WASHINGTON, June 21, 2022 — Distilling liquor might be a relatively simple process — heating a fermented liquid and keeping only the boiled alcohol — but it is dangerous and illegal without a license.

To extract only alcohol from a mixture of many ingredients, scientists must explore boiling points and the intermolecular forces that shape them:

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