Science: GE's Lily

Stanchly protecting his men from demands that they do "something practical," famed Willis Rodney Whitney, longtime (1900-32) head of General Electric Co.'s research laboratories at Schenectady, N. Y., used to say: "I would rather teach than be President." His tradition of free inquiry continues. Consequently by no means all the bulletins that emanate from Schenectady have to do with straightforward improvements in electrical equipment. Lately GE announced a garbage-grinder which would simplify removal of "kitchen waste" by flushing it, chopped fine, down the sink drain. Even farther removed from the usual run of...