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How does Walter White make pure crystal meth using a non-stereospecific reaction?

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Does heavy water taste sweet?

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Are there any significant uses of the compound formed by magnesium and anthracene?

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Which platonic solids have been built as carbon skeletons?

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What is the mechanism of action of anaesthetics?

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What is the chemistry behind this "petrol from air" technology?

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What chemical properties make LSD so psychoactive?

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What are the key chemical characteristics that determine the octane rating of fuel?

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What molecular features create the sensation of sweetness?

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When did the realistic typesetting of chemical structures start?

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Are physical space filling molecular modelling kits still available anywhere?

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Are there any significant industrial processes that use liquid ammonia as a solvent?

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What chemical(s) in peanut butter cause it to glow under UV light?

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Is chemistry finally seeing the end of the Haber-Bosch nitrogen fixation process?

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What compound has the strongest optical rotation of polarised light?

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What sort of molecules or polymers are used in OLED displays?

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What is the chemical basis for superglues?

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What chemical compounds were used in CRT phosphors?

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Is there an analytical chemistry alternative to the Scoville scale for the hotness of chilli?

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Whatever happened to the use of perfluoroalkanes as breathable liquids or blood substitutes?

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What would the maximum energy density of a power source based on carbon-14

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What chemicals have been named after Star Wars characters?

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Why is water present in "pure" nitric acid and RFNA and WFNA?

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How many alternative chemical ways to transport oxygen in living creatures are known?

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How long would atmospheric oxygen last on Earth if plants stopped making it? [closed]

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What is the source of the intense blue colour of ultramarine pigment?

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Has Crabtree's photochemically-activated mercury-catalysed hydrocarbon activation process ever been used commercially?

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What is the longest systematic name used for a compound that actually exists? [closed]

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What are the key chemical structures of liquid crystals used in display technology?

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The weedkiller paraquat can be produced from methyl-pyridinium chloride using a cyanide catalyst: what is the mechanism?