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Petroleum Product of the Week: Light Bulbs

Petroleum Product of the Week: Light Bulbs

About two weeks after we sprung our clocks ahead for an extra hour of daylight we celebrate “Earth Hour.” On March 25 this year the world joins together for one hour of lights out. This has all got me thinking about electricity and light bulbs, and then a light bulb went off.  We’ve talked about candles, Christmas lights, and even Greek Fire (fire=light, so this counts here.), so it’s about time we talk about light... Read More
Could a 150-Year-Old Patent Be the Answer to Saving American Steel?

Could a 150-Year-Old Patent Be the Answer to Saving American Steel?

An apparent decline in U.S. steel production has been a crisis for many Americans. U.S. Steel Corporation, for instance, plans on permanently closing one of its Tubular Operations mills in Lorain, Ohio, come June 2017. Democratic Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur has written to President Donald Trump calling for his administration’s assistance in “securing the stabilization of the U.S. steel industry.” The importation and use of foreign steel, coupled with the global overcapacity of steel, creates... Read More
The Story Behind WD-40

The Story Behind WD-40

WD-40 is a celebrity amongst fellow lubricants. It’s become a household name over the years, and rightfully so, but how familiar are you with it—its history, creation, creator? I’m not… well, I wasn’t, until now. Norman Lawson: Inventor of WD-40 Born in 1892, Norm lived in Illinois until his family moved to California when he was six. After earning a degree in mechanical engineering, he worked for San Diego Gas & Electric Company and... Read More
Petroleum Product of the Week: Beer Widget

Petroleum Product of the Week: Beer Widget

If you don’t have the good fortune of enjoying a perfectly poured pint of Draught Guinness this St. Patrick’s day, don’t fret. Thanks to a little plastic widget, you can still enjoy that fresh-from-the-tap taste in a can. Besides, who doesn’t love the bonus of portability? Guinness–an Irish Tradition Guinness, the infamous Irish dry stout, was first introduced almost 260 years ago. It is one of the most successful beer brands globally, and in its... Read More
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Industrial Outpost - The Official News Source of PSC

Industrial Outpost – The Official News Source of PSC