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2006-01-07 08:50:00

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Chemists have calculated the structure of a very unusual molecule, one whose hyperactive atoms have earned it the nickname "the scrambler." This highly caustic "protonated methane," or CH5+, is also called a "super acid," and it is a short-lived player in the chemical reactions that make petroleum products. CH5+ should also be present in interstellar clouds where stars and planets form, said Anne B. McCoy, professor of chemistry at Ohio State University. McCoy hopes that...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'