Chemistry in its element

Chemistry in its element

Terephthalic acid: Chemistry in its element

Once thought of as an interesting – but useless – turpentine derivative, this oddly-named acid...

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Cobalt oxide: Chemistry in its Element

From ancient Egyptian pottery to distinctive blue bottles, cobalt oxide has been providing...

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Vitamin B12 or Cobalamin

If you’re trying out a vegan diet, you’re likely to be told to make sure you get enough vitamin...

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The Elements Song 2019: Chemistry in its Element

To celebrate 2019 – the International Year of the Periodic Table – we're joined by Helen Arney...

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Iminosugars: Chemistry in its element

After promising results treating ill pets, some researchers think iminosugars could become...

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Oxycodone and hydrocodone: Chemistry in its element

Frances Addison examines how our quest to control and manage pain has led to a modern medical...

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Tryptophan: Chemistry in its element

Ben Valsler tackles 'zombie facts' and the tenuous connection between tryptophan in turkey and...

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Zeolites: Chemistry in its element

Brian Clegg introduces the class of materials where the holes are more important than the whole –...

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Allicin: Chemistry in its Element

It helps prevent garlic plants from marauding insects and should have prevented the Hindenburg...

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Beta–damascenone: Chemistry in its element

Louise Crane explains how a series of happy accidents led to the discovery of this rose-scented...

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Sodium fluoroacetate: Chemistry in its element

Georgia Mills examines a controversial killer: Sodium fluoroacetate or 1080

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Methylhexaneamine or DMAA: Chemistry in its element

Sold as a 'sports supplement', methylhexaneamine – or DMAA – is implicated in the deaths of...

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Domoic acid: Chemistry in its element

Katrina Krämer investigates a marine toxin that drives animals crazy and might have inspired one...

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Boric acid: Chemistry in its element

Mike Freemantle revisits battlefield surgery to investigate boric acid, a key part of Dakin's...

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Amygdalin & Laetrile: Chemistry in its element

Patrick Hughes delves into the molecule at the centre of a decades-old cancer treatment...

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Dopamine: Chemistry in its element

Georgia Mills tackles the feel-good neurotransmitter and hormone behind thrill seeking, addiction...

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Hydrogen sulfide: Chemistry in its element

Mike Freemantle finds the connection between Land of Hope and Glory and the noxious, corrosive,...

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Baclofen: Chemistry in its element

One doctor's battle with alcoholism and self-experimentation with baclofen led to a rush of...

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Polypropylene: Chemistry in its element

Microplastics, including polypropylene, are present in our oceans, on our beaches and even in...

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Zinc polycarboxylate: Chemistry in its element

Lay back in the chair and say 'Ahh', as Mike Freemantle introduces zinc polycarboxylate dental...

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