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November 16, 2013

It Was An Accident

Some of our greatest inventions have been a case of screwing up in reverse. For instance, Teflon-

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"or as scientists call it Polytetrafluoroethylene was accidentally discovered in 1938 when Roy Plunkett was researching ways to make a new refrigerant without using chemicals like ammonia and sulfur dioxide.

One day he opened a container with one his samples and found that the gas he expected to see was gone. Instead, he was left with a slippery resin that was heat resistant which we use today on nonstick cookware."

Oh, and if anyone finds the tenth one, be sure to let me know.
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Posted by DL Sly at November 16, 2013 10:30 PM

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It's probably in the same place as the Sweet & Low picture. Splenda is sucrolose not saccharine.

Posted by: Yu-Ain Gonnano at November 17, 2013 10:12 AM

*snort*
I knew most of these already, but I wasn't aware of the Splenda base. That's because I don't use any of that stuff anyway, so it's not something I would have any need or desire to know.
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Posted by: DL Sly at November 18, 2013 12:24 AM

I had it in the margin of one of my lab notebooks. I'll get back to you as soon as I find it.

Posted by: Allen at November 18, 2013 03:07 AM

Thanks, Allen.

Posted by: DL Sly at November 18, 2013 02:24 PM