Chemistry in its element

Chemistry in its element

Arsenic trioxide: Chemistry in its element

Kit Chapman explains how a 'daft' pharmacy mix up led to a series of poisonings in Victorian Britain

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Darcin: Chemistry in its element

Jane Austen’s Mr Darcy lends his name to a pheromone that lets mice feel the love, as Kat Arney...

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Porphyrins: Chemistry in its element

Brian Clegg examines the colourful compounds that no red-blooded creature can do without: Porphyrins

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Solvated electrons: Chemistry in its element

Blue flashes and metallic water are just some of the tricks the smallest possible anion has up...

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Adamantane: Chemistry in its element

Brian Clegg introduces a crystalline hydrocarbon that isn't as tough as it sounds, but is the...

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Pancuronium bromide: Chemistry in its element

On-demand muscle paralysis revolutionised surgery. Katrina Krämer explores one of the key muscle...

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TCDD or dioxin: Chemistry in its element

The Seveso accident saw an accidental release of 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD),...

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Orlistat: Chemistry in its element

With thoughts turning to our festively-expanded waistlines, Kit Chapman looks at a poster child...

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Eugenol: Chemistry in its element

Eugenol, the smell most associated with cloves, may be one of the defining smells of Christmas,...

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Diborane: Chemistry in its element

This week, Neil Withers examines a compound with the 'wrong' number of bonds: Diborane

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Diazepam: Chemistry in its element

Jamie Durrani introduces one of the biggest selling pharmaceuticals in history, the 'mother's...

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Swainsonine: Chemistry in its element

Katrina Krämer investigates the sad case of Christopher McCandless, who some believe consumed the...

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Bromodeoxyuridine: Chemistry in its element

Kat Arney introduces bromodeoxyuridine, or BrdU, a nucleoside that revolutionised our ability to...

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Benzoyl peroxide: Chemistry in its element

The whitest smile, the blondest blonde, the clearest complexion – all from one essential...

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Butyric acid: Chemistry in its element

Louise Crane reveals the compound that gives American chocolate and wet dogs their distinct aroma

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Poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP): Chemistry in its element

Kat Arney explains how a protein that repairs broken DNA holds the key to killing cancer cells –...

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Neodymium chloride: Chemistry in its element

From medicine to the military, this compound makes lasers for a range of applications. Brian...

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Gabapentin: Chemistry in its element

Louise Crane documents the rise and fall of gabapentin – from ‘wonder drug’ to illicit substance...

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BINAP: Chemistry in its element

Katrina Kramer introduces the Nobel prize-winning ligand that will give you just the hand you...

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