Science: Don't Be a Dodo

Conventionally considered, it was a good showing. Of the 58,000 chemists who might have come, 2,321 crystallized in Washington last week at a meeting of the American Chemical Society. As at most large scientific conventions, the principal concern was better jobs, but the chemists listened to papers touching on nearly every chemical compound that can be put into a test tube. They heard about hydrazine and dithiooximide and triacetyl-aldehyde-L-erythrose. The learned speakers told how to keep plastic shower curtains from smelling bad and how to keep cattle from getting arthritis.

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