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Posted by David Bradley on March 19th, 2007

ChemSpider LogoSpinneret is the silk-making organ of the spider. The biological reaction vessel that allows these splendid creatures to weave their wonderful webs. In this the online analog of the spinneret, presented by science writer David Bradley and the ChemSpider team, we will attempt to weave just as fascinating a web with chemistry news to bring you insights into some of the intriguing molecules to be found in the ChemSpider database and elsewhere. By the way, the molecule in the ChemSpider logo you see pictured here, with its eight ethyl group legs and its octagonal body, is formally (1Z,3Z,5Z,7Z)-1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8-octaethylcycloocta-1,3,5,7-tetraene, but we at Spinneret prefer to call him Octy the Spinner. Octy crawls across a web-based background representing ChemSpider’s ability to perform chemical structure searches across the world wide web.

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