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 •  November 22

How often do you take note of the types of plastic in your everyday life? It’s something we often take for granted. Some things are clear—most water bottles, for example. Other products, like phone cases, cleaning product containers, and trash cans are all opaque. What makes certain plastics opaque, though? Anything opaque is simply anything that...

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 •  November 15

We’ve all seen it before—perhaps you’ve done it yourself. You’re sitting in a room, about to write on a white board. You pick up a marker, start doodling, taking notes—delving into your magnificent plan. It’s a great success, real progress is being made, then you realize … that marker you thought was made for the whiteboard was actually a Sharpie....

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 •  November 8

Last week, our team took a break from working hard within our labs to celebrate one of our favorite holidays: Halloween! At PSI, we enjoy balancing hard work with play and are always up for a little friendly competition. This year we had not one, but THREE Halloween-themed contests! We had a Decorate-Your-Desk contest to determine whose desk was...

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 •  November 1

If you were privy to PSI’s “all company” emails, you would inevitably come across the occasional alert that some form of dangerous testing would be happening in our lab on a given day, at a given time. Sometimes, these alerts are meant as a warning for a certain demographic (for example, pregnant women). Most often, however, these are warnings to...

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 •  October 25

As scientists, we wonder all the time. That curiosity and drive to push new bounds is what keeps us excited about our work and inquisitive about the world around us. Often, in science, the real answer is usually far from obvious. Innovation and invention is often done when we look deep below the surface and ask ourselves “why did this happen?” or...

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 •  October 18

When it comes to shoes, there will always be plenty of competition on the market. The brands that have become household names are constantly coming up with new and flashier designs to attract the eye of the consumer. We want to pay attention to what kind of shoe our favorite athletes are wearing so we can keep up with the latest style. For runners,...

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 •  October 11

In many ways, chewing gum is a perfect example of modern chemistry at work. We see miracles of polymers in our everyday lives, from plastic bottles to innovative packaging designs. Have you ever considered all the wonderful science behind such a monotonous food product like chewing gum? The story of chewing gum is long and interesting, starting...

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 •  October 5

Bridging our love of eating (nom nom) with the science we’re passionate about; Today, we got to thinking about a chemical process that affects our food from the way it’s packaged all the way through to when we digest it: hydrolysis. What is hydrolysis? If you’ve ever had a basic chemistry class, you’ve heard of hydrolysis. But do you recall what it means...

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 •  September 29

A plastic soda bottle is pretty simple, right? Most of us see them every day. Ranging in sizes from 8 ounces to 2 liters or more, the plastic bottle is something most of us take for granted. With a few small differences, most bottles look the same: a rounded bottom for stability, a central portion to store liquid, and a tapered neck that...

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 •  September 20

Many plastics are very safe, durable, and inexpensive to produce. That makes it an amazing material in itself. When it’s clear, though, that’s when plastic really shines as a material for many different applications. Sure, there are a few other substances that are clear–like glass–or at least translucent–like wax paper. Plastic is different though...