Science: Vanadium from Idaho

As never before in the history of the American Chemical Society, U.S. ears were cocked toward its semiannual meeting in Buffalo last week. But if Americans expected reassuring words on synthetic rubber and other acute wartime chemical problems, they heard little.

The big news was under a bushel and was carefully kept there. The chemists talked learnedly, wordily, nebulously about synthetic rubber. Significantly, one scheduled paper on synthetic rubber was called off at the last moment. Nobody talked at all about such important new developments in gasoline as the chemicals which retard the...

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