Mobile Cellphone Info has posted a new item, 'Starlite: the miracle material
that was almost lost'
On a 1990 episode of the BBC TV show Tomorrow's World, presenter Peter McCann
showed off a new plastic named "Starlite" in a rather unusual way: by pointing
blowtorches at a pair of eggs. While one egg shattered in seconds, the other
stolidly bore the heat, glowing red hot as the flame hit it for minutes on end.
More surprisingly, the egg's shell was no more than warm to the touch after the
blowtorch was removed, and when cracked open hadn't even begun to cook. This egg
was coated with Starlite, a plastic developed by Maurice Ward who was an
eccentric former hairdresser from Hartlepool, northern England.An article in New
Scientist describes how Ward negotiated with the British Department of Defence,
Boeing, and even NASA but gained a reputation for being impossible to negotiate
with, asking for "1 million one day, then 10 million the next." He was
understandably self-conscious that he might be unable to protect his property in
court when fighting with some of the world's biggest companies. His belief in
the product never diminished, though, with him even approaching BP to suggest
that his material could solve the Deepwater Horizon crisis.Ward died in 2011
without ever commercializing or patenting his revolutionary material. He
suggested in an interview with Utah-based K-Talk radio that his family might
hold the key to this strong, heat-proof and non-toxic plastic, but they've been
quiet on their plans ever since his passing.
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