Chemistry in its element

Chemistry in its element

Zircon: Chemistry in its element

The versatile gemstones that give scientists insights into the chemistry of the early Earth,...

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Cyclopropane: Chemistry in its element

Chemistry’s tastiest bonds for an explosive anaesthetic that was as useful as it was dangerous

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2C psychedelics: Chemistry in its element

Ben Valsler introduces a class of hallucinogenic phenethylamines, explored by the 'godfather of...

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Azidothymidine: Chemistry in its element

The first drug approved in the US to treat Aids required a completely new approach to clinical...

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Silver iodide: Chemistry in its element

How the compound that ushered in a photographic revolution has taken to the skies to try to...

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Amantadine: Chemistry in its element

Katrina Krämer investigates how one of the smallest small-molecule drugs around saved Jeanna...

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Indole: Chemistry in its element

Kat Arney investigates a potent chemical that might explain the brain-bending powers of bacteria

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Amber: Chemistry in its element

Mike Freemantle introduces amber – the valuable organic gemstone that invests unwary insects in a...

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Beryllium oxide: Chemistry in its element

Brian Clegg examines the duality that makes beryllium oxide so valuable to the electronics...

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Methylphenidate (Ritalin): Chemistry in its element

Jamie Durrani diverts his attention to the rise of Ritalin, a drug first identified as a way of...

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Limulus Amebocyte Lysate: Chemistry in its element

Frances Addison takes a look at the discovery that brought horseshoe crabs to the heart of the...

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Levothyroxine: Chemistry in its element

Kit Chapman investigates the drug that has been one of the top five prescription medications in...

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Starch: Chemistry in its element

Inspired by a mention of arrowroot in Jane Austen's Emma, Mike Freemantle investigates how subtle...

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Aniline: Chemistry in its element

How an early synthetic dye chemical came to play a role in a mysterious disease outbreak in 1980s...

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Talc, or magnesium silicate: Chemistry in its element

Coating your naked body with powdered magnesium silicate may sound strange, but it's an important...

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Tocopherols: Chemistry in its element

Mike Freemantle discovers sea buckthorns, also called 'beauty berries' because of their high...

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Trichloroanisole – Wine cork taint: Chemistry in its element

If you've ever been unlucky enough to experience 'corked' wine, then 2,4,6-trichloroanisole, or...

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Vinblastine and vincristine – Vinca alkaloids: Chemistry in its element

Kat Arney unearths the story of a truly international effort to develop new drugs for cancer, and...

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Polyethylene glycol or PEG: Chemistry in its element

Kit Chapman on the simple polymer that preserves and protects ancient artifacts, and saved a...

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Ferrous sulfate, or iron(II) sulfate: Chemistry in its element

Mike Freemantle on the iron compound that has been turning oak gall extract into indelible ink...

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