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NCSU building one of world’s oddest libraries: a catalog of dyes

“For now, N.C. State University’s newest — and strangest — library exists mainly in 98,000 glass vials and slim envelopes of cloth samples. But chemistry students have begun the painstaking work of turning the huge collection of dyes, test swatches and documents, all donated by the Tennessee-based Eastman Chemical Co., into an online resource. When they’re done, crime-scene investigators and a host of other kinds of researchers around the world will be able to search through files of three-dimensional models of the thousands of unique molecules and information about their attributes. The university hopes to fund the Max A. Weaver Dye Library with a $785,000 grant it’s seeking from the National Institute of Justice, which already was paying for the development of a smaller dye database.” (via The State)

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