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2010-03-17 06:14:00

LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany, March 17, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- In this podcast you will learn how chemical innovations from BASF help to develop a versatile high-tech foam. Basotect is an intelligent foam which, thanks to its versatility, can be used in simple as well as technically demanding applications. It can be used for cleaning hard surfaces, as a sound absorber in sound studios or as thermal and sound insulation in the aerospace industry. The material that Basotect is made from is...

2010-03-10 06:29:00

LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany, March 10, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Just like animals and human beings, plants can get sick. In many cases, the cause is a fungus. Not a mushroom like you see poking up out of the ground in the woods, but a network of branching, filamentary cells that botanists call 'hyphae'. In entertaining episodes our Chemical Reporter answers questions of our Podcast listeners on Chemistry in our everyday life. Direct listening at: http://www.basf.com/podcast/fungicide...

2010-03-04 07:17:00

LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany, March 4, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- This is a special edition of BASF's audio magazine for innovation on the occasion of the EU approval for commercial cultivation of the starch potato Amflora. With the help of plant biotechnology BASF developed a special potato named Amflora. The starch derived from Amflora has only one component - amylopectin. Due to this pureness this innovative starch is particularly interesting for various industries. Possible applications are...

2010-02-17 05:56:00

LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany, February 17, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- If you glance at yourself in a looking glass and notice that you are beginning to look a little dull around the edges - or have maybe even developed black spots - there is a scientific reason for the phenomenon. A mirror can be robbed of its reflective power by the chemical reaction known as oxidation. In entertaining episodes our Chemical Reporter answers questions of our Podcast listeners on Chemistry in our everyday life....

2010-02-17 05:34:00

LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany, February 17, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- In this podcast you will learn how chemical innovations from BASF help to develop a new, extremely scratch-resistant clearcoat for cars. The new, extremely scratch-resistant clearcoat iGloss not only provides auto bodies with a brilliant and robust exterior, but also gives them even longer-lasting scratch resistance. To achieve this leap forward, the researchers modeled their work on nature, developing a "hybrid material" that...

2010-01-20 05:29:00

LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany, January 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Frozen water can be lots of fun. For example, if you have a pair of skates, you can perform elegant moves on the surface of solid-phase H2O. Or you can roll together the fluffy ice crystals that fall from the sky into a snowman. But drivers like it less. They much prefer water in its liquid phase. An internal combustion motor contains coolant - the liquid that carries excess warmth away from the engine when it's burning fuel. And if the...

2010-01-06 05:35:00

LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany, January 6 /PRNewswire/ -- There have been plenty of attempts all over the world to influence the weather with chemical tricks. In Thailand, for example, what is called the 'fon luang', or 'king's rain', is aimed at preventing drought, while what are known as 'hail planes' regularly take to the skies in Germany to subdue potential hailstorms. In entertaining episodes our Chemical Reporter answers questions of our Podcast listeners on Chemistry in our everyday life....

2009-12-23 06:08:00

LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany, December 23 /PRNewswire/ -- In the history of our attempts to master chemistry, explorations of fire are certainly among the most ancient experiments ever performed. And although we have controlled it for thousands of years, the magic of fire remains spellbinding. Take sparklers, for example. There's little in life quite as satisfying as watching one of these gray rods spark and sputter to life when you light it. In entertaining episodes our Chemical Reporter...

2009-12-09 05:56:00

LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany, December 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Beer has a long history. Experts say humanity has known the alcoholic beverage for more than 5,000 years. When you think about it that adds up to a lot of hangovers, which is why it's a good thing that modern breweries have also figured out how to make beer that doesn't contain alcohol. There are basically two ways to brew low-alcohol beer. Either you lower the percentage of alcohol in the beverage during the brewing process, or...

2009-11-25 05:51:00

LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany, November 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Hard water - sounds like white and flaky showerheads, encrusted water cookers, or stopped-up pipes. Although the clear water that comes jetting out of the faucet might look soft and innocent, it contains substances that can turn pretty hard. Just let a little water from your sink evaporate in a glass. It leaves a thin, chalky white film behind that chemists call calcium carbonate and is commonly known as lime. In entertaining episodes our...


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toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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