Synthetic wetting agents and detergents, newcomers to industrial chemistry, have just had the biggest year in their short but lively history. Their many manufacturers relaxed momentarily last week, beamed back upon 1941 when:
> Their U.S. productionwhich stood at zero as late as 1928reached 100,000,000 lb. and was headed steeply upward into 1942.
> On their product was pinned 1942's surest badge of importance: military secrecy.
For chemists have found many uses for these useful chemicals which are best known to the public for their most useless ability: to scuttle a duck by altering...