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The Wizard's Laboratory

  • Aired: 03/28/2008
  • 26:51
  • Rating: NR
In 1927, Thomas Edison, the "wizard" of electricity, began searching for a domestic source of rubber to protect Americans from foreign control of this vital commodity. The eighty-year-old inventor experimented with thousands of plants on his Fort Myers estate, eventually selecting goldenrod as the most promising source of rubber.
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Edison's quest for the most promising source of rubber.
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