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This just plain sounds like a fun article from the Journal of Chemical Education. In it, author João Paulo André points out that opera can be used as a teaching tool for chemistry students and the public. (Digression: Did you know that composer Alexander Borodin (1833–1887) actually was a chemist who, among other discoveries, described the aldolic condensation?) For example, in "Antony and Cleopatra" by Samuel Barber, Cleopatra takes her own life by means of a bite from a poisonous snake, so André explains the chemistry of snake bites and venom. Other poisons used to further operatic high drama include rhubarb (oxalic acid), arsenic trioxide and radium (II) chloride. (If you guessed that the latter appears in Sikora’s "Madame Curie," you would be correct.)  

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