Science: HAND & BUSH

In industrial chemical research it is proverbial that today's bird in the bush, tomorrow is two birds in the hand—that is, that today's guesses and experiments are the basis of tomorrow's chemical industry. High lights of discovery and speculation at the American Chemical Society's convention last week in Baltimore:

Glycerin, though widely used in medicine, printing and the manufacture of explosives, is a comparatively minor byproduct of soapmaking. Therefore the supply is limited. Three chemists of Shell Development Co. (Emeryville, Calif.) announced a new way of synthesizing huge amounts of glycerin from propylene,...

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