Critter Chemistry

Insects may not be the most charismatic creatures on the planet, but what they lack in cuddliness, they make up for with chemical ingenuity. In Episode 20 of Speaking of Chemistry, Matt Davenport looks at three of the craziest six-legged chemists out there.

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Volume 93 Issue 18 | p. 7
Issue Date: May 4, 2015

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Volume 92 Issue 40 | p. 10
Issue Date: October 6, 2014

An Ant’s Acid Antidote
Volume 92 Issue 9 | pp. 44-45
Issue Date: March 3, 2014

Ant Battle Yields Ionic Liquid
Volume 92 Issue 30 | p. 32
Issue Date: July 28, 2014

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