Doc and Niko investigate and find that the formula was an early experimental formula and was "C6H2O3".
The result: A Super PlagoBubblehead Memory Bird wrote:DNA Matrix 44 has it's origins in elevated isomer transference
- https://openresearch-repository.anu.edu ... 202017.pdf (search for 'propiolic acid anhydride' in the text)
I attempted to find the reference documentation for the citation that was given ("Strauss, F.; Voss, W. Ber. Chem. 1926, 59B, 1681."), which led to Fritz Straus and Walter Voss, however after 10 or 15 minutes I finally figured out that Ber. Chem., I think, is Chemische Berichte however at that point I realized that 1) I am completely out of my league and 2) I have a precis I should be writing on semiotics (which I think can be linked over to Media Ecology, something that series writer Lance Strate is a subject matter expert in these days)... interest in whether or not there was some background research or theory around that particular molecule evaporated.The possibility of using a propiolic acid surrogate was also investigated. However, the preparation of both the acyl chloride and anhydride of propiolic acid proved problematic as each decomposed immediately. This result, in conjunction with the explosive nature of propiolic acid anhydride, led to the abandonment of this pathway
The possibility that the formula was potentially explosive was worth the chuckle.
P.S. I have a growing distaste for citation formats, and through this I added another to my list: ACS
WHY SO MANY FORMATS?!?!?! None of you are that special....
Errata: Goose asks "Doc, what's in File 18?"