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Stories by Howard C. E. Johnson

Glycerine and Glycols Gain Ground

Polyhydric Alcohols, Soon to Be Made Greatly More Abundant by the Construction of New Manufacturing Facilities, Are Rapidly Increasing in Industrial Importance. They are Used in Such Diversified Products as Dehumidification Agents, Resins, and Insect Repellents...

June 1, 1947 — Howard C. E. Johnson

Metals Plus Hydrogen

Produced Commercially Only During the Last Ten Years, the Metal Hydrides are Rapidly Gaining Stature Among Industry's Most Versatile Compounds. Although Their Full Potentialities are Still Uncertain, They Have Already Found Many Applications in Such Varied Roles as a Copious Hydrogen Producer and an Amazingly Effective Drying Agent...

March 1, 1947 — Howard C. E. Johnson

Fugitive Fluorine Works for Industry

Chemists Have Finally Succeeded in Taming Fluorine, the Most Unruly of the Elements. Now this Corrosive Gas Is the Principal Building Block of New Plastics, Lubricants, Insecticides, Fire Extinguishers, and a Potentially Large Host of Other Useful Materials...

February 1, 1947 — Howard C. E. Johnson

Atomic-Bomb by-Products

Nuclear Knowledge, Even In Its Present Stage, Embraces a Wealth of Practical, Usable Material. Industry Will Benefit--of This There Is No Doubt. Decentralization, Based on Atomic Power Plants Where Ordinary Power Plants Cannot Go, May be One Important Ramification...

December 1, 1946 — Howard C. E. Johnson

Take A Grain Of Sand

Chemical Marriage of Sand and Hydrogen has Produced a New Family--the Silicones. In Liquid, Rubber, or Resin Form, These Unique Hybrids Combine the Heat Resistance of Quartz with a Variety of Other Special Capabilities Including Water Repellency, Insulation, and Lubrication...

September 1, 1946 — D. H. Killeffer and Howard C. E. Johnson

Is Soap Slipping?

Aided by the Fats Shortages of Two World Wars, "Soapless" Soaps are Moving in Rapidly on Tasks Long Regarded as Soap's Own Province: More than 300 Wetting Agents, Detergents, and Emulsifiers are Now Made...

August 1, 1946 — Howard C. E. Johnson and D. H. Killeffer

Chemical Crop Insurance

Like the Weather--Insects, Rodents, Weeds, and Other Crop Criminals have Long had Little Done About Them. Now, Spurred by War and Famine, Chemistry Turns Tongue-Twisting Terms in to Literally Down To-Earth Products that Protect Plan ts Against Nature's Scalawags...

June 1, 1946 — D. H. Killeffer and Howard C. E. Johnson

Wooden Wealth

Raw Materials and the Ingenuity to Use Them are the Fundamental Wealth of a People. Depletion, a Constant Threat to Some Materials, Emphasizes the Potentialities of Wood as a Chemical Storehouse...

May 1, 1946 — Howard C. E. Johnson and D. H. Killeffer

Ion Exchange

Purification of Liquids and Gases, Selective Recovery of Valuable Materials, and the Removal of Undesirable Substances from Chemical Compounds, are Problems that Often may be Solved with Ion Exchange Resins...

March 1, 1946 — D. H. Killeffer and Howard C. E. Johnson

Amino Acids: In Quantity

Now Produced in Industrial Quantities, Life-Saving Protein Nutritional Elements Provide Medical Science with a New Weapon. Chemical Technology Removes Amino Acids from the Test-Tube Stage by Breaking Down Food Proteins with Acids, Alkalies, or Enzymes...

February 1, 1946 — Howard C. E. Johnson and D. H. Killeffer
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Scientific American Health & Medicine

Scientific American Health & Medicine