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    Throwing out the textbook: salt surprises chemists

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    Table salt, sodium chloride, is one of the first chemical compounds that schoolchildren learn. New research from a team including Carnegie’s Alexander Goncharov shows that under certain high-pressure conditions, plain old salt can take on some surprising forms that violate standard chemistry predictions and may hold the key to answering questions about planet formation.