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Peculiar boron startles again

Boron's unusual properties inspired big advances in chemistry. A compound in which boron binds two carbon monoxide molecules reveals another oddity — the element forms bonds similar to those of transition metals. See Letter p.327

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Figure 1: The electronic structure of boron compounds.

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Frenking, G. Peculiar boron startles again. Nature 522, 297–298 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1038/522297a

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