Oh! err missus
Mine is the one with KY in the pocket, ta.
Chinese nanojewellery experts have managed to fashion an exceptionally tiny ring out of just 36 atoms of gold. Incredibly minuscule as the golden nano-ring is, however, it is in fact the world's largest of its type. Brainboxes Shu-Yan Yu, Yi-Zhi Li, and Vivian Wing-Wah Yam - working at universities in Beijing, Nanjing and Hong …
This is much more amusing chemistry paper: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ic0352250
For future reference, it's easier to link to papers using their Digital Object Identifier (DOI) since that will remain, even if the URL changes. The DOI for this gold ring paper is http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.200801001
1) keeps me scientifically aware
2) childish innuendo
3) informed comments debate in which I learn that you can't iron cyclohexane flat, unlike benzene
4) plus a link to another scientific paper with the best molecular diagram I've seen
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It is even funnier when you learn that one of these universities is located in a city which is famed to have a lot of gay people in there. A friend pointed to me that they probably came with the round molecule and asked the colleagues in the other university to get a nice pointy one to fit inside it.
It is almost as fun and distracting as the recent Ronaldo fracas.
Benzene rings are planar (flat) because their electrons can be thought of as having a hybridization pi cloud. Six member saturated carbon rings like cyclohexanes, or nitrogen/carbon heterocyclic rings like RDX (Semtex), have chair and/or boat structures. The boat has both ends pointing up, the chair has one end pointing up with the other end down. The same molecule can alternate between the two structures. This is known as chair-boat hybridization.
Mine's the lab coat with the acid burns down the front.
If you stop f**king about with that bunsen burner, maybe you'd learn something about highly inflammable hydrocarbons !! Chemistry is great fun, especially when you can blow something up once in a while (hopefully by design) !!
Mine's the very scorched, full-body, asbestos-kevlar armoured suit, thanks
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