Archive for February, 2012

CREATIVE Crankshaft Table!

February 26th, 2012
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imageimage[Photo Credits:  Sean Corron The Artificer’s Repository website]

Check out this amazing glass table made using a 1987 Volvo 240 crankshaft!  Sean Corron, the designer and artist, stripped down the old car and saved some of the parts to use on repairs of his own Volvo; sold other parts; and decided to refabricate some of the parts that were no longer useful in cars, like this crankshaft, to create something brand new!!  We think this is awesome!!

Sean told us he decided to use The Original Super Glue Glass Adhesive because it would be the best adhesive for this job, “I was searching for the perfect adhesive to complete a project which required a strong bond between glass and metal. Silicone and other air-cure adhesives would dry much too slowly (if ever) and 2-part epoxy has let me down in the past when applied to a smooth surface like glass. Your UV cure glass adhesive was the perfect solution, and my table is holding up well.”

You can check out all of the details on how Sean created this table, and see more pictures, by going directly to his website The Artificer’s Repository.  Thanks for telling us your story, Sean!  We are impressed with your ingenuity and super proud that our product helped you accomplish your creative goal!

Strong Molecular Super Glue Developed

February 21st, 2012
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Scientists at University of Oxford have developed a “bio-inspired superglue“.  According to an article by Jonathan Wood, at University of Oxford, the Oxford researchers developed the bio-superglue “”by engineering an unusual protein from a type of bacteria that can cause life-threatening disease” (Streptococcus pyogenes).

The scientists think the new Molecular Super Glue will be very useful in the biotechnology and nanotechnology fields.  Previously scientists had trouble getting a strong grip when trying to work with proteins, but this new substance will “grab hold of proteins or stick them immovably to surfaces.” 

Dr. Mark Howarth and his graduate student Bijan Zakeri at the Department of Biochemistry are conducting the study using funding from the Clarendon Fund at Oxford.  The author in his article states:

“The protein FbaB from Streptococcus pyogenes has a 3D structure that is stabilised by another covalent bond.  This strong chemical bond forms in an instant and binds the loops of the amino acid chain together with exceptional strength.  Mark and his colleagues reckoned with a bit of engineering they could split the protein around this exra covalent bond.  Then, when the two parts were brought together again, they might dock and form this strong bond once more … They’ve nicknamed the larger fragment which formed the bulk of the original protein ‘SpyCatcher’.  Once SpyCatcher gets hold of the shorter protein segment, ‘SpyTag’, it never lets go … They will stick together in test tube reactions or inside cells.  And importantly, they don’t stick to other things …”

Apparently, according to Dr. Howarth, “there isn’t really any equivalent way to bind biomolecules together.  There are chemical reactions that can join two proteins together covalently but often only small proportions react, they take a long time, or they require UV light, toxic catalysts or reaction conditions that could damage living cells.”

This landmark study could have many different applications in the future, but for now this awesome molecular superglue will stay put in the research lab.

Balsa Wood Super Glue Tip – One of Many Science Olympiad Discoveries!

February 13th, 2012
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Super Glue Corporation salutes the young scientists in America and beyond!  Science Fairs and the Science Olympiad are terrific ways for young people to discover and display important research findings.  Everyone can learn from the students’ precision and problem solving skills. 

Check out this video — This young man has discovered a clever technique for gluing thin, balsa wood corners together using Zap CA, accelerator (we would recommend Zip Kicker), and clear tape as surface protection.  This tip is very handy, especially when lots of these mitered corners are required in building the towers, bridges, and structures specified in these competitions. 

  [Video Credit:  NC Science Olympiad:  How To Glue Balsa]

Good luck to everyone competing in the 2012 Science Olympiad National Tournament in Florida, May 18-19th, 2012.

Young Scientists:  Let us know how you are using super glue products to compete in a science fair or upcoming Science Olympiad and you may win free products!

How Well Do You Know Super Glue? Take a Quiz!

February 13th, 2012
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Recently, we saw this super glue quiz circulating on Twitter so – armed with years of product knowledge – this blogger decided to step up to the plate and ace it (er, um, I mean, take it).

Here’s the link to the internet quiz:  http://bit.ly/AqIXF2

We suggest you take the quiz now, before reading further, and see how you do.  FYI: I was surprised that I missed two out of the ten!  I’ll let you know, which ones and why, once you’ve had a chance to take the quiz … go now, take it … then come back and finish reading this post.

READ BELOW ONLY AFTER YOU’VE TAKEN THE QUIZ!

So, how did YOU do?  Did you get them all right?  If so, good for you … If not, keep reading, maybe this will make you feel a bit better …

After I missed two, I sent the quiz along to some others “in the know” (cyanoacrylate scientists and such ;))  and asked them to take the quiz.  Turns out most of us missed the same question!  It’s not that the quiz answers are wrong, but we think we would have stated the answer differently if we had been clever enough to design this quiz.

The first question I missed is the one most of us missed.  It is question #4  What is required to trigger super glue to work?  (heat, air or water)  We answered “air”.  The correct QUIZ answer is “water”.  In our opinion, the moisture in the air is what is required to trigger super glue to work.  Perhaps you think that still means water, but you do not need to douse super glue with water to get it to work.  Simple exposure to air is enough to trigger super glue to work as there is enough moisture in the air to trigger super glue to work. 

The second question I missed was really my mistake.  It was question #6 If you stick your fingers together with super glue what should you soak them in? (water, alcohol or soapy water)  I answered “alcohol” which I mistook for acetone — acetone DOES remove super glue, but the quiz is correct, the first thing to try is “soapy water”.  If soapy water doesn’t work then try acetone … not alcohol.

Anyway, that was fun and a good exercise in semantics if nothing else!  Let us know how you did and you may win some free products!… As for me, am I smarter than a fifth grader? Not so sure! 😉