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Rubber [electronic resource]

Looking Glass Pictures
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
South American tribes used rubber long before the world got to know about it. When Columbus witnessed Haitian natives playing ball, he found himself mesmerized by the bouncing goo. This program discovers how Charles Goodyear learned the secret of stabilizing rubber - by dropping a lump of natural rubber on his wife's stove. Viewers then see how this invention spurred the Industrial Revolution and created a rubber boom - turning a remote Brazilian jungle town into one of the richest cities on earth. Finally, the film shows how one researcher, looking for something to replace the rubber in tires, ended up discovering a material so tough it can stop bullets - and also makes a nice vest: Kevlar.
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Run Time
30 min.
6 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on October 02, 2012.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Quirky Science
Quirky science
  • Introduction: Rubber: Quirky Science (1:00)
  • Ubiquitous Rubber (1:42)
  • Rubber Introduced to the U.S. (1:30)
  • Vulcanization (3:00)
  • An Invention That Changed the World (2:11)
  • Rubber Barons (1:47)
  • Rubber Tree Farming Takes Off (1:06)
  • Fordlandia (1:48)
  • The Quest for Synthetic Rubber (1:49)
  • The World's First Man-made Rubber (1:48)
  • World War II Spurs Development of Synthetic Rubber (1:38)
  • Inventions from Rubber Research (2:56)
  • The Search for a Greener Rubber Continues (1:43)
  • Credits: Rubber: Quirky Science (0:44)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2012], c2011.
Publisher no.
  • 50323s Films Media Group
  • 50329 Films Media Group
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Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
1 streaming video file (30 min.) : sd., col.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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