Science: Technology Notes

> A cork substitute (called Fiberglas AE Board) was announced last week by the Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corp. (but not for bottles). Made of glass fibers pressed into lightweight blocks and sheathed in durable asphalt having a high melting point, it weighs 40% as much as cork and insulates just as well, looks nothing like it but resists insects, fungi, rodents. Significance: U.S. cork imports from Spain and Portugal have been cut off to a mere dribble, and there is a great wartime demand for cold-storage and refrigeration equipment, which will this year...

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