May 31, 2010

YET THEY NEVER FIGURED OUT THE WHEEL:

Mayas mastered rubber long before Goodyear (Thomas H. Maugh II, 5/31/10, Los Angeles Times)

Hundreds and perhaps even thousands of years before Charles Goodyear discovered the vulcanization process that made commercial rubber viable, Mesoamerican peoples were carrying out a similar process to produce rubber artifacts for a broad variety of uses, two MIT researchers have found.

By varying the amount of materials they added to raw rubber, Mesoamericans were able to produce bouncy rubber balls for the Mayas' ceremonial games, resilient rubber sandals and sticky material used to glue implements to handles, the research shows.


Posted by Orrin Judd at May 31, 2010 8:05 AM
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