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The weird chemistry threatening priceless paintings — Speaking of Chemistry

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Did you know that thousands of precious paintings around the world are generating soap beneath their surfaces?

Art conservators struggle with microscopic eruptions in masterpieces
http://cen.acs.org/articles/94/i21/Art-conservationists-struggle-microscopic-eruptions.html
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A huge thanks to Rijks Museum conservator Petria Noble and independent conservation scientist Jaap Boon.

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http://cen.acs.org/articles/89/i42/Cleaning-Acrylics.html

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