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Science  28 Jan 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5453, pp. 564-565
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5453.564

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Alfred Nobel would no doubt be intrigued by a feat of organic chemistry reported in this week's international edition of Angewandte Chemie: the synthesis of what may be the most powerful nonnuclear explosives ever made. If they can be produced in bulk, the new compounds would put dynamite--Nobel's patented invention--to shame.