Calendar marks chemistry milestones

Find science trivia related to notable days in molecular history.

By Janet Raloff, 10:31 AM January 1, 2011

January 1, 2011, ushers in the International Year of Chemistry. The American Chemical Society has compiled on online calendar that points to landmark events and trivia to celebrate on roughly 250 days, if you’re so inclined.

It begins with the January 1 establishment of Chemical Abstracts, 104 years ago. Chem Abstracts, which maintains a registry of all publicly disclosed chemicals, has become the definitive one-stop spot for tracking down any and every known compound — more than 50 mill...

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