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Super Slurper

July 15, 2013

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It waters your plants. It cleans up radioactivity. It makes your detergent foam. NASA sends it into space and ladies use it once a month for, shall we delicately say, personal hygiene. It keeps baby’s bottom dry, preserves books, and cures concrete. What is it, a Tom Waits song? Nope, it’s sodium polyacrylate, a.k.a. Super Slurper. […]

Eating Metal – Not Just for Rust Anymore

July 15, 2013

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Buglike bots—“construction mites”—go out of control and start munching and mulching every hard metal in their path, taking down titanium walls. Sound like fiction? Yep, it is: a recent plot point in a Eureka episode. But what about eating up metals in everyday life? By seventh grade, most kids have done the penny-in-soda-overnight experiment. Soda […]