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Israel sets world record for chemistry lesson

November 24, 2011
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JERUSALEM—Guinness World Records says it has recognized Israel's Science and Technology Ministry for holding the "largest chemistry lesson."

Guinness spokeswoman Anne-Lise Rouse confirmed the feat Thursday.

On Sept. 22, the ministry organized a class in 13 locations that drew 4,207 participants.

They carried out a reenactment of an experiment performed in space by the late Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, who died in the 2003 Columbia space shuttle disaster.

The record for a single venue -- a separate category -- was set earlier this year in Belgium, with 562 participants.

Ministry director Menachem Greenblum says the Guinness acknowledgment "brings additional world honor to Israel as a scientific powerhouse."

Israeli scientist Dan Shechtman won this year's Nobel Prize in chemistry.

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