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Strong Molecular Super Glue Developed

February 21st, 2012
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Scientists at University of Oxford have developed a “bio-inspired superglue“.  According to an article by Jonathan Wood, at University of Oxford, the Oxford researchers developed the bio-superglue “”by engineering an unusual protein from a type of bacteria that can cause life-threatening disease” (Streptococcus pyogenes).

The scientists think the new Molecular Super Glue will be very useful in the biotechnology and nanotechnology fields.  Previously scientists had trouble getting a strong grip when trying to work with proteins, but this new substance will “grab hold of proteins or stick them immovably to surfaces.” 

Dr. Mark Howarth and his graduate student Bijan Zakeri at the Department of Biochemistry are conducting the study using funding from the Clarendon Fund at Oxford.  The author in his article states:

“The protein FbaB from Streptococcus pyogenes has a 3D structure that is stabilised by another covalent bond.  This strong chemical bond forms in an instant and binds the loops of the amino acid chain together with exceptional strength.  Mark and his colleagues reckoned with a bit of engineering they could split the protein around this exra covalent bond.  Then, when the two parts were brought together again, they might dock and form this strong bond once more … They’ve nicknamed the larger fragment which formed the bulk of the original protein ‘SpyCatcher’.  Once SpyCatcher gets hold of the shorter protein segment, ‘SpyTag’, it never lets go … They will stick together in test tube reactions or inside cells.  And importantly, they don’t stick to other things …”

Apparently, according to Dr. Howarth, “there isn’t really any equivalent way to bind biomolecules together.  There are chemical reactions that can join two proteins together covalently but often only small proportions react, they take a long time, or they require UV light, toxic catalysts or reaction conditions that could damage living cells.”

This landmark study could have many different applications in the future, but for now this awesome molecular superglue will stay put in the research lab.

Holiday Shopping: Don’t Forget the Baking Soda and Super Glue!

October 29th, 2011
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[Photo Credits:  Arm & Hammer Baking Soda and The Original Super Glue]

Early on this holiday season, do yourself a favor and pick up these two classic items at the store – Baking Soda and Super Glue.  Why?  Just do it.  Trust us. 

It’s an odd combination, we know.   But here’s why …. Each product has an amazing array of uses on its own.  Baking Soda is not only great for use as an ingredient in baking and cooking, but can be used for cleaning (clothes, carpets, toys), exfoliating (face, feet), freshening (refrigerators, odors) and has many other household uses as well.  Likewise, Super Glue is not only great for use in fixing broken things, but can be used for cosmetics (fingernail application, blisters, papercuts), sports (fly fishing, surfing), hobbies and crafts (RC planes, jewelry making, action figures, woodworking, holiday wreath/decoration making, etc.) along with many other household uses as well.  But what if you put these two symbols of strength, purity, and value together?

Artists and craftsmen have found that combining super glue and baking soda makes for amazing chemistry.  We’ve blogged before about guitarists who use baking soda and super glue to mold amazingly durable guitar pics to fingernails.  Craftsmen have also found the combination of super glue and baking soda makes for a great gap filler and building material.  Applying just a drop of super glue to a gap and then adding on some baking soda will fill in the crack and once dry can be sanded to look just like new.  Here are a couple of examples:

[Photo Credit:  Angelfire blog Jin Saotome]

Go to the Angelfire blog to see how he used super glue and baking soda to fill in gaps in this action figure. 

[Photo Credit:  Don’tEatThePaint blog]

Go to the Don’tEatThePaint blog to see how combining super glue and baking soda works for building up and creating a whole new ear on this horse.

There are many other examples of how super glue and baking soda make for a winning combination.  We think you’ll be very happy to have both on hand throughout the holiday season for their individual purposes as well as for the amazing things that can be done when they’re mixed together!!  We can’t think of two better, cheaper products that have such a multitude of uses and also have the potential for helping make your holiday season happy and productive!

Send us your story on how you use super glue and baking soda together as a team and you may win free super glue samples!



Top Reasons To Take Super Glue Hiking With You!

July 26th, 2011
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hiking[Photo Credits:  Hiking:  San Diego Magazine & Super Glue:  Super Glue Corporation]

It’s summer and it seems that everyone is taking a hike!  Whether it’s daily hiking; weekend trail hiking; or week long treks into the Sierras, hiking has gained great strides as a popular activity for all ages.

If you’re hiking it’s important to carry some supplies with you as convenient stores aren’t available on every switchback (thankfully!), however, you don’t want to load yourself down so much that your supplies become more of a burden than a blessing.  Making sure that your supplies are small, lightweight and serve more than one purpose is key.

According to our readers, and other reliable sources, super glue fits all of these criteria and is one “must-have” for hikers.  Here’s why:

  • BLISTER RELIEF:  Hikers tell us that when they begin to feel the early burn of a blister coming on, inside their boots, applying a drop or two to the sore area provides a buffer from the moisture and friction that can eventually lead to a full blown blister.  Additionally, if a blister develops, and ruptures, a thin coat of super glue serves as a temporary bandage for the inflamed area.
  • HIKING BOOT REPAIR:  Comfortable hiking boots are key to a good hiking experience, however, comfortable hiking boots may also be old and broken in, and therefore, likely to split or separate at the sole.  Super Glue bonds well with metal, rubber, and leather and can be used to repair shoe soles and get you back on the trail in seconds.  Similarly,  if shoestrings are frayed, and ragged, a drop of super glue on each end of the shoestring will pull all that fray together so that you can easily thread the laces through the eyes on your boot.
  • WALKING STICK CREATION:  A good walking stick is important for hikers.  You can make your own simply with a straight tree limb, some cloth or cord and some super glue.
  • DENTAL CROWN SALVATION:  We don’t condone using super glue in your mouth, but our readers OFTEN send us their stories of how super glue saved them, and their teeth, in difficult situations.  If your dental crown falls out while you’re hiking a little super glue can help lock it back into place temporarily until you can get yourself into a dentist.  Having your crown back in your mouth will ensure that you won’t lose it and that you can still eat while on your hike – another key to a successful hiking experience ;)!
  • TORN DOG PAD REPAIR:  Hiking with man’s best friend is fun, and great for safety reasons as well, however, dogs can easily get cuts, scrapes and torn pads along the trail.  A few drops of super glue on their pads provides some quick pain relief for your pup!
  • CUT & SCRAPE RELIEF:  Along with blisters, cuts and scrapes are always likely to occur along the trail.  Whether it be from a tree limb, bush, or rock as you’re hiking, or from a sharp knife cut while you’re cleaning the fish for dinner over the campfire, a drop of super glue applied to an external cut or scrape helps stop the bleeding and also serves as a barrier against bacteria getting into the cut.  Again, it’s just a temporary, emergency fix until you can see your doctor, but one you may be grateful to have at your disposal.
  • FLY TYING:  Fly fishers are known for hiking into isolated rivers and streams to catch that elusive brown trout and his friends.  Flyfishermen tell us they love to use super glue to create the perfect fly for fishing.  Having some super glue along ensures that you can replicate any fly, on the fly!

So there you have our top reasons to take super glue hiking with you.  There are probably lots more.  Are you a hiker?  Do you carry super glue along the trail with you?  If so, tell us your story and you may win free samples.  What other supplies have you found to be essential and versatile for hiking?  We’d love to hear from you!


HOLE(Y) TARANTULA! Repaired With Super Glue

July 25th, 2011
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tarantula-300x199[Photo Credit: Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman]

Zookeepers at Oklahoma City Zoo recently saved the life of one of their favorite, long-term resident spiders using super glue!  The brown tarantula has resided in the Oklahoma Trails exhibit since 2007 and is about 6 or 7 years old.  Recently, zookeepers “spotted a soft,watery glob on top of her”.  Further investigation led to the discovery of  “a tear in its abdomen”.  A procedure to “tap the mass back inside” was then followed up by repairing the cut with a super glue adhesive.  So far the repair is holding and the female tarantula may end living out her life expectancy, which can be up to 30 years according to Wikipedia.

Apparently, this is not the first time super glue has been used to repair an injured tarantula!  Check out this video on fixing a tarantula’s leg.  Also, according to another article by Michael Jacobi and “Household super glue is the most essential item in the tarantula keeper’s first aid kit.”

Since tarantulas are very docile, and tend to be popular pets, this is good information for all tarantula keepers to stick in their memory banks!

Special thanks to our loyal reader, Donna, for sharing this terrific bit of information with us!  We appreciate hot tips on how people use super glue.  Share your story and you may win some free samples!

Incredible “Super Glue” Saving Lives

June 8th, 2011
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A  medical super glue called Onyx, originally approved for treatment of brain aneurisms, was recently used to destroy a tumor in the heart.  The glue was injected into the rare golf ball size tumor found in Jamie Arliss’ heart.  Dr. Christopher Cove, a cardiologist at University of Rochester Medical Center and Dr. Babak Jahromi, a neurosurgeon at University of Rochester Medical Center were serendipitously working near each other and combined their knowledge and skill to apply the technique, formerly only used in the brain, to a similar issue in the heart.  The incredible “super glue” destroys Arterio Venous Malformations (AVMs) from the inside out.  Click this link to read the whole story or watch the video.

We love hearing about the miracles of super glue in all walks of life!

What do the Rolling Stones have to do with Super Glue?

April 25th, 2011
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rolling-stone [Photo Credit:  The Rolling Stones Website]

What do the Rolling Stones have to do with Super Glue?

Well, apparently members of the Rolling Stones band have been known to use super glue to fix their teeth!  According to band member, Ron Wood, talking about his veneers, (in an interview with The Guardian about his new book) both he and Keith Richards have been known to use household glue to fix their teeth in emergencies.  Here’s a quote from the article:

 “A couple of these have fallen out. I got the superglue out. Luckily, last time this one fell out Ana had some glue in her cupboard.” She glued them back in with superglue?

“I don’t think we want to talk about that in the article,” his manager Sherry Daly says.

“Nah, it was dental glue,” Wood says. “Keith did it with superglue once. It’s a good stand-by.”

Well, guess what Ron?  You and Keith are not alone.  According to a Chicago Dental Society survey:

“Nearly 70 percent of dentists have taken care of a patient who tried to treat their own dental problem before visiting the dentist.  The most common home treatment among patients, dentists said, is Super Glue for broken dental work, like crowns and dentures.”

We can second that finding.  Many of our customers write in to tell us how well super glue worked as an emergency solution for their crowns and other dental problems.  We do not condone the use of our products for these purposes, but we often hear that super glue does get people through until they can get in to see their dentists.

This news gives us all something to chew on anyway! 🙂

Dermatologists Recommend Super Glue

January 13th, 2011
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We’ve been hearing it from our customers for years, but now even dermatologists are recommending it:  Super Glue Can Help With Dry Skin!

According to an article, by Kim Painter, in USA Today, there are “five ways to save your hands from winter” according to “American Academy of Dermatology members Barbara Reed of Denver and Thomas Rohrer of Chestnut Hill, Mass.”

In a nutshell, here are the five ways the dermatologists recommend dealing with dry winter hands:

1.  Moisturize

2. Wear gloves (in the house and outside)

3. Wash well using moisturizing soaps or non-soap cleanser (anti-bacterial soaps are not recommended as they are drying)

4. Seal the cracks with ointment, bandages, or – super glue. [Blogger’s Note:  Validation! Love it! :)]

5. Know when your hands need help – If you see signs of infection, get medical attention.

Winter can be great fun … so many great activities like skiing, snowboarding, hiking, sledding to enjoy … but the cold, bitter, dryness can take its toll.  Make sure you keep a HANDy supply of moisturizers, gloves, ointment, bandages and super glue in your winter emergency medical kit!  ENJOY!

Ants Count

January 3rd, 2011
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Check this out!  NPR conducted an experiment (using super glue) to prove that ants count!

Inventor of Super Glue Awarded National Medal of Technology and Innovation

October 21st, 2010
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Harry Coover, the scientist who accidentally discovered super glue during unrelated research as an Eastman Kodak chemist,  has been awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation for 2010.  This year’s award recipients were announced by President Obama, in a White House press release, on October 15, 2010.   The press release states, “The extraordinary accomplishments of these scientists, engineers, and inventors are a testament to American industry and ingenuity,” President Obama said.  “Their achievements have redrawn the frontiers of human knowledge while enhancing American prosperity, and it is my tremendous pleasure to honor them for their important contributions.”

Here is a summary of this year’s award winners from a National Science Foundation press release:

Harry Coover for his invention of cyanoacrylates, a new class of adhesives that have influenced medicine and industry, and are known widely to consumers as “super” glues.

Helen Free for her seminal contributions to diagnostic chemistry, primarily through dip-and-read urinalysis tests, that first enabled diabetics to monitor their blood glucose levels on their own.

Steven Sasson for the invention of the digital camera, which has revolutionized the way images are captured, stored and shared, thereby creating new opportunities for commerce, for education and for improved worldwide communication.

Marcian E. “Ted” Hoff, Jr., Stanley Mazor and Federico Faggin for the conception, design, development and application of the first microcomputer, a universal building block that enabled a multitude of novel digital electronic systems.

We congratulate all of this year’s recipients of  the National Medal of Technology and Innovation which according to the Office of the White House, represents “the highest honors bestowed by the United States government on scientists, engineers, and inventors.”

We especially extend our congratulations to Harry Coover, the inventor of cyanoacrylates, commonly referred to as “super glues”.  His discovery is still enhancing the lives of people today!  Super Glue is amazing stuff!!  Read more about Harry Coover on the Super Glue Corporation website.

Accutool + Tea Bag = Fingernail Fix

February 17th, 2010
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[Photo Credit:  Embrace Your Heart blog]

Weather, water, health and lots of other issues can cause fingernails to be brittle and crack or tear.  Super Glue Corporation’s own Susie M. recently had a nail tear stretching horizontally across her nail.  She remembered reading about a quick fingernail fix in Real Simple magazine a few years back so she decided to give it a try.  The result was terrific!  Here’s her testimonial:

“I was reading a magazine from a few years ago about a quick fingernail fix.  They said to cut a small piece of an unused tea bag and place it over the fingernail tear then apply nail glue over it.  Once the glue is dry file it down to a smooth finish.  I tried it yesterday using the Accutool and it worked GREAT!  My fingernail had torn about half way (right to left).  The Accutool was perfect because I was able to control the drop of glue so well.  Also, for added support I repeated the process under my nail bed.  So far the fix seems to be better than when the nail salon has fixed a tear.  Their fix was always on the weak side and didn’t last very long.  My nail is as good as new!”

Hey, thanks for the great tip, Susie!!  The precision and pin-point accuracy provided by the Accutool makes it the perfect super glue product for this application.  Additionally, the fact that the dispenser stands up on its own makes it a handy desktop accessory for  professional nail technicians as well.  This video shows the Accutool in action:

ACCUTOOL® Product Knowledge Video from Super Glue Corporation on Vimeo.