Chemistry in its element

Chemistry in its element

Porcelain: Chemistry in its element

Mike Freemantle on the art, history and science of this delicate, translucent ceramic material

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Feldspar: Chemistry in its element

Brian Clegg introduces the humble mineral that delights both astronomers and archaeologists

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Cimetidine: Chemistry in its element

Mike Freemantle introduces the peptic ulcer treatment cimetidine, which – as Tagamet – became the...

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Fexinidazole: Chemistry in its element

The World Health Organisation hope to eradicate human African trypanosomiasis, better known as...

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DMT – Dimethyltryptamine: Chemistry in its element

Georgia Mills investigates the psychoactive found in ayahuasca that may mirror near-death...

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Chlorine dioxide: Chemistry in its element

Katrina Krämer investigates how industrial-strength bleach became promoted as 'miracle mineral...

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Oleic acid: Chemistry in its element

Brian Clegg discovers the link between olive oil, dandruff and stained glass windows.

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Interferon beta: Chemistry in its element

An immune-modulating compound used to reduce the symptoms of multiple sclerosis and now showing...

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Ritonavir: Chemistry in its element

The unexplained appearance and dramatic spread of a new form of HIV drug ritonavir hurt patients...

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Lopinavir: Chemistry in its element

Ben Valsler explains how a drug that prevents HIV from donning its protective 'coat' now makes up...

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Remdesivir: Chemistry in its element

Will new clinical trials for Covid-19 give remdesivir a second chance?Ben Valsler introduces the...

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Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine: Chemistry in its element

Old drugs sometimes find their way back into the news. The Covid-19 pandemic – and some very high...

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Ibuprofen: Chemistry in its element

Brian Clegg on the popular over-the-counter painkiller, developed by a high-street pharmacy chain

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Minoxidil and finasteride: Chemistry in its element

Catherine Hodges explores the chemical solutions to thinning hair and patchy beards, examining...

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Fipronil: Chemistry in its element

The pesticide that keeps pets free of pests, but may have also been responsible for the...

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Leptin: Chemistry in its element

Rotund rodents revolutionised our understanding of the biological role of fat. Now, as Katrina...

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Vitamin K: Chemistry in its element

Ben Valsler on vitamin K – the blood clotting factor that is likely to be the first supplement...

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Amylase: Chemistry in its element

Brian Clegg on the enzymes make life a little sweeter by breaking down starch into sugars,...

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Hydroquinone: Chemistry in its element

Georgia Mills on a compound that explodes from a beetle's bum, and has a controversial role in...

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Sodium cyanide: Chemistry in its element

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the Baia Mare disaster, when toxic sodium cyanide spilled...

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