In 1878 John Harvey Kellogg, a strict Seventh Day Adventist, invented Corn Flakes as part of his health regimen to prevent masturbation. He believed that bland foods decreased or prevented excitement and arousal. Now, in a twist of fate, corn is bringing sexy back to electronic components.
Although corn as a degradable bioplastic has been used in everything from disposable utensils to car fenders in recent decades, it hasn't been a viable material for electronic components due to its flammable properties. Recently, Chinese researcher Xinlong Wang and his colleagues have found a combination metal-organic framework of nanoparticles and biodegradable corn based bioplastics can create a transparent film with the electrical, mechanical, and flame retardant properties that make the material a potential candidate for use in electronics.
"... the researchers found that combination metal-organic framework nanoparticles with PLA brought about a transparent film with the electrical, mechanical, and flame retardant properties that make the material a potential candidate for use in electronics."
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Although there is little imperial evidence that corn can prevent masturbation, this technological breakthrough could legitimately prevent the gradual buildup of slow degrading petroleum plastics in our landfills. It is possible that Mr. Wang may usurp Mr. Kellogg's fame in the application of corn to heal societal Ills.
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