The Science Behind Glue

Some scientific innovations will change the world, especially when you consider electronics. Some will help mankind live a better life. It’s as simple as that. Think of crazy glue. It was an improvement that impacted everything from high-tech medical procedures to children’s crafts and even this stuff – designed for holding eyelash extensions to the eye and creating Eyelashes to Die For. Of course, there are a lot more applications of this wonder glue, but what tickles my fancy is the type of adhesive that is used for attaching eyelashes. You would be surprised how many sets of these lashes are sold each year—absolutely millions. They are in department stores, specialty cosmetic shops, and the ubiquitous drugstore. Add them up and it makes for a lucrative market.

The difference between Crazy Glue for medicine and for kids is the degree of toxic chemicals it contains. There are different formulas, some that are declared safe for tots. As for the eyelashes, the glue (always in an easy application tube) must be allergy free. It can’t cause watering of the eyes, redness, or other irritation. It must be gentle but strong. Usually, the glue lasts only a day or two. If it is more secure, no doubt it has special bonding elements. This means perhaps additional chemicals. These products are tested, hopefully not on animals, and have to pass U.S. product safety requirements. Some people won’t have any problem touching Crazy Glue, but some get a reaction, possibly a rash for a couple of days. You would need to apply some soothing oatmeal or cortisone cream. It shouldn’t deter women from using false eyelashes, but one in a hundred may experience a problem.

Ah! The world of science is so comprehensive. There are people in labs working just on improving Crazy Glue. They want to make a product that doesn’t require mixing two ingredients yourself (one is called a catalyst) as it used to be the case. If any got on your fingers, you had to peel the glue off—if you were lucky. It could sit there as a rough spot for a while. It would have to wear off on its own. Things have changed and the glue is so much better. A lot of trial and error in the lab goes on before a new variety hits the market. Then it sells like hotcakes. A whole industry that revolves around glue—imagine that!

Crazy Glue in its many forms can be useful around the house as a basic fix it product. You can mend glass, ceramics, plastics, and wood items. This is not the kind for eyelashes. The household version bonds in thirty seconds thanks to the ingenuity of the scientists. They have given us a pen, a tube, and a gel. They worked hard to make sure that it doesn’t run. The glue started out in the seventies for china and collectibles. It has come a long way baby. People still make holiday wreaths, model trains, and so much more. If you want to get detailed, know that one formula contains ethyl cyanoacrylate. Thus, it is literally a non-toxic, colorless, fast- acting adhesive that can hold up to 2,000 lbs. per square inch.

Stay Better Prepared With this Innovation

In this day and age, who doesn’t belief in technological innovation. We bow before it like some faceless digital god. We expect change at every turn and wait patiently for the next model of just about anything to come out. Such innovation has changed the face of the world in myriad ways. Okay, houses and cars look the same. Okay, airplanes are not that different in design. Yes, we all have cell phones and not just land lines and but yes, medicine if far more advanced than ever before. Yes, electronics have produced products that make life that much easier for everyone. Part of the new world of technology involves science parks which date back decades and are now found in every part of the world. We owe them our admiration and respect.

We expect a lot to come out of innovation ecosystems. Let’s take the latest LED magnifying digital flashlight. Pop a battery in and enjoy hours of illumination. Everyone should have one to be sure. Ironically, if you look in the opposite direction, there is a hand cranked flashlight model that harks back to earlier times. While most people have batteries on hand when the current ones are dying and a charging machine is nowhere in sight, we can operate a radio or a flashlight or a generator by hand cranking. These should be part of anyone’s earthquake preparedness kit right there with the bottles of water, blankets, first aid kit, and canned food. Hand-cranked tools and machines were once a genius innovation that kept people out of the dark during a violent storm. Sometimes you have to go backward to go forward. Innovation can last for a very long time. In this case, something simple and practical can be a source of power. We depend on it at every turn. Batteries, our next best friend, can be unreliable and short-lived. Let’s embrace hand-cranking until we think of something better.

Anyone who is caught in the middle of the night with no power feels helpless and stressed. You run in search of the candles and then the missing matches to light their flames. It is a poor solution, but part of any basic survival kit. You attend to matters at hand in a storm, for example, such as a leaking roof or water entering under exterior doors. You have to do this the best you can given your light sources. If only you hand a generator waiting to take over in the garage. But we don’t all live life so well-prepared. Now you can think about all the things you need to handle adversity, one of which is the hand-cranked flashlight. The more options you give yourself during a power outage, so much the better. Don’t say, “it can’t happen,” because it does. Most people in point of fact are not adequately prepared. By now you get the point of this blog and will go out at your earliest convenience to stock up.