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Fatty acid makes busy micropotter

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8:48am, October 28, 2004

While crystallizing an ingredient commonly found in soap and vegetable oil, scientists in India witnessed something unexpected. The substance, a fatty acid called sodium myristate, assembled into microscopic, potterylike arrangements. Janhavi Raut and her colleagues at Unilever Research India in Bangalore were stunned. "We spent days just looking at these beautiful structures," says Raut.

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