Salt bends the rules of chemistry

At high temperatures and under high pressure, salt molecules reorganize in unexpected ways

By Stephen Ornes, 10:08 AM January 8, 2014

Oh salt, we thought you followed the rules. Now we find you sometimes break them — dramatically. Indeed, scientists have just used this cooking staple to bend the conventional rules of chemistry.

“This is a new chapter of chemistry,” Artem Oganov told Science News. A chemist at Stony Brook University in New York, Oganov worked on the salt study that shows some of chemistry’s rules are flexible. His team published its findings in the December 20 issue of Science.

Usually, the structure of table ...

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