Hot stuff: Mizzou professor helps invent temp-regulating mug


     (AP) – A University of Missouri professor hopes his invention of

a new mug that maintains the coffee’s temperature longer percolates into hot


     The Columbia Missourian reports that Columbia professor Hongbin “Bill” Ma’s

company, ThermAvant International, and the university have a patent pending for

what’s called the Lexo mug.

     It’s made of stainless steel walls and uses vacuum insulation. But the unique

bio-based material inside reduces the coffee’s initial temperatures to a

comfortable drinking level within minutes and maintains that temperature longer.

     The company has sold more than 600 of the 10-ounce mugs, which Ma says should

last 20 to 30 years.


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