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Dr. Gilleo
Mysteries of Science 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. These cases are taken from the vast world of industry and commercial enterprise.

Check out Dr. Gilleo's eBook, 100 Mysteries Solved by Science. We hope you enjoy these case histories. You need not be an engineer or scientist to understand the problems and appreciate the solutions.
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Corrupted Magnetic Tracking System
Corrupted Magnetic Tracking System
Magnetic traveler cards were being used to track information. Suddenly one section was unable to read the data. What was the cause?
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The Graying White Plastic
The Graying White Plastic
A plastic injection molding plant was suddenly seeing white plastic parts come out grey. What was causing the discoloration?
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The Static Charge Overload
The Static Charge Overload
A plastic molding plant had been running for less than a year. Suddenly parts began testing positive for an electrical charge. What caused it?
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The Olympics Balloon Fiasco
The Olympics Balloon Fiasco
As the opening ceremonies for the 1984 Olympics were being broadcast reports of "lost signal" started coming into the control center.
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Energy Savings Ran Up the Bill
Energy Savings Ran Up the Bill
A factory attempting to reduce energy costs would turn down the heat in the winter. So why was the fuel bill actually higher?
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Turning Wood Into Plastic
Turning Wood Into Plastic
A lab was working on an exotic dashboard concept where they needed to shape and bend wood. What was the solution?
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The Suspicious Bicycle
The Suspicious Bicycle
An employee left the plant on his bicycle looking unsteady. His bike seemed to weigh more than 100 pounds. Why was the bike so heavy?
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The Mystery Valve
The Mystery Valve
Hanging next to an old brass valve was a sign that said "Plant Manager's Valve". What was this all about?
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Polymer Thick Film That Was Thinned Out
Polymer Thick Film That Was Thinned Out
A factory is making circuits using polymer thick film. One day the ink was too thin, making it print poorly. What was causing this?
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Odd Measurements On Fridays
Odd Measurements On Fridays
A research group tested prehistoric fish for mercury. They noticed that test measurements on Fridays were much higher. What was causing this?
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