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[Research] C6H2O3

Posted: Sun May 26, 2019 7:46 am
by RabbiBob
In Birds of a Feather, Miller and Moxie break into Longshot and steal the Supertrooper Juice formula located in Drawer 18, File 7, Disk 6314

Doc and Niko investigate and find that the formula was an early experimental formula and was "C6H2O3".
Bubblehead Memory Bird wrote:DNA Matrix 44 has it's origins in elevated isomer transference
The result: A Super Plago

For fun:
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
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 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?"

Re: [Research] C6H2O3

Posted: Tue May 28, 2019 9:43 pm
by Mark Lungo
So the writer used a file number that had real world significance as an in-joke that maybe a few dozen people would get? Now that's dedication!

Re: [Research] C6H2O3

Posted: Sat Jun 08, 2019 10:20 am
by RabbiBob
AKK provided some background on this (Thanks Ann!)
AKK wrote: Straus and Voss reported on a more efficient synthesis pathway for propiolic acid that avoided the risk of explosions from the previous synthesis method and produced a stable substance that could be stored over several months.

The substance was pharmacologically tested on rabbits, causing paralysis, a drop in body temperature, and death at high doses, and a hemorrhagic kidney infection at low doses that takes longer to kill the animal. In its crystalline form (white needles), the substance caused painful and long-time purulent gum infections in the people handling it, thus the experiments were ended and further use scrapped.