Science: Wonderful Hydrazine

An innocent-looking chemical, much like water in appearance, has U.S. synthetic chemists in a state of eager anticipation. It is hydrazine (N2H4), which is just coming on the market in large quantities and at a reasonable price. It offers scientists a chance to discover new chemical continents.

Organic chemistry, which has produced hundreds of thousands of compounds, is built on the fact that carbon atoms combine with one another to form rings and chains. Nitrogen atoms will do the same thing to a limited extent, but making nitrogen atoms link up with one another is extremely difficult on more than a laboratory...

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