CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2011 |
Harry Wesley Coover Jr., the inventor of Super Glue, the powerful adhesive whose uses extend beyond the household to industry and medicine, has died. He was 94. Coover died of congestive heart failure Saturday at his home in Kingsport, Tenn., said his daughter, Dr. Melinda Coover Paul. Coover once was described as "one of the true legends of the adhesive industry," and his invention of what came to be known as Super Glue — among other brand names — was the result of an unexpected discovery.
March 22, 2008 |
Late to every trend, I missed the first Body Worlds show at the California Science Center. Also the second. It was too much for my morbid soul, this notion of bodies preserved by replacing water with polymers, flayed and partly filleted to reveal their innermost selves, then posed jauntily for exhibit. I heard that people loved it. Ugh. Some were even inspired to donate their own bodies. Lunatic. As it happened, the media invitation to view Body Worlds 3, now on view through Sept.
October 27, 2003 |
Golf courses, sod farms and suburban lawns could stay greener with technology developed by a team of retired Deere & Co. engineers. With the help of a local engineering firm, the five-member team has invented a machine that injects liquid polymer into grass turf. The petroleum-based polymer helps grass retain moisture at its roots, reducing the need for water. "A Phoenix golf course spent $830,000 on water last year.
November 24, 2002 |
TIJUANA -- Cash has taken on a shiny new face in Mexico, where the government has introduced currency that is supposed to outperform the standard peso -- lasting longer, staying drier and even helping prevent the spread of bacteria. Mexico recently debuted the plastic 20-peso note, designed to be more durable than paper money. The bills cost more to produce but are expected to last four times longer than ordinary pesos, which often became ragged and ripped after nine months.
August 18, 2002 |
It's taken two years into the new millennium, but the state of Vermont is about to complete its bridge to the 21st century. It's not a political slogan, but an actual bridge, reinforced with plastic and outfitted with fiber-optic sensors that allow traffic and stress on the structure to be monitored from 50 miles away.
November 14, 1999 |
Long reviled for its formlessness and lack of biodegradability, the plastic bag is at last attaining respect. In the suburban satire "American Beauty," it swells to bursting with the spirit of love as the star of a disaffected teenager's sublime video. And last month, it held rapt an audience of several hundred at a Caltech lecture. The subject? "Grocery Bags to Baseball Bats: Polymers and Us."