Blu-Tack’s Role in Nuclear Plant Decommissioning

Blu-Tack’s Role in Nuclear Plant Decommissioning

How a Blue Peter approach is used in decommissioning the Dounreay nuclear power station

Blu-Tack Blob
Holy Atomic Blu-Tack, Batman… The versatility of Blu-Tack and its imitators never ceases to amaze us at Clean Hire. Image by Lucie Lang (via Shutterstock).

Blu-Tack is great for a number of uses. Apart from sticking posters on to walls and mounting keys, it is good for picking up fragments of dust. It is also good for picking up drawing pins and loose staples, though awful on carpets. Over at the Dounreay power plant, Caithness, in the Scottish Highlands, scientists have found a novel way of picking up nuclear waste. Their methods are more Blue Peter than Star Trek. Read more about Blu-Tack’s Role in Nuclear Plant Decommissioning

Would You Buy a Dyson Electric Car?

Would You Buy a Dyson Electric Car?

Sir James Dyson aims to muscle in on electric car revolution

Not the Dyson car (though you get the idea).
If successful, the Dyson battery-powered car could be as much a feature of our streets as the Ford Fiesta. This, obviously, is not the prototype. Image by Zdenek Rosenthaler (via Shutterstock).

Imagine its 2030. The new names in motoring could either be Tesla or any present-day market leader that has dared to go for electric cars. If James Dyson succeeds, his electric cars could also be seen on the M62 motorway. (Your Uber cab could become your Hoover cab). Read more about Would You Buy a Dyson Electric Car?

Floor Cleaning Slippers: A Brush With Cosiness

Floor Cleaning Slippers: A Brush With Cosiness

Toasty toes and clean floors are possible with Evri’s floor cleaning slippers

Pink Slippers: imagine these as floor cleaning slippers?
Could you imagine seeing these with a brush below the soles? Image by Maya Kruchankova (via Shutterstock).

In October 2015, we looked at the engineering marvel that was a pair of vacuum slippers by Alexander Yurkin, Victor Oshlykov, and Timothy and Alexander Smagin Krivenkov. In this blog post, we wondered if floor cleaning slippers were around the corner. Quoting from our 13 October 2015 entry:

Could industrial vacuum slippers be considered?

If popular enough to grace the shelves of Argos stores from Penzance to Wick, an industrial version could be likely. These could use safety shoes instead of slippers and become a boon in tight corners, and designed for small offices. There could be scope for a wet and dry version for the home market known as the Moppasin.

Over six months on, we are halfway towards the development of anything like the (as-yet-uninvented) Moppasin. This in the form of a pair of floor cleaning slippers, which aren’t far off the mark. Better still, they are available now from Amazon.co.uk and other fine online retailers. Read more about Floor Cleaning Slippers: A Brush With Cosiness