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Chemistry Now: Chance Discoveries: Polyethylene

Chance Discoveries: Polyethylene--This video, part of a series on "Chance Discoveries" in chemistry, tells how three different chemists in two countries over more than 30 years happened to make a white, waxy substance during lab experiments that, once recognized as potentially useful and developed, became polyethylene -- the most common plastic in the world.

Credit: NBC Learn and the National Science Foundation (NSF)


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