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Super glue inventor Harry Coover dies aged 94

first_imgSuper glue (cyanoacrylates) is up there with Velcro as materials we have always taken for granted without really acknowledging someone had to be clever enough to invent them in the first place. In the case of super glue that person was Harry W. Coover, and he has just passed away at the ripe old age of 94.His fast-acting and super-strong adhesive was invented in 1942 as a side effect of another project to create transparent plastic gun sights. The sights didn’t work out because the material created stuck everything together, but the adhesive that came out of those experiments was eventually sold as a super glue called Eastman 910.Super glue’s uses are widespread and diverse. While you may use it to fix an object that is broken, be it wood, ceramic, or metal, it was also used to quickly seal wounds on the battlefield, and for allowing new coral to grow underwater due to its ability to resist water. It is used in forensics to get latent fingerprints, can be combined with baking soda to form a lightweight filler, and is a favorite with aircraft modellers. Talk to anyone and I guarantee they will know someone who has stuck their fingers together with the stuff, too.When Coover retired from Eastman Kodak he had 460 patents to his name. He was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2004, and was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation given to him by President Obama.Although Mr. Coover’s life is now at an end, the adhesive he invented looks set to live on in many forms indefinitely and we should all remember him fondly for creating such a useful glue.Read more at The Original Super Glue Blog, via Time NewsFeedlast_img read more

June 25 2019

first_imgJune 25 , 2019 Still, he points out that growers hadn’t encountered any major frost events and that overall pollination was good.Growing conditions have been tough this year, with the amount of rainfall, standing water, and cool temperatures.Blueberry market conditionsMarket conditions continue to be difficult for specialty crop producers, including blueberry growers, says Robson.”The market is now global, with competition coming from all over the world. There are strong growing markets in the Southern Hemisphere that can produce fruit cheaper, and during our season, which makes it tough for our growers to remain competitive.”It’s imperative that we focus on getting optimum tonnage on every acre, to make up for the lost markets.”As for which varieties are likely to do this best, he points to new “winter-hardy and higher yielding” categories. He also notes that these are being “heavily researched”.Additionally, he says: “The Michigan Blueberry Commission has a robust research funding program that helps propel and position our state’s industry for success.”As one of the top blueberry producers in the country, he points out that the state’s growers are “steadfastly committed to producing quality berries for our communities.” Berry People transitions to Pacific Northwest blue … You might also be interested in As summer heats up, Michigan looks forward to its blueberry season kicking off, with the Michigan Blueberry Commission expecting a promising harvest.The commission’s executive director Kevin Robson explains: “Last year, we produced around 68 million pounds, so comparatively we’re looking at a more sizeable crop this year.”While he expects the volume to be up from last year, he comments that it would still likely be lower than a typical season.”In an average year, Michigan blueberry farmers produce around 100 million pounds of blueberries, with some destined for both the fresh and processing markets. This year we’re looking to have a bit less than average crop, but still, the season will tell.”He adds that the lower-than-average figure is partly due to difficult growing conditions.”This year, we’ve had abnormally cooler temperatures, and excessive rain events. This is both a blessing and a curse; the berries are sizing up well, but with the excessive rain, it’s difficult to time protective measures, and navigate the fields.”center_img Blueberries in Charts: Finding opportunities in th … OZblu announces exclusive global deal with renowne … South African blueberry industry forecasts soaring …last_img read more