Urban legends of chemistry

Michelle Francl reminds us that even a rigorous scientific discipline such as chemistry has its own myths and legends — and explains why this isn't such a bad thing.

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Francl, M. Urban legends of chemistry. Nature Chem 2, 600–601 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1038/nchem.750

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