PLASTICS: Worms, Beware

"Stronger than steel, withstood shell fragments as successfully as armor plate ..." Thus a laminated plastic cloth was excitedly described at last week's meeting of the American Chemical Society in Washington (see SCIENCE). This week a small sailboat made of the same plastic took honors in the first postwar plastics competition sponsored by the magazine Modern Plastics; the boat is impervious to marine worms, needs no paint and can withstand bullets fired at close range.

All told, the booming plastics industry served up some 7,000 items for the contest, from 1,300 manufacturers. This was impressive evidence of how the industry...

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