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"Bean soup" (1942)
Even as he became a major player in the lucrative human sex hormone game, Julian continued his work with the soybean. In fact, the soy protein he developed as a paper coating for Glidden ended up playing a key role in saving lives during World War II. Glidden had shipped some of Julian's protein to a Pennsylvania company, which used it to develop a fire-fighting product called Aero-Foam. During the war, the United States Navy applied the foam to oil and gas fires on board aircraft carriers and other ships, effectively saving thousands of sailors from serious injury or death. Affectionately nicknamed "bean soup," Aero-Foam, like later foaming agents, worked by floating on top of a burning liquid, breaking contact between the flames and the fuel's surface.

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