Science: Post-Baruch Report

With two big butadiene plants almost completed (at Baton Rouge and at Charleston, W.Va.), 22 others to be ready for production between now and next July, synthetic rubber begins to look real in the U.S. Last week two American Chemical Society journals celebrated its birth by a presentation of the technical factors involved in the new industry. Forgotten now are the pains of the prenatal period (TIME, July 20) and the desperate remedies of the Baruch Committee (TIME, Sept. 21). More than a million tons of good synthetic rubber are in sight—for 1944.

There are a dozen varieties. At least four—neoprene, butyl,...

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