November 7, 1990 |
In Schuylkill Township, the sludge stinks and the residents are peevish. The operators of the Valley Forge Sewer Authority, on the sending end of the sludge stench and the receiving end of the citizen peevishness, think they have a solution. Foam. As an experiment, they sprayed a fluffy gray lather, originally developed for landfills and hazardous-waste sites, over the reeking sludge pit. Presto, the putrid pile was neutralized with an odor-encapsulating latex skin. Although the jury is still out, the folks who run the sewer authority think they might have a winner.
August 11, 2006 |
Foam floated in portions of the Wissahickon Creek yesterday, after a high-protein solution was released Wednesday from Merck's West Point facility into the Upper Gwynedd sewage treatment system. Merck & Co. Inc. spokeswoman Connie Wickersham said yesterday that the solution was "not toxic or hazardous in any way, but it does foam easily. " Field staffers from the state Department of Environmental Protection surveyed the stream yesterday and saw no dead fish or other aquatic organisms, said spokesman Dennis Harney.
November 28, 2006 |
The continuing saga of Peter Forsberg's right skate boot, nicknamed "footpa" by some, appears to have taken a positive turn. Harry Bricker, the Flyers' assistant equipment manager, seems to have found the right foam insert and is sending a sample right boot to the skate's manufacturer, Bauer, to mass-produce it for Forsberg. "We just found some foam and added it to the skate . . . and then we took some things out of the back of the skate boot," Bricker said. "We opened up the back of the skate and added this foam to hold his ankle in there.
January 17, 1997 |
John the bartender was this lunatic who used to work at an old Center City tavern down on 15th Street. The bar was a grand oval, and at happy hour he worked it alone, like a one-man show on Broadway. You couldn't take your eyes off the guy, the way he performed. He'd stack his glasses in symmetrical rows, compulsively fidgeting if one seemed out of line. When he made change, he'd slam it backhanded to the bar, as if he were a matador putting the finishing touches on some poor Brahma bull.
November 28, 2008 |
Question: We would like to insulate our copper water piping to and from our gas furnace. My husband would like to use fiberglass insulation, since he can wrap it around the piping and make it fit. He is unable to find foam that will easily fit over the pipes. But he seems to remember hearing that there is some sort of problem with using fiberglass on copper. Answer: I assume that these copper pipes carry hot water to baseboards or radiators through cold spaces, and that you are trying to prevent heat loss.
February 23, 2012
W E DON'T pay much attention to bubbles in our beer, unless they're foaming over the coffee table. When it comes to beer pleasure, though, bubbles are right up there with color, aroma, flavor, body and buzz. So, with the help of West Chester University chemistry professor Roger Barth, Ph.D., author of The Chemistry of Beer (Owl's Nest Publishing); Marty Nachel, whose second edition of Beer for Dummies (Wiley) was just released; and the draft beer gurus at Anheuser-Busch, here are 16 things to know about foam.
March 4, 1996 |
Afflicted with a brain condition called hydrocephalus, 2-year-old Datya Aston is prone to bumping into furniture and walls in her Norristown home. But a protective foam helmet called ProtectaCap is offering a new sense of freedom to children like her and to their worried parents. "It's perfect," said Valerie Aston, Datya's mother. Datya "has poor neck muscles, and, with the heavier helmet we tried, she couldn't hold her head up straight. " Janice Carrington, of Worcester, Montgomery County, began experimenting with and designing such caps a decade ago, and began selling them in the late 1980s.
May 26, 1995 |
It was 8:30 yesterday morning. Randy King and Brenda Andis were doing what a lot of devoted race fans do at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at that time of day. They had staked out a choice spot to watch the race cars be rolled out for the final practice session for Sunday's Indianapolis 500. They also had cracked open their first cold beers of the day. Randy already had his Coors Light in a foam Harley-Davidson beer holder. Brenda had hers in a foam holder shaped like a shark's mouth.
December 14, 1992 |
Every night, after the trucks have finished hauling about 1,500 tons of solid waste into the Monroeville Landfill near Pittsburgh, a bubbly foam creeps over the trash. And in Lynn, Mass., a similar latherlike substance has been appearing on the surface of an 80,000-square-foot sludge landfill operated by the local water and sewage utility. The froth oozing over the two sites is not a byproduct of some critical- mass reaction deep in the landfill trash and the pond sludge. A sort of environmental mousse, it is put there on purpose, spread to clamp a lid on the unruly elements in and on the assorted wastes.
April 3, 1998 |
College roommates Scott Cooper and Jon Hamilton loved playing sports at the Jersey Shore during summer vacations, but they always had a problem: Their equipment just wasn't suitable for the beach. The foam footballs they used got soggy in the surf and fell apart, and their leather baseball gloves couldn't handle salt water. These days, 12 years after the roomates' graduation from the University of Richmond, their two-year-old company, CoopSport, markets solutions to those problems.