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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...