EDUCATION: Mad About Molecules

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Science  20 Apr 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5516, pp. 403
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5516.403d

Want to enjoy a leisurely stroll through the world of atomic and molecular structures, from orderly crystals of sodium chloride to long, loopy chains of polymers. Head to Molecular Universe, a Web book by chemists at Molecular Simulation Inc. in San Diego and the Royal Institution of Great Britain in London. Accompanying detailed chapters are hundreds of pictures, offering viewers a peek at amazing molecules such as the enzyme lysozyme, a natural antiseptic in tears. There are also portraits of aspirin, caffeine, and the dreaded foot-and-mouth virus felling U.K. livestock. The site's index makes it easy to get to specific topics. And that's the goal, says Clive Freeman of Molecular Simulation: “to make molecular science approachable.”

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