Bubble wrap could save scientists a small fortune | Science! | Geek.com
In its annual survey, released Thursday, the National Retail Foundation found evidence that consumers are planning to spend more for back-to-school this year. Parents of elementary and high school students told the retail federation's survey firm, Prosper Insights & Analytics, that they plan to spend 5 percent more on school supplies and clothes this year compared to last year. Spending by parents of college-age students is expected to increase by 10 percent. One statistic in the federation's survey that could trouble retailers is a finding that there may be more last-minute shoppers this year. In 2013, the number of parents saying they planned to begin their school shopping at least two months before the start of school peaked at 24 percent.
Similar to how a cat prefers a big cardboard box to whatever expensive pet toys were shipped inside, we humans tend to prefer the big crumpled ball of bubble wrap that gets packed into parcels to keep impulse Amazon Prime orders safe. It turns out, though, that bubble wrap isnt just atool to help keep you entertained, but can also function as a cheap bed of tiny test tubes for use in scientific experiments. Though bubble wrap is much more delicate than a glass test tube, a new report suggests that the individual blisters can make perfect test beds for scientific experiments. Better than glass test tubes, though, bubble wrap is cheap, freely available around the world, flexible, can be burned for disposal, and wont create glass shards all over the place if it happens to break.
Pets? Amenities Rising Trend For Homebuilders | Valley News
The most lavish suite is a 170-square-foot pet paradise with a step-in wash station, handheld sprayer and leash lead; tile walls and floors; a designated drying area with a commercial sized pet dryer; a water station; automated feeders; a large bunk-style bed; cabinets for toys, treats and food; a stackable washer and dryer; a French door that opens to a puppy run; and a flat-screen television set. Standard Pacific, based in Irvine, decided to offer pet suites after conducting livability studies with homeowners. Pets were a constant theme, said Jeffrey Lake, vice president and national director of architecture for Standard Pacific.