Saturday, April 14, 2007

Why I Love Science, a Followup.

Owen, commenting in a previous post on why I love science, draws our attention to two other substances.

Cummingtonite is commonly found in metamorphosed magnesium-rich rocks and occurs in amphibolites. Usually it coexists with hornblende or actinolite hornblende, magnesium clinochlore chlorite, talc, serpentine-antigorite minerals or metamorphic pyroxene. Magnesium-rich cummingtonite can also coexist with anthophyllite.
Uranate is the chemical term for oxide anions of the element uranium.
So, I found via the cummingtonite wiki page, a web page dedicated to molecules with silly or unusual names, called, funnily enough, Molecules with Silly or Unusual Names.
Believe it or not, some chemists do have a sense of humour, and this page is a testament to that. Here we'll show you some real molecules that have unusual, ridiculous or downright silly names.
It lists these two plus arsole, plus some of my new favourites:
  • Constipatic Acid
  • Fukiic Acid
  • Fukugetin
  • Crapinon
  • Erotic Acid
  • Fucitol

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