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Is there a general consensus on the causes of the $\alpha$-effect?

There have been various explanations posited for the $\alpha$-effect. It is currently in the list of unsolved problems in chemistry on Wikipedia, but, due to a lack of references to that effect, I'm ...
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Hyperlithiated Carbon Species

Below is replicated Question 1 from the Final Qualifying Exam of the Australian Chemistry Olympiad, 2004B, here. Question: The theory of promotion-hybridization is quite successful at explaining why ...
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Stoichiometric defects in ionic crystal?

The stoichiometric defects (Schottky and Frenkel defects) in ionic crystals are formed due to irregularities in ionic arrangement all the while maintaining the stoichiometry and electric neutrality. ...
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What is Cβ (C-beta) deviation?

Molprobity and some other protein structure validation tools report a Cβ deviation statistic and offer plots for it (example below). Apparently if the Cβ is greater than 0.25 Å, some ...
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Why does depurination happen at a higher pH (or under less harsh conditions) than depyrimidation?

I've always wondered why the N-glycosidic bond, which connects the adenine or guanine purine bases to their sugars, was the easiest to cleave via acid hydrolysis, or why purines have the lowest ...
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Proton transfer equilibrium in bisulphite adducts

In the addition of $\ce{NaHSO3}$ to aldehydes and methyl ketones (higher ketones do not respond well to this reaction), crystalline addition products are formed. An $\ce{-SO3H}$ and an $\ce{-OH}$ ...
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When measuring avidity should you use the ligand concentration or the nanoparticle concentration?

Looking at avidity between a ligand-receptor, you're looking at an enhancement of the $K_d$ compared to a lone ligand. Is it more appropriate to compare the $K_d$ using the concentration of the ...
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Interpretation of Figure - biofunctionalization

In this paper on page 1985 they say: Fluorescence analysis confirmed that enhanced protein binding at higher electron dose depends only to a small extent on the slight increase in the lateral ...
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How can I update a map/mesh and coordinates in a PyMol session file?

I have a PyMol session file I was using to create my figures. It contains a protein and ligand broken into several groups of atoms with a fair bit of overlap. There are also a few meshes built from ...
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Is greater relative AA battery capacity at high currents indicative of greater capacity at low currents?

I originally posted this on EE.SE but might be better here: Battery showdown compared the mAh and mWh capacity of different AA batteries discharged at 200mA. Would the relative capacities of each ...
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Is there any relationship between ultrasonication and temperature

In chemistry we use ultrasonication for cleaning vessels ,synthesis of chemical compounds (sonochemistry) etc.I know that during ultrasonication high temperature and pressure is formed "locally".But I ...
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Why is fabrication of ordered graphite substrates difficult?

While reading this paper (suggested by @Janice here), I came across the following line: Surface reconstruction is known to be extremely important for Si, the material of 20th century electronics. ...
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Why do acids favor the oxidizer? And bases the reducer?

Simply put, why does adding acid to the cathode up the cell voltage? From what I understand, acids are proton donors. Do these positive protons attract electrons toward the cathode compartment of the ...
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How does the crystal know where to stop stacking the unit cells?

I tried to make different crystals in the cubic system by stacking cubes in a 3d software. However I need to tell the software where to skip rows or stop stacking the unit cells in a specific ...
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Natural Bond Orbital (NBO) analyses: Physical significance/interpretation of E(2) 'stabilization energy'?

PREFACE: I am no expert on this topic. My questions at the bottom may be off base. I have some experience with symmetry-adapted perturbation theory (SAPT) when it comes to analyzing intermolecular ...

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