Science: J. Barleycorn at War

U.S. guns consume half a pint of alcohol in every pound of powder. This year the U.S. needs an estimated 300,000,000 gallons of industrial ethyl alcohol-300% of its normal supply.

"The starting point for a new industry in a time when the shortage of alcohol is acute" was announced last week by Fordham's Frederick F. Nord before the American Chemical Society. Nord's starting point: his discovery that pentose, a sugar which is plentiful in corn and wood but has hitherto resisted fermentation by yeast enzymes, can be attacked and broken down by...

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