Mysteries of Science



Dr. Gilleo
Mysteries of Science are written by Dr. Ken Gilleo. Dr. Gilleo is a chemist, inventor and general problem solver. Ken has been tracking industrial forensics and collecting case histories for decades.
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The Day They Shut Down Intel
The Day They Shut Down Intel
Chipmaker Intel had just started up a new chip factory when something odd caused a shut down. What lead to this development?
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The Frustrating Filter Fix
The Frustrating Filter Fix
A color film production facility was having a serious quality control problem and the building air filters were at the top of the suspect list.
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The Case of the Falling Floor
The Case of the Falling Floor
The line was running when suddenly there was a loud thud. The floor, supporting a vertical beam had given way. What happened?
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Dead Phone and the Mysterious Dialer
Dead Phone and the Mysterious Dialer
A home had cable telephone but the phone line started going completely dead, mysteriously fixing itself just before the repairman arrived.
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Role of Carbon Ink in Calculators
Role of Carbon Ink in Calculators
Texas Instrument's calculators made in the 80's used a flexible circuit made with carbon ink. What vital part did the carbon ink serve?
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Can Motivational Talks Increase Defects?
Can Motivational Talks Increase Defects?
At a factory with high productivity, one worker was skipping break time to increase productivity. Was this causing mysterious defects?
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Peeling Paint Only On Wednesdays
Peeling Paint Only On Wednesdays
A line with spray painted parts was running smoothly except on Wednesdays when the paint would peel? Why only on Wednesdays?
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Radioactivity Warning Surprise
Radioactivity Warning Surprise
A chemist had a hunch that radioactive contamination might have come from a window. How could a window be the cause?
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The Ink Spitting Autowriter
The Ink Spitting Autowriter
A factory was testing a new auto writing system. It went haywire when a big fork truck passed by. What was causing this?
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The Mysterious Pink Snow
The Mysterious Pink Snow
One morning after a snowstorm, the morning shift at Allied Chemical was greeted in the parking lot by pink snow. What caused this strange event?
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