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 •  December 6

Did you know gum has never been sold inside Disneyland? We never considered that until a blog reader shared that insight on our post about why gum does not dissolve when you chew it. It piqued our curiosity so we began a deep look into the issue of gum on sidewalks and the subsequent removal of gum on sidewalks. True to our nature, we didn’t stop...

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 •  November 28

Since we’ve been solving scientific problems in the community for years, our friends now know to turn to us to solve their everyday science struggles. In the past, it’s related to white work vans and titanium dioxide. Most recently, a 3D-printed Star Trek action figure was the subject of scrutiny. A friend of the Polymer Solutions team broke his...

Polymer Solutions

 •  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...