Wonder Bread is already semi-miraculous: It’s impossibly soft, sweet, and shelf-stable. But unlocking the true potential inside this fluffy stuff results in a substance nearly impervious to heat and electricity, not dissimilar from what used to cover the exterior of spacecraft.
Jet airplanes load up with tens of thousands of gallons of fuel for transcontinental flights, which can lead to massive explosions in a crash or terrorist attack. But adding “molecular velcro” to fuel can dramatically reduce its volatility, or explosiveness.
Got a garage full of car stuff and also some swimming pool stuff? This is why you want to keep all of that stuff separate.
You can recognize the bus in this picture, even though it is distorted, because of that iconic color. It was chosen in 1939 and used all over America. Later, people found out that while the shade was great, the chemistry left something to be desired. Here’s how school buses got covered in poison.
We know that in a Mad Max type of dystopia, people will need “guzzoline,” water, and a way to avoid poisons. The good news? Platinum can, and currently does, provide all three of those. Here’s why people will be killing each other for jewelry after the collapse of civilization.
In 1901, Thomas Edison developed the recharcheable nickel-iron battery, a technology he hoped to see implemented in electric cars. But a slow rate of energy output and slower charging time saw it superseded by lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries in standard and electric cars alike.
This truck carrying 1,000 gallons of sulfuric acid crashed in Bartow, Florida, spilling its cargo over State Road 60. The driver was burned, people and animals have been evacuated, and a hazardous materials team in on the scene. But my question is: if sulfuric acid drops on a road, would the road melt?