Microsoft’s unique chemical

While perpetually scorned by people, for no real reason, Microsoft’s search engine “Bing” has a few tricks up its sleeve.

In chemistry, it is necessary to have standardized names and ways of naming things. These are for the most part settled by an organization called IUPAC. They provide some of this information free, online in their “Gold Book“.

Knowing this, I searched for “gold book” on Bing and got this… Easter egg?


First, I approve of the idea of visualizing chemical compounds this way. As far as I can tell, Google doesn’t do this.

Second, the mixed form recognition (“gold” in English and “BOOK” in elemental symbols) is outstanding.

Finally, I don’t think there exists such as compound as AuBKOO. Or is Google just jealous and not telling me?


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