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D'oh! Homer's adventures in Legoland

April 21, 2014 3:09 pm ET    |   Comments

The Lego brick is going Hollywood. Or at least Springfield.

Image Lego A/S, Twentieth Century Fox
TV's Simpsons have gone Lego, both in ABS form and on TV.

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Calling Sherlock Holmes

April 10, 2014 10:43 am ET    |   Comments

The Museum of Design in Plastics is out to put the Internet to work as amateur detectives.

Image Museum of Design in Plastics
This 1935 salt and pepper set and mustard pot were sold at Woolworths, but the Museum of Design In Plastics is hoping people on the Internet know more about it.

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This year's best April Fools' jokes in plastics

By  Don Loepp    |    April 1, 2014 4:43 pm ET    |   Comments

Beware believing anything on the Internet on April 1! There were pranks aplenty on the web today, including these favorites with plastics angles.

Image Caroline Seidel

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Pharrell Williams and Adidas make new clothing from marine debris

By  Rhoda Miel    |    March 28, 2014 10:07 am ET    |   Comments

Sorry if this item puts an earworm in your head, but here goes: Pharrell Williams, whose song “Happy” has been at the top of the U.S. pop music charts for the past nine weeks, is getting involved in recycling plastic from marine waste.

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Luxottica deal may give Google Glass more style

By  Rhoda Miel    |    March 25, 2014 10:09 am ET    |   Comments

Some may think that Google Inc.'s wearable computer Google Glass is an unneeded bit of technology, but the world's biggest eyeglass maker thinks it makes good business sense to get involved in that digital world early.

Image Luxottica
Actual Google glasses expected to be slightly smaller. ... This sculpture is at Luxottica's plant in Agordo, Italy, which is one of its injection molding sites.

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Numerous plastics angles in the 2014 Manufacturing Leadership Awards

By  Don Loepp    |    March 21, 2014 10:50 am ET    |   Comments

Plastics Blog readers will recognize a ton of familiar names in the list of 2014 Manufacturing Leadership Award Winners.

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Another benefit of reshoring: GE working on a 'new model for manufacturing'

By  Rhoda Miel    |    March 20, 2014 4:36 pm ET    |   Comments

GE says it is using its appliance business to partner in a “new model for manufacturing” which would see it potentially crowd-source new appliance concepts and launch production quickly using a “microfactory.”

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The plastics angle in Toyota's $1.2 billion fine

By  Don Loepp    |    March 19, 2014 5:44 pm ET    |   Comments

Today the Justice Department announced that Toyota Motor Corp. will pay a record $1.2 billion settlement to resolve a criminal probe into safety issues that caused cars to accelerate even as drivers tried to slow them down. Buried in the news: some details on a plastic part that created part of the problem.

Image Caroline Seidel

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How many crackers will the shale revolution really spawn?

By  Don Loepp    |    March 18, 2014 4:01 pm ET    |   Comments

For the past few years, we've been reporting on all the new ethylene crackers that have been proposed to take advantage of the U.S. shale gas revolution. You know, the one that's supposed to bring stability (and maybe even lower prices — although that's a controversial topic) to the polyethylene market?

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Polar vortex can't stop determined plastics engineers

By  Bill Bregar    |    March 12, 2014 4:10 pm ET    |   Comments

Those compounding engineers are a hardy bunch...

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