Science: Nylon for Everything

Du Pont is cooking up surprises in nylon. So far nylon has been used mainly as a fiber — for stockings, toothbrushes, parachutes, aircraft tire cords, surgical sutures. But nylon is also a plastic of parts. Last week Du Pont reported some recent experiments with nylon as a solid plastic which would seem to indicate that after the war it may become almost as common and versatile an article as glass.

Nylon will have many plastic competitors. But it combines advantages of the two general types of plastics: as a thermoplastic it can be...

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