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Scientific American Supplement 288 July 9, 1881

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Title: Scientific American Supplement 288 July 9, 1881  
Author: Various
Language: English
Subject: Literature & thought, Literature and history, Literature & philosophy
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A Chemist of merit, Mr. A. Muntz, who has already made himself known by important labors and by analytical researches of great precision, has been led to a very curious and totally unexpected discovery, on the subject of which he has kindly given us information in detail, which we place before our readers.[1] Mr. Muntz has discovered that arable soil, waters of the ocean and streams, and the atmosphere contain traces of alcohol; and that this compound, formed by the fermentation of organic matters, is everywhere distributed throughout nature. We should add that only infinitesimal quantities are involved?reaching only the proportion of millionths?yet the fact, for all that, offers a no less powerful interest. The method of analysis which has permitted the facts to be shown is very elegant and scrupulously exact, and is worthy of being made known.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS. I. ENGINEERING AND MECHANICS--Dry Air Refrigerating Machine. 5 figures. Plan, elevation, and diagrams of a new English dry air refrigerator Thomas' Improved Steam Wheel. 1 figure The American Society of Civil Engineers. Address of President Francis, at the Thirteenth Annual Convention, at Montreal. The Water Power of the United States, and its Utilization II. TECHNOLOGY AND CHEMISTRY.--Alcohol in Nature. Its presence in earth, atmosphere, and water. 6 figures. Distillatory apparatus and (magnified) iodoform crystals from snow water, from rain water, from vegetable mould, etc. Detection of Alcohol in Transparent Soaps. By H. JAY On the Calorific Power of Fuel, and on Thompson's Calorimeter. By J.W. THOMAS Explosion as an Unknown Fire Hazard. A suggestive review of the conditions of explosions, with curious examples Carbon. Symbol C. Combining weight. 12. By T. A. POOLEY Second article on elementary chemistry written for brewers Manufacture of Soaps and their Production. By W. J. MENZIES The Preparation of Perfume Pomades. 1 figure. Ensoufflage apparatus for perfumes


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