By Daniel Stolte – According to Andrei Sanov, one of the motivations for pursuing ethylenedione is the elegant fundamental puzzle that the molecule presents: Most students with elementary chemistry education can draw the straightforward structure, O=C=C=O.
Over the years, the anticipated existence of OCCO also has been backed by predictions of sophisticated theory. However, all past studies failed to provide conclusive experimental evidence that ethylenedione exists—and therein lay the puzzle.
Forgoing the past synthetic strategies that relied on the manipulation of neutral species, two students in Sanov’s laboratory created OCCO from its negatively charged ion and used a highly advanced technique called photoelectron imaging spectroscopy to analyze the product.
This technique uses laser pulses to eject electrons from molecules, effectively yielding “a portrait of the molecule viewed from within,” as Sanov put it. more> http://tinyurl.com/qcnwge6
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Tagged Chemistry, Ethylenedione, Glyoxylide, OCCO, photoelectron imaging spectroscopy, Physics
By George Friedman – What a nation wants to do and what it will do are two different things.
What Germany wanted was Greek submission to greater austerity in return for support for its banking system. It was not the government’s position that troubled Germany the most, but the Greek referendum.
The situation in Greece is desperate because of the condition of the banking system. It was the pressure point that the Germans used to force Greek capitulation.
But Greece is now facing not only austerity, but also foreign governance.
The Germans’ position is they do not trust the Greeks. They do not mean the government now, but the Greek electorate. Therefore, they want monitoring and controls.
This is reasonable from the German point of view, but it will be explosive to the Greeks. more> http://tinyurl.com/q9zegrj
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Tagged Banking reform, Capital, Currency, Euro, Financial crisis, Government, Leadership, Regulations, Super regions