adsorbent, is hazardous. For one, it’s biodegradable, which means it will break down and release whatever it has absorbed back into the environment — the worst [...]

  • January 24th, 2018

    Are You Prepared for a Blood-borne Spill?

    Tweet Blood. It keeps our bodies humming, and serves as the foundation for many a horror flick, TV show or mystery novel. But when a blood-borne spill happens, there’s no time for “whodunit”. What’s needed is a fast, effective biohazard spill response plan. Because blood isn’t just the essence of life; infected blood can cause [...]

  • January 17th, 2018

    Skip the Slip! How to Stay Safer At Work

    Tweet Founding Father and Congressman Alexander Hamilton is credited with originating the enduring chestnut, “If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything.” Though he wasn’t referring to taking a tumble down the steps of the White House (it wasn’t built yet), his words remain apt today. Slip and fall claims cost American businesses [...]

  • January 10th, 2018

    Hazardous Adsorbents, Part 2: Coconut Husk

    Tweet Nutritionists have been singing the praises of coconut for years. Touted benefits of coconut oil, for instance, include everything from boosting immunity to balancing hormones, aiding digestion to beautifying skin and hair. Coconut water is a delicious, almost calorie-free beverage, and coconut butter, a yummy, heart-healthy alternative on toast. What a versatile fruit! But [...]