Seeking An Eternal Solution | November 3, 2008 Issue - Vol. 86 Issue 44 | Chemical & Engineering News
 
 
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Volume 86 Issue 44 | pp. 25-29
Issue Date: November 3, 2008

Seeking An Eternal Solution

Fluorinated fluid is the protagonist of an ongoing experiment in preserving biological specimens
Department: Science & Technology
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AT THE CENTER of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History's gleaming new Sant Ocean Hall lies a preserved giant female squid—the arresting, spineless star among the vibrant exhibition's animal specimens. Tentacles menacingly outstretched and seemingly frozen in time, the 24-foot squid embodies humans' fascination with the briny deep. But this squid also symbolizes something else: an ongoing experiment in the chemistry of preservation, without which the Smithsonian's new exhibition would not . . .

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