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Article archive for July, 2010

  • July 28th, 2010

    Impact on the Environment

    Storm water runoff Tweet Have you ever thought about where all that water on the street goes?  Unfortunately, most people don’t. For years, toxins have ended up in our drains and waterways, both intentionally and accidentally.  To halt this, the Clean Water Act was established in 1972. Now in 2010, the regulations have broadened and many are more [...]

  • July 21st, 2010

    Don’t Spill the Beans!

    Coffee Beans Tweet Have you ever accused someone of “spilling the beans?” The ancient Greeks had many secret societies. A voting method that was common in those times was for members to put a white or black bean into a jar. White meant yes, black meant no. The number of white and black votes were to be [...]

  • July 19th, 2010

    What is Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis?

    Crystalline SIlica under electron microscope Tweet When I was in fifth grade, one of our extra credit projects was learning the above word. For a ten year old, anyone really, learning to pronounce and spell this word was quite the task. It was by far the longest word any of us had heard.  In fact, it’s still the longest word [...]

  • July 13th, 2010

    How does a duck stay warm and dry?

    Duck Tweet Good question.   Ducks have a spot on their rump called the preen gland. From this gland, an oily substance is produced and the bird will roll his head around on it. The bird then rubs the body feathers to spread the oil evenly. Doing this keeps the feathers bright and supple, and creates [...]

  • July 7th, 2010

    What do you see in the sheen?

    Oil Sheen Tweet Is it a peacock?  A Face?  Maybe a tie-dye shirt? If you’ve ever seen oil and water mix, you’ve probably seen an oil sheen similar to this one.  Have you ever wondered what causes it? Oil on top of water will settle as a thin layer. The thickness of the layer will, due to [...]

  • July 6th, 2010

    Spill Safety: Non-Toxic XSORB Outperforms Clay Absorbents!

    XB110 XSORB Super Absorbent Tweet Due to its porous texture, clay is widely used in the sorbent industry from major to minor leaks and spills. Clay is able to be coated by liquids and swept up afterward, making for easy spill cleanup. So what’s the big deal? Clay’s sorbent ability is inadequate for tough spills.  It leaves part of [...]

  • July 1st, 2010

    Storm Drain Pollution: Spills Come From More than Just Drilling

    Drain Protector Tweet As the crisis in the Gulf continues to highlight the devastating environmental effects of offshore drilling on the ocean, we must be equally aware of our own impact on our oceans and waterways. Where else does pollution come from?  An article in The USA Today compares land-based spills, to natural seepage, to the Deepwater [...]