Non-Stick Chewing Gum

150_scigum114A British scientist has developed chewing gum that dissolves in water! That could save millions in money municipalities spend to remove improperly-discarded gum. The gum, nicknamed Rev7, is produced by the startup company Revolymer. Environmental studies confirm it is easier to remove from streets than conventional gum, and even degrades narurally in weather. It also passed taste and “mouth-feel” tests.
Prof Cosgrove, who is Chief Scientific Officer of Revolymer, said: "The advantage of our Clean Gum is that it has a great taste, it is easy to remove and has the potential to be environmentally degradable."

"I am delighted with our progress" added Roger Pettman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "In 18 months we have converted UK technology into a commercial product, significantly changing the pollution issues facing chewing gum."

Pettman's daughter has done tests of gum on her hair, such is his dedication to his product. The additive has yet to be approved but it is expected before the end of the year and "we are planning our product launch for 2008," said Pettman.

The article does not address how long it takes for the gum to dissolve in your mouth. Link -via Gizmodo

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Icebreakers gum used to dissolved in your mouth after chewing it for a couple of hours. It would turn into this nasty pulpy thing. I guess it's not a new invention afterall!
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Worst headline of the week:
"Gum in your hair? Scientists have a solution
Non-stick gum is easily plucked from shoes — and still tastes good"

Believe it or not this was the headline for the story about the gum on MSNBC today
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