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Glass Made of Ideas
Posted On: April 18, 2014

By: Karen Elder

Imagine a future in which your kitchen counter doubles as your stovetop. There are no designated burners, so you can place a pot anywhere on the glass-ceramic surface and boil water instantly. You control it with a glass touch-screen interface built into the countertop, and you can pull up recipes, social media streams, and music directly on the surface where you’re cooking.

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Posted On: April 10, 2014

By: Nick Donowitz

One of Earth’s oldest organisms is getting more and more attention. Small but mighty, algae already play a key role in a variety of industries, including food, feed, nutraceuticals, personal care, and cosmetics. But of the more than 100,000 species of algae that exist on the planet, only a dozen have been utilized for commercial applications. [...] » Read More
Posted On: March 11, 2014

By: Karen Elder

Last year at the Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association (HPBA) Expo, we showed backyard barbecuers and grill manufacturers something they had never seen before: their steaks, burgers, and hot dogs as they cook. Our ultimate concept grill included a transparent glass-ceramic panel in the hood that would grant grillers a window into their dinner, allowing them to keep an eye on their food without [...] » Read More
Posted On: February 25, 2014

By: Karen Elder

Bacon grease, boiled-over pasta sauce, and baked-on cheddar cheese are just a few of the messes that assault the average stovetop over its lifetime. While gas stoves typically require an abundance of elbow grease to clean the crevices that never seem to stay spotless, glass-ceramic cooktops make cleaning even the toughest spills a snap -- that is, if you know how to correctly clean them. [...] » Read More
Posted On: February 18, 2014

By: Jim Stein

Every day, lives depend on products that just can’t fail. Some spring into action in an emergency while others work quietly, unseen by most. We depend on airbags to deploy during a car accident. We depend on fire-rated doors and windows to keep flames at bay while we evacuate a burning building. We depend on the seals in nuclear power plants to keep the reactor’s radiation contained. Whether or not we’re aware of them, these systems are vital to personal and public safety and can [...] » Read More
Posted On: January 28, 2014

By: Jim Stein

In the wake of World War II, the U.S. gave little consideration to sustaining its war material production capabilities. Almost as soon as the war ended in 1945, the U.S. defense industry shifted its focus to commercial production to meet pent-up demand. No one foresaw the serious conflict that would erupt on the Korean peninsula just five years later. When it did, only emergency powers could rapidly re-engage industry in making critical war materials that would effectively turn the tide of the Communist invasion. [...] » Read More
Posted On: January 21, 2014

By: Tony Perry

Doctors have handed off medical treatments to their patients for decades. Americans are familiar with many of them, especially self-administered drugs. We take pills to relieve pain, use nasal sprays to control allergies, apply patches to quit smoking, and inject insulin to treat diabetes. And the trend is picking up speed. Total global spending on medicines will surpass $1 trillion in 2014 and reach nearly $1.2 trillion in 2017, according to the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics. [...] » Read More
Posted On: January 9, 2014

By: Donald Press

Glass’ sleek and sophisticated appearance offers unparalleled style, keeping it among the top material choices for everything from buildings to trophy cases, but the newest glass design trend takes the modern appeal of glass and adds a twist. Curved glass is among the growing glass trends across the globe, adding movement and dimension to [...] » Read More