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From Kurzweil AI comes a summary of a Physorg report that must be read completely about Turkish scientists creating a revolutionary glass spray that promises to “make cleaning obsolete” and even serve as a non-toxic barrier to pests for food crops.
“The liquid glass coating is breathable, which means it can be used on plants and seeds. Trials in vineyards have found spraying vines increases their resistance to fungal diseases, while other tests have shown sprayed seeds germinate and grow faster than untreated seeds, and coated wood is not attacked by termites.”
In 1952, actor Sir Alec Guinness (long before his most famous role as the elderly bathrobed Jedi Knight, Obi-Wan Kenobi) was the title character, chemist Henry [Update: Oops, it’s Sidney] Stratton, in the film The Man In The White Suit. Stratton invents a durable suit that never needs washing or pressing, thus opposing the interests of factory owners and labor unions in the garment business. One of the most moving moments in the film is when he takes a break from running from everybody to hear a washer woman ask how she’s supposed to make a living in his brilliant future.
Treehugger describes it having “an unbelievable number of applications” if the liquid glass spray is proven safe and effective. (More successful trials are described including clothing applications in the PhysOrg article, bringing the White Suit to mind. The article continues.)
“. . .it can be used in the oven, in bathrooms, tiles, sinks, and almost every other surface in the home, and one spray is said to last a year. . .many supermarkets, may be unwilling to stock the products because they make enormous profits from cleaning products that need to be replaced regularly, and liquid glass would make virtually all of them obsolete.”
No doubt consumerism driven profits will fuel industry to question non-biodegradable treated items finding their way into the trash, as if they were newly converted to being green. Somehow I think they’ll neglect mentioning how rarely such treated items need to be tossed out.